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Bipolar Laid Bare

A Look at the Manic Brain at Rest

The brain is the most complicated organ in the human body. It controls our body, holds our memories and determines our psychological state. Understanding the brain and its functions is vital to understanding and treating mental illness. Advances in technology have allowed researchers to look deeper into what happens in the brain during mania and in between episodes of bipolar disorder.

New research from Roscoe...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Does Exercise Help Bipolar Disorder?

Exercise has been touted as a vital part of treatment for depression. It increases blood flow to the brain and increases endorphin levels, which can act as a natural antidepressant. The problem is that most of the research in this area has been done with a focus on unipolar depression, not bipolar depression. Since bipolar and unipolar depression differ in several ways, it's...
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Anxiety

It’s Okay to Give Yourself a Break

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. One could argue that all mental illnesses are serious, but bipolar disorder is so debilitating that less than half of those who suffer from it can work full-time. It affects all aspects of patients’ lives- marriages, friendships, work, school, hobbies, social activities. Bipolar disorder can make it difficult to clean house, pay bills or...
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ADHD

Bipolar Disorder and ADHD: Hyperfocus

People with bipolar disorder often have problems with attention and focus. These symptoms are similar to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which a third of bipolar disorder patients have. Having both disorders is not required to experience restlessness, impulsivity and inattention. These symptoms show up in both disorders separately. Contrarily, patients with bipolar disorder and ADHD can also experience hyperfocus, in which the...
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