Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Questions and answers about Depression and Bipolar disorder, including symptoms of the illness, and how to help those who suffer from it.

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What do you do if you really hate your life and you cry everyday and want someone to talk to and seriously think about ending your life?

ANSWER 1 Why do you hate your life?I find when I'm depressed, making someone else's day helps me feel better; give someone a hug, smile, talk to them, ask them about their day...I try empathizing with whomever I'm talking to and that helps me see beauty in many things, including life.When you think about ending your life, just give yourself another chance. Give life another chance and know you won't feel that way forever. ANSWER2 Go to psychiatrist at the earliest before you go in state of severe hopelessness and helplessness that can take you to suicide. ANSWER 3 You may be suffering from Major Depressive Disorder. Meet a Psychiatrist and start antidepressants. You will experience a miracle.

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Are any of the anti depressants narcotics?

Antidepressants are not narcotics. Legally a "narcotic" is either an opioid like heroin or morphine or it is cocaine/crack. Medically the term "narcotic" only refers to opioid analgesics. Most doctors and scientists do not like using the word narcotic because most people do not understand exactly what a narcotic is. An antidepressant is not a narcotic nor is it a drug of abuse. Antidepressants are not controlled substances and drug seeking behaviour has not been scene in people taking antidepressants.

It can be argued that amphetamines in particular might be considered narcotics as they are occasionally used in people with severe refractory depression. However technically amphetamines are not narcotics.

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Self Mutilation

Why does cutting yourself feel so good?

Endorphins and a sense of release.

It is a bit more complex but it does have to do with physical pain causing a change of brain chemistry. It also has to do (this from my experience) with having something tangible to focus on when there's something you can't change or stop. I had an abusive boyfriend and I would self harm when he yelled at me and it let me be calm while he freaked out because it gave me something to concentrate on and that I think that's the part that felt good. I think there are some physical reasons (screwy brain chemistry maybe) and some emotional reasons. I did something called DBT therapy that really helped me with it. They have a lot of self-help books on DBT stuff on Amazon pretty cheap. Regular therapy doesn't seem to help as much as the DBT.

There is a medication that usually causes the person who is cutting themselves to stop doing it since cutting oneself can lead to an infection or extreme embarrassment if someone sees the marks, however the medication does not address the root of the problem.

I believe that the Contributor who mentioned therapy is absolutely correct. If you or someone you know is cutting or hurting themselves, then counciling and/or therapy is very important to get to the root of the problem and resolve it. At some point, some therapists may ask the cutter if he or she is willing to try naltrexone. It is an opiate antagonist; in other words it blocks the action of opiates including the three opiate agonists our bodies produce naturally. I took a low dose of the drug for another reason and had zero side effects from it.

It is very important for the person exhibiting this behavior to not feel like it is their fault, even though the fact is that most people don't understand. When I informed my parents that I was very ill, by dad literally told me to "Get over it." He doesn't understand that it is a diease no different than MS, Parkinsons or cancer.

I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder very badly to the point that is it extremely difficult for me to do anything. The worst part is that nothing gives me pleasure - I never have any fun and it sucks, but I'm still trying to get better with medication and counciling, so the person doing the cutting should not give up trying to fix it. I know that you'll get better in time and you'll eventually be cured, but you do have to work at it.

I sincerely wish you or your friend my kindest regards.

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Anxiety Disorders

How do you stop dry retching or panic attacks?

I've been working on this for a little over three years.. So for me has not been easy however, has gotten Much better. It takes work. The harder you work the quicker you can control this in my opinion. See a shrink. I was very skeptical and very surprised how much better i felt almost instantly. Beware of the pill pushers because it is possible to go the natural route. I went a few times and just appreciated hearing that I was not alone in this. Read the books they recommend and just work on yourself. Its a little different than just reading random info on your own. Dont be ashamed- there are millions of us. Also if you are not comfortable seeing someone its still possible. Figure out why you have this. Look at your upbringing and where you got your thinking patterns and know that it is possible to change them.. Seems impossible sometimes but I promise it is. If you heard 100000 times that little things were the end of the world than you need to tell yourself 200000 times that everthing is going to be ok. Cheesy as it sounds it's all about conditioning. Does a particular activity or idea trigger your attacks? What do you get most nervous about? Simplify simplify simplify.. and do the work. Not only when you're having an attack, but right now. All this is much harder to focus on when you are freaking out. I feel your pain friend.

