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Do illegal drugs affect people with mood disorders differently?

Do illegal drugs affect people with mood disorders differently?

Probably: Presumably people with mood disorders already have a dis-regulation of their brain chemistry. Adding substances that can potentially cause further chemical dis-regulation is likely to have a negative effect. What's more, even when the individual chooses to stop using, it can take months to years for some of the brain's systems to bounce back. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Mood (Definition)

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


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Do drugs for bipolar/psychotic/mood disorders cause you to gain weight?

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Bipolar: Most mood stabilizers & psychotropics exceptabilify or Geodon (ziprasidone) at optimum dosages. Discuss further with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Medical opinions: nootropics, tcm, &chiropractors a safe alternative to psych meds for ptsd & mood disorders and pain medicines for chronic pain?

Really complicated: So many therapeutic approaches are in your question, it's impossible to answer. Even the "nootropic" part is extremely complicated. These can be food substances like phenethylamine and l-theanine (found in chocolate and green tea) or many other things. Different ones have different characteristics, safety, & effectiveness. An integrative physician could help guide you. Www. Holisticboard. Org. ...Read more

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Are there mood disorders only women get?

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Mood: Ones associated with the menstrual cycles, called premenstrual dysphoric disorder. ...Read more

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Can nutrition help treat mood disorders?

Can nutrition help treat mood disorders?

Probably: Although the studies with different nutrients are inconclusive, it is always preferable to keep a well balanced diet, with supplements if you don't eat certain foods like meat and fish or vegetables. I often recommend making sure that b12, folate, (folic acid) thiamin and omega 3 fatty acid supplements are considered, esp in hard to treat mood disorders. ...Read more

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How are mood disorders diagnosed most often?

How are mood disorders diagnosed most often?

Psychiatric history: The usual way to diagnose mood disorders is with a good history and if there is some confusion, scales can be used to help with the diagnosis, but the bulk of ths diagnosis is made via history, that includes, family history, medical history, drug use history etc. ...Read more

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What conditions are considered mood disorders?

What conditions are considered mood disorders?

Mood disorders: Includes major depression, bipolar disorder, organic mood disorders & mood disorders not otherwise specified. ...Read more

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Who all can participate in studies on mood disorders?

Depends: Theoretically anyone above the age of 18 can enroll in a study. That being said, all studies have exclusion criteria and you will have to contact the study you are interested in to see if you fall into the exclusion criteria. You also have to meet the issue they are studying, i.E you have to be bipolar for a bipolar study. ...Read more

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Why must I try different medications for mood disorders?

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Why must I try different medications for mood disorders?

Mood: Medications are switched if incomplete, inadequate response at maximum therapeutic dose, or if u cannot tolerate the medication due to side effects, or rarely, if medication is pulled off the market due to reported toxic effect. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mood disorders?

What is the definition or description of: mood disorders?

Mood disorders: Disturbance in moods affecting daily functioning or causing significant distress. Can be bipolar do, major depression, dysthymia, cyclothymia, or organic mood disorders. ...Read more

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Will I have to be hospitalized if I join a study on mood disorders?

Depends: It depends on the study...Most studies are out paient but some may require hospitalization...You have to check what the study design is, contact the people running the study. ...Read more

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Tips for working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Tips for working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Patience: It's easy to be frustrated with a child who is angry, sullen, amotivated, has a drop in grades, is defiant, looks sloppy etc. Those are behaviors that might be seen in a depressed child. A bipolar child may be even more of a handful. When I work with difficult people, I just keep reminding myself that they are suffering. This allows me to feel some empathy - especially when I am losing patience. ...Read more

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How can you detect mood disorders as opposed to normal mood variations?

How can you detect mood disorders as opposed to normal mood variations?

Length of time also: Normal mood variations usually don't last as long as a mood disorder, & aren't as intense. For depression, the symptoms have to be present for at least 2 weeks. Also, normal mood variations don't include the changes in sleep, appetite, and energy that depression has. There is also usually something that can improve a "mood variation, " but full depression doesn't respond to such things. ...Read more

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Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Advice about working with children with mood disorders in the classroom?

Be supportive: Children with mood disorders have a lot of emotions, anxiety, sadness/depression, irritability and sometimes feel that no one cares about them. Encouraging them to do their best and showing them you care and believe in them helps them to feel safer around you and may help them to be more receptive to your instructions. Most children like to please adults and will do their best if they trust you. ...Read more

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In people with chronic conditions, are mood disorders more common in men or women?

In people with chronic conditions, are mood disorders more common in men or women?

Women > Men: Many studies have shown that women are more prone to mood disorders than men. The ratio is usually reported as 2:1 f:m. Some believe the incidence of mood disorders is grossly under reported for men because men are less likely to acknowledge a disturbance in mood and are less likely to seek treatment. The majority of the statistics regarding mood disorders are gathered from those who seek help. ...Read more

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What causes perimenopausal mood disorders?

What causes perimenopausal mood disorders?

