Bipolar Mood Disorder Tips & Guide

By Anne Durrell

Bipolar disorder is also called BPD or perhaps known as manic depression and is a condition that is known by severe mood shifts. Mood swings occur in almost everyone; however, an individual that has bipolar disorder experiences extremes of both major depression and intense enjoyment and over optimism.

Sometimes it is dangerous since the depression may be so severe these people can't function during those times and think about or even act out thoughts of suicide. On the other hand, the excited (upswing) may lead to risky conduct such as over spending, and activities they might not normally participate in.

Many persons with bipolar mood disorder will also have periods of normalcy between the moodiness where they function and come to feel much as everybody else. Some persons that have BPD may experience mood swings more often and of shorter duration and others could have longer periods of both moods.

BPD might begin as early as the teen years but diagnosis may be delayed as the mood swings could be ignored as being typical teen moodiness or even caused by ADHD. By the age of 25, the symptoms become more distinct and a diagnosis is made easier.

Complicating a proper diagnosis of bipolar disorder is the fact a person might have mixed states with symptoms of both manic and depressive states existing at the same time.

The causes of BPD are unknown, some researchers suggest there could be a hereditary link however research results are not consistent. Even so, individuals that go on to have bipolar disorder may well show signs and symptoms in early childhood. According to some research the signs and symptoms are so subtle as to be easily wrongly recognized for standard conduct or even a different issue like hyperactivity.

Adults being affected by BPD can have problems in most areas of their life. The high periods cause these people to become overly upbeat, engage in risk taking behavior, as well as become financially foolhardy or sexually promiscuous. The complications could be endless.

During periods of depression, the individual struggling with BPD may not be in a position to function or to keep a job. Committing suicide is a danger also.

There's numerous medications that could be utilized to treat bipolar disorder. The reason for this is that though some medicines work well on some, some others show no indications of improvement.

Lithium is the only prescription medication proven to reduce the occurrence of committing suicide in despondent BPD patients. The drug Lamotrigine has been shown to be successful in protecting against depression symptoms in some bipolar sufferers. Antipsychotic drugs might be used to treat agitation of the BPD patient while in the manic phases.

When symptoms are relieved and emotional swings are in remission the patient must still keep on using the medicine or a relapse is likely. Some sufferers with bipolar disorder describe the impact of the drugs as causing them to feel flat or drugged. That reduces medication compliance with individuals with BPD.

There are effective treatments for people with bipolar disorder and mood stabilizers can be a major portion of treatment to help stabilize the person having BPD. Since the moodiness may be so disastrous to personal relationships, financial status and work performance bipolar disorder is treated aggressively in most instances. - 31891

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Expressing Anger In Productive Ways

By Broyde McDonald

Anger is an emotion that every person has, and the one thing that every person does is express anger in one form or another. The problem is that not everybody expresses anger in good ways. This article talks about how anger is expressed and how you can make sure that your anger does not cause problems for you.

Three expressions...

Anger is typically expressed in three different ways. Some people express it outwardly; others people inwardly, and still other control and calm it down.

Outward expressions are shown when you scream, become sarcastic, insulting, threatening or violent.

The outward expression is a bad way of dealing with anger. It often leads to a variety of different problems. One of the biggest problems with it is that your anger levels go up, and it often creates situations where other people react angrily toward you.

Expressing anger inwardly is different but it is no less destructive. This kind of anger expression not only leads to rage being formed in you, but it also leads to the formation of major illnesses; The more common illnesses being depression and high blood pressure.

There is another expression referred to as controlled anger. This is the good way of expressing anger because it reduces the chances of you becoming ill, and it is also less likely to produce the results of returned aggression.

How To Express Anger Correctly...

If you are going to get into the habit of expressing your anger correctly, you are going to have to learn to control the gap or time period between the time you start to feel angry, and the time you respond to it.

You will be able to find numerous anger management strategies that will help you to do this, but as a recommendation, I suggest you do two things. First you should stop what you are doing, and then take some deep breaths and count to ten or more than ten until you are calm and ready to give a gentle answer.

Secondly, if you look at yourself and can see a problem, or if you are getting ready to lose something that is important to you then you should do an anger management class. When surveyed, these classes are reported as being more than 95% successful in changing attitude and behavior. Another good thing about them is they work in short amounts of time. Two months is enough time for you to achieve satisfactory results. - 31891

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Revealed How To Tell If You Have An Anger Problem

By Broyde McDonald

Anger problems are not always known to the person who has them until they have already done something to hurt someone. The signs were there all along, but what they didn't know about, they could not fix.

This article talks about how you can tell if you have an anger problem or not. If you do have one, your next step will be to fix it before you get into trouble from it.

Control

How do you feel when you get angry? Are you concerned that you are going to lose control. Or have you ever lost control before.

If your answers are yes, then you are in fact having a problem managing your anger and you should work on your anger problem.

