There are many characteristics of people diagnosed with Schizoid Personality Disorder. The characteristics are based around the fact that these people do not associate with others, and when they do, it is very rare. An example of this would be when family comes over for a holiday; a person with Schizoid Personality Disorder does not associate with anyone and tries to be away from the crowd. Other characteristics about people with this disorder include that they are usually oblivious to social ques and self-absorbed. This makes it hard for them to understand how to interact with others because they have no interest in it.
Right in the middle of the spectrum is the calm, people show no signs of the disorder and carry on like a normal human being. The maniac phase is very wild and uncontrolled, the depression phase is very lonely and painful; although scientists have yet to find the exact cause of the disorder there are treatments that can help this disorder. The maniac phase of bipolar disorder usually has signs that one is going through it because of their erratic behavior and usually act out about three times a day when they are going through this phase. For it to actually be considered the maniac phase a person must go through this showing multiple symptoms for at least a week if not longer. This phase effects a person’s judgment, normal behavior and takes away their ability to make rational decisions.
The symptoms were clearly indicative of classic migraines, which the neurologist informed me were usually genetic. Therefore, upon questioning me about my family history of neurological disorders, he did not find it surprising that my maternal grandmother had been plagued with severe headaches since her early twenties. Later, he explained to me that the precise cause of migraines was yet unknown but that there were some very effective treatments available that would prevent the onset of the migraines. After trying several different medications, we found a successful preventative drug, called Norpramine. Six years later, still on the medication, I only suffer from an intense migraine about two or three times per month.
What is cyclothymia? Similar to bipolar disorder since it is characterized by mood swings from mania to depression. However, there are several important differences between the two. A person with cyclothymia experiences symptoms of hypomania but never a full-blown hypomanic episode. A person with cyclothymia is never symptom-free for longer than two months.
As she admitted, “ I cannot shut my brain off anymore, I am worrying all the time”, therefore her condition met the primary criteria of generalized anxiety disorder which is the excessive worry for at least 6 months more days than not, about diverse events and activities. Being restless, irritable, having sleep difficulty and being easily fatigued are four factors of GAD that are apparent in this case. “I have always had lots of energy but now at times I struggle to get out of bed and drag myself thorough the work day”; it indicates the fatigue she recently experienced. Fidgets with her jewellery when speaking and a nervous laugh she has, shows her persistent anxiety. Moreover, she was recently diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome which has a high comorbidity with anxiety disorders.
The fact that many patients can often last in a state of affective normalcy for years and then suddenly lapse into depression or mania makes this disorder horrendously difficult for the patient, clinician, and anyone involved in the patient’s life. It can be a very scary thing for people to go through. You can go from being extremely “happy”; to extremely upset within seconds, which is due to the serotonin levels in your brain. Bipolar disorder causes people to have mood swings which most of the time have nothing to do with anything going on in their lives. This disease is exactly that, a disease.
A outcast, socially unaccepted, a reject, an outsider. That is how you feel when you have Avoidant personality disorder. The disease means the person has “the low self esteem and hypersensitivity to rejection are associated with restricted interpersonal contacts” (Bressert). This means that Benjamin is afraid of having personal contact because he is afraid of rejection, and failure. In the story Benjamin often acts distant they even mention how, “Only old Benjamin refused to grow enthusiastic about the windmill, though, as usual, he would utter nothing beyond the cryptic remark that donkeys live a long time” (Orwell).
In the United States over two million people are diagnosed with the psychological problem of bipolar disorder. One of the major reasons behind the rise of people suffering from the disorder is contributed by the complications that hinder accurate diagnosis of the disease. It is mainly because of the delay in the diagnostic process that the number of people suffering from the disorder has increased extraordinarily. According to the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA), half of the respondents said visiting three or more medical beneficial before being actually diagnosed. On the other hand the survey also included respondents who reported of being correctly diagnosed with bipolar disorder after waiting for ten years or even more than that.
He does not think of death excessively and would not say what he thinks of when he does think of death. He denies homicidal or suicidal ideations. He currently feels hopeless, helpless, full of guilt and worthless as he contends that he has lost his family. His energy levels are low. He has no sexual desire.
Furthermore, even though I typically have at least one debilitating migraine per week, I am otherwise in perfect health. This is common among migraine sufferers; they are entirely healthy and therefore, cannot understand why they are showing such painful symptoms(3).Each day that I have I migraine it is a struggle to work, to move, sometimes even to breath. If caught in time, I can typically medicate myself before a full- blown migraine occurs, but often I realize to late what will soon occur. This was the case on April 1, 2001, when I received a classic migraine that left me in a state of suspended animation for over twenty hours. The day began with stiffness in my neck and an ache around my temples and brow bone.