Not exactly known: But probably changes in estrogen and Progesterone which have effects on the functioning of serotonin and norepinephrine. This is probably how replacing estrogen and using antidepressants cause an improvement in mood, but like all mood disorders, the exact process in which mood is produced and controlled is not really known. ...Read more

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Can women get mood disorders from menopause?

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Can women get mood disorders from menopause?

Menopause: Hormonal changes around that time increases susceptibility to mood changes such as depression and anxiety. ...Read more

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How common are mood disorders among teen girls?

18% suffer: Federal studies at the national institute of mental health show that 18% of teen girls suffer from a mood disorder. ...Read more

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I was wondering are mood disorders caused by fungus?

No: Fungal infections generally do not affect mood, unless you are focusing on having a fungal disease and that is bringing you down. Mood disorders are mostly caused by abnormalities or changes in brain chemistry. See a psychologist or a psychiatrist for help with those problems. An Infectious Diseases doctor can help if there is a fungal infection present. ...Read more

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Is it common to experience hypersexuality in mood disorders?

Mood do: Bipolar disorders in manic or hypomanic phases can present with hypersexuality. ...Read more

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What are the causes of people to have anxiety & mood disorders?

What are the causes of people to have anxiety & mood disorders?

Nature and Nurture: It really depends on the disorder that you are talking about, but generally it is a combination of biology and outside circumstances. ...Read more

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What's a truly informed consent form for someone with mood disorders?

What's a truly informed consent form for someone with mood disorders?

Informed consent: First there is a discussion of your health issue, and recommendation for treatment. Alternate treatments and questions from patient will be answered. Your support, family and friends will be involved. The process is more about the risk/benefit analysis, and making the best decision for your health. Its not about your level of information retention. Make sure your family is with you. ...Read more

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How long do treatments for mood disorders work?

Depends: In some people, the treatment can work for years, in some people, especially with new onset medical conditions or substance abuse, the meds can stop working. Sometimes the meds stop working on their own. Most of the time the reason they stop working is because people stop them. Also, in bipolar disorder, antidepressants often work and then stop working if the person is not on a mood stabilizer. ...Read more

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What are the best new treatments for mood disorders?

What are the best new treatments for mood disorders?

Standbys: I am not sure that the best treatments are all that 'new.' meds are not my area, though some now work with fewer side effects. In therapy, again I say the *relationship* heals, with brief psychodynamic, cbt, interpersonal, and other 'techniques' helpful. 'trendy' therapies tend to be better or worse repackagings of those elements. That's actually good news-find a solid, traditional therapist. ...Read more

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Can ganja yoga treat mood disorders better than regular yoga?

Can ganja yoga treat mood disorders better than regular yoga?

No: Ganja, the resinous substance from the flowers and leaves from the top of marijuana plants is thought to be a more potent form of marijuana.
Marijuana causes mood disorders, it does not treat them. Stick to regular yoga.
Pot smoking is now recognized as a risk factor for developing psychosis (schizophrenia). ...Read more

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Is risperdal ok to use in treating children with mood disorders?

Is risperdal ok to use in treating children with mood disorders?

Risperdal: Is one of few psychotropics fda approved for young kids. ...Read more

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How difficult is treatment when both partners have mood disorders?

How difficult is treatment when both partners have mood disorders?

Possibly: Mutual support is essential in any treatment paradigm. Both partners can help each other and certainly have empathy towards each other during treatment. Will it be difficult? Maybe. There are many variables that will determine the exact answer. But both should be evaluated by a qualified individual. Your primary care or family doctor can help or direct you. Let us know how you both do. ...Read more

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Are there worse mood disorders besides bipolar?

It depends.: Any mood disorder will have a level of severity that depends on the circumstances seen at that point in time. To compare one mood disorder to another serves little purpose and will detract from the treatment needed to effectively return the individual to a more functional state of being. Focus less on the name of the disorder and more on taking effective treatment actions. ...Read more

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What are mood disorders besides mania and depression?

What are mood disorders besides mania and depression?

Cyclothymia also: I agree with drs. Fox and ali -- but want to add cyclothymia also in the mood disorders. It causes emotional ups and downs, but not as extreme as in bipolar disorder type I or ii. It is not very common but starts in teen years -- and stable periods last less than 2 months. Can bring about all kinds of difficulties, if untreated. ...Read more

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Can you take topomax with Depakote for mood disorders?

Can you take topomax with Depakote for mood disorders?

Yes, but: The two meds have been used together for numerous epileptic patients, and have minimal drug-drug interactions, and Depakote blood levels can guide dosing. Side effect profile is biggest issue. Topamax: memory and speech, kidney stones, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis. Depakote: weight gain (maybe mitigated by topamax), hair loss, tremors, ovarian cysts, pancreatitis, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Mood Disorders (Definition)

Disturbance in moods affecting daily functioning or causing significant distress. Can be bipolar do, major depression, dysthymia, cyclothymia, ...Read more