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Sometimes referred to as Psychiatric or Psychological Disorders, Mental Health Disorders are caused by complex interactions between physical, Psychologic, social, cultural, and hereditary influences. They involve disturbances in thinking, emotion, and/or behavior. Small disturbances in these aspects of life are common, but when such disturbances distress the person greatly, interfere with daily life, or both, they are considered Mental Illness or a Mental Health disorder. The effects of Mental Illness may be long-lasting or temporary.

Bipolar or Manic Depressive Disorder as well as other Mental Health Diagnosis cause Radical Emotional changes and Mood Swings, from Manic Highs to Depressive Lows. The majority of individuals experience alternating episodes of Mania, Depression, and etc. are from a minor state of life, to lifelong disability.

MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS:

Mental health (psychiatric or psychological) disorders involve disturbances in thinking, emotion, and/or behavior. Small disturbances in these aspects of life are common, but when such disturbances distress the person greatly and/or interfere with daily life, they are considered mental illness or a mental health disorder. The effects of mental illness may be long-lasting or temporary. These disorders are caused by complex interactions between physical, Psychological, Social, Cultural, and Hereditary Influences.

OVERVIEW OF MOOD DISORDERS:

Mood disorders are mental health disorders that involve emotional disturbances consisting of long periods of excessive sadness (depression), excessive joyousness or elation (mania), or both. Depression and mania represent the two extremes, or poles, of mood disorders.

Mood disorders are emotional disturbances consisting of prolonged periods of excessive sadness, excessive joyousness, or both. Mood disorders are categorized as depressive or bipolar. Anxiety and related disorders.

Sadness and joy (elation) are part of everyday life. Sadness is a universal response to defeat, disappointment, and other discouraging situations. Joy is a universal response to success, achievement, and other encouraging situations. Grief, a form of sadness, is considered a normal emotional response to a loss. Bereavement refers specifically to the emotional response to death of a loved one.

A mood disorder is diagnosed when sadness or elation is overly intense and persistent, is accompanied by a requisite number of other mood disorder symptoms, and significantly impairs the person’s capacity to function. In such cases, intense sadness is termed depression, and intense elation is termed mania. Depressive disorders are characterized by depression; bipolar disorders are characterized by varying combinations of depression and mania.

Lifetime risk of suicide (see Suicidal Behavior) for people with a depressive disorder is 2 to 15%, depending on severity of the disorder. Risk is further increased in the following cases:

At the start of treatment, when psycho-motor activity is returning to normal but mood is still dark

During mixed bipolar states

At personally significant anniversaries

By severe anxiety

By alcohol and substance use

Other complications include disability ranging from mild to complete inability to function, maintain social interaction, and participate in routine activities; impaired food intake; severe anxiety; alcoholism; and other drug dependencies.

Bipolar Disorder and other serious “Brain Diseases” are an extreme challenge for the individual and the entire family. Depression is an Illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects how one eats, and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things!

The information here should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical care for diagnose or treatment.

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