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By Gordon Parker

Covering either conventional and replacement methods to treating melancholy, this totally revised and up-to-date advisor outlines the various sorts of melancholy, together with temper swings, medical melancholy, and bipolar issues. each one kind of melancholy is defined totally and is followed via feedback for the main applicable remedies. basic descriptions and a effortless format make this consultant available for these being affected by temper problems, their households, and the wellbeing and fitness pros who take care of them. improved sections on bipolar problems and the impact of character types on nonmelancholic problems are integrated during this new version, and an internet diagnostic try out linked to the booklet encourages self assurance in self-diagnosis and in looking expert care.

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It is important to understand that such features are noted relatively consistently across different cultures, although cultural factors influence their actual expression. If there is still doubt about the diagnosis after working through the list, then it is a good idea to talk to a family member to seek their observations and ask whether the individual has shown a pattern change at some time. It is also valuable to pursue the family Dealing With Depression Pgs 27/5/04 3:15 PM Page 29 UNIPOLAR AND BIPOLAR DISORDERS 29 history to determine whether any family members have had bipolar disorder (even obtaining old hospital and medical records) and to ask to see the individual when the next ‘high’ is experienced.

A more common behaviour is to seek reattachment. Many people seek help from friends and professionals or in less direct ways such as praying. Some seek to distract themselves from the depressive thoughts by working harder or more repetitively, or by developing a ‘depressive habit’ such as painting the kitchen during Dealing With Depression Pgs 27/5/04 3:15 PM Page 32 32 DEALING WITH DEPRESSION each episode. Others will attempt to block things out by drinking to excess, taking anxiety-relieving medication or sleeping tablets, or just going to bed to escape.

Hearing may become highly acute with some people hearing distant traffic noise not heard by others. Helen Razer captures such nuances in her 1999 book Gas Smells Awful: The tiniest sound can make you start. Music is deafening . . Taste is repugnant. Mildly offensive smells work your gut into a frenzy. Everything appears to have hideously sharp edges . . you can smell colour, savour sound, feel invisible objects. (p. 130) In such severe states of depression, many people feel they are a burden on others and may seek to kill themselves or, if they feel Dealing With Depression Pgs 27/5/04 3:15 PM Page 37 FEATURES OF DEPRESSIVE AND BIPOLAR DISORDERS 37 that the whole world is a burden, may kill others to protect them.

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