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Bipolar Laid Bare

Where Does Personality End and Bipolar Disorder Begin?

One of the biggest problems that people with bipolar disorder and their families face is “dealing with” the behavior that can sometimes come with bipolar disorder. Friends and families have a hard time accepting that our behavior can be out of our control. That’s understandable. They have never experienced bipolar disorder and don’t know what it’s like inside our heads and our bodies. At...
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5 Realities of Living With Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder is awful. It’s hard to explain to people who don't suffer from it. Even those of us who have it aren’t really able to fully understand this loathsome disease. One minute we think we have it down, that we’re able to predict our patterns. Then the next we’re experiencing moods and emotions that are completely unfamiliar. Sometimes these new feelings are...
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How to Talk About Bipolar Disorder

Talking about bipolar disorder is awkward. It’s getting better, but there is still a huge stigma surrounding mental illness. Telling someone you have a mental illness is more of a coming out process than it is a casual explanation of behavior. I frequently used (and sometimes still do) the vague phrase “I just don’t feel well.” It jars people to hear “I’m having a depressive episode...
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Building Your Bipolar Disorder Treatment Team: Part I

Bipolar disorder is an incredibly complicated and often debilitating illness. Everyone’s experience with bipolar disorder is unique. My symptoms probably don’t match yours exactly. Because of this, we may require different treatments, but the same drug and dose may also work for both of us. Other factors often come into play with bipolar disorder such as alcoholism, divorce or homelessness. These variations in symptoms...
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Bipolar Disorder: Why You Should Ask Your Doctor About Taking Cold Medicine

When you go into any doctor’s office and fill out the mountain of paperwork, you will inevitably be asked what medications you are taking, both prescription and over-the-counter. They are not just being nosy or keeping track of what refills you may need. They are also looking for drug interactions. Drug interactions happen all the time. They can be anywhere...
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