Frequently Asked Questions About Beating Depression For Bipolar Traders

I have been stock trading for more than six years now. I started doing it in my last year in college out of sheer interest in the field, even though my collegiate background was too different from it. (I studied Theater back then.) A friend showed me how I could monitor the stock market and make money out of it without leaving the house, and that’s what I had been doing ever since. I merely did theatrical acting part-time, but my full-time job now involves stocks.

Despite the sense of fulfillment that I got whenever I traded stocks, many people still questioned my focus. Most of them believed a job that could be done at home was not a job at all – it was more of a hobby than anything. My own parents often told me, “You are not getting any younger, Doug. If you do not want to become an actor anymore, then we will be more than happy to send you back to school and get a law or business degree.”

While I often responded with a laugh or the waving of a hand, hearing the same thing – the same lack of trust in my ability to excel in my chosen profession – began to wear me down. I used to maintain a happy disposition even when the Great Depression caused the stock market to tank; I did not feel hopeless when it went on for months. I just waited patiently for things to improve. However, the more I listened to my non-supporters, the more I wondered if I was genuinely doing what’s right for me.

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Spiraling Down

My self-confidence continued to crumble when two of my five investments went on a slow but steady decline. I had this 80-inch flatscreen TV in the office where I watched the stock market graph every day, and it saddened me to see that those two might not recover anytime soon. When the third one dropped all of a sudden before my eyes, I lost it. I started weeping and feeling helpless, like a little boy who could not find his parents at the mall.

That’s how my wife found me. She was rooted to her spot for a moment (probably because she never saw me cry before), but then she eventually ran towards me and asked what’s wrong. Though I tried to contain my sobbing, I couldn’t. I blurted out all my worries about the stock market and how I could not seem to think of a way to reduce my losses.

My wife looked at me in the eyes. “Baby, perhaps it’s time for you to see a psychologist. I know you have been spiraling down little by little, but this – the crying and the negative self-talk – is on another level. I would honestly appreciate it if you get mental help sooner than later.”

My tears stopped falling for a minute. I had not thought of that before – the possibility of having a mental disorder. When I agreed, my wife contacted her psychologist friend once, and we went to her house in the same afternoon. The psychologist did a few tests until it turned out that I most likely had a bipolar disorder, although I experienced depression (all-time lows) more than mania (all-time highs). It was mild, and I was apparently lucky to have it detected early, but I still had many questions about my new condition.

What is the number 1 cause of depression?

Experiencing life challenges for a long time is the primary cause of depression. Imagine, if you cannot find work, someone always bullies you, and your relationships are strained, you may be unable to help but feel like everything is going against you. Worse, you may believe that the situation will never change.

What is the most reliable symptom of depression?

A sense of worthlessness is the most reliable symptom of depression. It is evident in most – if not all – types of mood disorder. Because of this symptom, you may not want to talk to anyone or do anything, to the extent that opportunities pass you by, thus depressing you further.

What methods do you do to improve your mood better?

  • Listen to music. The more upbeat it is, the better. It may be better if the songs have been sung by your favorite singers so that you can sing along and feel the lyrics.
  • Walk in the neighborhood for at least 15 minutes every day. Getting exposed to sunlight is ideal for improving your mood.
  • Look for a reason to laugh daily. The act of laughing tends to increase dopamine production in the brain and oxygen in the body.
  • Clean your house. This activity can clear your mind, especially when you see that everything is in order.
  • Offer a hug to someone. Experts say that a simple touch allows your brain to produce more oxytocin, a love hormone. In case you are alone, doing a self-massage will do the job.
  • Count your blessings every day. Ask yourself, “What good things happened today?” Write them down or think about them to feel better.
  • Confide about your issues with a loved one. Often, your mood will not improve if you keep on harboring negative feelings.
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What is the most severe form of depression?

Atypical depression is most likely a severe form of mood disorder. It is a subtype of dysthymia that often appears for the first time during teenage years. People with atypical depression experience the following:

  • Hypersomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Intense sensitivity to failure and rejection
  • Feeling leaden
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Suicidal tendencies

What are the four types of depression?

