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Recovering from Depression

Bipolar disorder is unpredictable. Just as our mood swings don’t come with any kind of regularity, they don’t go away predictably either. It could be weeks or months before there are signs of relief from crippling symptoms like fatigue, loss of interest, sleep problems, diminished ability to concentrate and overwhelming feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. When recovery does begin, it takes time. Depression doesn’t disappear overnight. It also takes some effort on the part...
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Can Mobile Technology Help with Taking Medication?

Bipolar disorder can be a debilitating illness. It is comprised of episodes of mania and depression that can be severe. Medication is the most effective treatment for bipolar disorder, but many people do not take their medication as prescribed. This can lead to less effective treatment, withdrawals and relapse. There are many ways practitioners are trying in an attempt to increase medication adherence. One way is to use mobile technology. A
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Insomnia and Bipolar Disorder


People with bipolar disorder often have problems with sleeping. During manic phases, some people will go without sleep for days without feeling tired. During depression people may also suffer from insomnia. Those with bipolar disorder may have problems sleeping between episodes as well. Even medications for bipolar disorder may cause sleep problems. The body needs a regular amount of sleep in order to function properly and suffering from insomnia can have a huge effect...
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Facing the Challenges of Depression

People with bipolar disorder spend two to three times as much time experiencing depression as they do mania. Some research has shown that someone with bipolar disorder will spend 50% of their time in a period of depression. If that’s the case, we need to be prepared to continue to live our lives while depressed. It’s incredibly easy to just let depression get the best of us. Powering through is difficult, but it is...
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When It’s Time to Consider Hospitalization

Some people don’t like to say they suffer from bipolar disorder. Some see it as a gift. It’s linked to higher creativity and intelligence. Manic highs produce feelings of elation and people can accomplish a lot during hypomanic phases. However, most people would consider bipolar disorder a burden. It can come with agitation, irritability, anxiety, severe depression and dangerous manic behavior. Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. It requires close monitoring and treatment....
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How Depression Affects Daily Life

Living with bipolar is difficult, to say the least. There are doctor’s appointments, medications to remember, therapy appointments and keeping track of symptoms. That’s on top of dealing with the symptoms themselves. Mood episodes are unpredictable. They come and go without patterns. These moods don’t exist in a vacuum. You can’t compartmentalize them and deal with life on one hand and depression on the other. I’m currently in the midst of a depressive...
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Agitation in Bipolar Depression

Bipolar depression comes with many symptoms like depressed mood which can involve feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. There is loss of interest in activities or even people that you usually enjoy. People can have problems with sleeping and eating regularly. Thoughts of death or suicide are common. One symptom that’s often overlooked is agitation.

When people usually think of depression, it’s a slowed state in which a person may sleep a lot or...
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7 Physical Symptoms of Depression

Most people are familiar with, or at least know about, the feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that come with bipolar depression, but many people don’t realize that depression can cause physical problems as well. Many people actually seek help from medical professionals for physical symptoms without realizing they could be part of depression. The majority of people with depression also report having physical symptoms. There is increasing evidence that the same mechanisms that cause...
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