Thursday, October 9, 2008

Chaos and Disorder (Thursday Thirteen #40)

Since it has stormed into my front door, I’ve been on a mission to raise mental health awareness. October 5-11, 2008 is National Mental Health Awareness Week and today, specifically is Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day.

Bipolar Disorder, along with the following disorders, can cause chaos and disorder not only in the lives of those that have them, but as well as in those that love them. Formerly called Manic Depression, Bipolar Disorder affects more than two million Americans, and both adults and children can be affected. People who have this illness experience extreme mood swings varying between mania and depression. It is a very serious illness and can cause risky behavior and even suicidal tendencies.

My friend Damien Riley, author of Postcards From The Funny Farm, has written a top notch series of articles about Bipolar Disorder. You can read them here.

I invite you to join me in walking across blogs all across America in order to raise awareness for mental illnesses. Please just take this button and link back it back to my Walk This Way post. The more people that know what these things are about, the less stigmas there will be and more people will seek help.

Today is Thursday Thirteen....and here's mine!


1. Psychotic Disorders. The major symptom is psychosis or delusions and hallucinations.
Examples of these types of disorders are Brief Psychotic Disorder, Delusional Disorder, Schizoaffective Diorder, Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform and Shared Psychotic Disorder.

2. Mood Disorders. The primary symptom is a disturbance in mood and having inappropriate, exaggerated and an extreme level to your feelings.
Examples of Mood Disorders are Bipolar Disorder, Cyclothymic Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder.

3. Anxiety Disorders feature abnormal or inappropriate levels of anxiety.
In this category are: Acute Stress Disorder, Agoraphobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

4. Somatoform Disorders include those where symptoms suggest a medical condition, but no medical condition can be found by doctors.
Disorders in this category are: Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Conversion Disorder, Hypochondriasis Disorder, Pain Disorder and Somatization Disorder.

5. Dissociative Disorders involve a disruption in consciousness, memory, identity or perception.
Examples are Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and Depersonalization Disorder

6. Sexual Disorders, Paraphilias have distressing and repetitive sexual fantasies, urges and behaviors.
Such disorders include: Exhibitionism, Fetishism, Frotteurism, Pedophilia, Sexual Masochism, Sexual Sadism, Transvestic Fetishism and Voyeurism

7.Sexual Disorders, Sexual Dysfunctions cause an impairment in normal sexual functioning and include Dyspareunia, Female Orgasmic Disorder, Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, Gender Identity Disorder, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Male Erectile Disorder, Male Orgasmic Disorder, Premature Ejaculation, Sexual Aversion Disorder, Vaginismus.

8. Eating Disorders are characterized by disturbances in eating behavior. The disorders in this category and Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

9. Sleep Disorders, Dyssomnias relate to the amount quality and timing of sleep and include Primary Insomnia, Primary Hypersomnia and Narcolepsy.

10. Sleep Disorders, Parasomnias are classified by abnormal behavior or physiological evens that occur during the sleep process. Such disorders include Nightmare Disorder, Sleep Terror Disorder and Sleepwalking Disorder.

11. Adjustment Disorders are when someone has a difficult adjustment to a life situation than normally would be expected considering the circumstances. There are many types of Adjustment Disorders combined with Anxiety, Depressed Mood or a combination of the two.

12. Impulse Control Disorders are characterized by the failure or extreme difficulty in controlling impulses despite negative consequences.
Examples are: Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Kleptomania, Pathological Gambling, Pyromania and Trichotillomania.

13. Personality Disorders involve thoughts, emotions, interpersonal functioning and impulse control. Some examples are Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Whatever the disorder, putting an end to its' chaos isn't all that likely without the proper treatment and/or medications. If you or someone you love is struggling with any of these disorders, there is help, and hope, out there. We're learning that firsthand in my house.

Be sure to check out my related posts this week: Rainy Days and Mondays, While Shivering In My Shoes and Walk This Way.


Qtpies7 said...

Wow you didn't even touch the two my husband has or the one that he "could" have. Paranoid personality disorder and obsessive thought disorder, or he may have post traumatic stress from child hood, I don't buy into that one because he wasn't abused or molested, just came from a secretive and messy home.

Thanks for stopping by my TT. I also have lots of canvas bags for shopping, I just always forget them.

The Rock Chick said...

Qtpies: there's so many of these types of disorders out there that I believe that they somehow must affect every one of us. If it's not us personally dealing with these things, we know someone who is! I used to forget my canvas bags, too! LOL Now they've become a habit.

Vixen said...

I have been learning and dealing since my oldest was 8 years old. It is amazing to me the lack of awareness out there about these things. We (those of at our house who have or deal with disorders) have an amazing blending of these categories so that we don't fit one way and it's is harder to treat. But we deal.

Thanks for spreading the word and raising awareness.

Vera said...

Good for you for seeking to raise awareness on mental health. This is something that needs more hype and attention in my country.

~Just Me~ said...

This is a very good post. I too have people with a couple of those in my life, and its very stressful.

pjazzypar said...

Excellent job educating about mental disorders. Over the years I've had clients diagnosed mostly with conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, ADHD and once I had a 12 year old diagnosed with intermittent explosive disorder.

Dustin said...

It actually amazes me that there are SO MANY different mental health issues out there. I guess when you have something as complex as the brain sitting in ALMOST every head out there, there are bound to be a lot of different ways that things can go awry.

The Rock Chick said...

Vixen: I find that a lot of these things blend together. Often people will not have all the symptoms of one, but a blend of many.

Vera: Where are you from. I think it needs to be addressed everywhere!

Pjazzy: wow. There's just so many and they show up differently in different people, too.

Dustin: I think of the brain as a computer sometimes and just think about how many things can go wrong with that. One little virus can cause big symptoms!

Damien said...

Thanks for that much valued plug! I'm linking to you from my personal blog DATSOL so don't think I missed it ;)

Crystal said...

Hmm, should I make a list of how many I have? :oP

Anonymous said...

Like panic disorder, agoraphobia is one of several anxiety disorders. Agoraphobia may occur with or without panic disorder, but it is most frequently seen with panic disorder. If treated quickly and properly, panic disorder may not progress to agoraphobia. Once the condition progresses, it is all the more difficult to treat.

The Rock Chick said...

Damien: much appreciated. Thank you.

Crystal: no don't make a list. I had the same idea and scared myself! LOL

Vern: Yes, this is very good advice. I've experienced some levels of agoraphobia myself at times.

Malcolm said...

This was a very informative post. I had two girlfriends who suffered from mental health disorders. Because I was younger and had no experience dealing with it, there are definitely some things I would have done differently with the first girlfriend who suffered from them. I sometimes felt helpless so I can only imagine what she was going through.

Jessica Morris said...

Good for you getting back into TT! And what a great list! Very educating and diverse.

How is Sam doing now? If you aren't up for blogging an update could ya send an email?

thanks :)

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Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings—from overly “high” and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression.

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