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Do you think children should be prescribed anti-psychotic meds for mood and behavior disorders?

And do you think pre-schoolers should be prescribed ritalin for ADD?

Dumbest idea ever. Just what you'd expect from the pharmaco-industrial complex. Old-fashioned frequent heavy beatings should work much better.  (+ info)

Can Anixety Disorders Cause Mood Swings?

does any anixety disorder cause mood swings, depression or bipolar like moments?

Yes and no. I have panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. People who have anxiety disorders are highly prone to developing depression, however, bi-polar disorder uncommonly associated with anxiety disorders.

Anxiety can cause all kinds of feelings, and one that I experiance a lot with mine are depression type feelings.  (+ info)

What's the danger of over - diagnosed mood disorders?

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Mood disorders, not quite bipolar lots of anxiety and some depression....?

What have people found the best remedt if you cannot tolerate regular antidepressants. They make me manic and depressed, mood swings. My doc wants to put me on lamictal and I am scared of the "rash" but what suggestions does everyone have. I have lots!! of anxiety and some depression, my mood swings but I am not typical bipolar, any experience or help?

Most anti-depressants have made my anxiety worse, so I stopped taking them. There are a lot of anti-anxiety meds out there. I would ask your doctor about them. If your depression isn't severe, controlling your anxiety will probably help with that. Every one has mood swings, I wouldn't worry too much about that. I take Valium for my anxiety. It works well and I don't have to take a daily pill, just one when I feel an attack coming on. Only problem is I can't drive on it and it makes me sleep longer. Not really something you can take all the time.  (+ info)

Is celiac disease associated with mood disorders in children?

A lot of people, not just children seem to get moody or irritable when glutened, I do and so do the people who answered this post on glutenfreeforums.com http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=8480 just copy and paste the link, also, maybe a lot of the moodiness could be caused with the feeling of helplessness, sometimes it helps to know others with the same intolerance's, a great resource for kids is http://www.celiac.org/kidskorner.php they also have info on kids camps for kids with CD.  (+ info)

Difference between relaspse and recurrence of mood disorders?

The Mac Arthur Foundation research network gives definitions for relapse and recurrence of mood disorders that are very similar. Can someone explain the difference? They describe relapse as the return of symptoms sufficient to satisfy full criteria for an episode. Recurrence is defined as the return of full symptomatology occurring after the beginning of the recovery period. Thanks

This is a very good blog, a beginner’s guide to abnormal psychology.
Short, clear and simple; and you can even post your question and contact the author regarding particular subject you are interested in

http://sensitive-psychoworld.blogspot.com/  (+ info)

Mood stabilisers and bipolar disorders?

What's the most efficient way to treat bipolarity?
1 - taking mood stabilisers as the Lithium Carbonate.
2 - taking antidepressants together to anti-psychotics (to prevent the manic outbreaks)
dori: I can't take antidepressants because they are a trigger to schizophrenia or manic outbreaks.
Can't the lithium prevent the depressive episodes?

Antipsychotics are only needed for hallucinations, or delusional beliefs. A previous answer follows: See section 10, on bipolar disorder, at ezy build, below, and take the quiz, if unsure, and if the results are positive, ensure you get an expert diagnosis from a mental health professional, not doctors, who are much better dealing with physical ailments, and don't diagnose complex disorders like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder often enough to develop any real expertise.

Bipolar disorder usually involves major mood swings, which occur without apparent cause, and often over many months, or a matter of years, rather than days, as with most people (unless rapid cycling). Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or grapefruit, or their FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it. More about this on page R, in section 2.

