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I have seasonal affective disorder. Does sad light therapy help you much at all?

I have seasonal affective disorder. Does sad light therapy help you much at all?

Absolutely: If possible get a full spectrum light and read or sit in front of it first thing in the morning for 30-40 minutes. ...Read more

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Do people with seasonal affective disorder have a lot of emotional pain?

Do people with seasonal affective disorder have a lot of emotional pain?

SAD: People with sad have a range of symptoms from mild depression to debilitating depression. Fortunately, true sad responds to light therapy and antidepressants.... ...Read more

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Diagnosed advanced sleep phase disorder. Healthy, age 35. Light therapy helping. Could i be bipolar? I feel happier w/light therapy, more energized

Diagnosed advanced sleep phase disorder. Healthy, age 35. Light therapy helping. Could i be bipolar? I feel happier w/light therapy, more energized

Bipolar?: Bi means 2 and polar is about ends. Bipolar folks swing between being manic (hyper) and depressed in various ratios. The same biochemistry can lead to feeling clear thinking and happy to feeling anxious depending on the thoughts that accompany the feelings. Please see your doc for a hormone checkup and then maybe use the book feeling good by david burns. Bipolar is overused today. Peace! ...Read more

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What should I do when someone is having S A D seasonal affective disorder....???? Can foods help? Need medication or sunlight????

What should I do when someone is having S A D seasonal affective disorder....???? Can foods help? Need medication or sunlight????

Sunlight or lights: that mimic sunlight (full spectrum lights) can help with SAD. It is something like other types of depression, since getting up and out (especially on sunnier days, even when they are cold) can help. I don't know of any foods that help. Alcohol can however hinder anyone who is depressed, since it is a depressant. ...Read more

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What should i do if someone who's 18 is having seasonal affective disorder??? What helps?? Food,medications or natural sunlight?

What should i do if someone who's 18 is having seasonal affective disorder??? What helps?? Food,medications or natural sunlight?

SAD: Treating seasonal affective disorder: Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can also be beneficial. Consider a tropical vacation when it is cold back home. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047 SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to the docs about my sad (seasonal affective disorder)?

Do you think I should go to the docs about my sad (seasonal affective disorder)?

Yes: If you are asking it is worth a consultation. If you are worried about your treatment, know that there are lots of different treatments and that you aren't obligated to do any of them. If you don't have insurance, or are worried about cost check into sliding scale psychotherapy or community clinics. Someone can point you in the direction that is best for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Feel depressed when daylight savings time ends. Do I have seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: Sad is more prevalent in regions with colder darker wonters allowing for less interaction with other humans and the environment. You should be properly evaluated if you feel your symptoms are affecting your daily life pattern/routines. ...Read more

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I am an sad sufferer and I am no longer able to control my symptoms with light therapy or vitamins can you please help?

I am an sad sufferer and I am no longer able to control my symptoms with light therapy or vitamins can you please help?

Have you tried: Psychotherapy? Consider doing some work looking at whether other factors are related to your sadd. Sometimes there can be anniversary reactions to winter events. Good luck. Let us know how you do. ...Read more

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I 'm married with 4 children and work full-time. I take meds for depression, add, and bipolar disorder. Not sure why still irritated around my kids.

I 'm married with 4 children and work full-time. I take meds for depression, add, and bipolar disorder. Not sure why still irritated around my kids.

Well -first off -: Medications help a great deal but do not always take care of all symptoms. Second- it sounds like your life is very full (wife, mother ; full time employment outside of the home). Third- as much as we love our children - they can be irritating at times. Have you thought about some form of talking therapy in addition to your medications? It looks like your are on adhd med ; 2 antidepressants but no. ...Read more

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I fit antisocial personality disorder almost to a t. What should I do? I'm in trouble at work and see doc, for bipolar already. I need help?

I fit antisocial personality disorder almost to a t. What should I do? I'm in trouble at work and see doc, for bipolar already. I need help?

See a counselor: If you are already seeing a psychiatrist for bipolar, that is a step in the right direction. You should also see a counselor to help you come up with strategies for getting along with people and in difficult situations. Good for you for looking for help. A lot of people in your shoes would just blame everyone else around them. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel like I have a bipolar disorder along with depression and anxiety but want to join the military. How do I overcome this?

I feel like I have a bipolar disorder along with depression and anxiety but want to join the military. How do I overcome this?

