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Insomnia and Bipolar Disorder


People with bipolar disorder often have problems with sleeping. During manic phases, some people will go without sleep for days without feeling tired. During depression people may also suffer from insomnia. Those with bipolar disorder may have problems sleeping between episodes as well. Even medications for bipolar disorder may cause sleep problems. The body needs a regular amount of sleep in order to function properly and suffering from insomnia can have a huge effect...
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Facing the Challenges of Depression

People with bipolar disorder spend two to three times as much time experiencing depression as they do mania. Some research has shown that someone with bipolar disorder will spend 50% of their time in a period of depression. If that’s the case, we need to be prepared to continue to live our lives while depressed. It’s incredibly easy to just let depression get the best of us. Powering through is difficult, but it is...
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When It’s Time to Consider Hospitalization

Some people don’t like to say they suffer from bipolar disorder. Some see it as a gift. It’s linked to higher creativity and intelligence. Manic highs produce feelings of elation and people can accomplish a lot during hypomanic phases. However, most people would consider bipolar disorder a burden. It can come with agitation, irritability, anxiety, severe depression and dangerous manic behavior. Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness. It requires close monitoring and treatment....
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How Depression Affects Daily Life

Living with bipolar is difficult, to say the least. There are doctor’s appointments, medications to remember, therapy appointments and keeping track of symptoms. That’s on top of dealing with the symptoms themselves. Mood episodes are unpredictable. They come and go without patterns. These moods don’t exist in a vacuum. You can’t compartmentalize them and deal with life on one hand and depression on the other. I’m currently in the midst of a depressive...
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Agitation in Bipolar Depression

Bipolar depression comes with many symptoms like depressed mood which can involve feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. There is loss of interest in activities or even people that you usually enjoy. People can have problems with sleeping and eating regularly. Thoughts of death or suicide are common. One symptom that’s often overlooked is agitation.

When people usually think of depression, it’s a slowed state in which a person may sleep a lot or...
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I Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed

I’ve been dealing with bipolar disorder for almost 10 years. In that time I have learned to carefully watch my moods and change my behaviors appropriately in order to handle them. I’m incredibly self-aware and function fairly normally. Most of the time. I can usually handle the downs of depressive episodes and the ups of manic episodes because I know what they are and that they will eventually resolve. However, there are just times...
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Bipolar II

It’s Time for Bright Light Therapy

It’s that time of year when days are getting noticeably shorter and daylight savings time is ending. That means for the northern , the sun will soon be setting around 4:00 in the afternoon with total daylight at less than nine hours.

Winter weather also usually means staying indoors more. Without enough natural sunlight exposure, the risk for seasonal depression increases. Previous research has shown that bright light therapy can be effective...
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Perfectionism, Anxiety & Bipolar Disorder

In some ways, perfectionism can be helpful. People who are perfectionists tend to produce high-quality work. They are typically on time or early and are always willing to go the extra mile. Perfectionists like learning something new to try over and over again until there are no mistakes. They can be highly successful people that consistently outperform their peers. However, there are downsides to perfectionism. A new study
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