100 Q&A About Bi-Polar (Manic-Depressive) Disorder (100 by Ava T. Albrecht, Charles Herrick

By Ava T. Albrecht, Charles Herrick

EMPOWER your self! no matter if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a chum, or relative, this ebook deals aid. the one quantity to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Bipolar (Manic-Depressive) ailment supplies authoritative, useful solutions on your questions on treatment plans, coping ideas, assets of aid, and lots more and plenty extra. Written by way of a in demand psychiatrist, with genuine sufferer statement, this ebook is a useful source for someone dealing with the clinical, mental, and emotional turmoil of this debilitating .

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First, you have no mental disorder and someone is over-pathologizing your upbeat, get-up-and-go attitude. qxd 10/18/06 2:32 PM Page 42 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT BIPOLAR (MANIC-DEPRESSIVE) DISORDER normal variation in mood and pathological variation is often in the eye of the beholder. Although clinicians can generally agree on severe diagnoses like schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, and major depressive disorder, milder variations on these disorders cast very wide nets that overlap with normal variations in personality.

It is appropriate to ask the therapist about his or her training and background in the assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder. Credentials for the above-noted mental health specialists follow. Social workers provide a full range of mental health services, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Most social workers work in conjunction with a physician, either a primary care practitioner or a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication. They have completed undergraduate work in social work or other fields, followed by postgraduate education to obtain a master’s of social work (MSW) or a doctorate degree.

Anticonvulsants are used in psychiatric practice to treat mania, mood instability, or other mental conditions. 23 The Basics • Patients who have successfully committed suicide by violent means have evidence of reduced serotonin levels in the central nervous system, based on postmortem analyses. • Antidepressant medications increase the functional capacity of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine to varying degrees in the brain. These medications, while effective in treating depression, can cause patients to switch into a manic state.

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