Archives for October, 2011

Anxiety

Son Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 5th Grade Now Adult

Gwen


My son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the 5th grade. He is now about to turn 21. He cuts and he cannot hold a job or finish a class at the local community college.

His bipolar disorder seems to be more depression-based than manic, or maybe the lithium and Abilify he takes helps the mania but doesn't treat the depression.

Are there any medications recently developed which can help the depression? I know...
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Bipolar Medication

Like Kryptonite to Superman: In Honor of World Mental Health Day

I'm currently co-facilitating a NAMI Family-to-Family course. Class 6 is all about medications and includes a very important section on medication adherence. In the class, we discussed the various reasons, many of which are valid, that people with brain disorders stop taking their medications.

Atypical antipsychotics, for example, have a nasty reputation for causing significant weight gain. Many psychotropic medications have negative sexual side effects, including diminished libido and an inability to climax. Some...
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Bipolar Stories

New Bipolar Stories

Just posted three new bipolar stories on our Bipolar Blog. I encourage you to check them out and post comments, especially on Rachel's story. Sounds like she could really use some support and suggestions.

Also, if you have an intimate relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder, I suggest that you read "Dealing with a Lack of Intimacy," which provides a unique perspective on...
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