Tag: mood disorders

Signs of Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a serious condition where a person’s mood can swing from feeling veryhappy or “up” to very sad and “down.” The “up” mood is known as a manic episode and the “down” mood is called a depressive episode. The fluctuation between the two of these moods can cause a child to be hyper …

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Is It Depression?

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Depression is about much more than sadness. But even if your idea of depression also includes things like hopelessness or apathy, what about irritability or anger?  Does depression make you think of overwhelming guilt?  What about memory loss? Because those are all symptoms, too. There’s a lot we still don’t understand about depression, especially when …

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Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral Addictions

Behavioral addictions occur when someone becomes addicted to a rewarding behavior that does not involve an addictive substance per se, such as gambling, sex, shopping or eating.  Sometimes referred to as compulsive behaviors, behavioral addictions involve compulsion to perform an action despite negative consequences.  In this way people can suffer from dependence on certain actions, …

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Psychopath, Sociopath or Something Else?

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Do you have an exalted sense of self?  Are you a compulsive liar?  Would you do just about anything to get you want?  If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, you might want to consult a professional who can determine if you are a sociopath or a psychopath. Both sociopaths and psychopaths share …

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Mood Disorders & Addiction

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A common element seen in many addicts/alcoholics is the existence of a mood disorder.  A mood disorder may be primary or secondary, as a main factor in substance abuse or as the result of the chemical dependency and resultant withdraw syndromes.  Correct diagnosis, identifying any underlying problems; education, in regards to how the mood disorder …

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Addiction & Mood Disorders

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There is a strong correlation between addicts, alcoholics and mood disorders.  This is usually referred to as Axis I & II diagnosis.  Some of the more common forms of mood disorders and the terms used to describe them are described here. Clinical or Major Depression, to be distinguished from feeling down or sad, to the …

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