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Overcoming Episodes of Depression

I have felt it wash over me like a tsunami seeking to destroy, and at other times it cradles me silently as I try to fall to sleep, inevitably failing as it gags and strangles me till I am numb and empty. When the darkness comes I am lost with myself and an overwhelming sense of failure. Over the past few months I have succumbed to a ruthless depression, similar to the one I lived through in my first and second years of university. The most marked change I have noticed is in my sleep routine: I am easily fatigued, generally lethargic and lacking energy throughout the day. I find it extremely difficult to fall asleep, have restless or interrupted sleep, wake early and find it difficult to fall back to sleep once awake. I have become hypersensitive to noise and temperature and I find things in my environment play a significant role in my ability to sleep. The dreams that accompany the little sleep I do get each night can only be explained as anxiety dreams, stemming predominately from my sense of failure, my perceived inadequacies, and my negative outlook on the future. Beck (1967) demonstrates that themes in our dreams have observable effects in waking life, through our behavior and mental activity. For instance, the individual who dreams of being ugly may demonstrate this belief in waking life with a constant concern over their physical appearance. There are other qualifying features that accompany this depression such as my negative self image, exacerbated only by myself an...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Bipolar Depression Personal Stories Bipolar Disorder Depressive Episode Major Depressive Disorder Sadness Self Image Source Type: news

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Source: Ethnicity and Disease - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ethn Dis Source Type: research
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Creativity Memory and Perception Research Self-Help Stress Music Self Care stress management stress reduction Source Type: blogs
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Source: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Assessment Tools biomarkers Cognition Current Issue Drug Development General Genetics Medical Issues Neurology Patient Assessment Psychopharmacology Scales Special Issues Supplements Trial Methodology clinical trials CNS Su Source Type: research
This study examined the effects of comorbid sleep disorders on suicide risk among youth with bipolar disorder. We conducted secondary analyses of baseline data from the Treatment of Early Age Mania (TEAM) study, a randomized controlled trial of individuals aged 6–15 years (mean ± SD = 10.2 ± 2.7 years) with DSM-IV bipolar I disorder (N = 379). Sleep disorders (i.e., nightmare, sleep terror, and sleepwalking disorders) and suicide risk were assessed via the WASH-U-KSADS and the CDRS-R, respectively. We constructed uncontrolled logistic regression models as well as ...
Source: Journal of Psychiatric Research - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Behavioral Health Mental Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic Bipolar Disorders Friends Publishers Relationships YourTango Adhd Bipolar Disorder breakup Cyclothymic Disorder GAD General Anxiety Disorder Panic Attacks Psychotherapy Therapist Source Type: blogs
Sleep is essential to the maintenance of mental health. Sleep helps to regulate mood and process emotional information and experiences into memory. Insufficient sleep is associated with increased emotional reactivity and emotional disturbance. Research indicates that REM sleep may play an especially significant role in maintaining emotional well-being and psychological balance. Sleep problems occur substantially more frequently in people with psychiatric conditions than in the general population. Often, sleep and mental health disorders exist in bi-directional relationship to each other, with each condition influencing the...
Source: Psych Central - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Anxiety Attention Deficit Disorder Bipolar Depression Disorders General Panic Disorder Psychology PTSD Schizophrenia Sleep Adhd Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Bipolar Disorder Emotional Disturbance emotional reactiv Source Type: news
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Source: The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders - Category: Primary Care Tags: Prim Care Companion CNS Disord Source Type: research
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