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Fentanyl

Many are unfamiliar with Fentanyl, so I wanted to give you a little insight concerning this particular drug. This information will enlighten you in ways you had no knowledge of. Please read and continue to pray for loved ones and others you might be addicted to Fentanyl or any other drug.

Fentanyl is a narcotic that is commonly used for pain. Fentanyl is also a controlled substance that may be a high risk for addiction and dependence. Fentanyl can cause respiratory distress and death when taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, but especially alcohol.

Fentanyl should only be prescribed by doctors who are experienced in treating pain in cancer patients. It should be used only to treat breakthrough cancer pain (sudden episodes of pain that occur despite around-the-clock treatment with pain medication) in cancer patients at least 18 years of age (or at least 16 years of age if taking Actiq brand lozenges) who are taking regularly scheduled doses of another narcotic (opiate) pain medication, and who are tolerant (used to the effects of the medication) to narcotic pain medications.

This medication should not be used to treat pain other than chronic cancer pain, especially short-term pain such as migraines or other headaches, pain from an injury, or pain after a medical or dental procedure. Fentanyl may cause serious breathing problems or death if it is used by people who are not being treated with other narcotic medications or who are not tolerant to narcotic medications.

Fentanyl may cause serious harm or death if used accidentally by a child or by an adult who has not been prescribed the medication. Even partially used fentanyl may contain enough medication to cause serious harm or death to children or other adults. Keep fentanyl out of reach of children, and if you are using the lozenges, ask your doctor how to obtain a kit from the manufacturer containing child safety locks and other supplies to prevent children from getting the medication.

Dispose of partially used lozenges according to the manufacturer’s directions immediately after you remove them from your mouth. If fentanyl is used by a child or an adult who has not been prescribed the medication, try to remove the medication from the person’s mouth and get emergency medical help.

Fentanyl should be used along with your other pain medication(s). Do not stop taking your other pain medication(s) when you begin your treatment with fentanyl. If you stop taking your other pain medication(s) you will need to stop using fentanyl.

If you still have pain after using one lozenge or tablet, your doctor may tell you to use a second lozenge or tablet. You may use the second lozenge (Actiq) 15 minutes after you finish the first lozenge, or use the second tablet (Abstral, Fentora) 30 minutes after you started using the first tablet. Do not use a second lozenge or tablet to treat the same episode of pain unless your doctor instructs you that you should.

Double Dosing: You are using fentanyl film (Onsolis), you should not use a second dose to treat the same episode of pain. After you treat an episode of pain using 1 or 2 doses of fentanyl as directed, you must wait at least 2 hours after using fentanyl (Abstral or Onsolis) or 4 hours after using fentanyl (Actiq or Fentora) before treating another episode of breakthrough cancer pain.

Know that taking certain medications with fentanyl may increase the risk that you will develop serious or life-threatening breathing problems, sedation, or coma. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications: amiodarone (Nexterone, Pacerone); certain antibiotics such as clarithromycin (Biaxin, in PrevPac), erythromycin (Erythocin), telithromycin (Ketek), and troleandomycin (TAO) (not available in the US); certain antifungals such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Onmel, Sporanox), and ketoconazole (Nizoral); aprepitant (Emend); benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Diastat, Valium), estazolam, flurazepam, lorazepam (Ativan), oxazepam, temazepam (Restoril), and triazolam (Halcion); cimetidine (Tagamet); diltiazem (Cardizem, Taztia, Tiazac, others); certain medications for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) such as amprenavir (Agenerase), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir, in Kaletra), and saquinavir (Invirase); medications for mental illness and nausea; muscle relaxants; nefazodone; sedatives; sleeping pills; tranquilizers; or verapamil (Calan, Covera, Verelan).

Your doctor may need to change the dosages of your medications and will monitor you carefully. If you use fentanyl with any of these medications and you develop any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical care: unusual dizziness, lightheadedness, extreme sleepiness, slowed or difficult breathing, or unresponsiveness. Be sure that your caregiver or family members know which symptoms may be serious so they can call the doctor or emergency medical care if you are unable to seek treatment on your own.

