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.
The hallmark of clinical depression is diminished capacity, so a patient often has no qualms about making self-destructive or life- altering decisions in hopes of relief.
Personal accounts of treatments, approaches, experiences with bipolar disorder, suicide attempts and major depression.
How good therapy changes perception, which means more than most people imagine.
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Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.
Depression and Bipolar Resources General Information/Kids & Teens Resources
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PTSD & Parkinson’s Disease: Longer Version
How cortisol can affect the hippocampus, amyglada,damage neurons, synapses and dendrites, etc. The link between emotional trauma and Parkinson’s.
Most of these symptoms are fairly easy for a patient or others to notice. Examples of each are given to help you or family, friends and others to recognize when loss of energy and decreased activity may signal the onset or presence of a bipolar depressive episode.
DBSA recommends that we begin each group by reviewing these facilitator support meeting protocols and guidelines to help participants learn and commit to the group standards. Share the air. Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize the group time. One person speaks at a time. Each […]