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Anxiety disorders are a category of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear

Diagnosis and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose.

The average bipolar patient will see three mental health professionals before getting the right diagnosis. In fact, one-third of bipolar patients will not be diagnosed with the disorder until more than 10 years after they first seek treatment.

There is a lot of similarity between the symptoms of bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions, but that isn’t the only reason why it is so difficult to diagnose. Here are some of the complicating factors:

Bipolar Disorder PatientThe patient only talks about depression – as bipolar disorder is a condition that has periods of depression alternating with manic episodes, many patients present when they are depressed. This is particularly true when a patient seeks treatment for themselves. Manic patients feel good or at least energized and are unlikely to believe that anything is wrong. Either they feel terrific, or they are in a heightened “bad” mood – and likely to blame that on other people or life circumstances. Consequently when they first seek treatment – they only profess to the depression as that is most bothersome.

Bipolar disorder looks like anxiety – in actuality, many, if not most bipolar patients also have some type of anxiety disorder. Consequently it may be very difficult for mental health professional to root out bipolar disorder. If patients are seen as agitated, hyperactive or fidgety, they may be only asked about anxiety or given a self-rating scale for anxiety. This would immediately lead the practitioner to diagnose an anxiety disorder – unless careful investigations were done.

Substance abuse can be complicating the issue – many bipolar patients spend years self-treating with substances of abuse. This includes prescription medications, recreational drugs and alcohol. There is not any particular drug that is more often abused by bipolar people as a whole – some will choose alcohol, some will prefer stimulants, some will choose pain medications – all of which will mask the symptoms to some extent. In some cases, the substance abuse appears to be more problematic than anything else and in cases of addiction; the substance abuse must be treated before an accurate evaluation can occur.

Denial is very common – Denial is a nice way of saying dishonesty. That would be lying. This sounds very harsh but in many cases, bipolar patients will not be honest about difficulties that they have had. It may be subconscious dishonesty in that they, themselves do not really know what the problem is. Lack of awareness is common but outright denial is also common. Many bipolar patients absolutely refuse to accept the diagnosis when it is first presented – even after years of not being treated properly. Oddly, this may make it more likely that the practitioner believes that the patient has bipolar disorder but such outright denial delays treatment.

These are just a few of the reasons why bipolar disorder is so difficult to pin down and, unfortunately, delayed treatment can have huge life implicationsBipolar disorder is one of the riskiest psychiatric illnesses to have and can have severe consequences for the patient who is not properly diagnosed and medicated – including job losses, family disturbance, institutionalization, jail and even death.

Bipolar disorder affects not only the patient himself – but family and loved ones as well.

Why is it so difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder?

Treatment of Anxiety – Xanax

Xanax in use for treatment of anxiety arise questions

Many physicians prescribe Xanax to their patients for the treatment of anxiety, as well as for anxiety disorders. Xanax has a generic form called alprazolam, and has been used since it was approved by the FDA in 1981. Today, Xanax XR is also available.

Xanax - Treatment of AnxietyUnlike regular Xanax, Xanax XR is taken just once a day.

As with most medications, there are potential side effects when taking Xanax. It can cause your motor functions to become impaired while the drug is in your system. You may feel clumsy, become dizzy, or experience headaches and fatigue.

Serious side effects include blurred vision, slurred speech, confusion, personality changes, nightmares, memory loss, incontinence, constipation, nausea, and disorientation. It is rare, but possible, that Xanax could actually increase one’s anxiety.

Those who have a very rare and serious reaction to the medication may also experience nervousness, agitation, insomnia, muscle spasms, and even feelings of rage. If any of these things occurs, it is usually an indication that the dosage prescribed or taken was too high, and the solution is to reduce the dosage.

Xanax for Treatment of Anxiety DisorderXanax can become addictive with long-term use. At the same time, there are those patients who discover that the Xanax no longer works in controlling their anxiety or anxiety symptoms.

Xanax is a controlled drug and must be prescribed by a licensed physician. It is typically not prescribed for those who are under the age of 18. The drug cannot be taken while pregnant or nursing.

Xanax is a good drug for short-term treatment of anxiety, but if an addiction occurs, the withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued from the treatment plan can be fairly severe. Withdrawal can result in shaking, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, seizure, sleep pattern changes, and of course, anxiety.

If you suffer from anxiety, you should discuss Xanax with your doctor. Only you and your health care professional can determine whether or not Xanax is the right course of treatment for you.