Fentanyl comes as four different transmucosal products and several other types of products. The medication in each product is absorbed differently by the body, so one product cannot be substituted for any other fentanyl product. If you are switching from one product to another, your doctor will prescribe a dose that is best for you.

A program has been set up for each fentanyl product to decrease the risk of using the medication. Your doctor will need to enroll in the program in order to prescribe fentanyl and you will need to have your prescription filled at a pharmacy that is enrolled in the program. As part of the program, your doctor will talk with you about the risks and benefits of using fentanyl and about how to safely use, store, and dispose of the medication.

After you talking with your doctor, you will sign a form acknowledging that you understand the risks of using fentanyl and that you will follow your doctor’s instructions to use the medication safely. Your doctor will give you more information about the program and how to get your medication and will answer any questions you have about the program and your treatment with fentanyl.

Your doctor or pharmacist will give you the manufacturer’s patient information sheet (Medication Guide) when you begin treatment with fentanyl and each time you get more medication. Please read carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if there are any questions. You can also visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website listed below (http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/ucm085729.htm) or the manufacturer’s website to obtain the Medication Guide.

Talk to your doctor about the many risks of using this Fentanyl.

I personally know someone who was addicted and passed from this drug. It is a horrible thing to be addicted to drugs; No! I don’t know through my own personal experience but through a friend/loved one. When someone dies from an overdose and there was nothing you could do. Along with the many questions that flood your thoughts daily for a long period of time, it is overwhelming to say the least.

The main question you want to know is why? A question that cannot be answered. But with leaning and trusting in God to get you through, it is the only way you will overcome this battle in your life. You may not always get the answer, but God gives you comfort and helps guide you throughout your day. One day becomes a year, and before you know it, all things are somewhat easier to cope with.

It is God, and only God! My Comfort, my Fortress, my Help, my Rock, my Strength, my Shield, my Friend. I call Him Jesus!

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Endometriosis

Signs and symptoms of endometriosis? (En·do·me·tri·o·sis)

  • Pain (usually pelvic) that usually occurs just before menstruation and lessens after menstruation.
  • Painful sexual intercourse.
  • Cramping during intercourse.
  • Cramping or pain during bowel movements or urination.
  • Infertility.
  • Pain with pelvic examinations.
  • Endometriosis causes painful periods and pain with deep penetration during sex. Since it can form scar tissue adhesions on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus, it is often known to cause infertility in women. Endometriosis can be serious especially if it remains untreated.

Pelvic exam. During a pelvic exam, your doctor manually feels (palpates) areas in your pelvis for abnormalities, such as cysts on your reproductive organs or scars behind your uterus. Studies says it’s not possible to feel small areas of endometriosis, unless a cyst has form.

Left untreated, endometriosis can (however does not always) result in a range of symptoms, including: Dysmenorrhoea (pain during menstruation) Pelvic pain. Infertility (the inability to become pregnant) or subfertility (a reduced ability to become pregnant.

See your doctor if you have signs and symptoms that may indicate endometriosis.

Endometriosis can be a challenging condition to manage. An early diagnosis, a multidisciplinary medical team and an understanding of your diagnosis may result in better management of your symptoms.

Risk Factors

Several factors place you at greater risk of developing endometriosis, such as:

  • Never giving birth
  • Starting your period at an early age
  • Going through menopause at an older age
  • Short menstrual cycles — for instance, less than 27 days
  • Having higher levels of estrogen in your body or a greater lifetime exposure to estrogen your body produces
  • Low body mass index
  • Alcohol consumption
  • One or more relatives (mother, aunt or sister) with endometriosis
  • Any medical condition that prevents the normal passage of menstrual flow out of the body
  • Uterine abnormalities

Endometriosis usually develops several years after the onset of menstruation (menarche). Signs and symptoms of endometriosis end temporarily with pregnancy and end permanently with menopause, unless you’re taking estrogen.

8 diet changes which might aid in managing Endometriosis.

  • Increase Your Intake of Omega-3 Fats. Share on Pinterest
  • Avoid Trans Fats
  • Cut Down on Red Meat
  • Eat Plenty of Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains
  • Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
  • Cut down on Processed Foods
  • Try a Gluten-Free or Low-FODMAP Diet
  • Soy May Be Beneficial

Self Healing

Can endometriosis heal on its own? In certain cases, symptoms may simply go away. About one-fourth of women with mild endometriosis will find that their symptoms will resolve on their own.

