Mood Disorders

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Common Mood Disorders

Mood disorders represent a significant category of mental health issues that affect millions of people worldwide. They can profoundly impact an individual’s emotional state, disrupting their ability to function effectively in daily life. Among the most common mood disorders are bipolar disorder, dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder), and major depression. Understanding these conditions is the first …

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Can Diet Lead to Depression?

The everyday diet can make a tremendous impact on a person’s well-being. Sure, the food a person chooses to ingest can play a part in their physical health, but new research is showing it also plays a role in their mental health as well. According to a piece in Psych Central, a well-rounded, healthy diet …

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Irritable Depression: When Sadness Feels Like Anger

Typically when you think of depression, you think of the classic symptoms: sadness, low energy, insomnia, and appetite changes. Sometimes, however, depression presents with a slightly different constellation of symptoms, especially in children and young adults. In fact, in children, sadness might not even be present, and irritability alone can lead to a diagnosis of …

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Myths About Mental Illness

Mental illness is a complex topic, and misinformation can interfere with understanding the issue. Myths about mental illness may exacerbate stigma and shame people, which may worsen symptoms and get in the way of receiving proper care. Knowing how to separate fact and fiction is crucial for finding the appropriate treatment and living a higher …

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Situational Depression vs. Clinical Depression

Depression is a debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people all over the world. There are several different types, including situational and clinical depression. In terms of situational vs. clinical depression, there are similarities and differences between the two. Proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial to long-term recovery. At Promises Behavioral Health, we …

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Depression and Weight Gain

Depression can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. Not only does this mental health condition cause distress and difficulty functioning, but it may also lead to weight gain. Studies suggest a strong relationship between depression and weight gain, as those suffering from depression have a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. It’s …

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What Are the Major Symptoms of Atypical Depression?

Do you believe that you or someone you love is struggling with depression? If so, it’s essential to know that there are different types of depression, each with its own symptoms. For example, atypical depression is a specific form of major depressive disorder (MDD). Mental health experts and professionals call it “atypical” precisely because symptoms …

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Gender and Depression

Gender plays a significant role in how depression affects individuals. Depression doesn’t discriminate, but women are more likely to experience it than men. In fact, women are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression as men. People in the LGBTQ IA+ community also experience depression at much higher rates. Many factors contribute to …

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Are There Benefits of Therapy Away from Home?

Drug and alcohol addiction often involves complications, including worsening mental health. Without effective treatment, continued substance abuse can lead to lifelong negative consequences. If you’re anxious about treatment because you’re surrounded by triggers, therapy away from home may be a better option for you. Some people find a number of benefits in getting a fresh …

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