  • Clinical depression: This severe mood disorder causes individuals to feel helpless, hopeless, and unworthy of love and attention. It is typically not caused by grief or physical condition.
  • Chronic depression: You experience depressive symptoms for no less than a year, but they are milder than what people with clinical depression deal with.
  • Manic depression: Its new name is bipolar disorder. When people have manic depression, their mood swings tend to be extreme and may last for days every time.
  • Seasonal depression: This mental disorder is usually experienced during the wintertime due to a lack of light exposure.

How do I know if I’m bipolar?

The following symptoms characterize bipolar disorder:

  • Excessive sleepiness or sleeplessness
  • Low or high moods
  • Impulsive thoughts and behavior
  • Sense of worthlessness and hopelessness
  • Faster speech than usual

What are the four types of bipolar?

  • Bipolar 1 disorder: You experience extreme mood swings for an extended period.
  • Bipolar 2 disorder: The manic and depressive symptoms are somewhat mellow, although they are still noticeable.
  • Cyclothymic disorder: You deal with depression and hypomania, but they do not last long.
  • Mixed bipolar disorder: You experience varying symptoms simultaneously.

What triggers bipolar?

Several factors can trigger bipolar disorder, such as:

  • Abusing alcohol, drugs, and other substances
  • Being in the presence of a mother, father, brother, or sister with the same condition
  • Dealing with excessive stress or traumatic event

What are the signs of bipolar in a woman?

When a woman has bipolar disorder, the following symptoms can be observed:

  • She gets irritated quickly.
  • She has more energy than usual for various activities.
  • Her self-esteem increases.
  • She does not sleep much.
  • She talks a lot, to the extent that people may not understand all the words.
  • It is challenging for her to concentrate on a single activity.
  • She gives in to impulsive thoughts without worrying about repercussions.

Can girls be bipolar?

Yes, girls can be bipolar. In truth, women get diagnosed with bipolar disorder as frequently as men. They tend to experience this condition’s symptoms more often, considering women deal with hormonal changes every month.

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Are tattoos a sign of mental illness?

Studies reveal that individuals who get tattoos tend to use ink to cover up their lack of self-esteem. They are also more likely to get diagnosed with a mental illness than others. In that sense, it may be safe to say that having tattoos indicates a person’s poor mental health.

How do doctors test you for bipolar?

In reality, there are no specific medical examinations for bipolar disorder. When you see a doctor for the first time, they will want to run brain scans and thyroid function tests first. The latter is important, considering a malfunctioning thyroid gland can cause a mood disorder like depression. Once hypothyroidism has been ruled out and the symptoms of depression – and mania – are still there, the doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist for a mental health evaluation.

The thing is, you cannot expect to receive a diagnosis after your first evaluation. Besides talking to you regarding the symptoms and their duration, the mental health professional may want to discuss the matter with your loved ones to figure out what other signs have still not been mentioned. Only when they manage to rule out other mental conditions they can diagnose you with bipolar disorder.

Can bipolar people tell they are bipolar?

The answer is no. Many bipolar people do not realize that they have the disorder, especially if they have been previously diagnosed with ADHD or depression. As you know, depression is one of the primary symptoms of bipolar disorder. But if your sense of worthlessness gets replaced by manic symptoms sometimes, you should see a psychiatrist ensure whether you have bipolar disorder or not.

Is bipolar inherited from the mother or father?

It is quite rare for people to inherit the bipolar disorder from any parent. However, when it happens, it is typically from the mother. One study backed up this idea, citing that between mothers and fathers that they have tested, the latter failed to pass down bipolar traits to their kids.

Is Bipolar 1 or 2 worse?

Bipolar 1 disorder is worse than bipolar 2 disorder. When you experience the former, you tend to have severe manic symptoms. You feel invincible; it’s as if nothing can hurt you. But with bipolar 2, the manic symptoms may be diminished, albeit slightly.

Final Thoughts

My wife and I had a long conversation that night on what I should do to get better. I was more depressed than manic, so we both thought that’s nice – it meant that I would not have daredevil moments in the future. As for the depression, we chose counseling and therapy – and lots of exercises – over antidepressants.

