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Major depressive disorder

What is depression?

Many people, when they are sad or depressed, say that they are "depressed." Unlike episodes of sadness or loneliness that everyone experiences at some point in their life, depression is a desease in the every sense of the word, characterized by certain symptoms. They can last for several weeks or a few months and have an impact on everyday life. This is a common disease. Researchers found that in France, 10% of men and 20% of women have experienced or will experience at least one depressive episode in their life. These numbers show that Depression is a serious public health problem. 

 

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Bipolar affective disorder

What is а bipolar affective disorder?     

In one’s life there are happy and gloomy days. Anyone can feel excited or crushed, but usually this is due to specific circumstances. In contrast, bipolar affective disorder is characterized by periods of deep, prolonged, and profound depression that alternate with periods of an excessively elevated or irritable mood that may last for weeks, without any serious reason, or event that might have coused them. During these episodes the overall behavior and the daily routine life is being roughly violated. This is not just a reaction to some external circumstances. It is not a strange feature of the personality, or a fad. Indeed bipolar affective disorder is due to a chemical disbalance in certain areas of the brain and is a disease - such as diabetes or hypertension. Do not think that you come upon some special evil, designed just for you. If you suffer from bipolar affective disorder, you're not alone: ​​the disease affects an average of one out of every hundred people worldwide and is well known in the modern medicine.

 

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Schizophrenia - Questions and Answers

What is the prevalance of schizophrenia?

Most epidemiological studies have shown that approximately one percent of people are affected by schizophrenia during their lifetimes. The point prevalence is typically smaller and in most studies it rarely exceeds 0.5%. In Bulgaria there are about 40 000 people with schizophrenia. The prevalence of the disease among men and women is equal. Typically schizophrenia is developed in adolescence or in young adulthood, most often in the second or third decade of life.

 

 

 

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