With so many side-effects lying “on the table”, the questions arise; is it really worth it – to use Xanax for the treatment of anxiety, and what`s one`s alternative anxiety treatment?

  • Statement on a You Tube video;  Xanax – More Addictive Than Heroin

Mental Illness in Children

Mental Illness In Children – Are We Too Afraid To Find Out?

Up until about 20 years ago, the idea of mental illness occurring in children was pretty much unthinkable.

Boys who were extremely active were sent outside to play.  Defiant children were punished or sent outside to play.  Irritable children were sent outside to play.  Depressed children were sent outside to play.  Get the picture?Get the Idea

Today we do know a lot more about mental illness and have a lot more medication to treat it.  As mental illness becomes more easily diagnosed in adults, it is natural that we begin to look at our children and wonder.  It is also natural that we look back on our own childhoods and wonder or even know that we were ill then too.

Even though most psychiatric diseases are not diagnosed until the teens or early adulthood, it should be fairly obvious that those diseases did not suddenly happen when the kid turned 18. Likely there were signs of existing mental disorder long before the diagnosis.  Unfortunately, some parents may be too afraid to look.

The problem with recognizing mental illness in childhood is that symptoms of mental illness are different from the symptoms in adults.  Children’s symptoms can be masked with other signs or even opposite to those in adults, so they are not obvious. In addition, the symptoms of many different psychiatric disorders are so similar that it is difficult to distinguish one disorder from another.  Some examples:

Depression in children can show as: Depression, Insomnia, Nightmares, Bedwetting, Anxiety, Combativeness, Lack of interest, Anger, Poor grades

Anxiety in children can show as: Insomnia, Nightmares, Bedwetting, Fearfulness, Depression, Poor grades, Social inadequacies, Lack of interest, Combativeness, Anger.

Mental Illness in ChildrenADHD can show as: Inattentiveness, Lack of interest, Fidgetiness, Poor grades, Irritability, Inability to make friends, Excessive anger, Lack of organization

Asperger’s can show as: Lack of interest, Poor grades, Inability to make friends, Excessive anger, Lack of organization

On the other hand normal childhood occurrences such as puberty can show as: Lack of attention, Difficulty getting along with friends, Unexpected anger, Excessive sleep, Inability to sleep, Nightmares, Irritability, Mood swings, Excessive anger, Excessive crying, Poor grades

And Sexual abuse can show as: Nightmares, Bed-wetting, Excessive anger, Anxiety, Depression, Mood swings, Irritability, Disinterest

So how can we determine if it is something that happened to the child, something that is temporary or something like a mental illness?

The best things we can do are to pay attention, know your children.  If they change, find out why.  Know your family history.  If they seem “different”, talk to their teachers.  If they are continuously exhibiting behavior outside of the range of “normal”, there may be something wrong.  Listen to your kids, if they tell you that something is wrong, it probably is.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Educate yourself.  Take the self-test quizzes.  Have your spouse or the child’s other caregivers take the tests.  Take all of this information to your healthcare provider and if that doesn’t work, find someone who will listen.

Most mental disorders are not diagnosed until the late teens or early adulthood – bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorder and schizophrenia.  There is more recognition today, but a lot of resistances to – both from parents and health professionals.  Don’t be afraid to seek help just because you are afraid of medication, knowing what is wrong and knowing your options can head off problems.

Recognizing an oncoming issue may help prevent years of anguish for your child and yourself.

Melissa Lind

Depression and Anxiety Disorders – Find Treatments

Demystifying Myths around Mental Health Problems

What are signs that someone is depressed?

What is the treatment for borderline personality disorder? Learn these answers to these questions and more when you view this site about types of depression and anxiety disorders.

Dealing with psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression, is a daily challenge for sufferers. If you think you or someone you love may be coping with one of these ailments, you probably have many questions, including, “What are signs that someone is depressed?” or “What is the treatment for borderline personality disorder?,” you are sure to find the answers you need here.

This site features all sorts of information about various types of depression and anxiety disorders.

It is important to remember that professional treatment should be sought if you or your loved one is truly struggling. The facts you see here are merely meant to guide you through the process of understanding these disorders; they are not designed to replace actual counseling and therapy.

Best wishes as you begin the road to recovery.

What are signs that someone is depressed?

What is the treatment for borderline personality disorder?

