Let me say I can imagine how worried, anxious and sad
you must have been about this situation. It sounds like you has been depressed for years. You also have attention difficulty, memory issues and mood swings at times. There is a possibility that your depression has worsen over time. You may have symptoms of Bipolar disorder based on the information. People with Bipolar disorder also have depression, anxiety
or ADHD. You may need to see a psychologist for psychological assessment and testing to detect and rule out Bipolar disorder.
Depression can disrupt the nerve impulses that carry a constant stream of orders from the brain to the muscles. When the depressed brain slows down, so do the signals to all parts of body. Depression affects MEMORY, problem-solving ability, language, perception and is accompanied by nervous tension, anxiety, and profound fatigue. It can generate pain and aches. Malnutrition/brain damage can dull mood further. Excessive alcohol use may aggravate depression and cause Psychosis
. Some medication can cause or contribute to depression. Your doctor should know all the medication that you are taking. Next,
Bipolar disorder is characterized by dysregulation of mood, attention, energy, sleep, appetite and libido. In adolescent, bipolar disorder manifests in euphoric or irritable mood, depression and ADHD. Bipolar disorder is characterized by elevated mood, grandiosity, hypersexuality, decreased need for sleep, and racing thoughts.
Do you think you have most of the features?
For bipolar condition, you may need to work with psychiatrist (M.D.) and psychotherapist. Treatment for bipolar disorder consists of pharmacotherapy (by psychiatrist), individual psychotherapy (Cognitive-behavior therapy - CBT) or Interpersonal therapy (ITP) by a licensed psychologist or psychotherapist), and group therapy or support group by a psychotherapist. Pharmacotherapy is a critical aspect of treatment. Individual psychotherapy will help you for support, ventilation of feelings, coping skills training, and direct advice. Group therapy is useful for you to address the issues – adherence to medication and therapy, regulation of self-esteem, and management of other psychosocial issues. Support groups are available in a local community clinic or a local hospital. Friends and family should join a support group to better understand the illness so that they can continue to offer encouragement and support to you.
If you seek a low fee treatment,
you may call The United Way toll free # XXXXX to find the community mental health centers in your area in which you can get treatment described above even without health insurance.
To find a group therapy or a support group for you, contact a local hospital or a clinic by asking if they offer a group for people with mood disorder. If you like to find a support group online, check Mental Health America website section (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/find_support_group) - Find a group in your area.
Additionally, Biofeedback may work for anxiety, depression and physical pain. Biofeedback is a self-control technique since it involves having a client to learn to modify his or her own behaviors and is based, like many other self-control procedures, on the principle of operant conditioning. The biofeedback may work for anxiety, insominia and physical pain. Please contact - The association for Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (http://www.aapb.org/consumers.html) for resources and to find a provider in your area.
For any question on mood disorder and treatment center, contact National Institute of Mental Health/ Phone Number:(NNN) NNN-NNNN Toll Free Number: 1-866-615-6464/ Fax Number:(NNN) NNN-NNNN Email Address:[email protected]
/ Website URL: www.nimh.nih.gov/ AND National Foundation for Depressive Illness/ Phone:(NNN) NNN-NNNN www.depression.org/
You may also
try some or all of the following to improve and manage your mood - 1. Exercise moderately, but regularly, 2. Eat healthy but delicious meals, 3. Regularize your sleep cycle, 4. Don't drink to excess or abuse drugs, 5. Spend some time every day in play, 6. Develop recreational outlets that encourage creativity, 7. Distance yourself from destructive situations or people, 8. Practice mindfulness meditation
, or walk, or an intimate talk, every day, 9. Allow yourself to feel pride in your accomplishments, 10, Listen to compliments and expression of affection, 11. Build and use a support system, 12. Pay more attention to small pleasures and sensations, 13. Yoga, meditation, Acupuncture, Guided imagery, and massage therapy may help. Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. Warm regards,