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Obesity and Cognition in Bipolar Disorder

Over 70% of Americans are overweight. More than a third are considered obese. Obesity has many negative health side effects including heart disease, high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL cholesterol, type II diabetes and an increased chance of stroke and some cancers. Being overweight or obese can also negatively affect mental health and has been linked to depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. People with bipolar disorder are more likely to be obese...
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Perfectionism, Anxiety & Bipolar Disorder

In some ways, perfectionism can be helpful. People who are perfectionists tend to produce high-quality work. They are typically on time or early and are always willing to go the extra mile. Perfectionists like learning something new to try over and over again until there are no mistakes. They can be highly successful people that consistently outperform their peers. However, there are downsides to perfectionism. A new study
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Symptom of the Day: Sleep Disturbance

Sleep is an important aspect of overall health. It plays a part in immunity, memory, learning and metabolism. Getting enough sleep helps with heart health and mood. Most people do not get enough sleep. Sometimes people get too much sleep. Finding the right balance is an essential part of any wellness plan. Unfortunately, people with bipolar disorder tend to have sleep problems. In fact, sleep disturbances are listed among the top symptoms of both...
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Bipolar Disorder & Traumatic Brain Injury

Everyone is at risk for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and approximately million Americans sustain them each year, 85,000 of them ending up with long-term disabilities. They are not limited to sports injuries. Head injuries can occur just about anywhere and anytime, like in car accidents or even banging a head on an open freezer door. Much like other physical injuries, brain injuries can range anywhere from mild to acute. The difference between...
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Remembering to Remember with Bipolar Disorder

Research has shown that people with bipolar disorder tend to have more problems with cognitive functioning than our healthy counterparts. Up to 60% of people with bipolar disorder show problems with cognitive functioning even between episodes. This includes problems with attention, critical thinking, decision making, social skills, some motor skills and memory. Studies of memory and bipolar disorder typically focus on retrospective memory (remembering what has...
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How Prevalent are Autoimmune Disorders in Bipolar Disorder?

Approximately 50 million Americans live with autoimmune diseases. These include illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases. They are generally treatable but cannot be cured. Some are difficult to diagnose and many people have more than one autoimmune disease. A new study looks at the prevalence of some common autoimmune diseases...
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I Need a Break from Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder affects anywhere from 2-8% of the population, depending on how you define it. It causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood from manic to depressive. These shifts are not predictable. It doesn’t work on a pendulum. A person may have a depressive episode followed by a manic episode, but they may also have a depressive episode followed by a depressive episode with some symptom-free time in between. The type of episode is...
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Dental Problems Seen in Bipolar Disorder Patients

There are many complications and symptoms that can arise from bipolar disorder- from medication non-compliance to problems at work and dealing with consequences of behavior during manic episodes. Doctors will discuss symptoms of depression and mania and provide counseling on how to deal with their various aspects. One concern not generally mentioned when discussing bipolar disorder is oral hygiene and how people with mental health problems tend to have higher instances of dental problems.

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Study Asks Bipolar Disorder Patients What They Wish They Knew: Part II

This article is Part II in the series “Study Asks Bipolar Disorder Patients What They Wish They Knew.” You can find Part I here.

Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder can be difficult. Receiving the diagnosis itself is emotionally challenging. Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. While many people lead fairly normal lives with the disorder, others find it completely debilitating. Along with the diagnosis, we...
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Study Asks Bipolar Disorder Patients What They Wish They Knew: Part I

Bipolar disorder is complicated. It does not simply consist of moods going up and down. These episodes are intense and they come with several other symptoms and behaviors. During mania you can expect a short attention span, grandiosity, lack of sleep and risky behavior, among other symptoms. With depression it’s loss of interest, depressed mood, weight changes, sleep disturbance, feelings of worthlessness and even suicidal thoughts or actions. All of this can seem overwhelming...
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