Foods that could have a positive affect endometriosis

  • Fibrous foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
  • Iron-rich foods, such as dark leafy greens, broccoli, beans, fortified grains, nuts, and seeds.
  • Foods rich in essential fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines, herring, trout, walnuts, chia, and flax seeds.

Getting rid of endometriosis

Conservative surgery aims to remove or destroy the deposits of endometriosis and is usually done via a laparoscopy (keyhole surgery). The surgeon can either cut out the endometriosis (known as excision) or destroy it using heat or laser. Although surgery can provide relief from symptoms, they can recur in time.

Home remedies

  1. Heat. If your symptoms are acting up and you need relief, heat is one of the best home remedies you have at your disposal.
  2. OTC anti-inflammatory drugs.
  3. Castor oil.
  4. Turmeric.
  5. Choose anti-inflammatory foods.
  6. Pelvic massages.
  7. Ginger tea.

Encourage Yourself

My personal story regarding Endometriosis. I was living in Denver, Colorado when I started having extreme pain in my abdominal area. I decided to visit a women’s health clinic. But after doing so, they couldn’t find anything wrong with me.

With time the pain persisted making it very difficult to walk, stand for long periods of time, or be intimate. Within a months time, I made my way back to Arizona. Immediately making an appointment with my gynecologist, who was able to diagnose my symptoms right away.

My option to receive a shot every three months to help reduce the pain felt like a good one at the moment, until my hair started falling out and the weight gain horrified me.

After the first three months I decided against the injections. I couldn’t bare the thought of being a obese bald headed woman. My locks were everything to me, and the very thought of not being the most beautiful me I felt I could be, would affect my mind set in a most terrifying way. It was an image I wasn’t willing to adapt to.

But as God would have it, I seem to be healed. The pain was no more! It was the best decision I ever made, to quit the injections every three months.

Remember that Endometriosis requires a medical diagnosis. The most common symptoms are pain and menstrual irregularities.

 

Hospice Home Care

According to Google the Medical Definition of Hospice careHospice care: Care designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal is to enable patients to be comfortable and free of pain, so that they live each day as complete as they possibly can.

Hospice Home Care is a In-home care where family or loved ones can spend their last days at home with those who are closes to them.

An In-home setting is far better than a public facility where many things tend to go lacking. Things such as precious time, a close watch over our dying loved one.

But the down side, would be not keeping a close eye on the amount of medications given. How many individuals are administering medication. The lack of sleep, and the worst moment, death.

To choose or not to choose weather or not to use Hospice, to use a in-home staff, or weather to send that dear family member to a site that can carry the weight of all the patient care.

The choice is yours, but one must be absolutely well with their decision. No matter what an outsider might feel or say, you are the one ultimately that has to deal with the heartbreaking task of the personal and strenuous workload. A job that can bombard your personal being, while completely consuming every fiber of your being.

If you should decide to use Hospice, and send a beloved family member there. Be firm in your decision, stand your ground, and unwavering. Do what is best for all involved, but by all means, be present. This is a sure sign that the nursing staff will know the family is supportive.

Providing less chance for negligence or abuse. While being supportive to the one who is ailing, after all, no one wants to be alone at a time like that. Remember to do your research before selecting a facility.

Encourage Yourself In The Lord: No one can say what is best for you. You must decide weather Hospice is best , or weather or not you will choose In-Home or a licensed facility.

CONCLUSION:

Remember one must pray and never faint! Seek God in all you do and He will direct your path.

Disassociative Identity Disorder

It’s natural for individuals to not feel connected with themselves or their surroundings. So consequently the word dissociative raises a few questions when it comes to this illness. Like all disorders, it can mean that the symptoms are more serious, than they are with those who do not struggle with Disassociative Identity Disorder, to the point that it disrupts their lives. Thank God, this mental illness is becoming increasingly understood, which makes it easier for it to be identified and appropriately treated. This article addresses common questions, but if the reader fears that someone they know or themselves can identify with the symptoms, they should seek professional help.

