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The Challenge of Managing Bipolar Disorder During Pregnancy

Managing the monster that is bipolar disorder is essential. Managing prenatal care is literally vital. When combining the two, it’s a delicate battle. Making the choice to have children is an important process even when the parents are healthy. Choosing to have a child when you or your partner has a mental illness like bipolar disorder provides specific moral and practical challenges. You have...
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Natural impulsiveness may be a reason that bipolar disorder patients don’t take their meds.

Bipolar disorder is a serious, debilitating illness. The mood swings alone can be devastating, but we also suffer between episodes. This is why equally serious medications have been developed to treat bipolar disorder. They’re not perfect by any means. There are plenty of side effects including weight gain, loss of sex drive, drowsiness, nausea and tremors. That’s the...
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Bipolar Disorder: How do you measure impulsivity?

Being impulsive is a key characteristic of bipolar disorder. It’s the hallmark of a manic episode. It’s described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) as “excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences.” In extreme cases, it’s kind of like the impulse buy of a Snickers...
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5 Ways to Boost Cognitive Reserve

You may have heard that we are born with all the brain cells we'll ever have. That’s not completely true. After we’re born, the brain continues to develop new cells until around age 2. At that point we mostly have all the brain cells we’ll ever have. However, there’s even an exception to this. There’s a portion of the brain called the hippocampus that is thought to be...
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The Link Between PCOS and Bipolar Disorder

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has seemed like the fad diagnosis. It’s one of those situations where it suddenly seems that everyone seems to be diagnosed with it and you think it can’t possibly be that common. Well, it’s not a fad. Between 5-10% of women have been diagnosed with PCOS and many may be undiagnosed. So you probably do know someone...
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