A couple of months later, my chosen treatments seemed to be working as different ideas on avoiding significant losses in the stock market flooded my mind again.

 

Pathological Trading (A Mental Health Issue)

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As with any investment, it is wise that we educate ourselves before we dive deep into the investment. It really is illogical for us to go into an investment that we do not understand. No, this is not risk-taking. Making this move can cause you greater harm than you would have expected. Believe it or not, there was a time in my youth where people around me constantly told me that it was important that I invested in the stock market when I reached the age of 21. But I had known nothing about the stock market and what investing in it meant.

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Family Is Into Saving, Investing, And Trading

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Learning to save is really a must especially for the working-age group. We work to earn money so we can spend and buy whatever we want and whatever we need. But how about during “rainy days”? Do we consider it in the future or just think about the sunny or better days? Of course, we will always be thankful for better days most especially those “paydays” in which we can already grasp our most awaited salary during that period.

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Economy Is Down – COVID-19 Effect

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As of today, the world already has more than 9 million people infected by COVID-19, with 471,754 deaths and 4,513,310 recovered.  In the Philippines, we have reached 30,682 cases, with 1,177 deaths and 8,143 recovered.  This is genuinely a health crisis we are facing, and it seems it has affected all aspects of our lives: economically, politically, psycho-emotionally, socially, culturally, and spiritually.

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How To Improve Communication Between Healthcare Professionals And Patients

 

 

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The 2019 health care event was a gathering of intelligent professionals who shared a love for making healthcare communication better. Clinicians, researchers, and educators were present in one of the most awaited events of the year. There were discussions and presentations about strategies and tools that help improve communication among the health sectors and healthcare professionals. Most, if not all, attendees agreed that the programs were outstanding and very enriching even for the medical professionals that were there to share their knowledge and experience.

Below is a portion of what was discussed during the healthcare event on the strategies that patients and healthcare professionals can use to improve communication.

Constructive Communication

Constructive communication between healthcare professionals and patients is vital for the success of any healthcare sector. The Managed Healthcare Executive reports that over 80% of healthcare professionals agree that improving communication between these two parties is key to enhancing patient care quality. If there is no effective communication from healthcare professionals, the workplace environment loses positivity, and patient care quality is decreased. Finding ways to improve communication among everyone concerned will improve the environment for both the patients and the entire healthcare team.

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Here are some strategies to try to help improve communication in your healthcare sector.

  • Integrate constructive communication in your sector’s obligatory training program. It is difficult to expect the staff to talk with the patients effectively if they were not trained on how to do just that. So when it’s time obligatory training sessions, teach them how to ask questions that would give clarity to the given situation. Assess the patients’ emotions and opinions and encourage them to talk while you listen, not always the other way around. Successful communication involves both parties to talk, listen, and discuss better solutions.
  • Remember to instill communication into your sector’s culture. Sooner than later, you will learn that it is not just enough to tell your staff about the essence of communication. You will have to show them how to communicate effectively. When heads of an organization or sector practice what they preach and show their team the appropriate way to communicate with their patients, they will be moved and engaged to follow it. Employee feedback and assessment is one way of also seeing if your team has been dealing with their patients with respect and empathy. These values are needed to achieve successful communication. Those with high scores in their evaluations should be rewarded.
  • Have regular employee meetings. Professional development is vital for excellent communication skills. Schedule monthly meetings with your employees, so the whole team is updated on how the sector is going so far in terms of performance and productivity. This is an appropriate time to discuss the surveys and evaluations from patients, including the aspects that are strong and weak in your department. This is also a chance for your staff to voice out their opinions and insights regarding workplace environment and real-world situations that you might not have thought about.

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  • Perform patient satisfaction surveys. Getting feedback from patients allows you to learn about how patient experience can be further enhanced. These surveys help identify the reasons for disagreements, questions, or complaints. In addition, patients giving feedback can shed light on whether or not your staff is doing what they’re supposed to on the ‘floor.’
  • Take advantage of technology when necessary. Healthcare units are now obliged to log in patient information into a digital system. Team leaders and their staff must be knowledgeable in utilizing these systems appropriately so that pertinent patient data is accurate, accessible, and made confidential.