Eval & help: It sounds as if you aren't sure. If you do have bipolar disorder you will not meet entry requirements for the military. Please obtain a thorough psychiatric or psychological evaluation so you do know what you are dealing with. If you do have these disorders, a military environment might exacerbate symptoms. Get help now. ...Read more

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Is it bad if you have aspergers, bipolar disorder, anxiety, social phobia, and add and you get pregnant?

Is it bad if you have aspergers, bipolar disorder, anxiety, social phobia, and add and you get pregnant?

Professional : Both you and your fetus needs for you to get with professional treatment otherwise both you and your fetus will not develop well. ...Read more

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Does OCD get better or worse with age? Drugs don't seem to work and I am tired of worrying about everything.

Does OCD get better or worse with age?  Drugs don't seem to work and I am tired of worrying about everything.

Skills vs pills: Age alone does not seem to make ocd better or worse. You say meds haven't helped. Have you tried therapy? Particularly cognitive and behavioral therapies are helpful. The key is to keep trying new techniques and ways of managing the symptoms, finding enough of the ones that work for you. There isn't a 1 size fits all, unfortunately. Many find erp (exposure/response prevention)treatment effective. ...Read more

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What to do if that i may have seasonal affective disorder?

What to do if that i may have seasonal affective disorder?

Light in the winter: If you think you have seasonal affective disorder (depression in the fall and winter), you can do some things such as: make sure you spend as much time outside in the light, use indoor lights as much as possible, exercise daily, eat well especially foods with vitamin d. If you are still very depressed, you need to see a doctor about depression medications. ...Read more

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I have post traumatic stress disorder, if i try acid will it set me into a flashback? I also have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder as well. Reasons why I should not try acid?

I have post traumatic stress disorder, if i try acid will it set me into a flashback? I also have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder as well.

Reasons why I should not try acid?

Why ask for trouble?: I am puzzled by your question --- why would you want to use a drug that might bring on flashbacks or other symptoms. Some people have good acid experiences but you would just be asking for trouble by taking a drug that commonly produces flashbacks and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Panic and anxiety w/o depression why do I get them tried phsyco therepy and doctors and medicine every time I have something wrong infection or ill?

Panic and anxiety w/o depression why do I get them tried phsyco therepy and doctors and medicine every time I have something wrong infection or ill?

Anxiety/panic: Stress releases Adrenalin to "fight or flee"; if we can't do either, excess Adrenalin can create anxiety & panic. Sometimes exercise can "burn off" the excess Adrenalin & prevent/ lessen anxiety. Stress management is important: exercise, meditation, music, tai chi, yoga, hobby to divert attention away from worries & stress. Therapy & meds can further help. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have borderline personality disorder, I have panic and agoraphobia. I just don't get people and avoid everyone too :( will see psych?

I'm pretty sure I have borderline personality disorder, I have panic and agoraphobia. I just don't get people and avoid everyone too :( will see psych?

Courageous!: I know you've been struggling for some time and really admire your ability to see that it may help to see a therapist. Try not to self diagnose. That's what they learn in years of school. Just describe what happens to you. Hopefully you'll learn how to manage the fears and feelings and ways to protect yourself as you grow. Medication may help too, but therapy the most! I wish you well! ...Read more

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Do people take test to know that they have bipolar disorder? I sometimes feel happy or depressed with unknown reason. Also think too much can't sleep

Do people take test to know that they have bipolar disorder? I sometimes feel happy or depressed with unknown reason. Also think too much can't sleep

Best Dr. Diagnoses: There are some Questionnaires that patients can fill out, but the true diagnosis is best made by a one on one examination form a trained Psychiatrist. See the attached link for a PDf questionnaire that may aide some providers in the diagnosis. http://www.dbsalliance.org/pdfs/MDQ.pdf ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with dandy walker variant - can this cause me to have mood swings even to point of depression/bipolar disorder? I feel like i do.

I am diagnosed with dandy walker variant - can this cause me to have mood swings even to point of depression/bipolar disorder?
I feel like i do.

Unlikely: I believe you are referring to a cyst in the cerebellum. In severe cases, usually in children, there are problems with muscle movement, coordination. Mood disorder, such as depression/bipolar, is not thought to be caused by the cerebellar malformation in dandy walker syndrome. ...Read more