Black Relationships : Major Depressive Disorder

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

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    Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), is characterized by a severely depressed mood that persists for at least two weeks. Major Depressive Disorder is specified as either "a single episode" or "recurrent"; periods of depression may occur as discrete events or recur over the lifespan. Episodes of major or clinical depression may be further divided into mild, major or severe. Where the patient has already had an episode of mania or markedly elevated mood, a diagnosis of bipolar disorder (also called bipolar affective disorder) is usually made instead of MDD; depression without periods of elation or mania is therefore sometimes referred to as unipolar depression because the mood remains on one pole. The diagnosis also usually excludes cases where the symptoms are a normal result of bereavement. Diagnosticians recognize several possible subtypes of Major Depressive Disorder.

    Depression with Melancholic Features - Melancholia is characterized by a loss of pleasure (anhedonia) in most or all activities, a failure of reactivity to pleasurable stimuli, a quality of depressed mood more pronounced than that of grief or loss, a worsening of symptoms in the morning hours, early morning waking, psychomotor retardation, anorexia (excessive weight loss, not to be confused with Anorexia Nervosa), or excessive guilt.

    Depression with Atypical Features - Atypical Depression is characterized by mood reactivity (paradoxical anhedonia) and positivity, significant weight gain or increased appetite, excessive sleep or somnolence (hypersomnia), leaden paralysis, or significant social impairment as a consequence of hypersensitivity to perceived interpersonal rejection. Contrary to its name, atypical depression is the most common form of depression.

    Depression with Psychotic Features - Some people with Major Depressive or Manic episode may experience psychotic features. They may be presented with hallucinations or delusions that are either mood-congruent (content coincident with depressive themes) or non-mood-congruent (content not coincident with depressive themes). It is clinically more common to encounter a delusional system as an adjunct to depression than to encounter hallucinations, whether visual or auditory.
     
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    we all got it.........

    it is my theory that ALL black people suffer from depression. certainly all black people in America do.
    it may be more or less severe but we all show symptoms. it is quite common and at the same time totally undiagnosed and untreated. look around you.
    we accept depressive behavior as normal in our community. we say ******* ain't ****, all the time.
    we are actually referring to untreated depressive behavior.

    we need to separate out the mental illness and call it what it is. it is illness. it is NOT us.

    it's like you see a brother limping. you say "he ain't no good". but maybe the cat has a blister. that is why he is limping.
    if you treat the blister and let it heal, he could be out playing football.

    we need to stop accepting these illnesses as being a natural part of ourselves.
     
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    Beloved Mighty warrior JFP:
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    Thank you beloved brother for not allowing your EGO to get in the way to discuss these vital and essential issues concerning us and our mental stability.

    We must not cease discussing these countless issues within the Black Afrikans.

    As we are doing so, we are freeing ourself first, and as we free ourselves we can help others break free of these Nooses within us.

    We must be on a constant and consistent mission consciously/subconsciously cleaning out the debris/garbage within us, so that we can communicate with each other Telepathically.

    JFP: it is my theory that ALL black people suffer from depression. certainly all black people in America do. it may be more or less severe but we all show symptoms.


    My mother had a vision showing her nothing but Black Body Bags. I haven't been able to interpret that . Maybe metasaience if he enters this thread will be able to shed some light on that.

    Chief Osiris wrote a missive I think over a year ago stating that there need to be a Suicide watch on Black people.

    During my Spiritual Counseling with others, most people have mentioned suicide.

    I found out through my once mild depression that we must fully examine depression to find out, just like pain, what depression is saying to us. I realized that like all negativity, depression was a tool and a weapon to test what I am made of. The quicksand of depression is designed to take us under. Its presence is to beat and defeat me. When our Cosmic Ancestors showed me the purpose of negativities, I made a conscious decision to not allow it to defeat me, and I fought consciously tooth and nail to get out of it, because I realized I am better than any depression. I realized that there was something Divinely waiting for me beyond depression and all other negativity once I pass these negative obstacles.

    When I did not know better, I did not do better. When I learned about Betterment, I began to heal Divinely. Now depression knows not to come up against the BEST/Betterment within me, the same Best/Betterment I now do what I can to help our people achieve, by openly sharing my own experience, and pointing out in them what they need to remove in them for the Betterment of themselves and us all. Depression is a Energy Snagger.

    We should do everything we know to stay out of doctors offices. Can we vision a person who is sick going into a Doctors office, and nothing wrong with them being able to speak, and they sit there before the doctor silently not describing their symptoms to the doctor. A doctor can not administer treatment until she/he knows from us what our symptoms are. When we do not speak up/out and address our conditions, the doctors will add more to our depressive state by giving us anti-depression medication which only treats the conditions, not heal the conditions. The doctors will also when we do not cooperate will see a mental problem, and we wake up in the Funny Farm, and we wonder how we got there. Speechless got us there. Silence is a Killer.

    To be a Great pretender that nothing is wrong, is like acting like a Bag of Chip and the Dip which is played out.

    Our being speechless and silent to each other is a Killer. All Dis-Unity needs to be openly address among us, so we can Be A We people, and We can consciously/subconsciously collectively get what is Divinely right Ours, and that is Our Birthright to Be in our Divine Right minds-set. No better place to be like Home, Our Divine right Home-Minds that is.

    Those among us who are healing or been healed, turns back to those who are still sick to let them know that they are going down the wrong path that leads to death if they do not address their conditions, and allow others in to show them the way towards the Path that leads to Life-Living.

