Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Antidepressant Bipolar Medication For Treating Bipolar Symptoms Of Depression

By Ken P Doyle

Where do they go when people are depressed? This bipolar symptom of depression is a crippling disease and if left not treated over time can get worse and in the process claim lives. Medication can help people with the disease and get out of their depression because science and medical research has proven that.

The Mind

This is a question most people are asking when they try and deal with depression in bipolar is; where does all this begin?. The brain which is responsible for looking after our basic motor skills, such as walking, handling things, is also responsible in the way we feel (emotions).

Bipolar Depression

In one sentence, it is the outside world that acts as a catalyst for the brain to think the way it acts and so are the emotions. People who are not bipolar get depressed after hearing bad news, looking at an event or tasting something awful. But, even when there is nothing to be depressed about, people with bipolar disorder symptoms often get depressed. Their mood can change from increased energy (extreme happiness) down to low energy level (depression).

Bipolar Depression

The person with bipolar symptoms, in a depressive mood, will experience long durations of sadness, feelings of being pessimistic, hopelessness, empty moods and feelings of guilt. They also experience worthlessness, loss of interest in activities that are considered to be pleasurable such as sex, sleeping too much or none at all, feelings of irritability and thoughts of death or suicide. When in this depressed state, they can think about committing suicide and can eventually take their own lives.

Bipolar Disorder: Treatments and Medications

There are two main focuses of treatment; psychotherapy (non medicinal) and medication (prescribed drugs) for this mental illness. It is a serious disease that should be treated with careful management and as soon as the bipolar signs and symptoms appear.


Useful especially for those going through mood changes this type of therapy helps them control their emotions better. But, in extreme cases where psychotherapy is not enough, bipolar medication is prescribed for this bipolar symptom to normalize the mood swings.

How can drugs help depression?

Special chemicals called neurotransmitters such as "serotonin" and "norepinephrine," are used by the different parts of the brain to exchange information. It is widely believed that the increase level of these chemicals are linked to the depressive mood in people although it has not been proven that low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine cause depression in bipolar. Antidepressants drugs are prescribed to lift up these brain chemicals.

Common Antidepressants

The two most common groups of drugs in the market today are:

(SSRI) Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors Increases the brain's serotonin level , and when this chemical is increased the mood improves.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI) MAOI's are very effective in fighting depression.

Final Warning

The risk of overdose for some of these drugs can be lethal and if it says avoid certain food or alcohol, please adhere to the strict warning. So all bipolar medication must be used strictly as prescribed by physicians or your doctor. Look after your life it is both important and precious.

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