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Bipolar Laid Bare

Experiencing Life with Bipolar Disorder

Living with bipolar disorder can be incredibly difficult. There are periods of mania in which people can feel high levels of energy or irritability. There are also periods of depression that can be debilitating and even lead to suicide. Bipolar disorder cannot be taken lightly, especially by those who experience it. Every day requires some focus on the disorder itself. It affects all aspects of a person’s life whether personally, socially or occupationally....
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A-typical

Symptom of the Day: Excessive Sleep

There exists a trope in depression of the person who is so down he cannot get out of bed.

It seems like an exaggeration or a meaningless stereotype, but for many people it is a harsh reality. Sleep cycles in depression typically swing one of two ways. In the first, a person is unable to sleep when they try. This is insomnia. The second way sleep is affected in bipolar depression is when a person sleeps considerably more...
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Bipolar II

When Depression Isn’t An Episode

Depression isn’t limited to full bipolar episodes. It is possible to feel depressed and have symptoms of depression before the experience can be qualified as an episode. You can start to check off the symptoms as they come whether mild or moderate, and the waiting for the worst can begin. This limbo between feeling well and moving into a full depressive episode can be discouraging and anxiety-inducing. During periods of euthymia (between episodes), breakthrough symptoms...
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Anxiety

Sensory Processing & Sleep Quality in Bipolar Disorder: Part II

This article is Part II of “Sensory Processing & Sleep Quality in Bipolar Disorder.” You can read part I here.

Sleep problems are one of the main symptoms of bipolar disorder. In addition to either insomnia or hypersomnia in depression and a feeling of needing to sleep less in mania, there are other sleep problems associated with bipolar disorder. These include daytime sleepiness, night terrors and sleepwalking. There are a few reasons why...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Sensory Processing & Sleep Quality in Bipolar Disorder: Part I

Hyposensitivity and hypersensitivity can both occur in people with bipolar disorder. Up to 35% of people with bipolar disorder experience greater sensitivity, especially when associated with longer episodes. Around 28% of people with bipolar disorder experience hyposensitivity.  Unlike bipolar moods, sensory processing sensitivities do not come and go. They are persistent, but can be exacerbated by mood episodes.

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Anxiety

Understanding Motivation in Bipolar Disorder

Everyone has difficulties with motivation at times. There are always tasks to be completed and jobs to be done, but they are not always desirable or enjoyable. Accomplishing these tasks requires extra motivation, but sometimes motivation can be hard to come by. People who experience depression like that in major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder may have worse problems with motivation than those who do not. Understanding motivation is key in being able...
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Bipolar II

Defining & Treating Rapid-Cycling in Bipolar II

Rapid cycling bipolar disorder is traditionally defined as four or more episodes occurring within a 12-month period. However, this only applies to the previous 12-month period and does not take into account whether or not a person experiences rapid-cycling only briefly or over a lifetime. A new study has shown that there are several differences between groups that experience traditionally-defined rapid cycling and those who have a lifetime definition of rapid-cycling.

It is not known how...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Can Pain Medication Affect Bipolar Disorder Treatment?

Bipolar disorder has previously been linked to chronic pain, affecting almost 30% of patients. Treatment for chronic pain often includes over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen (paracetamol). Because people with bipolar disorder already often take more than one medication for the disorder alone, it is important to note any drug interactions from additional medications that may affect treatment. A group of researchers recently set out to see if...
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