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Donít Let Depression Get You Down

By Michael Plontz
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In addition to the above episodes of depression, those people afflicted with bipolar disorder may experience the following manic symptoms as well:


    An obvious increase in energy

    Social behavior that may be deemed inappropriate

    A marked increase in talking

    Impossibly huge ideas

    Severe insomnia

    Happiness not befitting the occasion

    Thoughts that race or are disconnected

    An increase in sexual desire

Anyone who believes they are depressed should seek the help of a professional. With a combination of psychotherapy and medication, 80% of those who are depressed can be helped. Medications include a variety of mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety drugs or antidepressants that have helped many people. The newer drugs have fewer side effects too.

Psychotherapy involves talking to a therapist to resolve problems. Behavioral therapy involves discussing a personís actions and how they can get more satisfactory and rewarding results from them. A patient also learns about his or her behavior patterns and how to ďunlearnĒ the ones that are self-defeating. A severe form of therapy is electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). This is used only when a person canít take the medication or their depression is so severe that it is life threatening.

If you see any of these signs in yourself or your loved one, seek help soon. Depression is something that can become worse over time if not treated. Life is meant to be enjoyed, in spite of all its hardships. Donít let depression get you down.

 

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