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Bipolar II

People with Bipolar Disorder Feel Pain Differently

Pain in bipolar disorder is not limited to the psychological pain of depression or agitation. Physical pain is also a symptom of bipolar disorder, usually in the form of muscle aches and joint pain. There are also chronic pain illnesses linked to bipolar disorder like migraines, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Research has shown that the way...
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ADHD

Symptom of the Day: Difficulty Concentrating

One of the main symptoms of bipolar depression is difficulty in concentrating. Everyone experiences this problem from time to time, but during depressive episodes, people with bipolar disorder experience it almost every day. It can also be more severe than in the general population. Having difficulty concentrating and making decisions is a constant struggle for anyone with bipolar disorder, even between episodes.

Bipolar disorder can cause problems with what...
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Bipolar II

3 Reasons Not to Drink Alcohol

Having a stressful day, socializing, holidays, because it feels good- these are all reasons people drink. Drinking alcohol is not inherently bad. Humans have been drinking alcohol for about 10 million years. When consumed in moderation, it can have health benefits like reducing the risk for stroke, heart disease and diabetes. However, heavy use of alcohol carries risks like increased risk for...
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Anxiety

Managing Potential Triggers

A large part of self-care in bipolar disorder is recognizing and avoiding activities or circumstances that can trigger mood episodes. However, some of these situations are unavoidable. Life happens. When stressors occur without warning and the person with bipolar disorder cannot distance themselves, the next priority becomes self-care in order to help minimize the likelihood of triggering an episode or to help the person cope with an emerging episode.

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Anxiety

5 Triggers of Depression in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder patients spend their lives moving through three phases- mania, depression and time between episodes. Once a person experiences one episode, there is a 75% chance they will experience another within five years. There are some cases in which the person with bipolar disorder can avoid situations that could possibly trigger episodes, although most...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Symptom of the Day: Grandiosity

Grandiosity is one of the seven symptoms of a manic or hypomanic episode in bipolar disorder, though it is also present in several mental illnesses including schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. About half of people with bipolar I disorder experience delusions of grandeur. Much like other symptoms, it exists on a spectrum, in this case from inflated self-esteem to delusions of grandeur. Grandiosity can...
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Bipolar II

What You Find When You Search For ‘Bipolar’

Bipolar disorder isn’t rare, but only about 2% of the population has it. Because of this, the general population isn’t as educated about bipolar disorder as it is illnesses like major depressive disorder or anxiety disorders. Starting out, a person may only know that people with bipolar disorder have mood swings. Patients as well as their friends and family may...
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