Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Mental Disorders

Today is one of the day in my life im feeling rather cranky and very shitty for no reason.
Checking the calendar, it wont be until the next two weeks for my cycle to come and greet me again. And i should be feeling happy because i'll be travelling to my all time favourite destination; Egypt, again. Smelling the centuries old tombs and getting closer and touching what have been touched and walked upon by people of thousands years ago...and Ramses and Nefertiti and the museum.

And i still cant figure out why my feeling this way.
I sometimes wonder why women are made of these; hormones, too much of it what im saying.
God is great. But honestly, it's just a wee bit too much to take.
Lucky thing im not made of tears. Cant bear seeing women shedding tears whether they're sad or happy. Don't really understand why one need to cry when they're happy though.

See, i have been called 'windy' when i was much younger due to my rapid changes moods....and what im trying to indicate here is; nope, im not nearing any sort of 'stages' yet. Perhaps getting a little bit old despite my brain telling me that im just enjoying my late twenties early thirties time of my life (try figure it out people...).

Anyway, reading always help fetch me outa this depression well. Hence, below i have something for people like me <( or for people who doesn't admit that they're nearing or at the brink of that well too.....:-)>
And in a way, im also admitting that im facing a very minor mood/mental disorder. Don't everybody?

Mood Disorders
Also called: Affective Disorders

A mood disorder is a mental illness characterized primarily by mood swings or an abnormally high or low mood. Most mood disorders are defined and diagnosed by the occurrence of one or more mood episodes, or periods of abnormal happiness or sadness. Such episodes are not mood disorders in themselves.

Mood disorders include major depression, dysthymia and bipolar disorder, among others. Major depression and dysthymia involve periods of sadness and lack of pleasure or interest in normal activities as well as fatigue. Bipolar disorder includes episodes of both depression and mania, which is an elevated mood of (euphoria), combined with increased self-esteem, racing thoughts and reckless behavior or impulsive activity. If severe, episodes of high and low mood can involve psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions.

The causes of mood disorders are not completely understood. However, a chemical imbalance in the brain seems to play a major role in their development. Brain chemicals called neurotransmitters convey messages between the nerves. Abnormalities in the regulation of these neurotransmitters are believed to cause alterations in mood. Mood disorders also appear to be linked to genetics. Individuals who have relatives with a history of a mood disorder have a greater risk of developing a mood disorder.

The diagnosis of a mood disorder involves a physical examination by a physician and a mental health evaluation by a physician or a mental health professional. Mood episodes or mood disorders can be triggered or imitated by other illnesses, substance abuse or side effects of medications, so a physician must rule out these potential causes first. The mental health evaluation includes a complete history of symptoms, including when they began, how long they have lasted and how severe they are. It is also noted whether the patient has experienced these symptoms before and, if so, whether and how they were treated.

Depressive mood disorders are typically treated with antidepressants. Mood stabilizing drugs, particularly lithium, are the primary medications for bipolar disorder. Patients with mood disorders may also benefit from different types of therapy, including psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), in addition to medications. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be used in severe cases or in cases where medications are not effective or are not safe to use (e.g., pregnancy).

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