In the chapters of this book, I present information regarding common emotional conditions of neurosis and the less-common conditions of mental illness referred-to as psychosis. It is my intention to help define the differences between these two types of emotional and mental disorders but to also present the differences between common conditions of neurosis that are in the anxiety and depression categories. Subjects covered include descriptions of major depression, bipolar depression, schizophrenia and different types of major anxiety disorders. Signs, symptoms and diagsis are discussed, as well as the treatments that are administered for these different types of disorders (i.e. pharmaceutical, psychiatric and natural therapies). It is my hope that this book will provide a good basic educational resource for readers wishing to learn about identifying and treating mental and emotional disorders. This book is t intended to be an extensive manual but is intended to contain information most often sought by laypersons on the subject. TABLE OF CONTENTS: CHAPTER ONE: Psychosis versus Common Anxiety and Depression CHAPTER TWO: A Description of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder CHAPTER THREE: Confirming a Diagsis of Mental Illness CHAPTER FOUR: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Disorders CHAPTER FIVE: Positive Versus Negative Responses to Anxiety CHAPTER SIX: What are the Differences between OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder? And What is Cyberchondria CHAPTER SEVEN: The Basic Differences between Anxiety & Depression CHAPTER EIGHT: Antidepressants Effective for some but t for Others CHAPTER NINE: Can Hypoglycemia and other Medical Conditions Mimic Psychiatric Disorders? CHAPTER TEN: More Patent-Education and Doctor-Communication about SSRI Antidepressants CHAPTER ELEVEN: Stress Management to Aid Treatments for Mind and Emotions
I am a husband, father, grandfather and lifetime contract salesman, with experience in health writing that began in 2004. I completed theological studies with Liberty University in 1996. I formerly served as editor and forum moderator of Thyroid Health for a major online content website and as a general health writer for Suite101 where I received Editor's Choice Awards for my articles on health subjects. In 2003 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism; Hashimoto's thyroiditis being the cause. This autoimmune form of thyroid disease that causes destruction of the thyroid gland resulted in my also developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, due to a compromised immune system with severe co-morbid Adrenal Fatigue. I also suffered severe anxiety symptoms, including panic attacks early into the onset of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (Hashitoxicosis - temporary hyperthyroidism). A common heart murmur I was diagnosed with in my teens called Mitral Valve Prolapse, also worsened in severity of symptoms, with the development of these other health disorders. My eventual receiving of diagnoses was a difficult process with proper diagnostic testing not being ordered by the first doctors I sought treatment from. These types of issues were inspiration for me to become proactive in my own health care and to self-educate myself on these health disorders, which I have done extensively since 2003. I now enjoy sharing this information with other patients experiencing my same health disorders.