Successful communication begins at the bottom up and is supported by professionals who must lead by example. By strengthening a foundation of sensible and effective communication at all levels, your healthcare sector will ultimately be able to provide quality patient care.

 

 

 

Has COVID-19 Created The New Great Depression And Recession?

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Economists have said with certainty that due to the pandemic, the global market and the economy of the world will inevitably crash. Blame it all on the outbreak of this deadly disease called the Coronavirus. Some have even said that it is worse than the Great Depression of 1929, or the 2008 Great Recession wherein the Lehman Brothers have filed for their bankruptcy. In both these instances, the major stock market has collapsed. The recession has followed.

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The Role Of The Stock Market In An Industry’s Progress

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At the 2019 Stock Market Event, the stock market report for the same year was thoroughly discussed. It was primarily emphasized how much the US stocks had bounced back from its tremendous fall in 2018. Bonds, oil, gold, and other stocks have generally increased in 2019, and one of the biggest leaders in this area are the communication and technology sectors. The biggest loser for 2019 remained to be Energy, although it somehow improved at the end of the year. Investors and stock market experts foresaw that 2020 would have better opportunities, as long as the risks are managed.

The stock market world is not an easy one to comprehend. The whole process looks complicated, although it is not impossible to learn. Here, we will give you a better perspective on the role of the stock market in one’s industry and how it is connected to other markets.

The Role of the Stock Market

The stock market plays an important role in an industry’s growth and improvement. It is the main source for any enterprise or institution to come up with funds for business development. Through exchanges in the stock market, these enterprises or companies can acquire funds and shares for business reasons. The other role of the stock market is to offer a system for liquidity for sellers and buyers of certain stocks that are recorded in the stock market. Buying and selling of stocks by investors happen here.

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Other general statements about the stock market include:

  • The stock market is the primary trading ground for selling and buying capital. Your ups and downs of stock prices depend on your company’s operational efficiency. Typically, stock prices are fluctuating, as this reflects the economic movement of the industry.
  • It is a special financial center.
  • Because the stock market is a market for commodities and is affected by one’s profit and business-benefit ratio, these stocks are also influenced by supply and demand ratio.
  • The fluctuating trend of the market prices are influenced by supply-demand relations and by the operating stocks of security companies, so every country must manage commodity and stock transactions of capital rigorously.
  • When there are stocks from private companies coming into the market, this means progress.
  • There is also growth in state-owned enterprises when they are on the list of the capital stock market.

How The Stock Market Works

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Although the stock market is the main mechanism for assessing and providing economic resources for the communities, it is not like the governments, corporations, or military organizations where there are hierarchies or official leaderships assigned to them. There is no one assigned to set the prices or determine the owners of securities in the investment sector. Investors often compare stock markets to a throng of bees and colonies of ants. Ants, according to them, aren’t great architects. They aren’t smart. But ant colonies are. As a group, they can find ways to look for food. There is no leader assigned, but a large colony of ants can survive, reproducing, fighting, and even capturing other species.

Stock markets work quite similarly. As a trader, each individual with a small set of pertinent information gives his offers and bids, although most of them do not disclose the reason why they offered that amount. The market collectively assigns the prices and assigns resources throughout the economy. This process is done without anyone following leading or even comprehending why the stock market behaves the way it does.

One of the mysteries in the stock market, however, is how slow it is going in international finance. Investors believe that there seems to be a home bias, which is visible in the sluggishness that the stocks are moving internationally. Stock trading in most enterprises is usually focused on the country in which the enterprise is based.

Investing

Investing in stocks is a process that needs strategy, although some of the most successful investors did not follow the basics all the time. This means using your money for the majority of your portfolio. A famous investor said that an S&P 500 index fund is a great investment that most American investors can do. Choosing to buy individual stocks is an option only if you are certain of the company’s capacity for long-term progress. On the other hand, if you want to invest in individual stocks, you must learn to research stocks that are worth investing in. If you prefer to just stick with investing in funds, your goal then is to create a concise portfolio that is low-cost and broad-based.

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A tip from the very careful investor is that if you are enticed to try a brokerage account but not sure which one to choose, you must check the list of best brokers for stock investment on the web, or talk to your family and friends who have been investing themselves. Check out online brokerages and the factors that are important to investors – investment selection, fees, and minimum cost to open and invest.