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Does a person with split personalities aware that he got multiple personalities?

Yes, I've seen this before.

In the Discovery Health Channel, a woman has 15 or 16 different personalities.

She's herself at first, then shes a whole different person, later on she's a teacher.

But she is aware she has multiple personalities.

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What factors lead someone to believe that another person has Narcissistic Personality Disorder?


I am married to a man whom I was separated from for 4 years. I betrayed me with my friends and a school teacher. I lost custody of my children to him. I was happy being alone. My husband persude me the entire 4 years we were apart. While we were apart the neighbors he betrayed me with, finally realized It wasn't me It was him. They have since apoligized for everything, they told me he was a pathological liar. I mistreated the children. I am a Christian I continue to pray to God. I was God who led me to this website. I husband has every single trait of narcissism. Me and my mother-in-law have become great friends she realized all the lies he said about me were false. I told her I thought he was narcissist, I sent her the information and she agreed. I also asked her what happened in his life to make him this way. Because he treats his mom really bad. She told me that when he was born she was out in the streets partying and she never spent anytime with him. Although my husband and I are back to together I have forgiven him. I will continue to pray for him, I was stay out of his way. One day he is nice to me, the next day he is mean to me. He is self righteous. If I need to call him I can never reach him on his cell phone. Everyone thinks he is a saint. But I know him, I leave papers around the house pertaining to narcissism to let him know that I know him PS just pray for my children they have been through so much


I think I finally figured out that narcissist can't be pleased. They need to keep you in a one-down position so that they feel one-up and better about themselves all the time. I think it is called dichotomy or catch-22. They criticize you for doing something, then criticize you for not doing it. You realize you are in constantly put into no-win situation. They are subtle pouters and ignorers and won't say what is wrong. Occasionally, they let you know. Mine was upset when I made more money than he did, but then upset when I made less money. Upset when I cleaned house, but upset when I didn't. He is upset when I do well, and upset when I do terrible. This is how to cope. Live for yourself, and don't bother trying to please them. Do something because you want to do it. Don't expect gratitude, compliments. Secretly thank yourself and think of how your effort will pay off for you someday, even if they constantly criticize you. Their criticisms are subtle. Such as you scrub the entire floor, and they come along with a spondge and clean a spot and huff and puff, or sigh heavily. As if to say, "you missed a spot." Yet the floor was filthy the day before and you didn't see them out with the spondge or mop then. They are really good at letting you do all the work, then coming along and doing one last final touch and believe they have teamwork and did their part. If you don't stop them, they eventually start stealing credit for your work. They don't have autonomy. They delegate everything to you, then micromanage, over-shoulder comment. I felt like an object or tool and one of those clap-on-clap-off lamps. Finally, I said, "you want something done your perfectionist way, then do it yourself."


I dated a narcissist for 4 years. Our relationship began with him showering me with compliments, attention, small gifts and expensive dinners. He called me constantly and would not take no for an answer. His eagerness was very flattering and I am sad to say that I fell completely in love with him. Shortly after I was smitten he began belittling me, my family and my friends. I am a designer by education with a great eye for color and style and he was compelled to criticize the way I dressed, the manner in which I decorated my home and the car I drove. Two years into the relationship he broke up with me to date other women in order to satisfy his constant need for attention. It took me 5 long months to pull myself together and moved on with my life. I began dating a wonderful man and when my ex found out he pursued me without fail. Once again his persistence got to me and I eventually caved in, went back with him and broke the other man's heart. It was not long before his old patterns resurfaced. I threatened to break it off and he suggested counseling. The therapist recognized his behavior immediately. The doctor called me and gave me suggested reading about Narcisstic Personality Disorder. He hit the nail on the head. I am thankful to say that I was able to get away from him but it took me 18 months.

