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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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I Need a Break from Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder affects anywhere from 2-8% of the population, depending on how you define it. It causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood from manic to depressive. These shifts are not predictable. It doesn’t work on a pendulum. A person may have a depressive episode followed by a manic episode, but they may also have a depressive episode followed by a depressive episode with some symptom-free time in between. The type of episode is...
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Dental Problems Seen in Bipolar Disorder Patients

There are many complications and symptoms that can arise from bipolar disorder- from medication non-compliance to problems at work and dealing with consequences of behavior during manic episodes. Doctors will discuss symptoms of depression and mania and provide counseling on how to deal with their various aspects. One concern not generally mentioned when discussing bipolar disorder is oral hygiene and how people with mental health problems tend to have higher instances of dental problems.

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Study Asks Bipolar Disorder Patients What They Wish They Knew: Part II

This article is Part II in the series “Study Asks Bipolar Disorder Patients What They Wish They Knew.” You can find Part I here.

Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder can be difficult. Receiving the diagnosis itself is emotionally challenging. Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. While many people lead fairly normal lives with the disorder, others find it completely debilitating. Along with the diagnosis, we...
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Study Asks Bipolar Disorder Patients What They Wish They Knew: Part I

Bipolar disorder is complicated. It does not simply consist of moods going up and down. These episodes are intense and they come with several other symptoms and behaviors. During mania you can expect a short attention span, grandiosity, lack of sleep and risky behavior, among other symptoms. With depression it’s loss of interest, depressed mood, weight changes, sleep disturbance, feelings of worthlessness and even suicidal thoughts or actions. All of this can seem overwhelming...
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What Factors are Found in Both Binge Eating and Bipolar Disorders?

Eating disorders combined with bipolar disorder are common. Up to 26% of people with eating disorders also have bipolar disorder. These eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is the most common eating disorder in people with bipolar disorder. The estimated that the amount of people with both bipolar disorder and binge eating disorder is 15%, with 17% of...
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5 Small Things that Ease My Depression

I have rapid-cycling bipolar I disorder. That means I have at least four episodes per year, most of them are likely to be depression. Sometimes the episodes are short and sometimes they can last for months. There are days that don’t feel as bad and there are days when I can barely get out of bed. Through it all, though, I have found a few ways I can help myself feel better.

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When Depression Distorts Reality

I’ve been experiencing deep depression for a week now. I have rapid cycling bipolar I disorder, so this is not uncommon. During times like these I’m often lethargic, weepy, have low energy and don’t sleep well despite the fact that I’m in bed a lot. This does not describe the full magnitude of depression. It feels a lot worse than simply being tired and sad. Depression can affect a person negatively to the point...
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The Cost of Having Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a chronic and severe psychiatric illness that affects at least 2% of the population. It is also expensive to have. Cost will vary depending on the severity of the disorder and the insurance coverage that the person has, but it’s never negligible. There are several factors that play into how much it will cost an individual per year, and, unfortunately, whether a person receives optimum treatment or not depends on whether...
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