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The Importance Of Accurate Diagnosis In Mental Health Treatment

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In the complex world of mental health, the journey toward healing and well-being often begins with a single, crucial step: obtaining an accurate diagnosis. The role of a psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners, along with other mental health professionals, is paramount in this initial phase. Their expertise not only lies in treating the symptoms but …

6 Things That Could Help You To Manage Bipolar Disorder

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It is estimated that 2.8% of the American population have bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that is characterized predominately by regular and severe mood swings. Bipolar disorder can be very challenging and result in days of depression followed by a short or long period of ‘highs’ or a more upbeat mood. If you’re looking …

Tips For Surviving Bipolar Disorder

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People with bipolar disorder experience mood swings that range from depressive lows to manic highs. Unfortunately, nobody knows the exact cause of this disorder. Treatment Modalities When it comes to treating bipolar disorder a combination of medication and psychotherapy should be used as patients learn self-management skills. These skills are important as they teach the …

Anxiety VS. Depression: Understanding The Difference

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The word depression is oftentimes lightly thrown around in conversations. While we may think that we’re depressed in a variety of different situations, oftentimes we’re mistaking it for sadness. The confusion starts with the fact that sadness is a symptom of depression. Since we associate both of these things together we find ourselves struggling to …

Using Light Therapy For Depression Treatment

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Throughout the fall and winter many people struggle with low moods and motivation. Some people can distinguish these feelings from depression, which is when doctors diagnose it as SAD (seasonal affective disorder). While you may think that the reasons these feelings emerge at this time of the year are mainly psychological (e.g. we’re past the …

Common Myths and Facts About Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a brain condition that causes alternating shifts in mood and energy from elation (mania or hypomania) to depression. Also referred to as manic-depressive illness, this disorder can affect one’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities. Although more people have an understanding of the existence of the disorder, there are still a number …