If you decide to use allopathy, (modern Western medicine) I recommend trying Lithium Carbonate, or Lithium Citrate. (regular tests are necessary, for these) before trying the other mood stabilisers, but if you aren't good at taking medications regularly, drinking adequate water, and keeping up your salt intake, something else, such as Lamictal, or Depakote, may suit you better. Check out "lithium" at http://www.drugs.com/, and http://crazymeds.us/ and always research medications first, there, and at http://www.rxlist.com/ & http://www.askapatient.com/ (read, and keep the labels/information sheets) so you will be aware of the risks, and on the lookout for side effects. Personally, if I wasn't bipolar type 1, and didn't experience hallucinations, or serious delusional states, I know I'd first try the orthomolecular, and Omega 3 fish oil supplements, vitamins, minerals; a herbal remedy, and a mostly raw food diet, for several months. Note: St. John's wort, and also antidepressants, may trigger mania, or hypomania, in people with bipolar disorder. I'd aso eat in accordance with my "nutritional type". Enter that term in the searchbar at http://www.mercola.com/

If not considerably improved, after a maximum of 6 months trial period, consult your primary mental health care provider: you may be one of those who need medications to prevent this serious disorder from worsening. If you have bipolar type 1, an antipsychotic medication will probably be required. Everyone should take the Omega 3 supplements, or preferably "krill oil" for its other health benefits: use the searchbar at http://www.mercola.com/ Some people refuse medication, using supplements, and a selective, mostly raw food diet (I do not recommended trying this, if bipolar 1, unless you aren't troubled by hallucinations, or delusional states). There are various types, and degrees of severity with bipolar disorder, and although many people with the milder versions can get by without medication, using the alternative treatments, those whose disorder is more serious, really would benefit from taking it.

Maintain the treatments for the depressive phase, in section 2*, at: http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris Some topics in section 10 include: treating bipolar disorder with supplements, vitamins, minerals, and herbal remedies (except for St. John's wort!). As with all medications, there are risks, and the possibility of side effects, which is why I inform people of the alternatives, to see if they can cope sufficiently well, without resorting to medications or, at least use less of them, with their attendant risks, and side effects. Don't use medications and supplements together, without medical advice, except for Omega 3, which is safe, anytime.  (+ info)

what is the name of the group of medications used to treat mood disorders?

mood stabilizers
anti depressants
anti psychotics

SSRI's would be another class of meds. with the same intention. SSRI's are serotonin reuptake inhibitors.  (+ info)

Are there mood disorders that only affect people at night?

I deal with two diseases on a daily basis and have battled them since childhood. Myasthenia Gravis and Organic Brain Syndrome. During the day, nearly 100% of the time I feel relatively normal. After the sun begins its descent and the sky turns that beautiful redish,orangish,magenta type color, I begin feeling a change in my whole system. I become irritable, sometimes lackadaisical, and there are times I feel disoriented as if I don't have a clue what is going on around me. I have a cousin with this Myasthenia Gravis but have been told my maternal Grandfather suffered from this same nite time "curse" I like to call it. My family told me that Grandpa called it the Evening Shade or somethng like it. Has anyone ever heard of anything like this? I have a wonderful family, very intelligent children that hate to see this happening to me but it seems to progress as I age and I am now only 42. The Doctors don't have a clue,all they want to do is keep me medicated. Help please. Thank you

I know that some people who are my patients have something similar and they call it Sundowners. Here is a website about it. http://www.sundownerfacts.com/syndrome.htm

I am not saying that is what you have because everyone is different. I will pray for you and your family.  (+ info)

Are depression, anxiety and general mood disorders more prevalent now than ever before?

It would seem so.
I think so, too. Think back to just 100 years ago. Children frolicking, people picnicking on sunny days and fishing with handmade poles and dig-em-yourself worms, lemonde and parasols, horse-drawn buggies strolling through the midst of carefree afternoons. If we could raise them from the dead and fastforward them for one day into modern society and "progress," I have no doubt they would opt to return to their graves...

I believe these issues have existed forever but today they are either abused, doctors just throw around the label to give someone something to hang on to or people self diagnose and give themselves the label of being depressed, anxious, etc.

But I also believe that there is more awareness these days and it's okay to talk about mental illness, or life's challenges and the effects that stress and worry have on our mental outlook.

We all have the capacity to get down now and again but that doesn't mean that we should carry about the label of being depressed. Anxiety and mood disorders effect lots of people for lots of reasons and getting to the root cause of those reasons is of utmost importance. Not just masking them.

Visit www.ahealingmind.com and check out Emotional Freedom Technique for some wonderful ways to self heal.  (+ info)

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