What Is It Like to Be a Teen Girl? Part 1…
Angie Salzmann MA, LPC
Formerly called manic-depressive disorder, Bipolar Disorder (BPD) is a brain disorder characterized by shifting highs and lows in mood, energy, activity level, and daily functioning. A shift in polarity between manic and depressive symptoms is characteristic of BPD; thus, the name ‘bipolar’. The symptoms of Bipolar Disorder may be severe and may contribute to damaged relationships, poor school and work performance, and even suicide.
GRIEF AND LOSS
TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION
Affecting 121 million people worldwide(1), depression is considered a treatable condition. Without treatment there can be actual physiological changes to parts of the brain that that affect mood, thinking, sleep, appetite and behavior(2). "[R]esearch suggests that many people benefit from a combination of medication and therapy."(3)
SUICIDE: A PERMANENT RESPONSE TO A TEMPORARY CONDITION
Each year in the United States, an estimated 30,000 people die of suicide. More people die of suicide each year than homicide.(1) Yet suicide is often a preventable tragedy. An understanding of warning signs, risk factors, and prevention tools is helpful. Factors for increased risk of suicide include:
THE IMPACT OF DEPRESSION
One of the most common mental health conditions, depression saps personal, relational, and societal resources. The impact of depression may be seen in the following statistics:
• In the United States, 19% of the adult population is affected by
depression, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Stress has both positive and negative impact on our lives. The hormones released with stress are used to preserve life and limb from harm. However, we often live in a state of perpetual stress that is not life-preserving but life-draining.