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What is bipolar disorder?

Although bipolar disorder – referring to the twin “poles” of depression and mania – is cyclical, it’s not necessarily the case that it results in continuously fluctuating moods; nor does everyone with the diagnosis experience oscillations of similar severity. Some … Continue reading

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My Illness Doesn’t Make Me Violent

I don’t know why the co-pilot on the Germanwings flight became violent or why his mental illness was not properly managed. I just know that, along with the homeless, the mentally ill are today’s lepers. They — we — are … Continue reading

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Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?

THE idea of putting a mind-altering drug in the drinking water is the stuff of sci-fi, terrorist plots and totalitarian governments. Considering the outcry that occurred when putting fluoride in the water was first proposed, one can only imagine the … Continue reading

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First stem cell study of bipolar disorder offers hope for better treatments

First stem cell study of bipolar disorder offers hope for better treatments   When it comes to understanding bipolar disorder, many questions remain unanswered – such as what truly causes the condition and why finding proper treatments is so difficult. … Continue reading

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Bipolar Disorder: Helping Your Loved One Manage a Manic Episode

Bipolar Disorder: Helping Your Loved One Manage a Manic Episode “Depression and bipolar disorder are often family diseases,” according to Psych Central associate editor and author Therese Borchard. So when your loved one is going through a manic episode, you may naturally feel … Continue reading

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Managing a Manic Episode

Managing a Manic Episode Bipolar disorder: Preventing manic episodes The more you know about bipolar disorder, the better you will be able to cope with this lifelong illness. There are many steps that you can take – or help a loved … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Untreated Bipolar Disorder

The Dangers of Untreated Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder tends to get worse the longer it goes untreated. Delays in diagnosis and treatment can lead to personal, social and financial problems that make the disorder more difficult to deal with for … Continue reading

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First Person: Living Optimistically with Bipolar Disorder

First Person: Living Optimistically with Bipolar Disorder FIRST PERSON | I was 26 and completing my last semester in college when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in May 2009. During the week before finals in my second-to-last semester, I was feeling overwhelmed … Continue reading

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5 mental disorders share genetic links

5 mental disorders share genetic links Boundaries between autism, ADHD, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not as sharp as previously thought

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