Many patients find that keeping busy helps with OCD; finding distractions and filling empty time is important when dealing with compulsions. But not all activities are equal and stressful activities in particular can make OCD worse. Read on for some of the best ways of keeping busy.
Research suggests that there is a strong genetic influence in the prevelance of bipolar disorder and in theory genetic testing for bipolar disorder should be possible. However such tests are limited and results are never likely to produce clear positive or negative results.
Around 20% of adults with ADHD also suffer from bipolar disorder and display a high number of similar symptoms. Both appear to be related to the regulation of neurotransmitters in the brain, suggesting there may be a strong link between bipolar disorder and ADHD in adults.
The causes of unipolar depression are complex, often involving a mixture of physical and social factors. There are also a number of biological causal factors in unipolar mood disorders which can play a big part in determining who is more likely to experience them.
Serotonin is widely believed to be linked to depression; however, science is still unsure why. SSRI drugs are among the antidepressants that make use of this link but much of the evidence about the efficacy is still inconclusive. In this article understanding serotonin depression is explored.