Depression and bipolar disorders are common psychological problems. Both of these classes of disorders can affect an individual’s mood. Individuals with these disorders experience intense dread, sadness, and worry. The level of sadness and depressed mood can trigger feelings of worthlessness, pessimism, and even suicidal thoughts. Depressive and bipolar disorders can be severe enough to be classified as life threatening. Treatment for these disorders often includes a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
Depression Signs, Symptoms and Treatments
Depression is one of the most common psychological disorders and will affect almost everyone at some point in their lives. People suffering from depression might experience extreme sadness, loss of interest in daily activities, weight loss or gain, insomnia, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
BiPolar Signs, Symptoms, Types and Treatments
An individual experiencing drastic swings in mood and behaviors characterizes Bipolar Disorder, formerly known as manic depression. The highs and lows range from a high-energy manic state to major depression. A person suffering from Bipolar Disorder typically exhibits symptoms associated with depression during the depressed stage, but might feel relieved of those symptoms during the manic phase of the illness. More frequently individuals with bipolar disorder are depressed more often than they are manic. The manic phase can feel good with an extreme sense of excitement and high energy, but can lead to irresponsible behavior and the inability to sleep.
Individuals may experience normal moods in between episodes, may present more mild forms or have mixed episodes where they experience both mania and depression at the same time. Cycles may last months, or individuals may experience rapid cycling. Unfortunately left untreated or undiagnosed, the disorder can be destructive to living a normal daily life.
Getting the Help from Atlanta Behavioral Consultants
The disorder is lifelong and unpredictable, but if it’s not treated, the mood swings and changes in behavior can be destructive. The varying episodes can make it hard to lead a normal life, but treatment, medication, and support can help toward recovery. Effective treatment helps stop some symptoms and lessens the intensity and frequency of manic and depressive episodes. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to avoiding problems, and treatment is most affective with education, support, good choices, and commitment to a plan.
To learn more or get help from professionals who have experience with treating bipolar disorder, please call Caroline Leavitt, Ph.D. at 770.592.0150