Are Mood Disorders Actually Personality Disorders?
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Anybody who is familiar with the DSM in Psychiatry is aware of all the different mental health diagnosis’s that are out there. However the only ones that are diagnosed are the big three: Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia. In recent years you hear very little about Major Depressive Disorder. The majority of mental health cases end up being Bipolar with a few cases of Schizophrenia. Any cases of clinical depression just gets classified as bipolar depression or bipolar type 2. In this article we are going to examine as to whether these mood disorders are actually being diagnosed in place of personality disorders that may not need medicine but just therapy; all for the sake of insurance money.
Some of the more common personality disorders that no one hears about these days are: Asperger’s which is a higher functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder to name a few. These were more commonly diagnosed just a few decades ago but in recent years you don’t hear much of these; except more in therapeutic circles.
So how do you get the help you need if you are being incorrectly diagnosed with a mood disorder that you may o may not have? For one if you have a genuine mood disorder you will more than likely need to be on medication for a time. The medicine will usually be more effective. If a person merely has a personality disorder the medicine may help with the symptoms, or it may not because it is treating an imaginary mood disorder that the person may not have.
To start with, doctors these days are so pressured by pharmaceutical industries and hospitals that they don’t have time to give a thorough diagnoses. The average doctor in a psychiatric hospital only has five minutes to see a patient. You have to get to know a patient in order to know what their actual diagnosis is so you can find out the best course of action to help them. Second, the patient can make a commitment to personal growth and self-development and work the steps of Emotions Anonymous groups to really get to know themselves. This will usually require some type of counselor who specializes in mental health. It is here that you are likely to be diagnosed with a personality disorder though it may not mean as much since it wasn’t a psychiatrist. The psychologist can still help you work through any underlying issues to help lead you to emotional wholeness.
Trauma and Genetics
Many personality disorders were triggered by childhood trauma or they have a genetic tendency. For example Asperger’s is more of a social/developmental disorder where the sufferer may have poor social skills and problems developing intellectually. They may be seen as slow or even retarded. They underlying issue is often a lack of confidence in such situations; especially when the individual is highly intelligent and cannot relate to the average person.
Triggers & Emotion
In order to really get an accurate diagnoses the person being diagnosed must take a “fearless moral inventory” and commit to some serious personal growth. They will have to learn about likely underlying issues as well as their triggers. As they do this they will increase their emotional intelligence. Those who have a higher EI become more resilient to life’s circumstances and are more aware of basic Psychology when it comes to what makes them tick. Therefore, because they have committed to self-development and personal growth they become more aware of their triggers. The next step is to learn how to manage them. Individuals who learn how to control their mind have a stronger cortex which is what makes them more resilient when it comes to life’s problems.
Also, because mental illness is basically repressed emotions, a person with a higher EI has found a way to release his emotions in healthier ways so as not to need lifelong medication to treat his symptoms. That’s really all medicine do is treat symptoms. They never really heal a sickness; only those who are proactive at personal growth can achieve these results.
The reason that personality disorders are seldom diagnosed anymore is because they can be treated with therapy alone for the most part. They don’t usually get diagnosed until an individual ends up in a psychiatric hospital in which case they will likely be diagnosed with a mood disorder. Also the insurance industry pays more for the psych drugs that “treat” mood disorders. They don’t usually do anything for personality disorders.
Both mood and personality disorders are merely labels. If you look close enough the symptoms are never that far off. From a holistic perspective one underlying issue could cause all of your problems in life and it may be a personality/development disorder or a mood disorder. It may not even be a mental illness if it is something like chronic pain which is purely physical. But once you understand the mind-body connection there is no distinction between mental or physical; everything starts in the mind. Only western culture’s allopathic medicine has separated the two and usually for the sake of profit.