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When I’m Well

I’ve been experiencing a period of depression for months now. This is the longest it’s ever been. I often feel like a shell of a human, sometimes incapable of performing the smallest tasks or feeling anything except mostly blunted emotions. The exceptions...


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Social Support May Lead to Better Medication Adherence

Medication is the first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. While there are some people who do not respond well or at all to medication, it is still the treatment that can best prevent relapse. Despite this, there are many people who refuse to take medication they are prescribed or do not take it as prescribed. There are several factors that influence this behavior. Recent research has found three...


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What is Bioavailability & Why Does it Matter?

Medications are typically the main form of treatment for most people with bipolar disorder. The vast majority of people with bipolar disorder also take more than one medication to help keep relapse and symptoms at bay. However, patients may not know much more about their medication than the directions on the bottle. For example, how often and what time to take the medications and whether or not they need to be taken with food....


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Redefining Success with Depression

Depression often has us feeling down on ourselves. We feel worthless and fatigued. These feelings can take away our ability to be as productive as we normally are or think we should be. A person who is usually busy and energetic can be completely sapped by depression. Those of us who suffer from depression often find ourselves sleeping or staying in bed considerably longer than we normally would and unable to perform even the...


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5 Ways to Help Someone with Depression During the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be time for cheer and family and goodwill. For some people with depression, this can be incredibly difficult. Others who have not been around a person with mental illness may not understand what we’re going through. The holidays can be chaotic. Our routines are interrupted by travel or guests and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. This is all in addition to having to cope with the symptoms...


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How Frequent is Relapse?

Bipolar disorder is largely unpredictable. It’s difficult to know when an episode will start and when it will end. There are signs and symptoms that, if monitored closely, can signal the beginning of an episode, but they do not give any indication of when or if a person will relapse. There are rare cases in which a person may have one manic episode in their life and never have another. Between 10 and 20%...


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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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