Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Emotional Breakdown - Depression and Bipolar Disorder

What is emotional breakdown?

Diverse life difficulties lead to changes in behavior and mood of people. It is important not to confuse changes in behavior caused by such difficulties, and signs of more serious problems. Changes in behavior and mood are causes for serious concern when they are lasting, radical and hinder coping with everyday life.

Emotional breakdown (disorders) is too strong emotional states that a person cannot control and that lead to problems in school, work and family life.

Emotional disorders are treatable. It is very important time to seek assistance in the early stage, not only in order to not suffer in vain, but because without treatment, many emotional disorders are renewed and strengthened with time. The two most common types of emotional disorders ( emotional breakdown - commonly used term) are depression and manic-depressive illness (Bipolar Disorder).

What Are Signs of Depression?

People with depression almost constantly have depressed mood. They can experience the following symptoms:

  • Permanent sad or anxious mood or feeling of inner emptiness

  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism

  • Feelings of guilt, low self and the feeling of inability to change anything in their life

  • Loss of interest in what previously enjoyed, including loss of interest in sex

  • Loss of energy and motivation, a sense of "slowness"

  • Problems with concentration, memory and decision-making

  • Insomnia, waking up too early or too long sleep

  • Significant changes in appetite and weight

  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts

  • Increased anxiety or irritability

  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems and chronic muscle pain

What are the symptoms of manic-depressive illness (Bipolar Disorder)?

The exact cause of most mental illnesses are not fully investigated. In general, mental disorders are the result of a combination of genetic and other biological factors and factors as education and environment. The interaction between biological factors affecting human behavior, and the environment is extremely difficult. The brain affects human behavior and interaction with the environment affects brain development. The serious life difficulties, such as immigration or the death of a loved one, can contribute to the development of emotional disorders.

How is Emotional Breakdown (Mood Disorders) Treated?

Effective treatment begins with a correct diagnosis. In most cases, in addition to psychiatric consultation is necessary to consult with a physician in order to prevent physical diseases that can cause similar symptoms.

Treatment usually consists of psychotherapy or drugs. Often a combination of medication with psychotherapy is most effective. In combination with medication, psychotherapy helps people to focus on violations in interpersonal relations and the negative way of thinking, often associated with depression.

Where can I get help?

If you or your family member develops symptoms of emotional disorder, consult your physician and ask for referral to psychiatric consultation and treatment.

The fact of contacting a specialist in mental disorders do not have any negative social impacts, since the rights of patients is strictly protected by law, and treatment is confidential.

You or a family member may be eligible for psychological assistance from the City Plan for Mental Health. The city has free hour phone on which experts can answer your questions in your own language. List of available services and their phone numbers can be found on the pages of your local phone book, set aside for public services.

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