eMoods Blog

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How to Deal with a Low Mood During the Holidays

The emotional stress of preparing for family gatherings, budgeting holiday shopping and the ongoing changes to our day-to-day schedule can wreak havoc on our emotional stability. You may be left feeling low, overwhelmed, and frustrated during the holiday season. Though it is recommended to seek medical attention if low mood interferes with social functions, work or school, below are some tools that you can use to manage a low-mood and help maintain balance through the holidays.

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Will eMoods help diagnose me for Anxiety/Depression/Bipolar?

(short answer: no, but it will help you communicate better with your doctor)

There are over two hundred different diagnoses for mental health disorders. Getting the right one is a turning point on the path to proper treatment. Mental illness can be a tricky thing to nail down and misdiagnoses are not uncommon. So, what can you do to increase your chances of getting the right diagnosis?

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Cannabis and Bipolar

Over the past few years, cannabis has become legal for medical and recreational use in several US states. If you’re someone who has bipolar disorder, perhaps you’ve wondered, is it safe? Could it be a potential treatment option? Among patients with bipolar 1 disorder, cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance.

If you’ve looked into it, you’ve probably come across conflicting research regarding bipolar disorder and cannabis use. Maybe you even have a friend who claims it helps them better than prescription medication and another friend who won’t go near it. So, what do we actually know about the effects of cannabis on bipolar disorder?

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Why Mood Tracking Is Important for Depression And Anxiety

Our moods fluctuate every day. They can be used as a measuring stick for our overall well-being. Sometimes we know exactly why we feel a certain way, but other times it can be difficult to tell. Some feelings like depression and anxiety can seem to pop up without warning. Logging your mood gives you perspective on otherwise seemingly elusive emotions.

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Navigating Change

Change is a constant in a world that morphs rapidly, and preparing for, and managing, change is an important life skill that most adults work on, on a regular basis. Change happens to everyone, but can be especially tricky for those living with bipolar disorder, as routine and schedule helps patients manage their disorder and stay on top of medications, symptoms.

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Alternative and Complementary Therapies

For some bipolar patients, complementary or alternative medications are not an appropriate response; however, these patients may be seeking additional therapies that can support their journey to wellness that are not medicine based. We’ve compiled a list of some therapies that may be useful to further research or try;

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Alternative and Complementary Medications

Turn into the vitamin and wellness aisle at any given store and you will find a number of options that are produced with the intention of helping people feel better, do better, and be better. While not all of the claims on the various bottles will be true for all patients, it is true that as bipolar patients become more involved in their healthcare and wellness plans, many may wish to incorporate more natural and holistic treatments into their medication regimen.

Patients may turn to natural medications to supplement their prescriptions, or may choose this route if there are financial or other access barriers to traditional healthcare. Research into this area of care notes that those patients who fall into one or more of the below categories may successfully consider complementary and alternative herbal and vitamin treatments:

• patients who do not respond to antidepressant treatment
• development of intolerable side effects to first-line antidepressants
• patients on medications which are necessary but causing side effects that could be alleviated by alternative approaches
• mitigate effects of risk factors
• those who want to explore the full range of services and options
• patients who are in a situation in which there is no access to standard treatment
• when the patient is uncomfortable with modern medications
• patient cannot afford the cost of modern medication

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mood Tracking in Addiction Treatment

Mood tracking or journaling is an important component of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the most common type of psychosocial therapy used in addiction treatment. CBT is not long-term psychotherapy intended to root out deep psychological problems; it focuses on short-term treatment to address the real-world needs of those who are seeking help for their addiction.

The results of using mood tracking in CBT can include:

• Reduction of self-harming behaviors including drug use
• Reduction of cravings
• Resolving various types of stressors that were causing addiction behaviors
• Improvements in self-care capabilities

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