8 Types of Depression You May ...

Types of Depression! Does depression have types? According to WHO (World Health Organization), India is the most depressed country in the world. The shocking statistics from WHO suggest that there is a lack of awareness in the country and the stigma associated with it is very high. Majority of people know what is depression but […]

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Why Some People Are More Prone...

It may seem freaky, bizarre to some, but yes it is true- many people around the world are prone to depression! It’s not just us who are telling but also research findings have proved it. “The prevalence of depression globally has been increasing in recent decades ranging from 20% to 25% in women and about […]

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How I got addicted to Alcohol?

Hello, this is Raajan Vasudev Menon from Bangalore. I am a recovered alcohol addict who’s just out of a rehab centre. I like to share my story to all, especially parents on- how your alcohol practice may affect your children’s life. There is no confusion from where to start with. For every annual leave, I […]

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Depression or Sadness- how do ...

Nobody would welcome the feelings of dejection or sadness, but feeling low can sometimes feel like a  normal emotion, and a natural response to disappointment or loss. But it is vital to note that if this sadness persists for a long duration of time, it can be devastating. However, depression is a mental health condition […]

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Why is Overcoming Alcohol Addi...

Alcohol addiction does lead to bad behaviours and is dangerous. But why is Overcoming Alcohol Addiction So Hard? “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction” – Gene Tierney Overcoming Alcohol Addiction is Hard- why? A person may not admit he is an alcoholic as he starts out seeking or experiencing a sense of […]

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Depression Phase of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder treatmentBipolar Disorder is characterized by two extremely contrasting phases – Mania and Depression. A patient in depressive phase exhibits classic symptoms including sudden disinterest, insomnia loss of appetite and energy to even having suicidal thoughts.

Bipolar depression treatment involves prescribing approved antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs to alleviate symptoms without triggering a manic episode. However, long-term use of drugs has troublesome side effects on one’s physical body. Hence, one needs to undergo one of the following treatments along with medication to control the episodes of bipolar depression.

Neurofeedback – It is a sophisticated, non-invasive, and painless way to improve brain wave activity. Neurofeedback treatment involves measuring brain patterns with a special computer system via sensors placed on patient’s head and in-turn rewarding the brain for making healthier and stable patterns. Neurofeedback helps in

  • Stabilizing mood swings
  • Improving concentration
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Controlling anger
  • Reducing drug dependence

Biofeedback – The treatment involves attaching electrical sensors to body parts to monitor functions like heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tensions etc. The sensors translate the biofeedback into detectable signals like flashing light and sound to help control them with relaxation techniques. Biofeedback treatment helps in reducing anxiety and insomnia.

Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) – ECT is used to stabilize a patient suffering from extreme depression and not responding to medications. An electrical charge is sent through the electrodes placed on each side of the patient’s head. Modern ECT is safe and fastest way to relieve certain unwanted symptoms, especially suicidal tendencies.

Psychotherapy or ‘Talk Therapy’ – Psychotherapy encourages you to speak your mind and share feelings or discuss behavioural patterns that can cause personal and professional issues. Various therapies used to treat bipolar disorder are –

  • Behavioural Therapy – Aims at managing stress
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Helps in identify thinking patterns and control negative thoughts and mood swings
  • Interpersonal Therapy – Aims at improving relationships and reduce strain caused by the illness
  • Social Rhythm Therapy – Helps develop a predictable activity and sleeping schedule to reduce erratic behaviour

Mindfulness – Mindfulness therapy positively influences one’s emotional well-being by breaking negative thoughts and behaviour. It uses yoga, breathing exercises and meditation to counter depression, anxiety and frustration.

Bipolar disorder depression or mania requires a life-long treatment. But with various treatments available today, one can effectively manage the symptoms of the disorder to avoid disruption in their daily life and lead a balanced life.

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