Archive for the ‘Affective Disorders’ Category

Hypomania/mania features

February 24, 2015

MESSIAH’S DOG (or GOD)

  • Mood elevated
  • Energy increased
  • Sleep – decreased need for
  • Speech (more talkative, possible pressure of speech) / Sociability
  • Irritability
  • Attention reduced
  • Horny – sexual promiscuity and increased sexual energy
  • Social/occupational functioning affected*

When asking about risky behaviours, a lead on from sexual risk is:

  • Driving – wreckless, too fast
  • Overspending perhaps pointless, irrelevant items
  • Gambling

Messiah referring to over-importance, increased self-worth.

*If delusions or hallucinations present (i.e. psychosis) or severe effect on social or occupational functioning then a diagnosis of mania may be made

Mania features

January 2, 2015

DIG FAST, Pal!

  • Distractibility and easily frustrated
  • Inhibition loss e.g. sexual disinhibition
  • Grandiosity
  • Flight of ideas
  • Activity increased, perhaps with weight loss
  • Sleep decreased
  • Talkativeness
  • Psychosis e.g. hallucinations/delusions

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Depression features

March 17, 2011

DEAD SWAMP

  • Depressed mood
  • Energy loss
  • Anhedonia
  • Death thoughts – suicide
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Worthlessness, guilty / Weight gain
  • Appetite loss
  • Memory / Mental decrease (concentration and thinking)
  • Psychomotor agitation / retardation

IDEA SWAMP

  • Insomnia
  • Depressed mood
  • Energy loss
  • Appetite disturbance
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Worthlessness
  • Anhedonia
  • Memory / Mental decrease (concentration and thinking)
  • Psychomotor agitation / retardation