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Month: May 2009

About Bipolar II Disorder

bipolar disorder is also known as manic depressive disorder. It is a mental illness that presents itself as mood swings or mood cycling. Many people do not realize that there are actually two types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar I disorder is typically defined as raging mood cycling with episodes of extreme mania and depression, as well as the occasional mixed episode. Bipolar I patients may also experience psychotic or hallucinating symptoms. Bipolar II disorder is typically defined as rapid mood cycling with episodes of hypomania and depression. Bipolar II disorder does not occur with psychotic or hallucinating symptoms. Additionally, hypomania is defined as a milder form of mania, in which the patient has a period of hightened happiness or elation. Depression with bipolar II patients is often more severe than in patients with bipolar I disorder. suicide, suicide threats, suicide attempts, and thoughts of suicide are much more common in bipolar II patients than bipolar I patients. A diagnosis of bipolar II disorder is typically made when the patient has had one or more major depressive episodes, at least one hypomania episode, no manic episodes, and when no other reason for symptoms can be found. Symptoms of depression with bipolar II disorder include decreased energy, unexplained weight changes, feelings of despair, increased irritability, and uncontrollable crying. Symptoms of hypomania include sleeplessness, racing thoughts, distractibility, excess energy, and rash judgements....

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Discrimination Can Cause Mental Illnesses

There is a serious problem in the world today. Well, there are a lot. But the one I would like to address is how we react to mental illnesses. How many people out in the world react to hearing of a mental illness with negativity? There are a lot more than will admit to discrimination. It is a terrible thing to discriminate against anyone for a lot of the things that are stigmatized, such as race, creed, mental illnesses or personality traits. Many people struggle with such discriminations everyday. We as humans should have learned by now that we...

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The Power of Positive Thinking – Does it Work to Manifest?

I was recently at home of a friend’s daughter and she had affirmations taped on the walls everywhere. “Are these helpful to you?” I asked. “Not really,” she answered. “I do them all the time but they don’t seem to be doing anything. I’ve read about the law of attraction – that like attracts like – and I’m trying to just think positive thoughts. I wonder why it isn’t working? Maybe the law of attraction isn’t real.” Knowing of the work I do, she was interested in my opinion of this. “What do you think about the law of attraction?” she asked. “The problem is that most affirmations are stated from the conscious level of our mind. But there is another level, a subconscious level, that is also thinking thoughts, and these thoughts might be the complete opposite of the affirmation.” “But how do you know when you are thinking subconscious thoughts if they are subconscious?” “We know by our feelings. Our feelings respond to our subconscious thoughts. If you are thinking something negative, you will feel anxious, scared, angry, stressed, or depressed. Your feelings are letting you know that you are thinking and behaving in ways that are counter to what you are actually affirming.” “But I thought that if I ignored my negative feelings and just focused on positive thinking, I would start to feel better and...

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How Anxiety and Depression are Connected

Depression is a disorder that does not get nearly enough attention. Depressed people are often told to “cheer up” or to “look at the bright side” of things, and may spiral even deeper when they are unable to simply snap out of the mood that has such a hold on them. While depression can often lead to fatigue and listlessness, it has a close cousin by the name of anxiety. Anxiety causes the opposite effect, putting our bodies into the “fight or flight” mode that protected us in the wild. Anxiety attacks can feel like heart attacks, and even...

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How to Avoid Panic Attacks

Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows how life stopping these events can feel. A panic attack can seriously hurt your quality of life by causing you become terrified of a repeat episode. This terror is just another negative side effect of panic attacks, and you should learn to think of it as such so that you can get on with your life without the constant fear of a panic attack hanging over your head. Worrying about having a panic attack all the time might even cause you to trigger panic attacks later. Panic attacks feel a...

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