Mental health

Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects

I've never been especially prone to side effects from medications.  I'd only ever stopped a medication once before due to side effects. Then I got hit by the prednisone bus last week. It's an experiment that my doctor and I had been mulling over for a while.  I've had elevated levels of inflammatory marker in… Continue reading Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects

How depression affects movement: decreased energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis
Mental health

How Depression Affects Movement: Energy, Psychomotor Retardation & Leaden Paralysis

Depression is a mental illness that very often has physical effects.  There are several potential ways in which depression affects movement, and this post will explore low energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis.  These symptoms can occur in both bipolar and unipolar depression. Low Energy Fatigue is one of the most commonly experienced symptoms of… Continue reading How Depression Affects Movement: Energy, Psychomotor Retardation & Leaden Paralysis

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What is... psychology series

What is… psychomotor retardation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is psychomotor retardation. Psychomotor retardation is one of the less common but more outwardly observable symptoms of depression, and it's listed as one of the possible diagnostic criteria for a major depressive episode (in major depressive disorder, bipolar… Continue reading What is… psychomotor retardation