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Bipolar Laid Bare

How Social Experiences Affect Bipolar Disorder

Social support is an incredibly important aspect of treating bipolar disorder. Medication can only go so far, so people with bipolar disorder have to depend on other people to close the gap and produce the best outcome possible. There are ways relationships can negatively impact a person with the disorder, especially when there is open hostility. However, positive social interactions can help people with bipolar disorder to better cope with their illness.

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Bipolar Laid Bare

Making Decisions with Bipolar Disorder

One of the critical thinking skills that can be affected by bipolar disorder is decision making. This goes along with other aspects of cognitive functioning such as memory, attention, some motor skills and social skills. People are affected in different ways and to different extents depending on the severity of the disorder. Decision making in people with bipolar disorder also depends on whether...
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Anxiety

You May Be Sleeping More Than You Think

Sleep disturbances are incredibly common in bipolar disorder. During manic periods, patients tend to have significant amounts of sleeplessness. They have increased energy and feel like they need less sleep. In periods of depression, insomnia is a frequent symptom. However, a new study suggests people with bipolar disorder may be underestimating how much sleep they have each night.

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Bipolar II

What Repealing Obamacare Means for Bipolar Disorder

President-elect Donald Trump recently released his plan for his first 100 days in office. Among his listed goals is repealing the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. This act necessitates action from Congress, but with Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Trump’s goal will likely be realized. The Affordable Care Act has had a significant...
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A-typical

How Bipolar II is Different


For those unfamiliar with bipolar disorder, it may seem that it only consists of two phases: severe depression and acute mania. Bipolar disorder is complicated. The vast majority of it exists between the two poles. Those are the endpoints. The daily struggle with bipolar disorder is what happens both during episodes and between those poles. It is experienced differently by different people. Because there are differences in the way...
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Bipolar II

Early Treatment is Vital for Bipolar Disorder

Getting proper treatment early is beneficial for people with bipolar disorder in many ways. Treatment can include pharmaceuticals, psychotherapy, aid from a social worker or educating the patient on what exactly bipolar disorder entails and ways to manage it. The greatest barrier for patients in getting treatment is delayed diagnosis. Patients wait an average of 10-12 years before receiving an initial...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Vitamin D Deficiency in Bipolar Disorder

Vitamin D is essential in maintaining good health. It promotes bone growth, helps prevent osteoporosis, promotes cell growth, helps fight inflammation and boost immune function. Unfortunately, about 1 billion people worldwide may suffer from vitamin D deficiency. It may also be linked to mental health. Low vitamin D levels have been associated with illnesses like depression and schizophrenia. Recently, a Dutch research...
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