Even after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I often doubted the diagnosis. The reason was that my "up" periods were so rare, my depressions so frequent and so long. I thought major depressive disorder was a better diagnosis.
Later I learned something important that I want to share here: people with bipolar II spent about 10% time ill than with bipolar I, and about as much as a whopping 40% more time depressed than people with bipolar I.
Also, as I wrote about in the SharePost Bipolar II - Why Don't I Feel as Good as I Used To? , folks like me with bipolar II often tend not to come all the way back to a good stable mood between depressive episodes. This can leave us going between very depressed and feeling slightly depressed for a long time. I've experienced that often .
As far as symptoms go, there's no difference between the criteria for depressive episodes of bipolar I, bipolar II, and major depression. But having hypomanic episodes occasionally - as I do -
One of the first studies to look at serious physical trauma in patients reveals that nearly a third of the patients studied sustained sexual dysfunction even after a year passed since the trauma event. This particular study involved over 10,000 patients and 69 hospitals across 14 states. The incentive to do the study was prompted by surgeons of young trauma patients who were receiving these complaints of sexual dysfunction even though a year's time had passed and adequate healing (regardless of the type of physical trauma) had occurred.
The rate of sexual dysfunction nearly doubled when comparing under age 50 trauma patients to healthy patients in the same age group; it nearly tripled in the over age 50 age group when compared to the over 50 healthy populace. What was also really provocative was that the statistics of sexual dysfunction did not depend on what kind of physical trauma had occurred. It was expected that if the serious trauma involved the pe...
In May 2009 I fell into a depressive pit that lasted a good 10 months. During that time I spent whole days away from my computer - where, after all, I earn my living - sitting in front of the television and crocheting. Med changes would make a difference for a few weeks and then fail. My psychiatrist and I were so stumped and frustrated that he was recommending ECT.
I had been under stress - mostly bad, often terrible - since October 2005. I had had a blackly angry and depressed episode in the summer of 2008. The most recent stress had come from a happy event - moving into a wonderful new home - but it was still stress. I kept going until passing a final hurdle in early May of 2009 - and then my mood went to hell.
You can see that the timing and characteristics of the apparent 2009 depressive episode made sense. I'd had hardly a bit of a break from stress in more than 3 1/2 years. And I was spending my time with television and crocheting, just as I had during the 2008 dy...
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