Virtually no one gets through life without experiencing some kind of trauma. Whether it’s a violent act, a natural disaster, a divorce or a death, we all struggle to regain our footing after an initial shock.
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In the past twenty years, researchers and therapists have made incredible strides in the treatment of mood disorders. Medications have gotten more specific and potent. Side effects have been minimized. The variety of medications and their use in combination have helped millions. Sometimes, however, patients do not respond to medication and/or therapy to the extent they would like. In these cases, individuals explore the possibility of technological treatments to relieve symptoms and treat the illness itself.
In the past two decades, researchers from all corners of the globe have come up with amazing medications to help relieve the symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.
Healthcare professionals stay current on the research and prescribe those medications that have the best results. Often, however, they bypass nutritional supplements and herbal remedies. And who could blame them?
Do you feel sad and empty? Irritable? Anxious? You can feel better.
As we age, changes bring stress into our lives. Children move away. Serious illness disrupts routines. Deaths of loved ones weigh on us. Our moods may plummet for a while, but if we manage to recover in a reasonable amount of time, our lives continue in meaningful ways. When sadness lingers, however, a treatable mood disorder may be behind it. Our retirement years do not have to be gloomy.
What Is Depression?
“My friend recently wanted to show me some fantastic ideas she had. When she gave me the piece of paper, the words were written horizontally, but then another layer of words was written vertically on top of that. There were lines, circles and arrows going all over the page. At first I just thought it was her brilliance, but now seeing some of the other things she’s been doing, I think something’s seriously wrong.”
Every annoying adult will tell a teenager that adolescence can be a troubling time. Hormones drive moods and the struggle to find both identity and your place with friends can be a touch and go experience. Observing friends’ moods can help you gauge whether your own fall outside the typical range or not.
When your feelings seem more intense—either when you’re happy or when you’re sad— than those of your friends, it’s worth exploring the signs and contours of a mood disorder.
A good portion of us (particularly those with treatment-resistant depression) wait with baited breath for the results of a clinical trial. While we web-surf through the progress of various clinical trials, let’s not forget the usefulness of the meta-clinical trials. These are surveys or studies of multiple, separate clinical trials.
Let’s just start out with that “Why not!”
Why not is if you don’t want any employers, family members, friends, etc. to discover that you’re involved in a clinical trial that focuses on a mood disorder. The stigma against depression and bipolar disorder, while diminishing every year, still exists.
As many experiences with bipolar disorder exist as there are people with bipolar. These experiences run the gamut from wonderful and exciting to confusing to disappointing and devastating. This article covers some of the experiences typical of those dealing with a bipolar spouse.
This video is designed to illustrate that individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder can lead productive and fulfilling lives. Like any medical condition, with proper treatment and lifestyle management our love ones can accomplish extraordinary things. Help IBPF eliminate social stigma associated with bipolar disorder. Share this video with family and friends.