Anxiety

Anxiety & Bipolar Disorder: Part I

Anxiety is a big factor in bipolar disorder. It can range from worrying about symptoms to full blown panic disorder. More than half of the people with bipolar disorder also have at least one type of anxiety disorder. With this knowledge, it is imperative that both professionals and patients educate themselves on the impact anxiety has on people with bipolar disorder. It is a serious illness that comes...
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Bipolar II

Symptom of the Day: Depressed Mood

Bipolar depression is not just about feeling sad. It is not about cheering up or appreciating what we have. It is part of a mental illness that can be treated, not cured. Depression in bipolar disorder has seven distinct symptoms including loss of interest, changes in weight, trouble sleeping, psychomotor agitation, feelings of worthlessness, inability to concentrate and recurrent thoughts of death. The fundamental and most recognizable symptom...
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IQ May Matter in Bipolar Disorder

Researchers have long been interested in whether or not a relationship exists between intelligence and bipolar disorder. Findings have been somewhat inconsistent. For example, some studies have found that those with bipolar disorder had lower intelligence scores than the control group. On the other hand, bipolar disorder has been linked to more completed education and higher grades. New research postulates intelligence may...
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3 Factors That Determine Well-Being Between Episodes

For many people with bipolar disorder, there is life between episodes of depression or mania. The nature of bipolar disorder is that it swings along the spectrum between periods of depression, mania/hypomania and euthymia (between episodes). Euthymia does not, as the name implies, mean patients are symptom-free. Bipolar disorder still affects people between episodes. There seem to be three general factors that contribute...
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Anxiety

5 Consequences of Traveling

For the last month I have been traveling between four different locations visiting family and friends, never staying anywhere for more than three days at a time. I travel a lot compared to most people, but this is excessive. Normally I love traveling and this was not really an exception. However, travel can take a lot out of me. Going this hard for this long has taken a toll on me both...
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Gut Bacteria May Affect Bipolar Disorder & Schizophrenia

The human microbiome is made up of microorganisms like eukaryotes, fungi, viruses and bacteria. Together they outnumber human cells 10 to 1. There are 1000 more genes in the microbiome than the human genome. The body cannot function without the microbiome. Microorganisms work in sync with the body to keep all systems functioning properly, including the digestive and immune systems. The gut has the highest number...
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People with Bipolar Disorder Feel Pain Differently

Pain in bipolar disorder is not limited to the psychological pain of depression or agitation. Physical pain is also a symptom of bipolar disorder, usually in the form of muscle aches and joint pain. There are also chronic pain illnesses linked to bipolar disorder like migraines, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Research has shown that the way...
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Symptom of the Day: Difficulty Concentrating

One of the main symptoms of bipolar depression is difficulty in concentrating. Everyone experiences this problem from time to time, but during depressive episodes, people with bipolar disorder experience it almost every day. It can also be more severe than in the general population. Having difficulty concentrating and making decisions is a constant struggle for anyone with bipolar disorder, even between episodes.

Bipolar disorder can cause problems with what...
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3 Reasons Not to Drink Alcohol

Having a stressful day, socializing, holidays, because it feels good- these are all reasons people drink. Drinking alcohol is not inherently bad. Humans have been drinking alcohol for about 10 million years. When consumed in moderation, it can have health benefits like reducing the risk for stroke, heart disease and diabetes. However, heavy use of alcohol carries risks like increased risk for...
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