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Bipolar Laid Bare

When I’m Well

I’ve been experiencing a period of depression for months now. This is the longest it’s ever been. I often feel like a shell of a human, sometimes incapable of performing the smallest tasks or feeling anything except mostly blunted emotions. The exceptions...
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Social Support May Lead to Better Medication Adherence

Medication is the first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. While there are some people who do not respond well or at all to medication, it is still the treatment that can best prevent relapse. Despite this, there are many people who refuse to take medication they are prescribed or do not take it as prescribed. There are several factors that influence this behavior. Recent research has found three...
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What is Bioavailability & Why Does it Matter?

Medications are typically the main form of treatment for most people with bipolar disorder. The vast majority of people with bipolar disorder also take more than one medication to help keep relapse and symptoms at bay. However, patients may not know much more about their medication than the directions on the bottle. For example, how often and what time to take the medications and whether or not they need to be taken with food....
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Redefining Success with Depression

Depression often has us feeling down on ourselves. We feel worthless and fatigued. These feelings can take away our ability to be as productive as we normally are or think we should be. A person who is usually busy and energetic can be completely sapped by depression. Those of us who suffer from depression often find ourselves sleeping or staying in bed considerably longer than we normally would and unable to perform even the...
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5 Ways to Help Someone with Depression During the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be time for cheer and family and goodwill. For some people with depression, this can be incredibly difficult. Others who have not been around a person with mental illness may not understand what we’re going through. The holidays can be chaotic. Our routines are interrupted by travel or guests and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. This is all in addition to having to cope with the symptoms...
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How Frequent is Relapse?

Bipolar disorder is largely unpredictable. It’s difficult to know when an episode will start and when it will end. There are signs and symptoms that, if monitored closely, can signal the beginning of an episode, but they do not give any indication of when or if a person will relapse. There are rare cases in which a person may have one manic episode in their life and never have another. Between 10 and 20%...
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