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Author: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Seeing Eye-to-Eye With Your Healthcare Provider

Seeing Eye-to-Eye with your Health Care Provider (HCP) A collaborative relationship with your health care providers (HCPs) can be very helpful in working toward your wellness. A good relationship should be collaborative, with open communication. A good health care provider pays attention to your needs, goals and background. You and your HCP should have a partnership, in which you both have input. Is your HCP “on your side”? Even if you have had bad experiences with HCPs or mental health treatment in the past, go into your first appointment with the belief that your HCP is concerned about you...

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Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar

What are depression and bipolar disorder? Depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) are mood disorders, treatable medical conditions involving changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. They can affect anyone, regardless of age, ethnic background or social status. Mood disorders are not character flaws or signs of personal weakness. A person cannot “snap out of ” or “control” mood changes caused by depression or bipolar disorder. Major depressive episode: A period of at least two weeks during which at least five of the following symptoms are present. Sadness, crying spells Major changes in appetite and sleep...

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Technological Treatment for Bipolar and Depression

Treatment for mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorder) usually includes talk therapy, medication and support from people who understand. Sometimes people do not respond to traditional treatments or need additional help managing symptoms. Today many researchers are focusing their attention on technology to develop new, more effective treatments. These treatments may help people who have trouble finding relief with medication. Looking At Where We’ve Been To Understand Where We’re Going Scientists believe that depression and bipolar disorder are caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters. medications used to treat mood disorders work to change brain chemistry and...

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Psychotherapy: How it Works and How it Can Help

psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) can be an important part of treatment for depression or bipolar disorder. A good therapist can help you cope with feelings and symptoms, and change behavior patterns that may contribute to your illness. Talk therapy is not just “talking about your problems”; it is also working toward solutions. Some therapy may involve homework, such as tracking your moods, writing about your thoughts, or participating in social activities that have caused anxiety in the past. You might be encouraged to look at things a different way or learn new ways to react to events...

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SSRI’s and Children

In recent months there has been a great deal of discussion about Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants and the risk of suicide for children and adolescents taking them. DBSA’s primary concern is protecting the safety of all people with depression and bipolar disorder. Parents must work with health care providers to make informed decisions regarding their children. They also must weigh the risks of treating depression with SSRIs vs. the risks and lifetime impact of untreated depression and suicidal ideation. DBSA’s position on the subject is summed up in the following letter, printed in the New York Times....

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