What Is Disassociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as DID, is also known as Multiple Personalities Disorder. While it is normal for a person to have a moment of dissociation between thoughts and actions, the case is more severe for those who suffer from DID. This lack of connection can affect their identities and personality states, showing a great change of behavior followed by a memory impairment, which is the cause of the multiple personalities.

Substance abuse, other medical conditions, and imaginative children should not have the changes in their personalities accounted to DID as any external factors do not just trigger this disorder. This dissociation is an unconscious defense mechanism usually developed by a traumatic experience.

Cause Of Disassociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative disorders are the result of trauma, emerging as a coping mechanism to deal with the stress caused by it. It can go undiagnosed until adulthood, but when a child is exposed to an extended period of abuse and neglect, this is when this mental illness starts to develop. It protects the person’s consciousness from the events they experience, so when a child is repeatedly violented, they can escape from this experience and block the memories of this abuse. In severe cases, this dissociation can result in an individual developing more than one personality.

It is important to note that not all abused children end up dealing with DID. However, it is more common with this group that it is with non-abused children.

The Facts About Disassociative Identity Disorder

Because studies are relatively recent, it is unknown how common DID truly is. It was once considered to be rare, but experts say it is more common than previously thought. Due to the increase of child abuse documented since the beginning of this century, some believe that at least 1% of the population might suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder, while others argue that this number can reach 3%.

This disorder can be treated with antipsychotics and anticonvulsants, as well as antidepressants, and is believed to be a trauma-related disorder. The name Dissociative Identity Disorder was created in 1994 to replace its former term: multiple personality disorder. The Sidran Institute is devoted to education around trauma disorder, and it believes that people with DID have a posttraumatic stress disorder (PSD)

Common Symptoms

One of the key characteristics of dissociative disorders is dissociative amnesia. This is when an individual blocks a particular event in their lives. A woman who suffers from DID has shared a personal story in which one of her alternate personality states (“alter”) took over and put her in a traumatic situation; after arguing with her sister, she felt stressed, and this “change” took over.

The woman then left her house and was a victim of rape. The memory was triggered when she faced another traumatic event, yet she could not remember many details of that night.

These “alters” are known to take over in times of stress as a coping mechanism.

Treatment For Disassociative Identity Disorder

Although not all dissociative disorders require the patient to be hospitalized, those who present danger to themselves can surely benefit from it as being in the hospital. It allows them to be separated from stressful situations and ongoing traumas that can be a trigger, and it protects them and those around them by keeping the patients from harming.

Effective ways to treat DID are through different therapies. Psychotherapy is the most common, guiding the patient to identify their symptoms and develop coping skills, hypnosis or a drug-facilitated interview, is used to access the subconscious of the patient, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) allows the patient to reprocess hidden traumas safely.

Encourage Yourself: There are many who don’t believe that mention illness is real, but allow me to inform you that it is very real. Hopefully this short review on Disassociative Identity Disorder will enlighten you so that you might be a little more mindful of those dealing with this illness. Remember to pray for those suffering from DID.

PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Keeping a healthy lifestyle does not only mean ensuring you are physically fit, but it also includes your mental health. From bipolar disorder to post-traumatic stress disorder and every other disorder you can think off are play a vital role in our lives. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder especially is a mental health challenge that is common with soldiers and people who have been through a shocking event(s) in their lives.

What You Need To Know About PTSD

There are some facts about PTSD that will surprise you, apart from other basic ideas about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD Symptoms May Be Visible After Years

The nature of PTSD symptoms vary from individual to individual; sometimes, the signs are not apparent immediately after a traumatic episode in one’s life, with diagnosis and confirmation of PTSD, it may take the symptoms more than one month to surface. Moreover, some patients may have the occurrence of flashbacks of the unfortunate events immediately after the episode, but post-traumatic symptoms may be visible after months.

Furthermore, some individuals only experience flashbacks of the traumatic events, and others experience anxiety and depression although some people have difficulty in sleeping, emotional numbness, inability to concentrate, and so on.

Females are more susceptible to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common among careful and sensitive people, and women are more in this category than men; they are more sensitive than men. However, studies prove that women are more prone to post-traumatic disorder even though men are more likely to have trauma. In addition, sexual trauma spikes PTSD than war trauma or any other trauma.

