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Bipolar Laid Bare

New Research Looks for Patterns of Suicidal Thought

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death with over 44,000 completed suicides in 2014 (the most recent available data). That’s more than breast cancer or colon cancer. In addition to those who died, there were 800,000 people who were hospitalized for suicide attempts or self-injury. When it comes to bipolar disorder, somewhere between 25-50% of people with the disorder attempt suicide at some point, and even more people have plans for suicide or...
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Fatigue and Managing Emotions

I’m tired.

Not “I didn’t get enough sleep last night” tired. I’m fatigued to the point of not being able to function. I’ve been incredibly busy and unable to keep to my normal routine. I’ve had long periods when I haven't been able to have the downtime I need in order to keep myself from becoming overstimulated.

As a result, I’m an emotional mess relying solely on caffeine to keep me going....
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What is Subthreshold Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 2-8% of the population, depending on how it’s defined. People who are not familiar with bipolar disorder may only know about those who experience true mania and severe depression. This is known as bipolar I and only affects about 1% of the population. Bipolar disorder is now being characterized as a spectrum disorder, meaning there is a range of severity up to bipolar I. Part of the range of symptoms...
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When Self-Care Isn’t an Option

Practicing self-care is important for everyone, but especially those with severe mental illness. If those of us with bipolar disorder don’t take care of ourselves, our symptoms worsen and it can trigger a manic or depressive episode. Self-care requires a lot of energy, attention and no small amount of what some might view as selfishness. Alongside medication and therapy, practicing self-care can be an effective part of anyone’s treatment plan. However, it can be...
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Safety & Effectiveness of Latuda as Maintenance Therapy

Treating bipolar disorder can be difficult. Medication is the first-line treatment, but even with medication people still experience symptoms and 40%-60% experience relapse within two years. Because of this, it’s vital for patients to be prescribed the most effective medication for them. What is more effective for one person may not be as effective for another. That is why there are hundreds of possible medication combinations to treat bipolar disorder. Since combination therapy is...
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A Link Between Bipolar Disorder & Alcohol Dependence


Substance use disorder is common in those with bipolar disorder at a rate of seven times higher than in the general population. Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in those with bipolar disorder at a rate of 25-30%. Those with alcohol dependence tend to have a worse course of bipolar disorder. Because of this, it’s important to understand why people with bipolar disorder experience alcohol dependence at a higher rate than...
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How Common are Bipolar Medication Side Effects?

Medication management can be incredibly difficult for people with bipolar disorder. Finding the right combination of medications can take months or years. Some medications can even work for a time and then suddenly become ineffective. Then there are side effects. One of the most common reasons people with bipolar disorder do not take their medication as directed (noncompliance) is due to side effects. Some are just too severe to make the medication worthwhile.
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Bipolar Disorder & Cardio-respiratory Fitness

Mental and physical health are closely tied. Many people with bipolar disorder have concurrent physical illnesses like migraines, polycystic ovarian syndrome, metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes and cardiovascular illness. People with bipolar disorder also have higher rates of obesity than the general population. Because of this, it’s important for patients, physicians and psychiatrists to monitor the physical health of a person with bipolar disorder in addition to monitoring mental health. In this realm, a...
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