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Depression & Chronic Illness

Millions of people suffer from chronic physical illness, including almost half the population of the United States. Chronic illness accounts for 76% of physician visits and 91% of prescriptions filled as well as 81% of hospital admissions. Among people with chronic illness,...
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Did My IUD Trigger My Depression? Part II

This article is Part II of “Did My IUD Trigger My Depression.” You can find Part I here.

As a person with bipolar disorder, I have to work constantly to monitor my symptoms and recognize any triggers that may induce a depressive or manic episode. Several months ago, something triggered a severe depressive episode that still hasn’t fully dissipated. I initially thought the trigger might have been travel or seasonal change, but recently remembered...
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Why I Stopped Taking Latuda

Episodes of depression can be unpredictable. Sometimes they emerge without an identifiable trigger and without warning. Sometimes triggers are identifiable, which helps inform preparation for any potential episodes in the future, but may not help with the current episodes. Length of depressive...
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Depression Without a Depressed Mood?

I’ve been experiencing a depressive episode for five months. It’s been a horrible experience and longer than any other depressive episode I’ve ever had.

It has negatively impacted almost every aspect of my life including work and relationships. Through this...
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What Repealing Obamacare Means for Bipolar Disorder

President-elect Donald Trump recently released his plan for his first 100 days in office. Among his listed goals is repealing the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. This act necessitates action from Congress, but with Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Trump’s goal will likely be realized. The Affordable Care Act has had a significant...
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