Bipolar disorder is characterized by both manic episodes and periods of depression. Manic episodes, or “mania,” are the emotional highs, while depressive episodes are the lows. Some people living with bipolar disorder will experience symptoms of mania and depression at the same time.
The first year on college or university campuses can be an exciting one full of new experiences for people receiving their undergraduate or graduate degrees. Amid the fun, some college and grad students may face mental health challenges and risk the onset of mental health disorders.
Men are at a higher risk of some mental health conditions than women, including substance abuse and antisocial disorders. In a recent study, men were more likely to externalize emotions than women through aggressive, impulsive, and non-compliant behaviors.
People with mood disorders experience a distorted or inconsistent emotional state that interferes with their ability to function. They may feel extremely sad, irritable, or experience periods of depression alternating with periods of mania.
When a new mother’s sadness or other baby blues symptoms become more intense, last longer than two weeks, or begin to interfere with her ability to care for herself or her family, she may be suffering from postpartum depression.
Suicidal ideation is common, and many people experience suicidal thoughts combined with stress, depression, or other mental health problems. In most cases, suicidal thoughts are temporary and can be treated, but sometimes, they place an individual at risk for attempting or completing suicide.
Constantly comparing your life experiences to others can make it difficult to express empathy for others and take pride in your own accomplishments. Comparing yourself to others also can detrimentally affect your mental health.
Of all mental health disorders, depression is among the most treatable. A majority of patients respond well to treatments and find relief from their depression symptoms.
Unlike PMS symptoms, the symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder are more severe. PMDD causes significant physical discomfort, extreme mood changes, and impairment in daily life.