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Bipolar II

Increasing Social Functioning in Bipolar Disorder

The main goal in treating bipolar disorder is usually to lengthen time between episodes. While that is a good and necessary goal, it ignores a significant portion of the person’s life. Bipolar disorder does not just consist of having symptoms. It also consists of the responses to those symptoms and how a patient is able to cope in life. This is called psychosocial functioning. How a person functions in life is not always congruent with...
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Anxiety

Self-Soothing During Difficult Times

The ups and downs of bipolar disorder provide ripe ingredients for a crisis. During mania we may feel phenomenal and deny that a serious situation is occurring, but our behavior speaks differently. In depression or anxiety, we may feel a crisis acutely. It may come in the form of hopelessness, a panic attack suicidal ideation or even an attempt. During these times it’s important to have at hand a list of coping...
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Anxiety & Bipolar Disorder: Part II

This article is Part II of “Anxiety & Bipolar Disorder.” You can read part one here.

Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent in those with bipolar disorder. Over 50% of patients have at least one. That means a person may not only be dealing with bipolar disorder but also generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder, for example. Those that have both anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder tend to...
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Anxiety & Bipolar Disorder: Part I

Anxiety is a big factor in bipolar disorder. It can range from worrying about symptoms to full blown panic disorder. More than half of the people with bipolar disorder also have at least one type of anxiety disorder. With this knowledge, it is imperative that both professionals and patients educate themselves on the impact anxiety has on people with bipolar disorder. It is a serious illness that comes...
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Bipolar II

Symptom of the Day: Depressed Mood

Bipolar depression is not just about feeling sad. It is not about cheering up or appreciating what we have. It is part of a mental illness that can be treated, not cured. Depression in bipolar disorder has seven distinct symptoms including loss of interest, changes in weight, trouble sleeping, psychomotor agitation, feelings of worthlessness, inability to concentrate and recurrent thoughts of death. The fundamental and most recognizable symptom...
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IQ May Matter in Bipolar Disorder

Researchers have long been interested in whether or not a relationship exists between intelligence and bipolar disorder. Findings have been somewhat inconsistent. For example, some studies have found that those with bipolar disorder had lower intelligence scores than the control group. On the other hand, bipolar disorder has been linked to more completed education and higher grades. New research postulates intelligence may...
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3 Factors That Determine Well-Being Between Episodes

For many people with bipolar disorder, there is life between episodes of depression or mania. The nature of bipolar disorder is that it swings along the spectrum between periods of depression, mania/hypomania and euthymia (between episodes). Euthymia does not, as the name implies, mean patients are symptom-free. Bipolar disorder still affects people between episodes. There seem to be three general factors that contribute...
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5 Consequences of Traveling

For the last month I have been traveling between four different locations visiting family and friends, never staying anywhere for more than three days at a time. I travel a lot compared to most people, but this is excessive. Normally I love traveling and this was not really an exception. However, travel can take a lot out of me. Going this hard for this long has taken a toll on me both...
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Gut Bacteria May Affect Bipolar Disorder & Schizophrenia

The human microbiome is made up of microorganisms like eukaryotes, fungi, viruses and bacteria. Together they outnumber human cells 10 to 1. There are 1000 more genes in the microbiome than the human genome. The body cannot function without the microbiome. Microorganisms work in sync with the body to keep all systems functioning properly, including the digestive and immune systems. The gut has the highest number...
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