Too many compliments...unnatural persistence...superiority complex...followed up with large doses of criticism. RUN!!!! They like the thrill of the chase but once they've caught you they will eat you alive.


I can relate to the post about floor mopping. The N I was with was similar...his house would always be in total disaray; I would clean it only to have him critisise me for something missed or not done to his liking. I once drove 2 hours to his home to iron for him for his overseas trip. He requested I do it. After spending all day ironing his clothes (and I hate ironing) he 'politely' told me that I had missed this or that or "You didnt do a very good job of that one darling". He then proceeded to scrunch these clothes into his dirty backpack. He liked cooking and while eating a meal he had cooked I would often hear "Mmm...very nice dont you think?". If I cooked it would be, "Not bad darling but I think you could have used...blah blah blah". He often asked me to drive if he was drunk but critised how I braked or how I approached roundabouts. He ordered me to weave in here, duck there, toot him or flash lights at her. He nearly killed us many times with him as either driver or passenger. Being with an N justifies the old adage 'Be damned if I do and damned if I dont'.

CommentNarcissistic Personality Disorder can only be adequately diagnosed by a psychologist who is actively treating the person in question. There are many, many people in the world who are just jerks; they are not clinically diagnosable with NPD, and should not be thought of as such.
Depression and Bipolar Disorder

What happens if you slit your wrists?

Basically, you bleed. A lot. Sometimes you bleed so much that you die. It is not fun and very painful and YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER EVER DO IT. Seriously. If you're ever thinking about hurting yourself, talk to someone. DON'T try to kill yourself. Please. Just don't do it.

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Anxiety Disorders

Why does your chin quiver before you begin to cry?

Repression of emotion.

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What color makes you feel depressed?


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Lyrics and Sheet Music

How can you tell if someone is mentally ill?

You can't. Only a trained professional can diagnose.

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The Great Depression

How did overproduction worsen the Great Depression?

The companies spent a lot on making goods that no one was buying. This meant all the money eventually got to people who supplied raw goods like steel and wood. And so the rich got richer and the poor got poorer.

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What does anhedonia mean?

Inability to experience pleasure from any activities (that were pleasurable when the individual was not depressed).

Medication and Drugs
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What is used to treat somatoform disorders?

Patients with somatoform disorders are sometimes given antianxiety drugs or antidepressant drugs. group therapy or support groups. Cognitive-behavioral therapy. Family therapy. Hypnosis. acupuncture, hydrotherapy, therapeutic massage.

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What do you do if you're miserable beyond belief and you just wish you could die?

If you are having these feelings on a regular basis you should find someone professional to talk to. Families are great (at least most of them) as well as friends, but they can't be objective the way a professional can and didn't go to school for years to do the job of helping you sort out where the trouble is. You may be feeling this way for a lot of reasons. Situations, like friends, work, romance, school and such which will change over time can be helped by learning coping skills from a counselor or therapist. Biological causes such as a hormone imbalance, lack of sleep or exercise, drug use, can be helped by consulting with a doctor. Emotional problems such as low self esteem, racing thoughts, obsessive thinking, lack of motivation etc. can be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain or poor self image, and can be helped by a therapist or a psychiatrist. The main thing is to know that feeling this way is a sign that something isn't working and it can be made better with the right kind of help. It may take time and some shopping around for the right answer for you, but you will feel better eventually and you are worth the effort.

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Anxiety Disorders

Is it okay for a person with depression and anxiety to take Straterra?

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What should you do if your job makes you feel depressed?

