Mood Disorders

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Now we move on to Mood Disorders.

 

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/default.htm

 

  • Mood disorders: These disorders, also called affective disorders, involve persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or fluctuations from extreme happiness to extreme sadness. The most common mood disorders are depression, mania, and bipolar disorder.

This is another category that I deal with, both Depression and Bipolar Disorder.

There are many treatments for these conditions and it ma take some time and trial and error to get it right, so don’t give up.

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(I am not a mental Health Professional and in no way am I giving medical advice)

*If you have or are experiencing +Mental or +Emotional +Illness, there is nothing to be ashamed of, you did nothing wrong and there is hope and help out there for you. You are not alone.*

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Call 24/7  1-800-273-8255

http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

This web site is not intended for use as an emergency service. If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, please call 911 immediately.

You may also call our 24-hour Crisis Lines at 775-784-8090775-784-8090 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255 to speak immediately with a crisis interventionist.

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Anxiety Disorders

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I am very interested in Mental Health and believe the more we talk about it, the more people suffering will seek help and lose the stigma attached to it.

I promised a series of blog posts dedicated to the subject and I’m starting off with Anxiety Disorders.

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/default.htm

 

  • Anxiety disorders: People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread, as well as with physical signs of anxiety or nervousness, such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed if the person’s response is not appropriate for the situation, if the person cannot control the response, or if the anxiety interferes with normal functioning. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

Now, a lot of people have phobias, but i’m told as long as it isn’t debilitating, but please don’t take my word for it, if you think you have a problem, see a mental health professional.

I understand how hard coping with any of these conditions is, I live with PTSD.

At times it can be very debilitating, I don’t go outside without ear-buds, because loud noises can set off a panic attack and when I’m going anywhere I can take my dog, I do so that I know when someone is coming up behind me while my ear-buds are in.

That is just one example of how I have modified my life to deal with my condition.

You can live a fulfilling life when you have these conditions.

If you think you may have any Mental Health condition, Please seek help.

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(I am not a mental Health Professional and in no way am I giving medical advice)

*If you have or are experiencing +Mental or +Emotional +Illness, there is nothing to be ashamed of, you did nothing wrong and there is hope and help out there for you. You are not alone.*

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Call 24/7  1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255

http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html

This web site is not intended for use as an emergency service. If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, please call 911 immediately.

You may also call our 24-hour Crisis Lines at 775-784-8090775-784-8090 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255 to speak immediately with a crisis interventionist.

Breakin’ a Fever

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The fever I’m speaking about this morning isn’t from a sickness, but from a mental state of mind – the elusive Cabin Fever.  I’ve suffered from this ailment before, but yesterday and this morning, I literally had it bad.

 

Much of the United States have experienced some wild wintry weather these past couple of weeks.  A few weeks ago Atlanta and most of the state of Georgia was shut down due to a snowstorm, which we refer to around here as Snowpocalypse. Just as quick as the storm came, so it went, but there were a couple days I was stranded and couldn’t leave.

Having see the danger of what could result from being unprepared, this time the news stations were flooded with warnings and emergency instructions, causing a bit of anxiety by using words like “Catastrophic”, “the worse since …”, “survival tips”, etc.  I had all kinds of…

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Crazy Talk

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Okay, the PC (Politically Correct) term is Mental Illness, but I’m not very PC.

I’m also not crazy, though I do have a few Mental Illnesses, basically my brain is not normal.

Now, you may ask why I would put that information out there, aren’t I ashamed?

No, I am not ashamed, I did nothing wrong, I am just functioning abnormally.

To my way of thinking normal is overrated.

As to why put this out for public consumption and possibly be ostracized or criticized, If I am vocal and public and show I have nothing to be ashamed of, I may help someone else suffering to get help, or just feel like they are not alone.

It is also therapeutic for me, helping others, makes me feel good and that just makes the day go better.

I will be writing a series of blog posts about the subject of Mental Illness, in order to spread information and knowledge.

(I am not a mental Health Professional and in no way am I giving medical advice)

*If you have or are experiencing +Mental or +Emotional +Illness, there is nothing to be ashamed of, you did nothing wrong and there is hope and help out there for you. You are not alone.*

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Call 24/7  1-800-273-8255

http://crisiscallcenter.org/crisisservices.html
This web site is not intended for use as an emergency service. If you or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation, please call 911 immediately.
You may also call our 24-hour Crisis Lines at 775-784-8090 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak immediately with a crisis interventionist.

 

 

 

Empathy/Sympathy

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According to the above picture Empathy as :

The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another of without the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts and experiences fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.

Alright that is a wordy and complicated way of saying “I know how you feel.” in an emotional and/or physical way.

An example of empathy is sympathetic pregnancy, when a man (usually) experiences all the physical, emotional and physiological ( minus the fetus) symptoms of his wife’s (baby’s momma) pregnancy.

Uh oh, I made the typical mistake of mistaking Sympathy for Empathy.

Sympathy is defined as acknowledging another person’s emotional hardships and providing comfort and assurance. http://www.diffen.com/difference/Empathy_vs_Sympathy

Okay now I am confused.

They sound so similar.

Okay, I will try again.

Empathy: I have experienced the same _________ as you, so I know how you feel.

Sympathy: I can imagine experiencing the same _________as you, so I feel for you.

Ah, explaining it that way to myself makes more sense and now I feel like I know what both empathy and sympathy are and how they differ.