Postpartum mood disorder are the mental states of a mother after the birth of her child. This is caused by the enormous physiological and psychological stress as well as the hormonal fluctuations. Distinctions are made between three degrees of postpartum mood depression:
It does not matter so much if burnout and depression are different illnesses or simply different terms for the same condition. Causes, symptoms, effects and treatment are virtually identical. Burnout was first described in 1974 by a German-born American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Herbert J. Freudenberger.
Who doesn't know people who, in the very literal sense of the phrase, easily get uneasy, who are quickly disturbed by everything about and in their environment, who are emotionally „thin-skinned“ and vulnerable, who immediately take critical remarks personally – who, in simple terms are hypersensitive? The truth about their nature is: they have an amazing eye for details and nuances as well as a fine sense for people and situations.
It is natural to be sad and moody from time to time. But, when does a normal and temporary emotion turn into a mental illness which doesn’t seem to go away?
Charles Dickens, Van Gogh, Beethoven. These geniuses all suffered from bipolar disorder. Is there possibly a connection?
This is probably one of the aspects of bipolar disorder that awakens curiosity: people with bipolar disorder are said to be more creative and intelligent. The term creativity certainly has something to do with intelligence. It used to be thought that creativity was a gift from gods - today people know that creativity can to a large extent be connected to psychopathology.
The sooner people with an anxiety disorder receive appropriate treatment, the greater the chance of recovery. In most cases, anxiety disorders can be treated well.
In the treatment of anxiety disorders, a combination of drug and psychotherapeutic approaches has proven to be particularly effective.
Treatment depends on the type and severity of anxiety disorder.
There are several complex theories and explanations about the causes of an anxiety disorder. These are learning theory, psychodynamic and neurobiological explanations.
Light therapy and sleep deprivation?
Many patients with depression suffer from persistent sleep disorders, coupled with feelings of burned-out and exhaustion. This does not mean that long sleep or vacations are helpful when trying to fight and treat depression. For example, a sleep deprivation therapy, as it is offered in many clinics nowadays, has proven to be very effective antidepressant measure.
Agitation (restlessness) is a state of inner excitement that manifests itself through an insatiable urge to move. Agitation states can appear as a symptom of various mental illnesses or as a side effect of taking certain medications. Drug use or abstinence from drugs can also cause agitation.
The field of Nutritional Psychiatry is relatively new, however there are observational data regarding the association between diet quality and mental health across countries, cultures and age groups – depression in particular.