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What Is The Best Treatment For Mood Swings
See your doctor: There is no one right answer for everyone. Work with your provider to find what's right for you. There are many medication choices so it may take time to find the right medications (or combinations of meds) for an individual. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, combined with meds, has also been shown to be helpful with both disorders. Be patient with yourself and the process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Start with your MD: To rule out medical causes. If none are found, find a mental health professional who treats depression. The most effective treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy, sometimes supplemented with medication. Also helpful are exercise, social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing stress management, committing to meaningful goals, practicing gratitude, & doing kind things for others. ...Read more
No one best tx.: Your Dr can assess for mood disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try> ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antidepressants: If it's true post-partum depression, and you are having difficultly functioning and bonding with the baby, antidepressants work well. If in addition to depression, you are having obsessional thoughts about hurting the baby, you should see a mental health professional immediately. If it is baby blues-which start soon after birth and last days, will improve on it's own. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
SSRI: I always try to start with meds that have very well known effectiveness , low side effects, low cost, no habituation risk and once a day dosing.These include : prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa, lexapro, and many others.Please discuss with your dr what might be best for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Everyone is unique: Mood stabilizers (lithium, tegretol, depakote, lamictal) are used primarily--antipsychotics are frequent adjunctive medicines as are antidepressants & minor tranquilizers--most bipolar pts require a combination of drugs to stabilize their mood swings. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
It depends: Antipsychotic medications are a common and effective treatment for schizophrenia. Supportive therapies that aim to improve social functioning and promote autonomy are also an important component of treatment. The best treatment largely depends on individual differences such as the severity of the illness and the subtype of schizophrenia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Love ; presence: Honestly, authentic love is probably the safest treatment for elderly anxiety and depression. Love with compassion, willingness to be present for daily tasks of living, and to hear stories that are on the person's mind. Sometimes professional treatment may also be needed in the form of lower doses of antidepressants, plus supportive psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meds: Bipolar disorder is a complex disease best managed with a close relationship with a dr. Comfortable with treating this illness.I do not know of any "natural" treatments that are effective in the treatment of this disorder.That said, how about treatment with a natural substance like a"salt", like lithium, which I use most often in treating bipolar disorder, along with other meds? ...Read more
Treatment options: Talking with a therapist or psychologist may be helpful to assist you in identifying the issues that are precipitating the depression and helping you to find better more effective ways of coping with the depression. Change your situation if you can, rather than just looking for symptom relief. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Meds, PsychT: Mood stabilizers to help with mood and energy. Also, keeping the schedule and sleep patterns are important. Find psychiatrist to help you manage mood sx with medication and psychologist to help you work on sx awareness, routine, sleep hygiene and precipitants of the manic episodes and mood swings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OCD Treatments: There are two therapeutic approaches to treating obsessive-compulsive disorder. A specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy, where one confronts their anxieties, can provide up to 100% symptom relief. Ocd also responds well to treatment with ssri antidepressants. Fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, sertraline and paroxetine are effective. Combining both treatment options offers best prognosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Agree with my colleagues. There's no 'best cure", it's very person specific. Some things you can do building up awareness of your sx. Creating a "crisis card" for people to contact and things to do when your symptoms become overwhelming. Working on finding out triggers, self-care routine, sleep hygiene. Qualified mental health professional will help guiding you through the process. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mood stabilizer: Most mood stabilizers used in the treatment of bipolar disorder treat both the depression and mania. An adjustment in the dose of the medication and some psychosocial intervention may be all that is needed during a depressive phase. Anti depressants alone are not recommended. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms continue or worsen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Adjustment disorder: That depends upon the primary ways it manifests, but time is sometimes the best treatment. Essentially, this disorder means something "rocked" your world, and you have not had time to cope or adjust to it. Medications may be helpful to negotiate the process, and therapy is certainly helpful, but many of my patients with this just need me to support them and keep my hands of the prescription pad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 that works for you: "best medicine" for anxiety and depression varies with the individual. There are many possible medications, each with different attributes. Psychiatrists try to tailor treatments to the person, including psychotherapeutic options in conjunction w/meds. For the best recommendations tailored to you, have a thorough eval with a psychiatrist along with general health eval with your pcp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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