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There are approximately 5.7 million people in the United States with bipolar disorder. In an attempt to eliminate the mystery and misinformation surrounding the illness, many throughout the country diagnosed with this condition were interviewed extensively. Shot in a style influenced by the support group format, they diligently explain the struggle to balance themselves between floating to a state of euphoria and sinking to a devastating depression.
In short, “Up/Down” is a personal analysis of bipolar disorder from those living with it; words of advice and wisdom to help others navigate their diagnosis.
Looking for something with a more scientific or clinical angle? Try a textbook.
“Bipolar disorder is just one of many mental illnesses that is still highly stigmatized in our culture today, and ‘Up/Down’ could certainly be instrumental in changing that fact.”
-Microfilmmaker Magazine, Issue 65
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Star Award, 2011 Indie Gathering
Merit Award, 2011 Accolade Competition
Art Exhibition Award, 2011 Love Unlimited Film Festival
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Self-Help Tips For Dealing With Anxiety
Self-Help Tips For Dealing With Anxiety
Some people suffer from severe levels of anxiety. These people often avoid everyday situations and experience heart-pounding panic attacks. They think danger is around every corner and feel like their mind has gone blank. They might even think they have a medical condition and see several doctors and hospitals. However, many times the condition is simply the result of an anxiety disorder. In such a case, it is important to seek medical attention. To help manage the symptoms, here are some self-help tips for dealing with anxiety.
To diagnose an anxiety disorder, you must know the symptoms of the disorder. Anxiety is a natural response to danger. The fight-or-flight reaction triggers the release of adrenalin, a chemical messenger that causes the body to prepare for action. It is an important part of the fight-or-flight response, as it motivates people to act. However, constant anxiety can cause serious health problems. If you’re constantly worried about your anxiety, you’re likely to develop an anxiety disorder.
One of the most important steps to overcome anxiety is to stay in the present. Try to rate your fear on a scale of one to ten. Try not to let it stay above ten. Try to distract yourself with something simple. Avoid running or making assumptions, but instead, wait for it to pass. Physical exercise helps improve the self-image and releases chemicals that trigger positive feelings. Anxiety is a condition that affects your daily life, so finding ways to relax and get sufficient sleep is crucial.
Anxiety disorders are not a medical condition and can be treated with self-help measures and therapies. An active lifestyle and a healthy diet can help control anxiety levels. Symptomatic people avoid social situations and avoid situations that can trigger anxiety. Behavioral therapy is also an option for managing anxiety disorders. If you think you might be suffering from anxiety, it is important to seek professional medical advice. It can be very beneficial to learn how to manage your anxiety.
Occupational exposure to traumatic situations or workplaces can trigger anxiety disorders. Occupational stress, physical illness, or chronic health conditions are common causes of anxiety. In addition, certain medications can cause anxiety. A therapist will evaluate your anxiety symptoms and determine a treatment plan. The therapist will determine the cause and type of anxiety disorder that you have. If these factors are present, treatment can be a life-saver. Anxiety disorders often develop as a result of past life events.
Psychotherapy and medication are two of the most common forms of treatment for anxiety disorders. Depending on the severity and type of anxiety, both methods can help relieve symptoms. In addition to the above-mentioned methods, therapy and exercise are also effective options for people who suffer from anxiety. Regardless of which method you choose, make sure you weigh the risks and benefits before deciding to take any type of medication. And remember, these methods are not right for everyone.