Attention Deficit Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder
Whether losing interest in activities you once enjoyed or being in a constant state of fatigue, depression is a serious medical condition that heavily impacts your life. Depression not only affects the individual suffering from it, but those directly around them: employers, family, friends, and more. There are many symptoms of depression—as there are varying degrees—but the most common symptoms are:
- Feeling constant sadness or depression
- Loss of energy and motivation for long periods of time
- Loss of interest or pleasure in things/activities once enjoyed
- Sleeplessness or oversleeping
- Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or thinking
- Thoughts of suicide
If any of the above symptoms last for more than two weeks, a psychiatric mental health evaluation is highly recommended to make a proper diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is determined, a treatment plan unique to the individual and their medical history may be developed. Depression influences decisions that directly impacts one’s life, such as being constantly late to work, or being likely to back out of plans last minute. This not only impacts your personal life and reputation, but your relationships and future endeavors. Fortunately, many treatments are available—such as medication and behavioral therapy—to combat the debilitating symptoms of depression and get your life back on track.
Bipolar disorder is divided into three main conditions: bipolar 1, bipolar 2, and cyclothymic disorder. Those who experience bipolar disorders often suffer debilitating side effects, such as extreme emotional states, intense mood swings, and episodes of depression. Individuals with bipolar 1 disorder may switch immediately from feeling great and on top of the world—or, being in a state of mania—to feeling hopeless and worthless. Individuals with bipolar 2 disorder may have long periods of normal moods in between an episode of mania and a depressive episode, often leading them to believe they suffer from a different disorder. In fact, many patients diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder originally present themselves to a doctor for depression symptoms. Thankfully, bipolar disorders may be treated and improved with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Depending on the individual and the severity of their bipolar disorder symptoms, different combinations of treatments may be applied.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is primarily characterized by having severe symptoms of anxiety for long periods of time (typically, six months or more). Individuals experiencing symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder constantly worry—even without reason—and seem to always expect the worst. These stressful symptoms usually result in the individual not being able to relax, which leads to insomnia, fatigue, shaking, headaches, hot flashes, and constant muscle tension. Other symptoms related to muscle tension include grinding teeth, a constantly clenched jaw, balled fists, or tension of the muscles around your temple (which are connected to your jaw muscles). A combination of treatments—including medical treatments—along with behavioral therapy can effectively reduce anxiety symptoms and help individuals improve their overall quality of life.
Individuals with panic disorders experience repeated episodes of intense fear; this builds until physical symptoms—such as heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, dizziness, and chest pain—follow. Additionally, those experiencing panic attacks or panic disorder often have states of constant anxiety in between episodes, keeping the body’s stress level at dangerous highs. The most effective way to reduce—and even heal—panic disorder is a thoughtful combination of medical and therapeutic treatments. The most common behavioral therapy for panic disorder is cognitive-behavioral therapy; here, the individual learns to overcome their symptoms with the right thought process. A unique combination of medicine and behavioral therapy greatly reduces the stressful symptoms of panic disorder, and even heals them over time.
Around one in eleven people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetimes—and women are twice as likely as men to have it. Contrary to popular belief, PTSD is not exclusive to the first-hand experience of trauma or a traumatic event. In fact, individuals may develop PTSD slowly over time, from “micro-doses” of disturbing images, details, or experiences. Examples of these include doctors constantly coming into contact with victims of disturbing events, or police officers constantly hearing details about violent cases. Individuals who suffer from PTSD experience intense disturbing thoughts related to their traumatic experience, resulting in flashbacks, nightmares, fear, anger, depression, or intense anxiety. If these symptoms become chronic—or last longer than several months—a psychiatric evaluation is recommended. A number of treatments can help individuals suffering from PTSD, including medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
From excessively washing your hands to constantly checking social media, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that can appear in a number of ways. The wide array of symptoms disrupt the daily life of individuals who have OCD, taking up large amounts of time or leading them to make unhealthy decisions. Individuals with OCD may have repeated unwanted thoughts that compulsively drive them to do something repeatedly, or cause them to obsess over something for long periods of time. If these episodes occur for more than an hour at a time, a psychiatric evaluation is recommended to determine a proper diagnosis. Varying combinations of treatments can help with OCD symptoms, including medication and behavioral therapy.
Individuals who experience social anxiety often feel that others are judging them, thinking about them negatively, or rejecting them altogether. These symptoms become clear when the individual withdraws themselves from social events or any place containing a lot of people. If, in the event a person with social anxiety cannot avoid these situations, they may feel intense anxiety, fear, and overall distress. The symptoms of social anxiety include nausea, excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, and even panic attacks. While social anxiety may seem like a harmless fear from an outsider’s perspective, it’s debilitating to one’s life; individuals with social anxiety are likely to turn to alcohol or other substances to curb their symptoms. After a proper diagnosis is made, a combination of behavioral therapy and medical treatments may help to reduce social anxiety symptoms.
Attention Deficit Disorder
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