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BIPOLAR DISORDER, MORE THAN JUST DEPRESSION Bipolar (or manic-depressive) disorder is a special type of depression where extreme melancholy (depression) is punctuated by periods of extreme exuberance (mania). While a person suffering from unipolar (or typical depression) stays sad all the time, a person afflicted with bipolar depression will switch back and forth from euphoric, manic states to absolute despair. These extreme mood swings are cyclic in nature, so the depressed person can spend...

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National Institute of Mental Health's clearing-house of depression-related literature and press releases. The most up-to-date information and non-biased. A personal site, run by John McMan, with over 240 articles about depression and bipolar disorder, plus features news, books, and discussions. Includes his own struggle with manic depression. Internet Mental Health (IMH). Best non-government Website devoted to depression and other mental disorders. Virtually every other depression site links to...

Most Parents Dont Know If Their Teen Is Depressed

According to a study reported in the Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, most parents think they can detect signs of depression in their children. In reality, fewer than 5 percent of parents could tell when their teenage offspring was clinically depressed and in need of medical treatment. Because depression can stem from a family situation, parents are often too distracted to notice changes in behavior and even if they do, shame may keep them from getting help for their...

Antipsychotics For Bipolar Disorder Better Than Lithium

For the last thirty years, lithium has been the gold standard for treatment of mania in bipolar disorder. Recently, however, pharmaceutical companies have been conducting studies using antipsychotic drugs in bipolar patients with great success. Antipsychotic drugs are usually given to people suffering from hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking. Although these symptoms are most often found in schizophrenic patients, the manic phase of bipolar disorder can also bring on psychosis....

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Drug Sertraline Mechanism Action

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have infiltrated the lives of so many Americans they are almost a cultural paradigm. Whole books have been written about the wonders of Prozac how it brought people back from the edge of despair when nothing else could, and how formerly inhibited and self-effacing people became social dynamos under its influence. Still other books denigrate Prozac as a zombie-maker of formerly passionate and innovative people. Some say that Prozac's side effects...

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Ssri Diagram

Someday, God knows when, I will stop this absurd, self-pitying, idle, futile despair. I will begin to think again, and to act according to the way I think. Sylvia Plath Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 2000 Second generation antidepressants encompass al of the chemically unrelated drugs which were developed in the wake of Prozac's success. This diverse collection has been grouped together mostly because they do not operate as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Instead, each one...

Introduction History and Brain Basics

Again, no man amongst us so sound that hath not some impediment of body or mind. There are diseases acute and chronic, first and secondary, lethal, salutary, errant, fixed, simple, compound, etc. Melancholy is the most eminent of the diseases of the phantasy or imagination and dotage, phrensy, madness, hydrophobia, lycanthropy, St. Vitus's dance and ecstasy are forms of it. At one time or another, almost every teen may appear to be depressed. Usually, the depression is slight and goes away with...

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Tricyclic Antidepressant Diagram

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are less commonly prescribed than TCAs. Their use is one of last resort, when no other drugs can cure a patient's depression. As with TCAs, MAOIs are quite effective in curing patients experiencing severe depression and also atypical depression. Depression is termed atypical when an affected person sleeps more than normal and gains weight, the opposite effects of more commonly experienced depressive behavior such as insomnia and weight loss. Other depressive...

Teens and Antidepressants

Thirty to forty years ago, most mental health professionals did not believe that adolescents could experience true depression. At the time, a majority of psychiatrists still adhered to Freudian ideas of psyche. Under this doctrine, teenagers' minds were considered too immature to feel deep melancholy. Thus depression in adolescents was ignored or made light of as something that would go away in time that it was just a stage or hormones. Fortunately, in the last twenty years clinicians have come...