Patient discussion about mental health

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Q. Is depression is a mental disease? how do you treat it?

A1I can confirm as a patient being treated for depression that it is mental. Its supposed to be caused by a complicated chemical imbalance in the brain.
A2Yes, although many "organic" diseases may cause signs and symptoms similar to depression, e.g. hypothyroidism, stroke and many others.

Depression may be treated with medications (i.e. anti-depressants, SSRI) or psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/depression.html

Q. Regarding mental illness

My mom is suffering from mental illness. As she remains absent minded through out the day, moreover remains silent (talkless), suffering with idiot ideas. Pls advise me how may i resolve this prob. She is sufferring from last 4 years....!!! and now it has increased. We are also under supervision of phycologist but he used to kept her on sleep as alternative. I need yr some corrective suggestion & help. Regards Parth
A1Parth- Dan could be right, there might be another diagnosis for your mother. it sounds like late stages of Parkinson's, but that would be hard to miss due to a very clear first stages.. if Schizophrenia was diagnosed properly - you should know that there are cases of recovery but it's about 15%. so it's not much, but a dual treatment can improve her state. is she taking any medication?
A2Hey Parth,

Sorry to hear about your mom. I would suggest you consider have her see a neurologist doctor. Her symptoms you described may indicate she could have Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, or dementia. Give it some thought.

Dan

Q. In what ways does bipolar different from mental depression?

A1bipolar disorder is like being on a giant swing that one side is depression and the other is mania. you suffer from depression episodes and mania episodes. mania is an excessive good mood, sounds good but it's not. it''s wearing out you and your close ones. make you buy stuff you don't need and such.
A2A good place to find out about the differences between the 2 is from the Bipolar Advantage. There web site is www.BipolarAdvantage.com This organization has literally saved my life because I suffer from both Bipolar disorder and clinical depression.

The Bipolar Advantage was created in 2005 by an amazing man named Tom Wootton. He has written 2 books; The Bipolar Advantage and The Depression Advantage. The Bipolar Advantage holds workshops specifically for bipolar/depressed people in order to help us understand what the advantages of our particular "mental illnesses" are.

Bipolar disorder is characterized by sudden and unexpected shifts in mood. For a while a bipolar person can be working successfully 20 hours a day 7 days a week on multiple projects, and then for no apparent reason, the bipolar person will "crash" ending up in bed for weeks or months unable to leave the house. During this period, the bipolar person is completely hopeless--For example, I also f

Q. Is bipolar a mental disorder?

A1Do you now why the person can't control this disorder? If not, you have to ask me, because I know it. I know the causes of bipolar disorder, I know the therapies and treatments of it and how you can manage it without any drups or medication coming from pharmaceutical, chemical industry. If you are interested to know about all this, you have to ask me. My psychiatrist is a crack and since more than three years we learn from each other to find out, how everybody can live with a bipolar disorder without any hard medication! It works, I am the living example and I am happy that I have finally found out after 16 years intensive research with many professionals how it works! Ask me, that I can teach you.
I AM, if you like, your mentor, Lixurion
A2Bipolarr disorder is a mood disorder. A person with bipolar disorder is unable to control hos/her moods and the actions they may take while effected by the moods they are experiencing.
A3it is considered as a mental disorder. more accurately a mood disorder:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/bipolardisorder.html#cat8

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Q. Does anyone can with me ways to be fit mentally?

I was always fooled by people and I tend to think this a lot. Last week in a quiz contest I was not able to answer any question and I had some difficulty in remembering things….. I doubt the fitness of my brain….I want to become an intellectual man and I am trying to find the best ways to follow….does anyone can with me ways to be fit mentally….this is making me to overeat and I am short on my sleep these days…
APlease recover on your sleep and food habits as they will ruin your brain and mental fitness and poor sleep is the biggest mistake you are currently doing. Please control this and try to do physical exercise to get sleep. Talk to people about what you want to do and any info’s you have and thoughts this will make you remember all the points as well and exercise like jogging, swimming, running, will help you to increase your brain cells which in turn gives good memory and intellect & will increase your hunger or equalize the food intake making input and output of food correct.

Q. Is Christian religion dangerous to your mental health?

I think manic episodes can be somewhat akin to religious experiences. Perhaps searching for God can lead to either mania or depression. Maybe we are searching for an impossible dream.
A1I would say that in our life, the balance factor is important. everything that is over-rated will not be good anymore. example :
- if you're too obese, you have higher risk of having some metabolic problems; but if you're doing your strict diet too strong, then you can risk yourself of lacking some nutrition
- you are lazy enough to do some sports, you can't have your muscles built. you push yourself too hard in workout session, there's a risk of sport injury

and i will say the same in religion related to mental health. we need to be healthy not just physically, but also mentally, and spiritually. the problem is, some 'fanatic' believers -because the religion itself always teaches us how to live our life well- are exaggerating some beliefs inside the religion verses, and live it outrageously, and later it will manifest in some manic manifestation.
A2Interesting observation, although in my opinion the cause and effect are vice versa. In my experience, patients tend to reflect their own religious background on their mental illness, so it’s not that the search for G-d leads ones to mental illness, but rather the mental illness leads people to deal more with spiritual issues.

Q. Are Bipolar and depression the same? i mean would you categorize them as mental issue and from the same

origin ? what are the similar sides and difference between those illnesses ?
A1a depression can lead to a bipolar disorder. i made this experience. it took 8 years before i had a heavy crisis. persons with depression live mostly alone or prefer to stay alone - whatever. they avoid to be in company and it is difficult to approach them. if you should remark someone telling you that he/she wants to make suicide take this for very serious and keep both eyes and your heart towards this person.
A2great answer Lixurion999. Thanks for clarifying this.
A3no, they are not the same. depression is a part of a bipolar disorder. the other part is euphorism. both attitudes come as extremes and make then the person vulnerable for more trouble.
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