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Bipolar Laid Bare

The Prevalence of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a debilitating illness filled with high and low moods. Patients have to be vigilant in tracking symptoms and taking medications in order to prevent relapse. They require a large support system of doctors, therapists, friends, family and, occasionally, social workers. Because of this, it’s important to keep studying the disorder in the hopes of...
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Using the Internet as a Resource for Bipolar Disorder

When initially diagnosed with a lesser-known disorder like bipolar disorder, many patients want to know more about what the illness entails. If the media and popular culture are to be believed, bipolar disorder leads to violence and instability, so being grouped into this disease can be frightening. After a likely brief explanation from a doctor that this scenario is largely inaccurate, patients are left to...
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Fighting Weight Gain Due to Antipsychotics

“Side effects from medication” is one of the top reasons people with bipolar disorder don’t comply with treatment. Second-generation antipsychotics, specifically, are more likely than others to cause significant weight gain as a side effect. Since patients already have to endure the stigma of simply having bipolar disorder, they may not feel that it’s worth it to some...
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How to Pick a Psychiatrist or Therapist

Finding the right psychiatrist and therapist is the second most important part of treating bipolar disorder. The first is complying with treatment (taking medication as subscribed). Sticking with treatment is considerably easier when you have good relationships with your psychiatrist and therapist, but finding the right person can be a challenge. It takes considerable effort from you and your health professionals to keep bipolar disorder in check. There are five steps you can...
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Anxiety

Depression, Isolation and Stigma

Less than 4% of the population has bipolar disorder. It’s not exactly a rare disease, but finding someone else who truly understands the struggle of the disease can be difficult when many people do not disclose their mental illness. Bipolar disorder can feel like a truly lonely experience. Social isolation is common in bipolar disorder and often contributes...
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How Family Dynamic Affects Mental Illness

People with bipolar disorder need support systems. Most of time, family is a large part of that support system. Spouses can remind them to take their medication or take them to doctor’s appointments. Mothers provide emotional support. Siblings make sure they leave the house when they’re depressed. It’s a vital part of maintenance treatment and recovery. However, sometimes the family support system breaks down. Instead of...
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