Dealing with psychological problems, such as anxiety and depression, is a daily challenge for sufferers.

Borderline Personality DisorderIf you think you or someone you love may be coping with one of these ailments, you probably have many questions, including, “What are signs that someone is depressed?” or “What is the treatment for borderline personality disorder?

You are sure to find the answers you need here. This site features all sorts of information about various types of depression and anxiety disorders. If you or your loved one is truly struggling, it is important to remember that professional treatment should be sought. The facts you see here are merely meant to guide you through the process of understanding these disorders; they are not designed to replace actual counseling and therapy.

Best wishes as you begin the road to recovery.

Mental Health and Different Kinds of Disorders

Mental Health – Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Living with Anxiety Disorder

Seek treatment for your anxiety disorder before you suffer an anxiety attack.

Feeling anxious and having an anxiety or panic attack is two different things. Because anxiety can really impact one’s thoughts, feelings, and even physical condition, it can become very hard to live with. Fortunately, we know that life must go on, and we have to learn how to live with anxiety.

The first step to living with anxiety is to get professional help.
When you seek help, moving on with your life — in spite of the anxiety — becomes a little easier. Your therapist or doctor will help you to understand that your condition can be treated and that even though treatment may take a while to work, there is a light at the end of the tunnel you have been walking through.

Anxiety - DogWhen trying to live with anxiety, the worst thing that one can do is to assume that a pill is going to fix the problem. There is medication that lessens the anxious feelings; however, you must also learn how to deal with the stressful life in a more effective way, as well. You have to learn when it is normal to worry — and when that worry has passed out of the “normal” range.

The mistake of thinking that it`s a doctor’s job to “cure” us is a mistake one often lot do. While it is his job to find out what is wrong with us, and to prescribe treatments to cure what is wrong with us, we must also take responsibility for our own treatment, as well. You need to learn to work with your doctor for treatment if you want to be able to live a life with anxiety disorder.

Discuss your anxiety with the people who live in your home. If they don’t understand what is going on with you, or why you feel the way that you do about certain things, life is more difficult for both you and them.

If they understand that there is an anxiety disorder; it gives them an entirely new perspective on things. It could be that all of you require group or family counseling to deal with your anxiety disorder.

Anxiety and Depression – Sect Story of a Musician

Break free from anxiety and depression made by others! Even by sects.

In 1992, I came into a sect that was the beginning to my breakdown and serious problems with anxiety and depression.

Bipolar Disorder Depression and AnxietyIn the beginning, everything looked nice in this sect. The people there showed me so much love that I was convinced that they had the “one truth”!

They used the Bible to show that I had to give away everything that could come between me and God, (in fact, everything that made my life worth living!) I had to give away my family; friends were forbidden, forbidden to enjoy food for real and so on. One of these sacrifices was my love for piano music. I was not allowed to play the piano for several years! I had to give away everything that made my life good! I felt more and more alone.

And I felt that God hated me. It was a lot of focus on that God is judging us and that it is very, very easy to come to hell. Even if I “do the best I can” to be a “right” Christian.

In 2000, I was mentally broken down. I was so depressed, and my life was so filled with anxiety that I did not want to live anymore. I felt so alone. God felt far away and against me. I believed I would come to hell, was terribly afraid demons, had no friends, and I should not be attached to my family.

But I did something important at that time: I went to therapists, and they helped me a lot. Three times I was in a mental hospital, and I got a lot of help during many years. Step by step I felt better and better. Today I still feel some anxiety and some depression, but it is much better now.

Recovering From Anxiety and DepressionI started to take back all the things I did loose in the sect. Family, friends and so on. In 2013, I had four talk shows in Norway, telling about my history in a sect. It was full-booked. Newspapers and TV was very interested and shared my story.

Also, I took back the piano music! I started to play and make my own music again. The pain I experienced I put into my music! I wanted to express it, wanted to express hope and longing. November 2013 I made an album on iTunes “Waiting for Better Days” and a music video to it. Everything is self-made, and it is a good feeling to see that I can manage in some areas of life again.

I want to inspire others with mental health problems that there is hope. Tell them that it is therapy for me, to make music. Hopefully my story can encourage others to break free if they are in a sect like the one I where in. You can listen to my music on the page Music as Therapy. If you like what you hear more, go to “Waiting for Better Days” on iTunes? Feel free to share to people you think might like it, or even need music like mine.

Jon Harald Gjesdal

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