Children Also Suffer From PTSD

PTSD is not only prevalent in adults, but it also affects children; children also develop this condition because of some horrific events such as sexual abuse, accidents, sudden death of a loved one, neglect and solitude. Teenagers are prone to post-traumatic stress disorder, and they have symptoms such as distress, and depression. Also, most teenagers show aggressiveness and anger in their behavior.

It Is Not Easy To Discard PTSD

Unlike some disorders, PTSD is challenging to get rid of; it is difficult to wipe off traumatic events from one’s mind. Such people are advised by professionals to forget everything and move- this process alone is another uphill task.

Those having PTSD symptoms like anxiety or depression cannot easily wave PTSD aside and move on; they need good therapy and counseling to heal. A professional therapist has to help the patient in this area and make the difference. Before consulting a therapist, it is essential to find out first if the therapist specializes in PTSD.

Symptoms Of PTSD Are Not Always Obvious

One of the dangers of this disorder is the ability to conceal itself; most symptoms of PTSD may not be visible while some are obvious. Post-traumatic stress disorder becomes problematic when it appears after many years of the trauma. Some individuals tend to experience depression that may result in the wrong diagnosis. While others may show denial, in essence, the person may deny the traumatic event ever happening. This denial may lead to the wrong diagnosis that the problem is solved.

Medication Is May Not Be The Way Out

We are in an era where almost everybody wants to solve his or her problems by taking medication. Even though medication may help the patient cure the disorder, it is not always necessary for PTSD symptoms. A good therapist can solve the problem in most cases. It is important to note that some patients need to take medication before recovery.

Patients Experience Flashbacks Differently

One of the significant symptoms of PTSD is a flashback, and it may vary from patient to patient. While some individuals may never experience flashbacks, but other symptoms such as anxiety and depression others may experience strong and vibrant flashbacks. In such patients with strong flashbacks, a mere sound pr sight may bring back the traumatic memories giving a clear visual about a time and place where the tragic event happened.

Furthermore, the threshold also differs in everyone; just as the events, effects, and experiences are different in patients, so is the limit of trauma varies from patient to patient. Some may forget the experience and move on, while others may find it difficult to ignore and let go of the tragic event.  

PTSD Is Fast Growing In The Society

A lot of things including stress, unhappy environment, and tension trigger PTSD in anyone. Unfortunately, the number of people who have post-traumatic stress disorder are increasing every year. Besides, studies show that the situation is getting worse and they show that those with the disorder are more than 5% in every category. Also, the senior citizens are ignored in society, and they are very prone to PTSD.

Furthermore, our society becomes more selfish and more in love with money than their neighbors. Hence, no one saves time to show care and affections towards others; it is part of the reasons why there is increase intension and which can lead to several mental conditions including PTSD. If we want to fight and win this war, we need to do something to reduce mental stress and tension

Work Out Is One Of The Best Medicines

Generally, workouts are for anyone who loves to live a healthy lifestyle, but those with this disorder need to exercise daily to get rid of depression, stress and tension

Over Come Depression

How I Overcame Depression

With Joy in my heart, I am excited that I was able to get rid of depression and share my experience with a lot of people who may have been going through the same challenge as me.

How it started

Telling you the exact date of when I started battling with depression is difficult for me because I cannot tell exactly when it all began. However, I remember when I was little, people I know and do not know would walk up to me and ask why am I crying. I will simply tell them that I am not, and to the best of my knowledge then, that was the truth. My facial expression is mostly sad, especially when I am alone; I didn’t know the problem then, frankly, I never thought it was a problem.

Sweeping Dirt Under The Carpet

Growing up, I learned to put on a smiling face every time to avoid being asked the “silly” question. At first, it was difficult, but I learned to be cautious of myself, and it worked. The truth is, the solution I carved out was like sweeping dirt under the carpet. The problem was still there; then I switch to ensuring the people around me is happy; I make them laugh or comfortable as much as I can to draw attention away from me.- Confusing, isn’t it? Yes, I know… but it was the best I could come up with.

