Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is an illness involving one or more episodes of serious mania and depression. The illness causes a person’s mood to swing from excessively “high” and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, with periods of a normal mood in between. More than 2 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder can be extremely distressing and disruptive for those who have this disease, their spouses, family members, friends and employers. Although there is no known cure, bipolar disorder is treatable, and recovery is possible. Individuals with bipolar disorder have successful relationships and meaningful jobs. The combination of medications and psychotherapy helps the vast majority of people return to productive, fulfilling lives.
The most common cause of neuropathy is within those with long term high blood sugar and diabetes. Symptoms include pain, tingling, and/or numbness in the feet, toes, legs, arms, and hands that often form over a period of years.
Widespread pain and tenderness that can affect the back of the neck, forearms, buttocks, inside of the knees, lower and upper back and top of the chest characterize this condition. Little is known about the cause of FM and few FDA approved treatments exist for pain management.
Normal life includes some anxiety and fear. In a stressful situation, your brain triggers a flood of chemicals into your bloodstream. Your heart beats faster; your breath becomes shallow and rapid; your muscles tense; your mind goes on full alert. It’s all part of your inborn reaction to a threat: You’re ready to flee or fight. Sometimes anxiety and fear linger on and on. The feelings can be overwhelming. When they interfere with normal activities, there’s a problem.
Characterized as general pain lasting for more than three months, common locations of pain may occur in the lower back, neck, shoulders, pelvis and joints and may strike intermittently in absence from any clear injury. This condition can have an emotional and psychological toll. Symptoms include aching, shooting pain and feelings of stiffness, soreness and possibly fatigue.
A constant sense of hopelessness and despair is a sign you may have major depression, also known as clinical depression. It may be difficult to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy friends and activities. Common symptoms include fatigue or loss of energy almost every day, feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day, impaired concentration, indecisiveness, insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day.
Migraine headaches affect many men and women globally. Generally, people who experience migraines can recognize warning signs and “triggers” or at times, an aura signaling a migraine is coming soon. When a migraine takes effect it can be recognized by a throbbing sensation, a moderate/severe pain intensity, a sensitivity to light and noise accompanied by possible nausea and may last anywhere from a few hours to days.
If you’ve been treated for depression but your symptoms haven’t improved, you may have treatment-resistant depression. Taking an antidepressant or going to psychological counseling (psychotherapy) eases depression symptoms for most people. But with treatment-resistant depression, standard treatments aren’t enough. They may not help much at all, or your symptoms may improve only to keep coming back. Treatment-resistant depression symptoms can range from mild to severe and may require trying a number of approaches to identify what helps.