Archive for August, 2011
What is the difference between Bipolar Disorder 1 and 2?
Bipolar 1 includes extreme energy, very racing thoughts, very poor decision making (e.g. spend $50k you don’t have), can include disorganized thinking (make no sense), hypersexuality, and sometimes some form of psychosis (paranoia, other delusions, hallucinations). BP1 also can include highly activated mixed states (depressed and manic at the same time). True mania rarely is euphoric. It often is described as painful or terrifying.
Bipolar II hypomania (subthreshhold mania) can include poor decision making (e.g. spend $5k you don’t have), thoughts going too fast, reduced *need* for sleep, increased sex drive, high productivity, high social interaction, motor mouth, etc. BPII can also include mixed states of hypomania and Depression at the same time. (In more activated forms, hypomania can be debilitating and necessitate time off work or result in loss of employment.)
Both include Depression with or without psychosis. Those with BPII tend to spend more time in depression and have less time off between episodes. It is not bipolar light. It is a different type of Bipolar Disorder with different challenges. Both can also include rapid cycling which is four or more switches within a year.
Living with Bipolar 1 Disorder August 16, 2011 03:40 PM
Prozac Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms
Fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac) is an antidepressant of the selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. Fluoxetine is approved for the treatment of Clinical Depression (including pediatric Depression), obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (in both adult and pediatric populations), Bulimia Nervosa, Panic Disorder and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.Other indications include hypochondriasis and body Dysmorphic Disorder. Despite the availability of newer agents, it remains extremely popular.
With Prozac being prescribed around the world for everything from depression to obesity, there are many of those who wonder if the drug is really as safe as the drug companies and doctors are telling us. Since the 1980′s, there have been numerous studies on the effects of Prozac, and also on the Prozac addiction withdrawal symptoms that may follow cessation of taking the drug. The results of many of these studies have never seen the light of day. But there are many doctors and psychiatrists who want these results to be made public. It is because of these experts that we are able to bring you a list of possible Prozac addiction withdrawal symptoms. If you feel that you may be suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important that you talk to your doctor immediately. These effects can be especially pronounced in children; so if your child has taken Prozac in the past, be certain to monitor them carefully once they are taken off of the drug.
One of the most prominent possible Prozac addiction withdrawal symptoms reported is a heightened sense of depression. Because Prozac tends to give users a feeling of apathetic euphoria, stopping the drug can make users over-sensitive to their emotions such as depression. Counseling is imperative if you are feeling more depressed than usual, and a safer anti-depressant may be prescribed.
Another possible Prozac addiction withdrawal symptom can be a sudden and extreme change in your moods. If you find yourself experiencing sudden shifts between sadness and euphoria, or between depression and elation, you should talk to your doctor or counselor immediately. The symptoms of Prozac addiction withdrawal can be greatly exaggerated in children. Because Prozac is the only anti-depressant the FDA has approved for children, it is widely prescribed for everything from depression to Attention Deficit Disorder. If your child has recently been taken off of Prozac, be sure that you monitor him or her closely so as to catch any signs of Prozac addiction withdrawal symptoms immediately.
These studies have also shown that one of the possible Prozac addiction withdrawal symptoms, is a much greater chance of feeling suicidal. There have been many cases reported of people committing suicide who were recovering from their use of the drug, but as of yet, no findings have stopped the drug from being prescribed. Other manifestations of this Prozac addiction withdrawal symptom have included a strong tendency toward aggression, and there have even been reported cases of murder committed by those recovering from the withdrawal symptoms of the drug. If you feel that you may be experiencing one or more of the possible Prozac addiction withdrawal symptoms, talk to your doctor or counselor immediately. It may just save your life.
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hypochondria and Anxiety
Are there treatments for Anxiety besides medication?
I’ve had problems with Anxiety for quite some time. I followed the medication route. I have found medication to be effective at first, then it stops working and since all medication causes physical dependence it creates problems even worse than the initial anxiety. So, I’d save any pharmaceutical intervention for if you ever get to a point where you have no other choice.
Now, anxiety is very manageable. I know that the problem with anxiety is that the mind races and wanders into areas that it generally doesn’t need to be at that moment. So, you need to learn to focus your attention away from negative thoughts and practice something that you can do anywhere. Look up “progressive muscle relaxation”, and try deep breathing where you inhale normally but exhale slowly. Also, to break negative thought patterns, I’ve found visualizing something concrete helped, like a number or a stop sign.
You can beat it, trust me.
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