Then anger sets in, I had an anger issue, although as usual, I tried to suppress everything by ensuring everyone else is happy, but deep down, I was a wreck! I cry for about anything. I get angry with any slightest thing, and I was good at disguising these negative traits about me. People around see me as this happy young woman, and I made it easy for anyone to share their problems with me. However, the battle was getting tougher; negative thoughts were the order of the day. If I want to do anything, I will imagine the worse. It also affected my relationship; my negative feelings gave rise to trust issues, and it was difficult for my partner to up with me.

I Found The Light

I never knew what the problem was called until I was asked to write on depression and the dangers. As I make research, I started seeing similarities between people suffering from depression and me. Also, stories of young people committing suicides due to depression started popping up on social media. Then I knew something needs to be done; trying to sweep it under the carpet will not cut it for me. Trying to hide depression is like secretly keeping a timely bomb in your home just because you do not want people to tag you as a terrorist.

The breakthrough happened one evening, I was sitting on a couch chatting with some friends online, and I noticed darkness befalling me, my heart suddenly became heavy, and I was sad even though I was joking with friends online. Deep down I was in pains emotionally, and I needed to talk to someone at that moment.

The miracle happened; I was suddenly led in the spirit to start praising God. Friends, it was silly, there was no joy enough to sing and dance to my God. Nonetheless, I went offline, open the music app, and played one of the praises I have in my phone. I forced myself to dance, to praise God for who He is, and what He has done for me. A few minutes into the praise sessions, the Holy Spirit started flooding my head with the miracles God has been doing in my life, the growth I have experienced in my business, family, etc. Joy began springing up, and I continued to dance, but this time, I wasn’t forcing myself to sing along with the music or dance.

I was sweating profusely, but I never stopped dancing. Suddenly, I felt darkness leaving my body, and my heart became light. Oh, what a feeling! I am free!

My Realization

After the miracle, it dawned on me that depression is a spirit- a dark spirit that is cast on anyone by the devil. I know science has reasons for depression, and some people will even tag me as crazy for thinking this way.

However, it is the truth. Depression is a spirit, showing you why you are not good enough or deserve to be happy. It makes you see reasons to leave this world. Here is the fact about suicide; it does not stop the pain, you are only passing it on to your loved ones and people who cherish your existence.

The devil is out to get the youths, and he is using the spirit of depression to cut short their lives, to imprison them from fulfilling God’s plan in their lives. Nevertheless, the good news is, you have the weapon to disarm the devil and all his agents from deciding your fate.

Praise is a weapon, it is not what you do casually in church, and you can use it to fight your battles. Praise worked for me, and it is still working for me today. Administer the ministry of praise today, and you will receive your miracle. More will be discussed on praise soon, and I know God will show up in your case.

No matter how hard it gets, you suicide is not an option- it is the lie of the devil to steer you away from your glorious destiny.

Also, it is important to be observant too. Depression is not written on the sufferers’ forehead. In fact, some of the most jovial people suffer depression, the laughter, smiles, and jokes are just to cover up the battle they are fighting inside. Help people, when they sum the courage to share with you what they are going through; it is not the time to make fun of them or to wave it off casually.

Lastly, there is power in praise-you may not feel like praying over the situation, but you can praise. When you praise God, the joy from within will energize you to pray. Have a glorious year!!!

Encourage Yourself:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Bipolar Disorder

Winning The War Against Bipolar Disorder

With today’s technology and social media, everyone can easily shield whatever they are experiencing in their lives. The truth is, we have all been there; going through a bad break up, divorce, or failing a big exam. Life is not straight, and there need to be curves, turns, bends, potholes and every up and down you can think of- it is part of our life’s journey. For you to successfully win the war against bipolar disorder, you need to be a selective fighter- in essence; sometimes you just have to flow with the tide instead of fighting it.

This Too Shall Pass

Although whatever you are going through may take forever, but the fact is it shall pass; time passes on, our moods become better, and we fall back to being “us” again. Winning the war against bipolar disorder will not be possible without first knowing what it is all about- you cannot win a battle you have no idea of what it is, that is why we have taken the time to explain what bipolar disorder is, and the different types.

People living with bipolar disorder go through severe mood swings, which disrupt daily activities.