It seems unlikely that a job would be the sole source of depression. Is it just your job that makes you feel this way or do other areas of your life produce the same feelings? Many people complain about being depressed when in reality they are just feeling sad, bored, unhappy, dissatisfied, stressed... With nothing more to go on than your original question - and the way it was phrased - I'd guess your problem is one of the above rather than true depression. Below is a list of some of the ''most common'' symptoms used to diagnose depression: *Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells *Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns *Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety *Pessimism, indifference *Loss of energy, persistent lethargy *Feelings of guilt, worthlessness *Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness *Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal *Unexplained aches and pains *Recurring thoughts of death or suicide If you experience five or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks or if any of these symptoms interfere with work or family activities then it's likely that you suffer from some form of depression. If it only your job that you are unhappy with you may be experiencing burnout, or in need of something more challenging. Start looking for a new job. Maybe a change of scenery, so to speak, will help. Start taking the necessary steps to get a better one - go back to school, or just take a few classes to learn new skills or brush up on the ones you have. I would also seek out a therapist; your family doctor can recommend one. He or she will be able to tell you if you are just suffering a case of the blues or work related stress/anxiety, or if you are truly depressed. Often depression can be treated with therapy alone, no medication needed. But if anti-depressants are deemed necessary, you'll have to decide whether you'd rather live with your condition or whether taking a pill for a while (in some cases even for the rest of your life, as in my own case) in order to lead a normal life is acceptable. The good news is that a large number of people experience one or more periods of depression that eventually go away in a relatively short time. And the sooner you seek help the quicker you can get your life back on track. Women seem to be more susceptible to these bouts of depression. (I don't know for sure, but I suspect hormones have something to do with it - like postpartum depression, for example.) The bad news is that some people suffer from more serious kinds of depression that can be treated but are unlikely ever to be cured. I fall into this category, I've suffered from depression almost my entire life (I'm 37). I think that whomever asked the question already knows the answer. You need to get another job. There are many people who can go to work each day and collect their paychecks and come home and it seems as if they really don't care what kind of job they have. I'm not one of those people! I am a "people person." Also, I'm very good with words and communcation but horrible with numbers. Believe it or not I've actually taken jobs in my life where I was either isolated from people all day in a small office, or where I would enter NUMBERS into a computer. I even had ONE job when I did BOTH! Needless to say, these are the types of jobs where I would leave the office in tears or would start dreading coming back to work the next day on the way HOME! If your job is depressing you, you are probably unsuited for it (and vice versa) and in your heart you know you're supposed to be doing something else. I, too, am 37 and for too many years I listened to people who urged me to take jobs because of higher pay or benefits. I'd make tons of money but would come home absolutely miserable each day. Finally, a few years ago, I took a job that I loved. No insurance. Seasonal with no guarantee of rehire after eight months. And people thought I was nuts. But it was the kind of job that truly brought me personal satsifaction and happiness. I'd breeze through each day and come home HAPPY. I found other ways to supplement my income and even started a small side business because of all of this. Life is too short. Start thinking about the kind of job you would truly love to have and go for it. If furthering your education is involved, then go in that direction first. The job that I loved eventually did end so I had to take another office job temporarily. I recently returned to school after 20 years to pursue a career that I will love! Your job is a huge part of your life. You CAN find something that you enjoy!

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What 2 mental illnesses are the most difficult to treat?

Any mental illness may be difficult to treat for any reason.

Anti-Social Personality Disorder is completely intractable: meaning there is no known generally accepted treatment, short of incarceration in a penal facility, for any crime committed by someone with the condition.

Severe psychiatric complaints (schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder and Chronic Depression) are among the more intractable because they require lifelong medication compliance. That is, the only generally accepted treatment options are drug regimens, using drugs that have powerful side-effects. Patients on such regimens, once noticeable improvements have been seen, may discount past symptoms, focus on the side-effects, and decide they are "cured." This leads to non-compliance and relapse of symptoms.

Geriatric Psychiatric complaints are also notoriously intractable. Alzheimer's type Dementia, must be caught early if there is any hope of treatment, it is degenerative, and requires medication compliance similar to slow the development of symptoms. Medication compliance without a dedicated caregiver is notoriously poor, because deficits to short term memory, caused by the condition itself, often make remembering to take the medication difficult

A variety of other psychological and behavioral disorders are difficult to treat for a variety of reasons. Included on this list are: Borderline Personality Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc.

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How is depression treated?

