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Helping Loved One

Separating What’s Bipolar From What’s Not

One of the things I hate most about bipolar disorder is how subtly sinister it can be when a loved one is trending toward mania — not manic yet or even hypomanic, just talking faster and louder, blurting out statements that are a little too open and honest and perhaps hurtful, and being more self-centered than usual.

A lot of bad stuff can happen during these times to drive a wedge between loved ones,...
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Do You Have Seasonal Bipolar Disorder?

According to an article by Debra-Lynn B. Hook entitled "How SAD Affects Bipolar Disorder," as many as 20 percent of people with bipolar disorder can expect to experience seasonal depression and/or mania or hypomania. The article distinguishes between those who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and seasonal bipolar disorder.

Hook describes several treatment options for dealing with this seasonal component, including using light therapy in the winter and melatonin to help...
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