    We as Black Afrikan people are not in our Once Divine Natural environment (Conscious/Subconscious) and when we are in a Profane environment unconsious and this system, all kinds of hellishness will be in us. depression and all that is not Harmony. Order, Balance is unnatural.

    WE must (action) word By all means necessary break free form these Nooses, chains, Shackles...and the likes of that is wrapped around our mind like a serpent.

    That is another reason we see Snakes mentalities in people. They have a Warped Serpent mind-set.

    I will always have Compassion for Sick people.

    Here is loving Truth/Afrika.


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    Eh....Many people, men and women, have experienced Depression at some point in their lives, to greater or lesser degrees.

    ....especially after some particularly disappointing episode in their lives...loss of job, not getting a job, end of a relationship, etc..

    ...However, it is important to recognize Depression for what it is and to combat it with positive treatment so that it won't fester and become debilitating and destructive in one's life.

    Most women will have a good cry, get a pint/gallon of ice cream or some chocolate or sumpn and then come back out "fighting" later.....lol....We just shouldn't wallow in it.

    It's okay to throw yourself a little "pity party" every-now-and-then.

    Just make sure that it's a "LITTLE" one that has a definite ENDING POINT.
     
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    this indicates a lack of understanding of what depression is actualy about.
    depression is not a thing that you shake with ice cream.
    it is a serious illness.

    i have suffered from depression much of my life.
    black people need to take depression seriously.
     
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    No, "lack of understanding," Bro. James....When I mentioned "ice cream," I was referencing a "MILD" bout of depression.....a "pity party" within a "single episode."

    I'm glad to know that you have battled this in a "proactive" manner.

    And, yes, Black people need to take Depression and also mental illness seriously.
     
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    it is my theory that much of the behavior that we see that leads us to say "negroes ain't no good" is actually undiagnosed and un treated mental illness.
    post traumatic slavery syndrome, stockholm syndrome, these are real to me.
    many a black person has been driven insane. then we ridicule them.

    if more black people had a liberal arts education which included basic psychological theory we would be much better off.
     
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    Bipolar 2:

    ... Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time.
    However, in bipolar II disorder, the "up" moods never reach full-on mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania.
    A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in life. Most people with bipolar II disorder also suffer from episodes of depression. This is where the term "manic depression" comes from.
    In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder live normal lives....

    ...
    What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar II Disorder?

    During a hypomanic episode, elevated mood can manifest itself as either euphoria (feeling "high") or as irritability.
    Symptoms during hypomanic episodes include:
    • Flying suddenly from one idea to the next
    • Rapid, "pressured," and loud speech
    • Increased energy, with hyperactivity and a decreased need for sleep
    People experiencing hypomanic episodes are often quite pleasant to be around. They can often seem like the "life of the party" -- making jokes, taking an intense interest in other people and activities, and infecting others with their positive mood.
    What's so bad about that, you might ask? Hypomania can also lead to erratic and unhealthy behavior. People in hypomanic episodes might spend money they don't have, seek out sex with people they normally wouldn't, and engage in other impulsive or risky behaviors.
    Also, the vast majority of people with bipolar II disorder experience significant depressive episodes. These can occur soon after hypomania subsides, or much later. Some people cycle back and forth between hypomania and depression, while others have long periods of normal mood in between episodes.
    Untreated, an episode of hypomania can last anywhere from a few days to several months. Most commonly, symptoms continue for a few weeks to a few months.
    Depressive episodes in bipolar II disorder are similar to "regular" clinical depression, with depressed mood, loss of pleasure, low energy and activity, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and thoughts of suicide. Depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder can last weeks, months, or rarely years....

    .... http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-2-disorder
     
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    Bipolar II


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    1. A distinct period of persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting throughout at least 4 days, that is clearly different from the usual nondepressed mood.
    2. During the period of mood disturbance, three (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted (four if the mood is only irritable) and have been present to a significant degree:
      1. inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
      2. decreased need for sleep (e.g., feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep)
      3. more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking
      4. flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing
      5. distractibility (i.e., attention too easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli)
      6. increase in goal-directed activity (either socially, at work or school, or sexually) or psychomotor agitation
      7. excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (e.g., the person engages in unrestrained buying sprees, sexual indiscretions, or foolish business investments)
    3. The episode is associated with an unequivocal change in functioning that is uncharacteristic of the person when not symptomatic.
    4. The disturbance in mood and the change in functioning are observable by others.
    5. The episode is not severe enough to cause marked impairment in social or occupational functioning, or to necessitate hospitalization, and there are no psychotic features.
    6. ....
    http://morgalis.com/bipolar/bp2.htm
     
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    Bi Polar Mood Disorder: A Profile

    Paul J. Hannig, Ph.D., MFCC



    Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental illness involving episodes of serious mania and depression. These episodes swing from overly “high” and irritable (manic) to sad and hopeless (depression) and then back again, with periods of normal moods in between. Bipolar disorder typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life. It is often not recognized as an illness, and people who have it may suffer needlessly for year or even decades. Medication is sometimes necessary to help stabilize the varying mood swings...

    ....Narcissistic over-involvement with the self may make the polar person insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of others. All attention is centered around the excessive ruminations of the bipolar person's struggle with others....

    http://www.nvo.com/psych_help/bipolarmooddisorder/
     
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