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Can Blunted Affect Be Associated With An Mood Disorder
Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more
TIME: Meds take time to work. If they aren't working and it has been weeks or months other meds should be tried. Many times two or more are needed together. See a psychiatrist with experience in treating bipolar disorders. If you are seeing dr already, encourage him to try more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: There is much variability in the type of mood disorder (bipolar i vs major depressive disorder vs dysthymia, etc) as well as the severity of these disorders. Some people may have only one serious depressive episode in their lifetimes; others have them repeatedly and need ongoing treatment. Also, our social connections can either help us become more resilient, or can pull us back into illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have a mood disorder is medication supposed to make your excesses only manageable relative to you or can they completely make you "normal"?
Smooths them out: By "mood disorder" i suspect you are referring to bipolar disorder (bpd). Effective medication for bpd will smooth out the ups and downs. The lows hopefully won't be as low but the highs, which many people with bpd actually like (unlike the people around them), won't be as high. That doesn't mean that you become "normal". From my experience there aren't many people who are "normal". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes unless disclosed: Any study is required to provide you with full details on the level of confidentiality you will have. Typically, your identifying information remains confidential but general information about your diagnosis, what treatment you received, the progress made will be included in the study along with others for reporting purposes. Good question for the person conducting the study. ...Read more
Love & Support: Your husband need support and encouragement to let him know that dealing with a mood disorder is tough, but that you are there to love and encourage him. It may be helpful to find some books to read to better understand his disorder. It would also be helpful if you are willing to attend therapy with him to talk through relational issues that may be causing additional stress. ...Read more
Encouragement: If you are good friends, you may be able to express your concerns in a loving way in an effort to help them get help. It is most helpful to point out specific events in which you have a concern, this will help avoid generalities that are more likely to lead to a defensive response. Ultimately, your friend needs to figure out that their mood is negatively affecting others. ...Read more
Love & Support: Your loved one needs support and encouragement to let them know that dealing with a mood disorder is tough, but that you are there to love and encourage him. It may be helpful to find some books to read to better understand their disorder. It would also be helpful if you are willing to attend therapy with them, especially if you are a significant other. ...Read more
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