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Anxiety

Bipolar Story: Dealing with Bipolar II in College

Candida and I also host , where people share their stories of living with bipolar disorder. Visitors can post comments on each story. Recently, Maddie posted her comeback story, sharing her experience of living with Bipolar II in college, being diagnosed, and successfully returning to her studies.

Maddie's tale is very inspirational and well-written. Definitely recommended reading for any college students who suffer melt-downs, which unfortunately is all too common. We encourage you to read Maddie's story,...
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Bipolar Research

Mood Disorder Clinics Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Researchers in Denmark have discovered that treatment in specialized mood disorder clinics following a hospitalization significantly reduce hospital readmission rates.

In their study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry and titled "Treatment in a specialised out-patient mood disorder clinic v. standard out-patient treatment in the early course of bipolar disorder: randomised clinical trial," Lars Vedel Kessing et al. followed 158 patients who were discharged from their first, second, or third hospital admission with a single...
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Advocacy

“Unlisted” Impressions

Last Thursday, my wife and I attended a viewing of Dr. Delaney Ruston's documentary film Unlisted followed by a panel discussion. The film and panel discussion focused primarily on schizophrenia, but individuals with bipolar disorder and their families face similar struggles.

I was very impressed by the keynote speaker, Dr. Alan Breier, MD, who passionately and compassionately described the struggles of people living with schizophrenia. He called...
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Opinion

Bipolar Recovery as Transformation

I always thought of recovery from bipolar disorder as a return to the BB (before bipolar) era, but as Class 10 of NAMI's Family-to-Family course points out, recovery doesn't necessarily mean going back to the "good old days." It's often healthier to look at recovery as moving forward – a process of transformation, of becoming a new you, accepting your new reality, embracing fresh dreams, and drawing up new plans. This...
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Alternative Treatments

Functional Remediation Helps with Bipolar Disorder Related Cognitive Impairment

Many people who experience a serious mood episode with psychosis often have cognitive impairments that continue long after they recover from the mood episode. The actual percentages vary from study to study, but approximately 50% of those with mania and 15% of those with major depression experience mood episodes with psychotic features, so recovery from cognitive impairment is a serious concern for those with bipolar disorder.

A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry entitled...
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Opinion

What Does Recovery Mean to You?

People often have a different idea of what "recovery" means in relation to bipolar disorder.

Some think of it as no longer needing to take medication or see a doctor or therapist. Others may think of it as regaining control of their lives with medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and/or other approaches. Some people don't view bipolar as an illness (they may even view it as a gift) and seek lifestyle changes as a way of...
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