Different Names, The Same Effect

Bipolar Affective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Manic Depression- the three names are used to describe each other. The 3% of the American population suffers from this mental health disorder, and the significant symptoms of bipolar disorder are alternating between periods of elevated mood, i.e. hypomania or mania, periodic changes in mood, and periods of depression.

If you are battling with bipolar disorder, you are likely to feel unusually happy, make impulsive decisions during manic states, and feel energetic. In addition, you may feel the urge to cry, have a negative outlook on life, and experience feelings of hopelessness. Hypomania is a less severe form of mania; you feel good with a better sense of productivity and well-being.

Furthermore, you do not just feel sad when you are experiencing bipolar disorder. The depressive period may lead to suicidal thought that switch to a feeling of endless energy and euphoria. The extreme mood swings can occur regularly such as weekly or more sporadically.

Unfortunately, there is no specific pattern to the mood swings- one feeling does not usually happen before the other, and the duration of a particular state or the other varies. However, some treatments will help your moods in check, which allows you to live a productive life.

The typical symptoms happen around 25 years of age and from the beginning rate of bipolar order in both men and women are about.

Types Of Bipolar Disorders

There are various of bipolar disorder; however, three primary disorders are Bipolar 1 Disorders, Bipolar 2 Disorders, and Cyclothymic Disorder, Bipolar 1 Disorder is characterized by the happenings of at least one manic episode, followed by a hypomanic or severe depressive episode.

These episodes may be severe they primarily disrupt the daily activities or may prompt a break from psychosis (reality). Furthermore, you may require hospitalization if you are suffering from Bipolar 1 Disorder. Secondly, you experience at least one significant depressive episode that lasts up to two weeks or more, and at least one hypomanic episode that lasts at least four days if you are living with Bipolar 2 Disorder. However, you may not experience a manic episode. The cyclothymic disorder occurs when you have at least two multiple occurrences of hypomanic symptoms and depressive symptoms. These symptoms are less severe than hypomanic episodes and significant depressive episodes.

During this period, symptoms present themselves at least half of the time and they are constant for at least two months.  

What Are The Various Signs And Symptoms?

The signs may vary from individual to individual and from type to type because there are several different stages of bipolar disorder. Nonetheless, below are the most popular signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, categorized by emotional state.

Manic Symptoms

The DSM-5 characterizes a manic episode by a distinct and abnormal state of elevated, expansive or irritable mood occurring for at least one week. This episode is consistently driven by goal-directed energy or behavior. However, a hypomanic episode is a distinct and abnormal state of elevated, expansive, or irritable mood that lasts for a minimum of four consecutive days. Someone who has been diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder may experience any of the following signs and symptoms during a manic period.

  • Boundless energy
  • Easily distracted
  • Experiencing an overly elated, happy, and outgoing mood for an extended period
  • Extremely irritable
  • Restlessness
  • Having racing thoughts
  • Talk very fast
  • Embarking on a lot of new projects
  • Switching from one thought to another without talking
  • Sleep very little
  • Unrealistically believe you can do something
  • Tirelessness
  • Feelings of grandiosity
  • Engaging in impulsive, pleasurable, and high-risk behaviors such as sexual indiscretions, poor financial investments, and shopping sprees.
  • Increased goal-directed activity
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • High sex drive
  • Increased agitation
  • Psychosis that may include delusions or hallucinations
  • Making grand and unattainable plans

Manic behaviors affect productivity in school or work, social situations, and relationships. These behaviors are independent; drugs, alcohol, medical illness, or side effects to medication do not influence them.  

Depressive Symptoms

The depressive aspect of bipolar disorder is characterized by a major depressive episode resulting in a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in life. someone living with bipolar disorder tends to experience the following signs and symptoms during a depressive state

  • Indecisiveness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feeling tearful, hopeless, sad or empty for the main part of the day on a daily basis
  • Weight Fluctuation
  • Slowed behaviors or restlessness
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • Anxiety
  • Being detached from reality; hallucinations or delusions (psychosis)
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed

Like manic behaviors, depressive behaviors affect school or work, personal or family relationships, and social functioning. Someone who has bipolar disorder and undergoing depressive episode is not induced by medications, substance abuse, a stressful situation such as the loss of a loved one or an underlying medical condition.

