Postpartum depression is not just “the baby blues,” a mild feeling of sadness after a baby is born that goes away on its own. If the “baby blues” don’t go away after 2 weeks, you could be suffering from postpartum depression, and should seek help. You need not feel ashamed of having an illness – or of any treatment you may need to feel better – any more than you would feel ashamed about having diabetes or asthma and taking medication to stay healthy.
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People with mood disorders might have trouble with work life, family life and social life, or they might have difficulty simply getting through the day. While most mood disorders have depression in common, only in bipolar disorder are there mood swings of depression and periods of hypo-mania (if the bipolar disorder is mild) or mania (if severe). It’s important to know the difference between the different types of depression, because different types require different treatments.
Treatment for depression and bipolar disorder usually includes four elements: talk therapy, medication, peer support, and a personal wellness plan. Sometimes, though, these standard treatments don’t help… or don’t help enough. As a result, researchers are turning to new technologies in search of more effective treatments.
A Personal Guide We’ve been there. We can help. If you or someone you know is experiencing mood swings, persistent sadness or anxiety, or having trouble sleeping or eating, you might have decided it’s time to seek help. If symptoms like these have started to interfere with your work, social or personal life—or if you experience a sudden […]
Electroshock can also be fatal. Estimates of ECT-related death rates vary widely. Professional journals are disinclined to publish reports or studies of ECT-related deaths. Not since 1957 has any journal published a large-scale study of ECT-related deaths (see in the text Impastato’s first entry in 1957).
Individuals with bipolar disorder often spend many years seeking professional help and may get from three to four diagnoses from doctors before receiving a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis is important as it can lessen the effects of the disorder on the individual. Individuals with bipolar disorder have an approximately 75-80 percent risk for alcohol and substance abuse. Marital fluctuation, chronic unemployment, and suicide are also prevalent.
Suicidal people suffer from inner turmoil that leaves them feeling isolated and hopeless. Many people who struggle with suicidal tendencies fail to seek the help they so desperately need. The majority of suicidal people do not want to die; they just want to stop the pain. Suicide prevention starts with the sufferer recognizing the warning signs and admitting that they have a problem. Family and friends should also pay close attention to these warning signs to ensure the sufferer finds the help they need. Simply talking about suicidal thoughts and feelings can help save a life.