Thursday, April 21, 2011

Feelings of sadness ,isolation ,morbid thoughts are bipolar depression symptoms

Bipolar depression

The distinguishes bipolar disorder, compared to other mood disorders, are present in at least one manic episode. Moreover, it is assumed to be a chronic disease, because most people who have a manic episode have additional episodes in the future. Statistics show that four episodes in ten years, on average, without preventative treatment. Every individual with bipolar depression is a unique pattern of mood cycles, combining depression and manic episodes, which is precisely that the individual, but predictable, when the model is identified. Studies show a strong genetic effect  of bipolar depression.

Some mood changes we should know
  • Depressive episodes of bipolar disorder usually longer than episodes of mania.
  • When sick or symptomatic, people tend to spend more time in the depressive phase than they are manic or hypomanic phase.
  • The recovery from depressive episodes usually last longer than episodes od mania.
  • The majority of manic episodes of suicide and suicide attempts among those who have bipolar disorder occurs during the depression, or mixed phase of bipolar depression .
  • It can be treated effectively, often in combination with therapy of talking and with some  medicines.

Some signs and symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder included contineous feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, rigidity, isolation, or despair, disturbed sleep and  disturbance  in appetite, fatigue and loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities, difficulty concentrating, loneliness, self-loathing, apathy or indifference, depersonalization, loss of interest in sexual activity, shyness or social anxiety, irritability, chronic pain (with or without known cause), lack of motivation, and morbid thoughts of suicide. In severe cases, the individual may become psychotic, a condition known as severe bipolar depression with psychotic symptoms.

Warning signs of depressive episodes

Decreased energy level  :  Nothing mysterious here, it can as simple as not having as much get-up-and-go that you had last week or last month - consistently. A month ago you still felt pretty good most nights after work to go out to dinner or the movies, now you are out of steam every day at 16:00 Family members, friends or colleagues may feel that you reported earlier today that in the past, or you can choose, for example, chose to study rather than exercising in the evening.

Fatigue :  This is the next step after the power has declined. Depression can cause physical fatigue. the dream becomes non-restorer, so tired, even when you wake up in the morning. You feel tired during the day. You can cheer for their day’s work, but when you get home you feel like it was crushed by a train. Not sure why you’re so tired, whatever. family members or friends to see you yawn, you hear how tired you are, you will notice that your posture is weak and that is stretching during the day. Sigh is heard, and note that the most slow and hesitant.

Lethargy :  It is a major symptom. It is defined as abnormal drowsiness or stupor, torpid, apathetic state. For depression, both of these definitions can be applied. Some depressive episode may be unusually lethargic. Or a man may be what is commonly thought of Sleepy - sits on a chair for hours, does not entirely satisfy, catatonic state, but simply not interested in doing something, you feel physically and mentally heavy. This symptom is that it will interfere with the normal working day, so your loved ones, friends or colleagues to identify the main problems as it should.

Reduced activity :  It could be the result of a decreased energy, fatigue and sleepiness, or can be made independent of these symptoms. In any circumstance, is around, and if the activity begins to decline - for example, if you normally do laundry and just start to leave undone, or if you go to a diet group three times a week and then just stop going.

Insomnia or hypersomnia :  Insomnia means having trouble for good sleeping. It is a most common symptom of depression: awake worrying, unable to get comfortable, feeling tense or just have your mind racing (the sign of a depressive episode mixed). Hypersomnia is just the opposite: too much sleep. People in depressive episodes have been known to sleep more than 20 hours per day. Insomnia may or may not affect your daily routine. Because many factors can cause insomnia, it can go on for awhile or are associated with other symptoms to report to you that it is a symptom of depression. Hypersomnia, on the other hand, stands out immediately and is a signal from an emergency call to your psychiatrist.

Lack of of interest in pleasureable activities :  The name aptly describes this symptom. You usually likes to go bowling, but start turning on each invitation. Mary's an avid gardener, but this spring is not there with his trowel and plant the way it normally is. Rick has season tickets to the Mets, but he stayed at home and when you ask him why he missed the last game, it just pulls and said: I do not want to go. This symptom may be easier for others to spot than the person who goes through.

Social withdrawal   :  This symptom is  very easy to explain, but it can be difficult to notice, depending on the personality of the person is bipolar between episodes or more outgoing than reserved for a party animal or quiet evening alone with a book. Someone who is of course only can become manic or hypomanic episode during social and pull too much during the recession. But because this person is known for something like a lone wolf, no one can understand that this time the withdrawal is more severe than usual. Other changes include activities not listed may also occur in conjunction with depression, but the above are most commonly associated with depressive episodes of manic-depressive.

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