Bipolar Case Study 1 (Depression)

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Since most folks get depressed from time to time, there is that everlasting question if depression is indeed a illness. The answer is: yes. The deadly one, that is. It has been said that about 1 out of eight United States residents will likely become clinically depressed. A few experience it once in a lifetime, while others can have multiple episodes.

This is a fact: if the person gets depressed for the first time, there is a 50 percent chance that he will fall to the same predicament over again. And come the second time, there is the threat that this individual will go into a third manic depression episode.

Depression is a genuine illness as it involves the mental, psychological and even physical faculties of the person. It is not just a transitive sad feeling that will go away when one wants it to. You will discover symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not managed properly and immediately, it may escalate to worse conditions. Like any other illness, depressive disorder has also variations.

There are three kinds of manic disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and dysthymic disorder.

Major depression is a culmination of all symptoms and signs that get involved with one’s power to work normally. It may happen once, but continious episodes are possible.

Its less severe counterpart is dysthymia which is characterized by the same symptoms of serious depression, only they do not totally affect one’s activities. A person who has dysthymic disorder could suffer major major depression sometime during his life.

Bipolar disorder is also a type of depression that involves drastic mood changes, from being very high a minute or so to significantly depressed the next. The manic cycle can make the individual hyper and overenthusiastic but it transforms as soon as the stressed out cycle hits. The depressed cycle encompasses all the symptoms of depression.

Because depression is a disease, there are symptoms. Again, they are the following:

1. Persistent “empty” feeling

2. Serious hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and worthless all the time

4. Absence or loss of interests in activities that used to bring joy to the patient and this includes sex.

5. Visible fatigue

6. Has a difficult time {making|taking decisions

7. Development of rest problems

8. Loss of appetite and drastic body change or loss

9. Suicidal attempts plus thoughts.

10. Pronounced irritability

11. Physical aches and discomfort that have no physiological basis

The good thing is at the end of this dark canal called depression, there is great hope. Treatment is available in 3 types: hypnosis, antidepressant medicine and the combo of both. Right now there are also times when electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and light therapy are employed.

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