Fairness

How is it, do you sometimes, or even many times feel within yourself that you do not treat other people as you should? The reality might even be that you are verbally assaulting and you know that you are.

Here again in these situations you should get help with managing your anger.

Lashing out

When angry, do you lash out physically? Do you hit people or destroy property? If you do, you have an anger problem and you should look into getting it fixed right away.

Gossiping

The thing is gossip is something that some people just like to do. However, it can also be a sign of an anger problem. Some people gossip because that is how they are, and other people do it with completely malicious intent.

The substitute

You may even be in situation where one person bothers you and you take the anger you have for him out on someone else.

Situations like this often happen when you are afraid of what the person who gets on your nerves can do to you. But you are still angry and then someone you are not scared of comes your way and you vent your anger on them.

You know that this is not right.

The solution

This kind of behavior has solutions. Do an anger management class; all of these awkward situations will be fixed. - 31891

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Understanding The 3 Ways How Expressing Anger Is Usually Done

By Broyde McDonald

People express anger differently and different results are achieved based on how the anger is expressed. We all get angry that is the truth, and we all express our anger, but while some of us do it in a harmful way, some of us do it in a way that helps us and our neighbors.

This article talks about expressing anger and how it can be done so that people are helped and not destroyed.

Inward expression

There are basically three categories to describe the way that people express their anger. First there is an inward expression. This is the most danger form of expression as it relates personally to you. With this kind, you keep your anger inside and do not speak out about it. What then happens is the anger is incubated, and turns into rage.

But that is not all that happens with this form of expression. This expression also has the ability to make you sick. It is often found in the people who deal with their anger this way that illnesses like high blood pressure, depression, and heart disease get to them often as a direct result of the way they deal with their anger.

Outward expression

Anger that is expressed outwardly reveals itself in shouting, sarcasm, threatening and violence. While it is a better way for you personally to express your anger, the difficulty with doing this is that often times other people return this expression with an angry reaction of their own. The end result of this is a problem that extends beyond the moment.

Calming

The best way by far to express is anger is with a form called calming. Using this form, you don't get sick and others are not angered by you. When using this form, you are using your best chances of getting your situation fixed so that not only are you not angry, but others are not angered by you either.

Learning how to calmly channel your anger involves learning to be in control of yourself during the time between you are angered and the time you respond to your anger. There are plenty of anger management strategies that can help you do this. - 31891

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Top Secrets About Anger Management Strategies

By Broyde McDonald

When starting to think about anger management strategies, let one of the first things you do be checking your watch to see if you have time to spare.

The truth is, these strategies come a dime a dozen, and you can sit in your chair and come with strategies to help you deal with your anger. But you need to consider whether or not your life can stand the tests of trial and error.

The situation is however that anger problems that are left to linger, and not quickly and accurately dealt with will grow so large that it would eventually take something stronger than an anger management class to calm them down.

A big lift you will receive from doing an anger management class is a teacher who will be able to help you to get over the difficult parts of the changes you are looking to make. In the case of anger management strategies the proverb that says that he who teaches himself has a fool for a teacher without a doubt holds true. Yes you can make up strategies, but can your relationships and health last through the delays.

Some strategies

Having told you about the dangers of doing it yourself, lets look at some strategies you can use to get your anger under control.

Take a minute or two

In the beginning stages of your anger management journey, you need to do three things when you are angered. You will stop what you are doing, the first thing, you will take some deep breaths, the second and third you will count to ten, or more if needed.

If this does not calm your anger sufficiently for you to continue your conversation without tension, the next thing you need to do then is walk away to calm down.

Once you are calm you can then go back to fix the situation.

Relax

If you are going to be successful with anger management strategies, you need to be relaxed.

You do not need to wait until you are angered before you try and relax. Relaxing is something that you can be proactive about.

Even if you are calm it would help if you take time out every day to relax yourself. Relax your mind and relax your body.

There are a lot of ways for you to relax, just pick some of them that you like. - 31891

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6 Ways To Use Christian Anger Management

By Broyde McDonald

The instructions for Christian anger management can be found throughout the Bible, especially in the writings of the Proverbs and the Psalms. It is using these guidelines that Christians are to set living examples for the world so that it becomes a more ordered and peaceful place.

The instructions are not plentiful, but from place to place the wording is different. However, the meaning of what is said is not changed.

On this page we will quickly look at six of them.

Stay away from anger

As you read the Bible you will see why this instruction is a part of the Christian anger management plan. Two immediate reasons that are given are that firstly, anger leads to sin, and second it puts you in danger of God's judgment.

Overlook things

Just let people get away with things. Fix the damage that they have caused you, and put them in the hands of God and let him get even with them. He will allow them to reap what they sow. But remember that a huge part of the plan for us is to be forgiven as we forgive those that trespass against us.

It is still sin

The situation is that someone has angered you and you go and cuss them out or do some other thing to soothe your hurt feelings.

