I Landed in the ER after watching ’13 Reasons Why’

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Four days ago I finished watching the Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why’ and drafted an opinion piece which I published Monday morning. The show rocked me to my core. So much so, that I landed in the Emergency Room of my local hospital. This is the story of how and why that happened. I live with type 1 bipolar disorder. For those who aren’t aware of the various types of bipolar disorder, Bipolar Hope Magazine is an amazing resource and {Read More}

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Because most folks get stressed out from time to time, there is that endless question if depression is indeed a illness. The answer is: yes. The clinical one, that is. It has been said that about 1 out of eight Usa residents will possibly become clinically depressed. Several experience it once in a lifetime, while others can have multiple episodes.

This is a fact: if the person gets depressed the first time, there is a 40 percent chance that he will fall to the same predicament again. And come the 2nd time, you will find the threat that he will go to a third depressing episode.

Manic depression is a genuine illness as it involves the mental, psychological and even physical performance of the person. That is not simply a transient sad feeling that will go away when one wills it to. There are symptoms and signs as well as corresponding treatment. If not handled properly and immediately, it may escalate to worse conditions. Like any other illness, depressive disorder has also variations.

There are 3 types of manic disorders: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder and dysthymic disorder.

Major depression is a culmination of all symptoms and signs that intervene with one’s capacity to act normally. It could happen once, but continious episodes are a possibility.

Its less severe friend is dysthymia which is characterized by the same symptoms of major depression, only they don’t totally interfere with one’s activities. A person that has dysthymic disorder may suffer major major depression sometime during his lifetime.

Bipolar disorder is also a kind of depression that involves drastic mood changes, from being very high about a minute to significantly depressed another minute. The mania cycle can make the person hyper and overenthusiastic but it changes as soon as the stressed out cycle hits. The depressed cycle has all the symptoms of depression.

Mainly because depression is a health problem, there are symptoms. Again, they are the following:

1. Continious “empty” feeling

2. Serious hopelessness

3. Feeling guilty and worthless all the time

4. Absence or loss of passions in activities that used to bring happiness to the person 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 reduction

9. Suicidal attempts and desires.

10. Pronounced becoming easily irritated

11. Physical aches and pains which may have no physiological basis

The good news is at the end of this dark canal called depression, there is hope. Treatment is available in 3 types: hypnosis, antidepressant medicine and the mixture of the 2. There are also times when electroconvulsive remedy (ECT) and light remedy are employed.

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