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The Dangers of Bipolar Self Inflicted Injuries

Whatever the method of attempt at bipolar disorder self injury, there is seriousness attached to it. People who have attempted suicide in the past are 40 times more likely to commit suicide than those who never have attempted it before.

If a person begins to make final arrangements, or to set his or her affairs in order for no particular reason, suicide may be on his or her mind. It could be as simple as giving away possessions, or as complex as making financial arrangements. It should be determined whether or not that person is in danger of bipolar disorder self injury if this is suddenly seen in a bipolar individual.

More women than men attempt suicide, but 80 percent of the deaths by suicide are by males. Bipolar disorder self injury, then, is a distinct and growing problem.

It is difficult enough dealing with the affective, social, legal, and physical consequences of the disease. Self harm and suicide make attention to bipolar disorder self injury most necessary.

One form of bipolar disorder self injury that is coming most recently into the public consciousness is self mutilation, or “cutting”. Suicide, of course, is the most extreme form of bipolar disorder self injury. At this stage there is concern of bipolar disorder self injury, but the ideas are just at a simmer.

When a person begins to make plans, the danger of bipolar disorder self injury becomes more imminent. If this is suddenly seen in a bipolar individual, it should be determined whether or not that person is in danger of bipolar disorder self injury.

December 12th, 2017

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OCD – What It Is and How It Affects Us

For normal people, double checking something is a trivial task, but people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder cannot move forward without these repeated checks. Perhaps this is the most observed effect among people with OCD – the need to perform rituals and routines even if it becomes a hindrance to doing things of greater importance. This sets the premise for what most people know as obsession.

The obsession that brings about a stream of uncontrollable thoughts, impulses and images cannot be stopped even if the affected wants to and thus, creating a nuisance that is both disturbing and distracting but must be undergone in order to relieve the mind of it.

However, the relief is not permanent and will often persist in reduced time intervals.  In fact, in most cases, it can be too persistent that it prompts for a repetition of routines and rituals. This driven repetitive behavior constitutes compulsion, which causes further distress and anxiety as routines become more time-consuming and demanding.

The condition is known to show signs during childhood until the early 30s and is less likely to manifest in people who are 35 and above. More than 2.2 million adults, in the United States alone, are affected by the disorder. Most of those who have OCD were diagnosed at the age of 19 without any inclinations toward gender. However, the diagnosis doesn’t come easily and it may not be apparent to most, with the exception of mental disorder specialists, since the symptoms tend to disappear and re-occur at different levels.

Those diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Behavior are often classified based on the routines that they end up repeating. Some of the most common are the washers, checkers, doubters and sinners, counter arrangers and hoarders.  The urge for doing these tasks is often brought about by fear.

For instance, a washer must constantly clean and wash his/her hands because of the fear of contamination. The same is true for the hoarders who are afraid that a catastrophe may occur when they discard items, which they neither use nor need.

Several complications arise in OCD sufferers due to the nature of the disorder, which includes, but not caused directly or limited to, eating disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety disorders and in the worst cases, the tendency to entertain suicidal thoughts. Therapy is, by far, the most popular and effective recourse. Group therapy, with the involvement of family and friends, is encouraged. Joining the therapy sessions can inform them of how to adjust and help the patient.

December 6th, 2017

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Know the Difference Between ADHD and OCD

A lot of people often mistake ADHD with perfectionism. This is something that one cannot really blame because sometimes, perfectionists are often depicted or they appear as people who would get so riled up even if it is just a minor flaw or detail. However, perfectionism is nothing like ADHD.

Think of it as this: you are a frustrated person. It’s because whenever you would do something you feel like your best is not good enough. You often feel stuck. Much more that you would often feel so annoyed when someone meddles with your things or fix things until it is right for you. This is not ADHD but rather unhealthy perfectionism or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

First and foremost, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by uncontrollable and unwanted thoughts that leads a person to be compelled to perform. It is often ritual or repetitive behaviors such as cleaning and arranging. Most of the time, these people know that these behaviors may not make much sense but they are unable to resist them and this disrupts their daily lives.

Meanwhile, people with ADHD tend to have difficulty concentrating and focusing on their work. They also have difficulty in doing simple tasks and would often leap from one type of work to another and would quickly get bored with what they are doing. You could say that people with ADHD are always on the go and in a rush.

Now what is the difference between OCD with ADHD?

People with ADHD usually have this act first, think later habit. In short, they are impulsive. However, those with OCD often are the ones who think too much and thus leads to compulsions.

People with OCD tend to have excessive focus on detail, moral or religious ideas, violent thoughts, extreme fears or phobias such as germs and dirt or superstitious. They may also have compulsive behaviors such as repetitive habits like tapping or repeating words, excessive checking and double-checking, and hoarding.

Those with ADHD often have poor listening skills and attention span. They are easily distracted by simplest of things thus have difficult in completing tasks. They also have a hard time remembering conversations or even following directions while some tend to space out from time to time, even if in the middle of a conversation. They may also have the tendency to overlook their work for details or completely leave it unfinished.

December 3rd, 2017

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