The truth is you have just done something that is wrong in God's eyes. It doesn't matter that you were made angry by the people you attacked. You are expected to be cooler than that, and to not be cool can get you into trouble.

Pray

Prayer is the beginning of all Christian effort. Many things are done in the world without prayer, but for something to be recognized as a Christian thing prayer has to be involved. Praying is the way that a Christian gets God to be a part of things, and without prayer it is not guaranteed that God will be a part of it.

Don't hold it for long

The first course of action when angry is to get away from the angry feeling. The guidelines are that the sun should not go down before the Christian is calm.

This does not mean that you are to use faith to stop the sun from moving. It is telling you that as a Christian, it is in your best interest to get rid of your anger before the sun goes down. - 31891

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Clinical Depression? What is That?

By Colin Jones

Depression is a mental disorder that is often characterized by lengthy periods of sadness and melancholy, say the experts from the field of psychiatry.

However, just because someone slopes around and hates the world in general, it doesn't necessarily mean that he/she is suffering from depression, but if this kind of behaviour, that feeling of emptiness, loss of self-worth and absolute lack of hope for happiness continues , then, that person is probably, indeed, depressed. Still, there are various types of depression too.

Manic or Bipolar depression - characterized by sudden and extreme changes in mood where one minute he or she is in an elevated state of euphoria while the next minute (day or week) he or she is feeling as if he or she is in a personal hell.

Postpartum depression - characterized by a prolonged sadness and a feeling of emptiness by a new mother where physical stress during child birth, an uncertain sense of responsibility towards the new born baby can be just some of the possible reasons why some new mothers go through this.

Dysthimia is characterized by a slight similarity with depression, although this kind has been proven to be a great deal less severe, however. as with any case of depression, it should be sorted out immediately.

Cyclothemia - characterized by a slight similarity with Manic or Bipolar depression wherein the individual suffering from this mental illness suffers from severe mood swings.

Seasonal Affective Disorder - characterized by being depressed only during specific seasons (i.e. Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn). However, studies prove that more people actually become ill during the Winter and Autumn seasons. Or they could suffer from mood swings, wherein a person's mood may shift from happy to sad to angry in quite a short time.

'Clinical depression' or 'major depression', as some call it, is the correct medical term for depression. Actually, clinical depression is more a disorder than an illness, since it refers to those who are suffering from the symptoms that cause depression.

However, despite being a real disorder, clinical depression can be treated quite successfully. Doctors are usually highly optimistic that patients suffering from clinical depression will soon be well on their way to good mental health if they receive treatment as soon as they have been diagnosed. Patients who have sought treatment for clinical depression have proven to be very successful in their hopes, since 80 percent of those treated have found relief from their illness.

If you are seeking answers to questions related to clinical depression, the depression section of the health centre can be highly recommended, as well as books on psychiatry and the Internet, which offers a lot of helpful information, although self medication is highly disapproved of. Clinical depression may not pose as great of a threat as the other types of mental illness, but it is best to leave it in the hands of the professionals who can treat and banish this disorder. - 31891

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Coping With Anger

By Broyde McDonald

Your goal is to get rid of your anger. Only coping with it is a bad idea.

When you cope with anger, it is as if you are still allowing it a place in your life. You may often think about what makes you angry and not act out about it, but that is not the best you can do. There is a problem because you are still allowing the anger to be a part of you.

The only time that you should think about the things that make you angry is when you have already forgiven the people involved. When you have forgiven everyone, you will think good thoughts about them and these thoughts will not hurt you at all.

Coping with anger will harm your health.

Many stroke victims are known to have been made angry on the day that they experienced their stroke. This possible danger is present for anyone who carries anger around on the inside of them.

Not only are having strokes a concern, but there are also the problems of high blood pressure and heart disease that can take place as a direct result of trying to cope rather than getting rid of anger.

Coping with anger is not good for you.

Count them how many good decisions have you made when you were angry. The facts are that anger does not produce good decisions.

So when you go around constantly with anger inside you, even if you are coping with it, it can still cloud your judgment and lead you into bad decision making.

Take note of what attracts you.

Take a look at what attracts you. Do you like the presence of people that are angry? If so, you are likely to be someone that is coping with anger. Are the movies you like violent, or do they show angry people getting even? Are the songs you listen to the songs of an angry singer? If your answer is yes, you need to do yourself a favor and get your anger taken care of.

What you need to do.

If you are just managing to cope with your anger, there are hosts of anger management techniques that can be used to release it properly. The list is too long to get into right now.

However, you need to learn to relax. You can start on this right away, but know that this is an important part of releasing anger. When you have anger inside, you will be tense and anxious. Once you are able to recognize these things, you will be able to get rid of them. As you relax more and more, your anger levels will also go down.

Secondly, if you are just coping and you know it, get yourself into a good anger management class. A good class will help you to use the techniques that will help you to become completely free from just coping with anger.

You will not just be coping, you will be in control. - 31891

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