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Anxiety

6 Steps of Stress Management

Stress management is vital when dealing with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.

It’s important for everyone to learn to manage stress, but with bipolar disorder, stress can have a larger impact both in the short term and the long term. Chronic stress or stressful events have a hugely negative impact on both the mind and body, which can trigger mood episodes. Keeping stress and...
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The Risk of Lithium Toxicity

Lithium has been a staple treatment for bipolar disorder for ages. Ancient Romans and Greeks used water containing lithium as a treatment for “agitated and euphoric” patients. Lithium was re-introduced with modern psychiatry in the 1970’s to treat what was then called “manic depression” and is still the first-line treatment recommended by the Department of...
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What ‘Bipolar’ Doesn’t Mean

When you use the word “bipolar,” what do you mean? Bipolar disorder is a real medical problem experienced by real people. There are 150 million of us worldwide. We go to our doctors, psychiatrists, pharmacists and therapists. We take extra precautions with mundane activities to avoid triggering a mood swing. We deal with the repercussions when those efforts aren’t enough, because we are not ultimately in control. We...
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Anxiety

Two Anxiety Disorders Tied to Bipolar Disorder

More than 50% of bipolar disorder patients deal with additional psychological disorders. Eating disorders, substance abuse disorders and personality disorders are among the most common. Anxiety disorders top the list. At least half of patients experience at least one type of anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, these people tend to have a worse prognosis and...
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Electroconvulsive Therapy: How Does it Work?

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) today doesn’t resemble Dr. Frankenstein’s attempts to quicken his monster or Nurse Ratched’s Shock Shop. ECT is a legitimate treatment for several categories of psychiatric illnesses like major depressive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. While there are many pharmaceutical treatments available for bipolar disorder, up to one-third of patients find themselves still struggling with symptoms. For those...
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Medications Carry Risk of Developing Hypothyroidism

Taking any drug, including over-the-counter drugs, comes with a certain level of risk. Side-effects can range from upset stomach to severe illness or addiction. The same holds true for medications used to treat bipolar disorder. The benefits usually outweigh the risks, but it’s important for patients to understand and be on the lookout for side-effects of medication. Recognizing the difference between a symptom and a side-effect...
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