The Causes And How It Is Diagnosed

Like most mental illnesses, scientists cannot give an exact reason for bipolar disorder. I know it is difficult to swallow for someone suffering from bipolar depression; you may want to know the risk involve and the probable solution to set yourself free from this disorder.

Genetics

However, bipolar disorder appears genetics are likely the cause for around 60-80% of the risk of developing bipolar disorder. In essence, there is a high risk of developing bipolar disorder if you have a first-degree relative suffering from bipolar disorder.

Environmental Factors

These also influence the development of bipolar disorder; environmental factors may interact with genetic predispositions to spike the onset of bipolar disorder. In other words, the combination of genes and a life event may have triggered the disorder to present itself in the individual suffering from bipolar disorder. Moreover, if you dig deep into the life of the sufferer, you may find out that the person suffered from some gruesome or traumatic abuse or a stressful interpersonal relationship of some type.

Furthermore, if you suspect you are having the signs and symptoms of mania or depression, it is advisable to see a doctor. Most times, family members or co-workers are the first people to identify the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Unfortunately, most people suffering from this disorder may be reluctant to seek help, not because they do not want to, but because they cannot know how disruptive bipolar disorder is to their lives. Secondly, they may enjoy the euphoric feeling that comes with the disorder. However, it is crucial to treat this condition to enable you to manage emotional states and live a full and productive life.

The Importance Of Getting Help

Although bipolar disorder has been written off as a disorder that cannot be treated, you can still have a full life- you can still win this battle. With the right treatment plan, the right mindset, you can live a good life.

Furthermore, the doctor will assess you physically to rule out any hidden medical conditions that may be triggering manic or depressive states. If no underlying medical conditions are causing the depressive or manic states, you will be referred to a mental health provider for a further diagnosis. All these may seem scary, but it is not. It helps you to live a productive life that you deserve.

Without the help of your mental health provider, there will be no series of psychological assessments to gather additional information about your condition; this will be denying yourself a chance to fight and win the war against bipolar disease. The assessments help your doctor in diagnosing the presence of this condition in your life, also determine which type of bipolar disorder you may be suffering from.

Treatment Options

Psychotherapy and medications are commonly prescribed treatment plans for bipolar disorder patients. The success rate of the treatment plans is impressive especially if followed accurately and consistently.

Many different medications are prescribed to people living with bipolar disorder. However, the most popular medications implored to treat bipolar disorders include atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and antidepressants. Mood stabilizers are usually the first course of drug therapy prescription. Although, an anticonvulsant is used as a mood stabilizer while atypical antipsychotics are usually combined with antidepressants to treat the disorder. The use of antidepressants can trigger manic or hypomanic states; mood stabilizer is used to balance emotions.

Furthermore, psychotherapy is also a useful tool for individuals living with bipolar disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy enables you to learn how to change harmful or negative behaviors or thoughts.

Family oriented therapies include your family members and focus on teaching coping strategies, problem-solving techniques and communication counseling. Psychoeducation is also a powerful therapy tool to educate people living with bipolar disorder about the condition, and how to treat it. The education enables you to notice trigger points and impending mood swings so that you can get treatment before a full-blown episode happens. The interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) is mostly used to treat bipolar disorder, and it focuses on the balancing of daily rhythms such as mealtime, sleep, wake- it ensures the individual is well stabilized by introducing consistent routines.

However, the individual may be hospitalized if the case is severe like showing risky behaviors, or thought of suicide; it is for their safety and wellbeing.

It is necessary to follow your treatment plan religiously if you are living with bipolar depression. Ensure you pay close attention to warning signs or triggers; it will help you seek additional treatment. Do not withhold your thoughts from your counselor or mental health providers; they are there to help you and to prevent the beginning of a full attack.

Lastly, avoid alcohol and drugs. Take your medication as prescribed even on days you feel better. Educate yourself about the disorder, and implore prevention techniques to enhance your overall wellbeing.

Know the facts

Encourage Yourself: You may be thinking it is not going to be easy, well you are correct. It takes the brave, the resilient to win the war against bipolar disorder. For you to patiently read this article is a telltale sign that you are a fighter, not just any fighter, but a winner.

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