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Bipolar II

5 Ways Depression Affects Work

I’m currently in the midst of a depressive episode. I’ve had severe enough symptoms that they have started to interfere with my work. Many people experience this during episodes of bipolar disorder, whether mania or depression. In fact, a severe impact on work or social aspects of life is necessary to define the episode. For me, the problem is that when my brain...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Barriers to Proper Treatment in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a debilitating illness. There are periods of potentially severe mood swings that can last months at a time. Mania increases risky behavior. Depression is filled with feelings of hopelessness. People with bipolar disorder are 20 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population. Thankfully, it can be treated. There are medications that have been shown to...
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Anxiety

How Strong Are Your Manic Symptoms?

Tracking symptoms is an important part of bipolar disorder. When patients take note of mood or behavior changes on a regular basis, it’s easier for psychiatric professionals to gauge whether current treatment is effective or should be changed. The problem is that rating symptoms can be largely subjective. Mania is especially difficult to grasp for people with bipolar disorder and they
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Anxiety

Treating Mixed Features in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is typically characterized by two extreme moods people with the illness experience. On one end, mania is characterized by grandiosity and risky behavior. On the other, depression involves feelings of hopelessness and lack of interest. However, bipolar disorder does not act on a pendulum. People do not swing from mania to normal to depression and back again with regularity. Bipolar disorder is unpredictable in mood type,...
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Anxiety

5 Activities to Get You Socializing

Depression often tells us that we should avoid others.

We see ourselves as pariahs. Our depression depresses others and we’re not worth their time anyway. There’s also tremendous fatigue that can come with depressive episodes. It’s feeling as though getting dressed and walking outside is equivalent to running a marathon.

Putting the...
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Anxiety

Assigning Stages to Bipolar Disorder

Early treatment is touted as the best option when it comes to physiological medicine. Catching something like cancer early means patients may not have to endure harsher treatments. The prognosis is better and patients return to a healthy state faster. Treating psychological illness is not necessarily looked upon the same way. Bipolar disorder tends to be treated in the moment according to what the patient needs at the time...
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Bipolar II

Hypomanic or Just Normal?

During and after periods of depression, it can be difficult to remember what “normal” feels like. What do you do without the aches and pains, apathy and hopelessness? Coming out of depression is like waking up from a bad dream. It’s disorienting and it takes some time to adjust. It can be difficult to change behavior and thinking patterns during this time. You slowly...
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Anxiety

The Benefits of Abilify

More than half of people with bipolar disorder take second-generation/atypical antipsychotics on a regular basis to control mood. While effective, there is always a risk of adverse side effects. The list for antipsychotics is long, including dizziness, gastrointestinal distress, weight gain, sleepiness and seizures. The benefits generally outweigh the risks, but side effects are often listed as the...
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Anxiety

Bipolar Disorder is Linked to Chronic Pain

Pain is not unfamiliar to people with bipolar disorder. The psychological pain that comes with depression and dysphoria can be debilitating. Like most people, those with bipolar disorder also experience physical pain. Stubbed toes, sore muscles and broken ankles, bipolar disorder patients are not exempt from these just because they frequently experience emotional pain. By contrast, people with bipolar disorder are more likely than the general population...
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