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Anxiety

Misdiagnosing Bipolar Disorder as Anxiety

Misdiagnosing Bipolar Disorder as Anxiety

When you don’t feel well for a while, the usual course of action is to give your primary care physician a call. You drag yourself over to their office trying not to touch anything in the waiting room. Then you get to wait in the room with all of the posters and figure out exactly what a duodenum is. Once your physician...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Bipolar Disorder: Do you recognize your mood changes?

One of the best ways to manage treatment for bipolar disorder is symptom awareness. Basically, if you know you are experiencing symptoms, you’re better able and more likely to seek treatment. It makes sense. If you don’t recognize there’s a problem, there’s not really a reason to seek help. That’s why it’s incredibly important for people with bipolar disorder to track their behavior on a daily...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

The Effects of Yo-Yo Weight Gain and Bipolar Disorder

We are surrounded by messages on weight and dieting. “Click here to learn the 5 easy steps to rapid weight loss!” ads are everywhere touting the latest crazy and possibly dangerous weight-loss programs. There’s a reason for this: people try them. About 45 million Americans diet each year and spend billions of dollars doing so. Those of us who struggle with our weight literally drag around a...
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ADHD

Bipolar Disorder and ADHD Combined

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, starts out in early childhood. In fact, symptoms of ADHD have to be present before the age of 12 in order to receive a diagnosis. It’s characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Between 3-12% of children are estimated to have ADHD. Half of those will eventually grow out of it, but the other half are unfortunately stuck...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

5 Most Common Consequences of Bipolar Depression

Bipolar disorder becomes integrated into every aspect of your life. In order to remain functional, you have to consider your symptom levels affecting anything from how much effort you put into getting dressed in the morning to how you’re relating with everyone you come into contact with. These effects take a toll not only on the life of the patient, but on family, friends, coworkers, etc. The...
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Bipolar II

Detecting Signs of Hypomania

One of the hardest aspects of bipolar disorder is getting the diagnosis in the first place. There is an average of 10 years between when a person first shows signs of bipolar disorder to the point when they receive a diagnosis and begin treatment. Part of what makes this difficult is that patients are typically wrongly diagnosed with major depressive disorder. This is because most people will seek treatment for...
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