Sofia Amoashiy, MD
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Valley Stream, NY 11580
What is mania?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredMania is Charlie Sheen-exaggerated feelings of self worth. It is a symptom of bipolar disorder that sparks intense feelings that last almost all day for two or three weeks or even longer. You feel like you can do the work of three people (and sometimes even do it!). It also affects your behavior. You can feel like you are on Cloud 9, but at the same time you can also be agitated or irritable. You may even talk a mile a minute or try to do a lot of things at once, including things you typically wouldn’t or shouldn’t do (like spending a lot of money, talking to random people on the street, or engaging in risky sexual activity). Your “wired” feeling may also make it hard for you to rest and sleep. If you or someone you know is suffering from a manic episode, continue medication but call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.
How is a person's psychological history determined?
The Rest of Your Life (ROYL) answeredYour doctor may ask the following questions when reviewing your psychological history:
- Have you been or are you being treated for depression?
- Have you been or are you being treated for anxiety?
- Have you been treated for other psychological conditions?
What are natural treatments for psychiatric disorders?
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is an interactive process between a person and a qualified mental health professional. The patient explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to improve problem solving skills. Although prescription medications are usually the best way to help patients with schizophrenia, psychotherapy, especially cognitive therapy, may greatly enhance coping, social skills, and quality of life. It has also been shown to reduce psychotic relapse and re-hospitalization.
Psychotherapy cannot always fix mental or emotional conditions. Psychiatric drugs are sometimes needed. In some cases, symptoms may worsen if the proper medication is not taken. Not all therapists are qualified to work with all problems. Use cautiously with serious mental illness or some medical conditions because some forms of psychotherapy may stir up strong emotional feelings and expression.
Yoga: Yoga is an ancient system of relaxation, exercise, and healing with origins in Indian philosophy. Yoga has been described as "the union of mind, body, and spirit." Healthy individuals with the aim to achieve relaxation, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle often practice yoga. Several human studies support the use of yoga therapy to treat schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.
Yoga is generally considered to be safe in healthy individuals when practiced appropriately. Avoid some inverted poses with disc disease of the spine, fragile or atherosclerotic neck arteries, extremely high or low blood pressure, glaucoma, detachment of the retina, ear problems, severe osteoporosis, cervical spondylitis, or if at risk for blood clots. Certain yoga breathing techniques should be avoided in people with heart or lung disease. Use cautiously with a history of psychotic disorders. Yoga techniques are believed to be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding when practiced under the guidance of expert instruction. However, poses that put pressure on the uterus, such as abdominal twists, should be avoided in pregnancy.
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