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    What Are Mood Disorders?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    It’s perfectly natural to feel sad occasionally or cranky once in a while. However, if you have a mood disorder, you experience these mental health issues on an ongoing basis. The symptoms can be severe enough to interfere with your ability to work and complete everyday tasks. If you suspect you might be struggling with a mood disorder, you can find the help you need at your local hospital. A community hospital can connect you with behavioral health specialists, who can develop an effective treatment plan for you.

    Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder is a serious mood disorder that is characterized by extreme swings in mood and behavior. An individual with bipolar disorder will experience periods of mania, which involves an elevated mood, and periods of depression. When the individual is having a manic episode, he or she may exhibit symptoms such as racing thoughts, restlessness, euphoric mood, and poor judgment. Individuals may go on spending sprees or engage in reckless behavior. Those having a depressive episode will typically experience feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, and they may have sleep disturbances and changes in appetite. A physician at a community hospital can offer effective treatment for bipolar disorder.


    Depression is another type of mood disorder for which a person might seek treatment at a community hospital. The symptoms of depression can linger for weeks or even years if treatment is not sought. These symptoms can include fatigue, impaired concentration, social withdrawal, anxiety, and persistent feelings of sadness or worthlessness.


    Cyclothymia is a mood disorder that is similar to bipolar disorder; however, it is not as severe. It involves shifts between episodes of elevated moods and depressive moods. These episodes may last a few days. The elevated mood is referred to as hypomania. Cyclothymia can be difficult to diagnose because friends and family members may mistake its symptoms as being personality traits.

    The Adult Behavioral Health Unit at Memorial Hospital of Tampa provides comprehensive assessments and personalized treatment of mood disorders and other mental health issues. Our community hospital welcomes referrals from family members, friends, primary care physicians, and others. Residents of Tampa can contact the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.


    Understanding Cataracts

    Last updated 3 years ago

    One of the structures of your eye is called the lens, which is located just behind your pupils. The lens is responsible for focusing light on the retina, enabling clear vision. If a physician at your community hospital diagnoses you with cataracts, it means that some cloudy patches have formed on the lenses. This leads to blurry vision. It can even lead to blindness if left untreated. You can learn more about the development of cataracts by watching this animation. You’ll learn about the major risk factors of cataracts and you’ll see an animation of cataract surgery.

    The ophthalmology team at Memorial Hospital of Tampa offers a comprehensive range of eye care services, including the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. Residents of South Tampa can learn more about the services available at our community hospital by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (813) 873-6400.

    Different Types of Weight Loss Surgeries

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Diet and exercise are effective ways to achieve a healthy weight for many people. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough for some individuals. If you’ve had unsuccessful weight loss attempts, you could be a good candidate for bariatric weight loss, or weight loss surgery. You can explore your options at your community hospital. A bariatric surgeon at your local hospital can explain the differences between the different types of surgical approaches and discuss which procedure might be best for you.

    Adjustable Gastric Banding

    Many candidates for bariatric surgery prefer the adjustable gastric banding procedure because, as the name implies, a physician at a local hospital can later adjust the device as needed. Additionally, this surgery is considered to have a lower risk of complications than other bariatric surgeries, along with a shorter recovery time. Gastric banding uses the restrictive approach, which means that it restricts the amount of food that you can eat at one time. Gastric banding accomplishes this via the use of an inflatable band, which is placed around the stomach. The band restricts the amount of stomach space available for food. If you find that you need to further restrict your food intake following your recovery, a physician can inject additional saline solution into the band. Likewise, he or she can remove liquid from the band to loosen the device.

    Sleeve Gastrectomy

    Another weight loss surgery is called the sleeve gastrectomy, which involves the removal of approximately 75 percent of the stomach. This leaves a narrow tube to hold food. This type of bariatric surgery also relies on the restrictive approach to weight loss. Many people prefer the sleeve gastrectomy because it is a less extreme approach than gastric bypass and because it doesn’t carry the risk of nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption. However, you should be aware that it is irreversible, unlike adjustable gastric banding.

    The bariatric surgeons at Memorial Hospital of Tampa offer a comprehensive program for surgical weight loss at our community hospital. Our program includes support groups, nutritional guidance, and counseling services, along with sleeve gastrectomy and Lap-Band surgeries. Residents of South Tampa and throughout Florida can visit our community hospital on the Web or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400.

    Tips for Reading Food Labels for Diabetics

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Carbohydrates, including starches and sugars, elevate your blood sugar levels. In response your body needs insulin to conduct the glucose into cells. For diabetics, it’s particularly important to maintain stable blood sugar levels. By learning how to scrutinize nutrition labels on food products, you can better manage your disease. For example, the food label will inform you of the amount of carbohydrates in one serving of a product.

    You can hear more about reading food labels by watching this video. You’ll see a sample nutrition label and you’ll hear a simple explanation of the various components of it, including the percentage of the daily value of certain nutrients and the total amounts of various nutrients. If you need help planning a diabetes-friendly meal plan, explore the resources at your community hospital.

    If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes in the South Tampa area, you can find the resources and expert care you need at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Call our community hospital at (813) 873-6400 with your general healthcare questions or explore diabetes care topics on our website.

    Get the Facts About Narcolepsy

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Narcolepsy is a type of sleep disorder that is characterized by uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep, or “sleep attacks.” These sleep attacks can be life-threatening. For example, if you’re driving when you fall asleep, you could end up in the ER of the local hospital with serious injuries. If you’re suffering from symptoms of narcolepsy, it’s important to visit your community hospital. Your hospital may offer a sleep center that can diagnose your condition and provide treatment options.


    When you arrive at your community hospital, tell the sleep specialist about all of your symptoms. Typically, people with narcolepsy experience overwhelming sleepiness during the day. The sleep attacks may last as long as 30 minutes and they may occur at any point during the day. You may have noticed that you are partially or completely paralyzed at the beginning or end of the sleep attack. People with narcolepsy may also suffer from cataplexy, which is the sudden loss of muscle strength and tone. Other possible symptoms can include blurry vision, memory problems, and hallucinations.


    Sometimes, a diagnosis of narcolepsy only requires a review of your symptoms and medical history. Otherwise, a physician at your local hospital may request certain tests, such as polysomnogram tests, commonly known as sleep studies. You might also be asked to take a multiple sleep latency test, which is usually performed the day after having a sleep study at the hospital.


    Although there is no cure yet for narcolepsy, the condition may be managed through lifestyle modifications and medications. A physician might prescribe drugs such as sodium oxybate or modafinil for narcolepsy. These may help reduce the frequency of your sleep attacks. If you suffer from cataplexy, your physician may prescribe an antidepressant. Lifestyle changes can also help, such as maintaining a consistent schedule for sleeping and daytime napping.

    Do you suspect you could have narcolepsy or another type of sleep disorder? Consider scheduling a sleep study at the Diagnostic Sleep Center at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. South Tampa residents can reach our community hospital by calling (813) 873-6400.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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