Not only is it treated by various antidepressants, but sometimes medications cause it. I had depression, and still do, for years, until I found out that the side effects for a popular prescription asthma medication were what caused it in a study last year. I still have depression, but it's not nearly as bad as it was when I was taking it. If you're interested, the side effects that I experienced and were detailed in a study included: 30% increase in aggression. 33x increase in nightmares. I was having one every night, so I was afraid to sleep. 4x increase in depressive tendencies. 2x increase in suicidal thoughts. 8x increase in anxiety. My father is still taking it, because he has COPD, and sometimes, because of the medication and an extreme brain injury (broke his skull and didn't take time to heal, he was back at work in 5 days,) his temper got way hotter, so he goes into fits of manic rage that sometimes evolve into physical harm of others or himself. But he's better than my mother. He doesn't mean it. My mother does. She has nothing wrong with her. She's just entitled.
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Adjectives and Articles

What is the comparative and superlative of sad?

The comparative of sad is sadder, and the superlative is saddest.
comparative - sadder

superlative - saddest

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Does tori Amos have bipolar disorder?

I don't know for sure but I highly doubt it. She appears to be one of the most consistently productive people I know of.

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Can sadness kill you?

No. The emotion of sadness itself is not lethal, no matter how pronounced or long lasting.

That said, people in the grips of profound sadness often make mistakes in judgment that can have profound and lethal consequences. Untreated negative emotions may lead to self-medication and substance abuse, high risk sexual behavior and suicidallity.

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What is another name for bipolar?

Manic-depression. Bi-Polar Disorder can be difficult for the individual experiencing the symptoms and for their friends and family. Bipolar Disorder is a complex illness and there is a range of severity. There are many different symptoms -- and several different types -- of bipolar disorder. The most common symptoms of the disorder are dramatic and unpredictable mood swings. The various types of bipolar disorder range from mild to severe.

If you think that you or someone you know is expereincing symptoms of Bi-polar Disorder then you should reach out to a professional. The symptoms of Bi-Polar Disorder can be treated effectively with counseling and medication.

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What happens if you don't treat bipolar disorder?

well there are many types and it affects everyone differently u could be fine unlikely many ppl try to self diagnose and go untreated this may work for years but they have a break down and are lucky to end up hospitalized u should really see a psychiatrist

A little more info

A number of things can happen if Bipolar disorder goes untreated. Some of these are: losing your job, destroying friendships, becoming distant with your family members (including your children), huge relationship troubles, overspending - causing significant financial troubles, and when in the depressive stage you can have suicidal ideations - some to the point of actual suicide attempts. Not getting help isn't just unfair to you, you are also hurting the people around you - the ones who love you and/or depend on you.

To think that you can get through it on your own is very unrealistic and unfortunately there isn't, as of yet, a cure for this disorder. Therefore, taking medication and sticking to a treatment plan is extremely important. Also (as my therapist likes to remind me) when you feel like you no longer need to take your meds, it is so important that you ignore that feeling as the meds and therapy are what have gotten you to the point of feeling better. Stopping your treatment is only going to eventually (for some, sooner than others) put you right back where you started before being diagnosed - if not, the symptoms may be more severe than before.

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The Difference Between

What is the difference between depression and bipolar disorder?

The main difference between them is that people with depression experience only depression, whereas people afflicted by bipolar disorder experience both depression and hypomania or mania. When someone is depressed they often link everything to being their fault and often feel like suicide.

Whereas, my friend who has bipolar is different in the sense that when you have bipolar, you experience happy and sad emotions, that contrast each other greatly. I see my friend having a laugh and enjoying herself. Then totally depressed another time.

Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings-from overly "high" and/or irritable (Mania) to sad and hopeless (Depression), and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression. People with bipolar disorder can have episodes of mild to severe mania in addition to severe depressive episodes. (Mild mania is called hypomania. )

There are 2 main types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar 1 includes severe depressive and manic episodes and in some cases visual or auditory hallucinations. Bipolar 2 includes hypomania alternating with depression.

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What is bipolar depression?

Bipolar depression is a mental disorder in which, there are two episodes. There is a high episode with a lot of energy. The second episode is when the person is depressed and maybe even suicidal.


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