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Aerateaus and Mood Disorders

Did you know that…..

Aretaeus, born in the second century in Asia Minor, described the symptomatology of Mood Disorders ?

He also saw a connection between Hypomanic and Depressives episodes,  anticipating for at least seventeen centuries to modern Psychiatry.

Aretaeus described very well the guilty-ridden and the self-sacrificing attitudes of depressed patient, and the gay and overactive behavior of the hypomanic.

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, MD)

"Aretaeus Picture"

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Bipolar Mood Disorder

Bipolar mood disorder is characterized by at least one elevated period called “hypo-manic” and depressives episodes“.

Clinical manifestations  in the hypo-manic states :

  • The mood is elated, irritable, or hostile.
  • Inflated self-esteem and boasting.
  • Buying  sprees and foolish business investments.
  • Racing thoughts and destructibility.
  • Deceased need for sleep and increased sexual desire.
  • Psycho-motor acceleration.

Other patients have false convictions of personal wealth or grandiose identity. Fleeting auditory and visual hallucinations are sometimes present.

(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)

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