People with bipolar disorder experience elevated, exuberant moods that can significantly impact their lives. These moods can vary in intensity and in the amount of disfunction they cause, and can lead to very different outcomes and treatment.
These moods are diagnosed as either mania or hypomania.
The most significant negative factor in past quarantines was when the shutdown date came and was then extended. Reopening the economy, and then shutting businesses down again, could lead to a significant mental health crisis.
Cannabis. People say it calms them down, helps them sleep and soothes their pain, both emotional and physical. Well, so does the glass of wine I drink each night, the meditation I teach, my neighbor’s cigarettes and my friend’s kitten.
Mood disorders are comorbid with many physical diseases. A team of researchers set out to determine which comorbidities, or co-occurring illnesses, seemed uniquely linked to psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder and major depression.
Anxiety in and of itself is not a bad thing. Someone has to worry about paying the bills, and someone has to have just enough fear to make sure the doors are locked and everyone is safe at night. There are reasons to be cautious and reasons to be careful. Anxiety, in fair amounts, helps us make good decisions and stay well.