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Bipolar Laid Bare

I Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed

I’ve been dealing with bipolar disorder for almost 10 years. In that time I have learned to carefully watch my moods and change my behaviors appropriately in order to handle them. I’m incredibly self-aware and function fairly normally. Most of the time. I can usually handle the downs of depressive episodes and the ups of manic episodes because I know what they are and that they will eventually resolve. However, there are just times...
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Bipolar II

It’s Time for Bright Light Therapy

It’s that time of year when days are getting noticeably shorter and daylight savings time is ending. That means for the northern , the sun will soon be setting around 4:00 in the afternoon with total daylight at less than nine hours.

Winter weather also usually means staying indoors more. Without enough natural sunlight exposure, the risk for seasonal depression increases. Previous research has shown that bright light therapy can be effective...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Latuda May Promote Weight Loss

Weight gain is a serious issue for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. People with these disorders are more likely to be overweight than the general population. Up to 63% of people with schizophrenia and 68% of people with bipolar disorder are either overweight or obese. This can lead to a number of physical and mental health problems including cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and cognition problems. Antipsychotic medication can be a significant factor...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Obesity and Cognition in Bipolar Disorder

Over 70% of Americans are overweight. More than a third are considered obese. Obesity has many negative health side effects including heart disease, high blood pressure, increased levels of LDL cholesterol, type II diabetes and an increased chance of stroke and some cancers. Being overweight or obese can also negatively affect mental health and has been linked to depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. People with bipolar disorder are more likely to be obese...
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Anxiety

Perfectionism, Anxiety & Bipolar Disorder

In some ways, perfectionism can be helpful. People who are perfectionists tend to produce high-quality work. They are typically on time or early and are always willing to go the extra mile. Perfectionists like learning something new to try over and over again until there are no mistakes. They can be highly successful people that consistently outperform their peers. However, there are downsides to perfectionism. A new study
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Symptom of the Day: Sleep Disturbance

Sleep is an important aspect of overall health. It plays a part in immunity, memory, learning and metabolism. Getting enough sleep helps with heart health and mood. Most people do not get enough sleep. Sometimes people get too much sleep. Finding the right balance is an essential part of any wellness plan. Unfortunately, people with bipolar disorder tend to have sleep problems. In fact, sleep disturbances are listed among the top symptoms of both...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

Bipolar Disorder & Traumatic Brain Injury

Everyone is at risk for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and approximately million Americans sustain them each year, 85,000 of them ending up with long-term disabilities. They are not limited to sports injuries. Head injuries can occur just about anywhere and anytime, like in car accidents or even banging a head on an open freezer door. Much like other physical injuries, brain injuries can range anywhere from mild to acute. The difference between...
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Remembering to Remember with Bipolar Disorder

Research has shown that people with bipolar disorder tend to have more problems with cognitive functioning than our healthy counterparts. Up to 60% of people with bipolar disorder show problems with cognitive functioning even between episodes. This includes problems with attention, critical thinking, decision making, social skills, some motor skills and memory. Studies of memory and bipolar disorder typically focus on retrospective memory (remembering what has...
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How Prevalent are Autoimmune Disorders in Bipolar Disorder?

Approximately 50 million Americans live with autoimmune diseases. These include illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, celiac disease and type 1 diabetes. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases. They are generally treatable but cannot be cured. Some are difficult to diagnose and many people have more than one autoimmune disease. A new study looks at the prevalence of some common autoimmune diseases...
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