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Anxiety

Helping Others Regulate Emotions Can Reduce Your Own Depression

Having bipolar disorder comes with a vast array of emotion. There is depression, hopelessness, anxiety, irritability, elation, euphoria and dysphoria, to name a few. It can be difficult to handle these emotions. Doing so on one’s own can be a daunting task, which is why it is recommended that people with bipolar disorder seek professional help. Receiving help from others is not limited to professionals, however. Most people seek help from others in...
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5 Reasons People Stop Taking Antipsychotics

Antipsychotics are among the most popular medications prescribed for bipolar disorder. Not only can they be used in acute situations of mania/hypomania or psychosis, but 40% of people with bipolar disorder are prescribed antipsychotics for maintenance therapy. Additionally, half of patients in one study entered remission from depressive episodes after being treated with antipsychotics. Despite this, there is still a major problem...
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Coping with Irritability in Hypomania

For three days now I have been feeling incredibly anxious, agitated and irritable. I’ve had a high energy level, but my brain is not allowing me to direct it into anything positive. These feelings directly following a long bout of depression make dealing with the agitation more difficult. I’m frustrated that I was unproductive then and equally unproductive now. At times I feel like I’m more destructive. Irritability is an often overlooked symptom...
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5 Ways Depression is Helpful

People who are prone to think positively can have protection against depression. Since depression tends to be filled with negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, a positive spin on the situation is a nice break. Sometimes this is not possible. For those times it’s important to seek out professional help to get you through. For the times when you’re able...
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Anger Predicts More Time Before Depression

Anger is a natural feeling. People have varying degrees of temperament, but everyone feels some sort of anger from mildly annoyed to enraged. However, there comes a point where frequent anger becomes a problem. Anger often leads to ruminating about perceived wrongs, which may only increase the level of anger felt. People with bipolar disorder may experience anger more than the general population. A new study shows that...
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My Physical Illness Has Triggered Depression

I have a chronic illness that has lately taken control of my life. It’s a digestive illness called gastroparesis. With this illness, I suffer severe nausea, vomiting and pain. Fortunately, over the past 10 years it has come and gone, so I do have reprieves of several months from time to time. This is not one of those times. I haven’t eaten in three days because of my illness. Right now it is more...
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How Often Do Bipolar Disorder or Depression Meet ADHD?

The vast majority of people with bipolar disorder and about 35% of those with major depressive disorder have at least one other psychiatric illness. Some of these illnesses include anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms can overlap with other disorders. A group of researchers...
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5 Ways to Prepare for Your Mental Health Appointment

Seeing a mental health professional regularly is one of the most important parts of maintaining high functionality with bipolar disorder. I see my psychiatrist once a month and my therapist every other week. This is what works for me. Your mental health professionals may recommend you come in more or less frequently. It all depends on how you’re doing and whether or not you are adjusting medications. For these...
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