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Archives for December, 2015

Bipolar II

New Year’s Resolutions May be Bad for Bipolar Disorder

It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking about resolutions. Losing weight, exercising more, spending more time with your family. These are all examples of goals people set for themselves when the year starts winding down and a new one begins. New year, new start. Some people make many resolutions, some only a single one. Some actually complete their resolutions while most forget what...
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Anxiety

Rolling with the Bipolar Disorder Punches

I’m not whining when I say that the past month or so has been really hard on me. It’s not just about my symptoms either. Those are always present. Unfortunately with bipolar disorder, you never get a vacation. Granted, there are “episodes” when mania and depression occur, but there are after-effects of those phases and also symptoms that just occur all the time
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Bipolar II

When Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder Combine

Borderline Personality Disorder was so named in the middle of the 20th century to describe a psychiatric disorder thought to be bordering psychosis and neuroses. It’s also been called “borderline schizophrenia.” It was given a spot in the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (we’re now on #5) under the diagnosis “emotionally unstable personality.”...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

9 Triggers of Mania in Bipolar Disorder

Mood swings are the mainstays of bipolar disorder. There are small ones like everyone has, but there are also swings that go over the top or right to the bottom. The lightweight mood swings can be dealt with, most of the time. You work it out and move on with life. For full episodes of depression and mania, however, treatment gets difficult. It can take years for...
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Anxiety

My Bipolar Disorder: It’s All Relative

Recently I wrote about experiencing what may or may not have been a manic episode. You can hop over and read about it here. I have bipolar disorder so having manic symptoms would not be unheard of. In fact, it’s a requirement. The problem is, I wasn’t sure if what I was experiencing was actually mania. I’m still not sure and that...
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Anxiety

My Bipolar Disorder: What is Happening in My Head?

For about a week now I’ve felt like someone has gone inside my brain with a hand mixer and is dancing around with it. My thoughts are racing. I’m having trouble concentrating. I’m irritable and anxious and high-strung. I’m moving at a faster pace but don’t really feel like I’m getting anything done. My stomach is upset, my blood pressure is up, my breathing is...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Bipolar Disorder Can Increase the Risk of Dementia.

Bipolar disorder comes with a whole host of psychological issues. The mood swings are only part of it. Mania can cause euphoria and risk-taking to a dangerous degree or it can manifest as extreme irritation complete with lashing out at others. Depression induces horrible feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness and desperation with a serious risk of suicide. These are the most widely-known symptoms. Bipolar disorder comes...
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