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Bipolar Laid Bare

When Recovery Still Feels Like Depression

I’ve been in the midst of a depressive episode for months now. It’s been a harrowing journey that doesn’t seem like it will be ending anytime soon. It has interrupted my life in serious, somewhat indescribable ways. It has affected my work, my relationships, my activities and my personal life. There is no part of my life depression has not touched. I’ve been seeing my psychiatrist and my therapist and additionally have been attempting...
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Effectiveness of Self-Management in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder manifests as episodes of extreme high and low moods. Mania can lead to seriously risky behavior, inflated self-esteem, racing thoughts, and irritability. Periods of depression are marked by feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, problems sleeping and eating, loss of interest and thoughts, and potential thoughts and actions on suicide. Managing bipolar disorder is difficult. While medication is the first-line treatment, it doesn’t always work. People with the disorder often have to...
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Teen Marijuana Use Linked to Future Hypomania

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, although several states have legalized it for medicinal as well as recreational use. There are approximately 6,600 new users each day with 6% of new users under the age of 18. Thirty-six percent of youths report using marijuana in the previous year with 6% reporting daily or near-daily use. Because of this it’s important to study potential repercussions as well as benefits. While cannabis use may...
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Sleep Apnea & Bipolar Disorder

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which breathing periodically stops and restarts during sleep. It has also been linked to mood disorders, especially depression. People with sleep apnea are almost twice as likely to also have bipolar disorder than the general population. Sleep apnea and bipolar disorder can be tied together in how mood is affected.

There are three kinds of sleep apnea.

-Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by...
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My Experience with Latuda

I have been experiencing a depressive episode for a few months now. It has ranged from mild to severe. I have experienced all of the major symptoms including depressed mood, loss of interest, changes in eating habits, problems with sleep, psychomotor retardation, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, diminished ability to concentrate, and recurrent thoughts of death. That is a lot to handle for one person. I take medication daily in order to attempt to...
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