2014 Houston Stock Market News: The Pros And Cons Of Forex Trading

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Reading the 2014 Houston Stock Market News was quite a big help for me, as I recall how I learned the basics of the stock market and forex trading as well. I have been interested in currency trading since I became a small-scale entrepreneur, and I found the information on the news very educational.

The trading activity in forex trading can be very productive, yet it also has its share of disadvantages. Those who are eager to trade in the forex market should consider first the pros and cons of the field for them to be able to decide whether it is a suitable market for them.

Pros

  1. Leverage in the forex market can tremendously impact gains in trading. There are more resources available for forex compared to other markets.
  2. Individual traders can have more access to the forex market, and they can easily set up an account within three days with just 50 Euros. They can also do most of the brokerages online. Additionally, real-time market prices, price charts, news, and strategies can all be accessed through the web.
  3. Faster Returns Are More Possible. Forex trading is quick-paced and has liquidity. These qualities combined with the higher leverage for traders make for faster returns more possible. In other markets, sometimes returns are slow, and traders may need to wait for the value of their assets to grow.
  4. The Cost For Trading Is Less Expensive. In other markets, the bonds, equities, and mutual funds are quite pricey and require higher commissions. In the forex market, however, the brokerage fees and startup costs are much cheaper.

Cons

  1. Less Regulatory Protection. Since forex trading is easier to get into and requires less expensive startup fees, the trades are not controlled by a regulatory body that secures every client. Therefore, the traders themselves may need to do their due diligence in investigating the reputation of their clients.
  2. Trading in the forex market, just like any market, is subject to change unpredictably. Those who invested small amounts for small profits may not profit at all in the long run, so it’s still always a risk.
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Ultimately, Forex trading is a versatile, very accessible, and promising market for long term profits and productivity. It provides sufficient opportunities for traders to achieve success and become masters in the foreign exchange department.

 

 

 

2014 Kansas City Stock Market Trading Symposium: Tips For New Traders

The 2014 Kansas City Stock Market Trading Symposium was a one-day event that I decided to attend on a whim when I was in the state. During the first half of the day, the guests managed to meet and listen to the speech of successful brokers and traders. Afterward, they opened the floor to the audience members with trading questions in mind, particularly to those who wanted to enter the stock market but are unsure of how it works.

Although this conference happened a few years ago, you should not worry if you are facing the same issue now. These are the pro tips for novice traders that we learned from the symposium:

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  1. Know What Commodities To Trade

The first thing you need to do is ponder about the tradeable items you should get your hands on right now. It may be crops or livestock. It can also be precious metals or various sources of energy. All of them have great value in the market, but the deciding factor is how fast you’ll be able to buy or sell such goods.

  1. Beware Of Non-Tradeables

You ought to understand as well that not every single commodity can be traded in the stock market. There are non-tradeable items that are either too rare or too common that almost nobody wants to invest in them. Some of these goods include diamond, water, corn, and tomatoes. You may purchase them still, yet liquidating them may not be a piece of cake.

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  1. Think Of Futures

Futures are agreements that two or more investors sign to ensure that the buyer can obtain specific commodities at a set price in the future. Its benefit to the seller is that he or she can also guarantee that money will keep on rolling regardless of the economic situation. If you are new to trading, you should know that you can strike similar deals too.

There is undoubtedly more to know about the stock market, but the ideas above are enough to inform you of the basics. If you wish to understand this field further, feel free to read other blogs here. Good luck!

 

The Art Of Trade: Investing In the New York Stock Exchange

The world’s largest stock exchange by market capitalization is the New York Stock Exchange. As of February 2018, market capitalization was around US$30.1 trillion. “The Big Board” is located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, NewYork. It facilitates trade in 21 rooms and serves as a marketplace for buying and selling around 9.3 million stocks a day.

Investing in the stock market will always be hard. Equipping yourself with the necessary knowledge and information increases your chances. You need to prepare to lose money before venturing out to the stock market. The risk will always be there but remember: the higher the risk, the bigger the reward.

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