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The Effects of Spring and Sunlight on My Bipolar Symptoms

Spring will be here in four days.

Here in Florida, the weather is nearly perfect. The flowers, insects, and snakes (!) have already sprung.

Others are not so lucky. This week, my family members in western New York had a severe snow storm, and more snow is expected throughout the United States.

Although we didn't feel it as much here, Winter 2013-2014 was bitter for most.

We were the only state in...
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Many Veterans Live with Invisible Wounds

Combat veterans engaging in healing exercises at the Samueli Institute.

Monday is Veteran’s Day in the United States.

It is a day to honor former and active duty military members, who have sacrificed much to serve our country.

On this national holiday, many people use this time to visit veteran memorials and grave sites, thank their friends and family members for their service, and engage in good deeds for military members.

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Diagnosis: Harmful, or Beneficial?

I was at a Halloween party last week, mingling with the women faction.

A mother was discussing her suspicion that her teenage son has autism spectrum disorder.

“My relative, who is a school counselor, told me to avoid a diagnosis.”

The school counselor’s opinion is simple—if he is not diagnosed, he will not be limited in life.

It really...
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Amanda Bynes: New Diagnosis, New Life

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about Amanda Bynes following her admission to a psychiatric hospital.

Today, the media reported that Bynes is diagnosed.

According to reports, doctors found she has bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but many of these announcements are from celebrity tabloids and blogs. It has not been made clear whether she has the two illnesses or schizoaffective disorder.

Now, Bynes continues to heal...
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I Have Bipolar. I Use Substances. Do I Have a Dual Diagnosis?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that about a quarter of adults with mental illness also have a substance abuse issue.

This accounts for about million Americans.

Even before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I knew substance abuse and mental illness are linked. With a family of mentally-ill alcoholics, it’s a no-brainer.

The mood swings, depression, and anxiety that come with mental disorders are almost unbearable.

Some people are able to...
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How Do I Help Someone Who Is Suicidal?

It is National Suicide Prevention Week in America, and open dialogue about suicide is more important than ever before.

Suicide is a major public health problem, but it is also very preventable.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 34,598 Americans died by suicide in 2007.

You can help someone in your life get help.

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Peer Support: An Important Component of Bipolar Recovery

Living with a chronic illness like bipolar disorder requires a team. From the psychiatrist who prescribes medications to the therapist who assists in recovery, to our family and friends, we are grateful for the people who help us deal with a complicated and recurring condition.

Another important piece to my recovery is my peer network.

I like having connections with others...
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