Statistics show that a staggering 1 in 5 people will be affected by Depression at one point in their life, and with National Depression Awareness week in full swing, now is a good time to seek treatment if you or a loved one is affected. For more information on symptoms of Depression visit our Depression programme page
Perhaps unintentionally, but helpful none the less, high profile characters, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and front man of The Wombats Matthew Murphy have spoken publicly about their struggle with mental health issues during Depression Awareness Week. Regrettably there is still a stigma attached to mental health, and initiatives to tackle this stigma are greatly helped by celebrities speaking about their difficulties, and importantly the treatment that has proven helpful for them.
It has been reported that the actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was admitted to a mental health facility for a brief treatment episode for Bi Polar type 2 Disorder. While it was implied that the disorder was caused by the stress she experienced during her husband’s battle with cancer, it is useful to remember that stress unlikely causes a Bi Polar Disorder, although it likely triggers an upsurge of an already existing disorder.
Both Depression and Bi Polar Disorder are debilitating disorders which render the sufferer powerless over their mood state without some form of intervention. In fact, Bi Polar Disorder has the highest suicide rate among all mental illnesses. According to Psychotherapist and expert in dual diagnosis, Adrianna Irvine a Bi-Polar Disorder will drive an addiction as the urge to relieve the debilitating symptoms can be powerful.
Crucially Bi Polar type II Disorder differs from Bi Polar Type I Disorder in the quality of the manic episodes. For the Type I disorder, the manic episodes have a psychotic element sometimes manifesting as hallucinations and misinterpretation of events. While both are debilitating disorders, the hypo-manic characteristic of the Type II disorder is not psychotic in nature and can therefore for some, prove a welcome relief from the fantastically depressed state that is experienced in both disorders.
Although diagnosis can prove difficult early detection and treatment of the disorder is vital as the symptoms are likely to worsen over time. If you or a loved one suffers from Depression or Bi Polar Disorder the invitation is to be mindful of the inherent danger of self-medicating the debilitating symptoms by developing substance dependence. Bi Polar and Depression treatment is available however we would always encourage you to seek professional help to treat these complex disorders.