'Mood Disorders' is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of mental illnesses involving the disturbance of an individual's mood for a long period of time. Quite a few separate disorders fall under this category such as major depression, bi polar disorder and dysthymia, each just as debilitating for the suffer as the last. However common they are, mood disorders are distressing not only for the sufferers but for their loved ones. Akin to riding a rollercoaster or being at the mercy of a misery greater than yourself, mood disorders are never to be taken lightly. Thankfully, networks of professionals and support groups are available to help bring stability to those labouring under this form of mental illness. If any of the statements in the following list sound like you, it may be time for you to seek the help and comfort that you deserve.
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Treatment of Mood Disorders
Untreated mood disorders can have disastrous consequences. The suicide rate for individuals with bi polar disorder is disturbingly high and those who suffer from depression are often pushed to take their own lives as managing their condition becomes far too difficult to do alone. The process of getting help can be very difficult for some people, as, no matter how far we've come as a culture, the stigma of mental illness still exists. Embarrassment aside, if you are suffering from a mood disorder, getting help should be your first priority.
Treatment of mood disorders consists of therapeutic drugs in combination with in depth psychotherapy or cognitive behaviour therapy in order to help the patient come to grips with the illness and learn to cope. Because some mood disorders can be aggravated by lifestyle and circumstances, a plan will be put in place to promote a healthy, balanced life style in order to keep the symptoms in check. The support of family and friends is of great benefit to sufferers as well and a strong network of supportive people is a fundamental part of recovery.
Post Rehabilitation of Mood Disorders
For some individuals, particularly those with dysthymia or bi polar disorders, medication will have to continue indeterminately. This is not because they are more 'ill' than others, but because the pathways in their brains simply need to be continually managed in order to be at their healthiest. Consider a diabetic or epileptic - they need their medication in order to function but because there is little to no stigma attached to their affliction, it is not an issue. Others may have more transient illnesses born of lifestyle choices or extreme amounts of stress that can be treated and then dismissed in much the same way as an infection that requires antibiotics. The important thing to remember is that the only person that can make this decision is your doctor. Due to the powerful nature of the medication used to treat these disorders and the potentially life threatening side effects of stopping 'cold turkey', your doctor needs to be aware of any and all changes in your mood and treatment. Together with the help of family and friends, you and your medical team can get you back into enjoying life and moving toward the future.
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