Bipolar Disorder

  • Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic-depression is a mood disorder where a person experiences both manic episodes and depressive episodes at different times in their life.
  • A manic episode is when a person has abnormally elevated or irritable mood with a significant increase in energy or activity. At the same time, there are physical changes and changes in thinking which may include a decreased need for sleep, being more talkative than normal, feeling that their thoughts are racing, increase distractibility or involvement in activities that can result in negative consequences (e.g., shopping sprees).
  • A depressive episode is the same as what I talked about earlier where there are physical changes and changes in how the person feels and thinks.

Anorexia Nervosa

  • Anorexia Nervosa is one of the Eating Disorders, along with Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder.
  • Anorexia is when a person deliberately decrease their food intake leading to a significantly low body weight.
  • People with Anorexia have an intense fear of gaining weight, and see their body shape and weight differently to how others see it.
  1. Do you think medication should be prescribed for everyone struggling or are there alternatives? Please list them if there areā€¦.

As a Psychologist, I am not medically trained, and do not prescribe medication. Therefore, I am not able to talk specifically about medications for different mental health disorders. Psychologists work with people through talking therapy. However I can say that in my experience if a person is experiencing very severe symptoms, then talking therapy can be too much for them to cope with and being prescribed appropriate medication by their GP can give them some relief from their symptoms, which can then help them to be able to engage in talking therapy.