Mood Disorders and Right Choice for Treatment

Depression, anxiety, and sadness have some similar symptoms and often cause the patients confused in identification and treatment. In fact, these disorders take a long time to treat and require different treatments.

What is common thing of depression, anxiety, and sadness?

Three disorders have a common condition: hopeless feeling. And patients often have more than one condition: both depression and anxiety disorder. Many people with depression also experience some degree of anxiety such overwhelming worry and fear, obsessive thoughts, feelings of panic, trouble sleeping, heart palpitations, cold or sweaty hands. In contrast, many people with anxiety also have some depression.

Symptoms of sadness, depression and anxiety are often triggered by life events or financial, relationship, and family problems. It is not easy to separate out these disorders’ symptoms. When the feelings are extremely intense, they are not normal as people often think. They affect the quality of life.

Antidepressant is not always a right choice

Often an antidepressant is prescribed for depression and anxiety but that may not be the right choice, especially for someone with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a condition that involves shifts in a person’s mood from severe depression to manic phases – with soaring highs, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts, impulsive decisions, reckless behavior, and poor judgment. As for many people, there is normal mood in between the phases.

An antidepressant for someone with bipolar disorder could trigger a manic episode that can be dangerous. Manic episodes can cause the patients tend to use more drugs, drive recklessly, spend a lot of money, have much more sex – and have it completely unprotected. The patients with bipolar disorder needs a different set of drugs — a mood stabilizer and antimanic medication. So talk to your doctor candidly about what you’ve been feeling so that he takes time ask enough questions and give you the best prescription.

Bipolar disorder is condition that is ongoing but not always evident. So, it takes a long-term preventive treatment. Visit your doctor regularly because as regards with complicated things, a doctor can’t know all that in one visit.

Any mood disorder can affect your own quality of life — as well as the people around you, so it’s important to get treated. Believe in that your depression can be treated and you’ll be better able to find solutions to your problems.


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