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Bipolar Laid Bare

Trying Rexulti as a New Medication: Part I

I’ve been in the midst of a manic episode for two months now. My most major symptoms have been irritability and agitation. I have problems focusing, partly because I can’t sit still and partly because my thoughts race like they’re trying to win the Triple Crown. This episode has led my psychiatrist to make some major changes...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Making Major Changes in Your Medication

Making changes in medication regimens for bipolar disorder is incredibly common. Medication is not a cure. There is no magic pill that will end all symptoms. Because bipolar disorder fluctuates, medication has to be able to fluctuate along with it. Most of the time these changes are minor- increase a dose here, decrease a dose there. Sometimes, however, it’s necessary to make major changes. This can be incredibly difficult to handle as a patient.

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Bipolar II

3 Personality Traits Found in Those with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is known for shifts in mood. People with the disorder go from manic or hypomanic to depression to remission in a mostly unpredictable pattern. These are just moods. They are not constant. They are not permanent aspects of a person’s personality. Recognizing personality traits consistent in those with bipolar disorder may be important to predicting the course and severity of their illness.
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Lamictal May Be as Effective as Lithium at Preventing Postpartum Episodes

Managing bipolar disorder can be difficult in the easiest of times. There are literally thousands of medication combinations available to find the right treatment. Doing so during pregnancy and postpartum can be especially complicated. Because of this it is important to find effective treatment that will have the fewest risks and side effects. Lithium has been proven effective postpartum, but can be difficult to manage. New research
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Anxiety

Skills for Surviving Crisis or Distress

Bipolar disorder is all about the fluctuation of moods. These fall on the spectrum between severe mania and severe depression. Most of the time people with bipolar disorder don’t fall on the extreme ends of the spectrum, but it does happen. It’s during these times that a person might be considered “in crisis” or at least in distress. When this happens, it’s important for us to focus on coping with symptoms and reducing stress....
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Bipolar Laid Bare

How it Feels to Have a Manic Episode

I’ve only had one, full manic episode in my life. That is, until now. Whenever I have what’s called a “heightened mood” it’s usually hypomania. In hypomania, symptoms are still there, but they do not significantly interfere with daily function. Hypomanic episodes don’t usually last for for more than a few days either. Right now I’m looking at three weeks. Who knows how long it will...
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ADHD

Teens & Children with Bipolar Disorder are More Vulnerable to Suicide

Diagnosing bipolar disorder in children and teens is controversial. Most people with the disorder don’t show signs or symptoms until their mid-twenties, so diagnosing someone younger may be preemptive. Adolescents with bipolar disorder also don’t show symptoms in the same way as adults. They tend to express more irritability and heightened mood. Episodes may not last long enough to be considered true mania or even be...
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