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Bipolar

Good and Bad Ways to Cope with Depression

I feel consumed by darkness like the house in this photo

This winter, however, has felt frigid in both my heart and community.

The temperature, much like my moods, has been up and down leaving my body scrambling to adjust and often sick, achy, and utterly exhausted.

I've been in a seething, foul, and agitated state for what seems like weeks. I don't know for how long though because my memory seems to be under...
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Bipolar Laid Bare

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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Anxiety

What is Agitation?

"Sometimes, I feel like I'm walking on eggshells with you, Son. I never know if you're going to be nice or start yelling." -- my Mom

As you can imagine, this hurts to hear and even more to write. I, like many people with mood...
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Bipolar Disorder

Seeing Life Differently: Using Art to Heal with Bipolar Disorder

My mother was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was a teenager, and for most of my life, I didn't understand many of the things she said or did. After she passed in 2012, I began my healing journey from trauma, anorexia, and related disorders, and after a couple years, began educating myself about Bipolar, a condition that once terrified me. 

My mother was a tremendous artist, gifted; and although she touched many with her creative talents, she could never come to...
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Bipolar II

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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Communication

Male Borderline Personality Disorder: What You Should Know

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Do you or someone you know exhibit the following characteristics: frequent self-injurious behaviors (SIB), suicidal ideations or suicide attempts, frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment, unstable and intense interpersonal relationships that include alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation, identity disturbance, impulsivity (acting before thinking), chronic feelings of emptiness, and inappropriate and intense emotions that are sometimes disproportional to the trigger? Many of these characteristics make up...
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Caregivers

5 Possible Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder

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What comes to mind when you hear the term Borderline Personality Disorder? For many people who are unfamiliar with the disorder, split personality is often a common misconception. Split personality refers to a personality that is not always one way, but often changes in intensity and duration in such a way that it is impossible to predict when the person will switch up. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is...
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Teens With Suicidal Thoughts: 5 Things Parents Should Consider

Suicide. What comes to mind when you hear this word? Do you panic and feel overwhelmed and anxious? Does your mind begin to search for answers and question why anyone would ever consider such a thing? If so, you are not alone. You are with the tens of thousands of people who feel the same way. Suicide is a public health concern. Four out of 5 teens are said to give clear warning signs...
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Adult Mental Health

Pregnancy and Severe or Persistent Mental Illness

Do you know someone who suffers from a severe mental illness and desires to have a family? How do you feel about this? Is this you? Or someone you know? This dilemma has created a storm of controversy over the years and has even included a debate on whether or not women, who suffer from severe or untreated mental illnesses, should be on birth control. Many believe women should be free to make their...
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