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Anxiety

4 Strategies to Manage Your Bipolar Disorder

Medication is generally seen as the first line of defense when treating bipolar disorder. However, being medicated is far from the only method patients can use to manage their symptoms. Self-care is vital in dealing with the day-to-day issues of living with bipolar disorder. With proper self-care, patients can not only have a better quality of life, they can also lengthen the time between episodes.

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Bipolar Laid Bare

6 Reasons Adolescents Skip Their Meds

Adolescents suffer from bipolar disorder at the same rate as adults. Diagnosis in teens and children has increased 40 fold over the last 10 years, bringing the diagnosis rate for bipolar to of people under 18 years-old. Despite this, adolescents with bipolar disorder are particularly vulnerable both socially and psychologically.

Teenagers 
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Combating Drowsiness Caused by Antipsychotics

Antipsychotics are frequently used to combat symptoms of bipolar disorder. Formerly used only during mood episodes, they are now prescribed to 60% of bipolar disorder patients as full-time, maintenance therapy. Doctors usually prescribe atypical, second generation antipsychotics for maintenance therapy as opposed to typical, first generation antipsychotics due to the latter carrying a much higher risk for side effects like paranoia,...
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ADHD

What is ‘Cognitive Function’ in Bipolar Disorder?

“Cognitive function” is the technical word for how the brain processes information. It affects many aspects of thought, perception and understanding. How well a person is functioning cognitively highly impacts well-being and overall functioning. In bipolar disorder, the focus is typically on mood episodes, but cognitive function plays a huge role in the illness and the day-to-day lives of the patients who live with it.

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Anxiety

Psychosis in Depression

People with bipolar disorder spend, on average, half their lives in phases of depression or mania. More than 40% of that time is spent in various degrees of depression, whether subthreshold, moderate or severe. Patients with bipolar II and rapid cycling spend more time depressed than those with bipolar I. This...
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Anxiety

Bipolar Disorder and OCD Combined

Bipolar disorder rarely exists on its own. Ninety-five percent of patients have at least one other diagnosable psychiatric disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common. These include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, specific phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Up to 20% of people with bipolar disorder
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A-typical

Symptom of the Day: Fatigue

Bipolar depression is typically associated with symptoms like feelings of hopelessness and guilt along with loss of interest and isolating behavior. Another major symptom of depression is fatigue. Fatigue is not the same thing as sleepiness. It feels closer to exhaustion, and not the exhilarated exhaustion that comes with a good workout. It is a complete lack of energy. In bipolar...
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