The ‘Funny Feelings’ I Get When I Miss a Dose of My Bipolar Medication

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I take medications for my bipolar disorder. These medications keep me emotionally and mentally regulated and grounded in my life. Every day, with breakfast, I take my pills for the day. I get up quite early for work, and I give myself just enough time to get ready and get out the door for the 45-minute drive. I grab my yogurt and fruit, throw my daily pillbox in my purse, and I am off to work. Once I get to work […]

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Bipolar Disorder Makes Me Feel Like a ‘Human Fuel Tank’

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I begin my week the same way. I am optimistic and positive. Monday has not reared its ugly head and I have no obligations. Cue Monday and my alarm clock. It’s still dark. I know my son will be awake soon and I have to make him breakfast, help him dress and drive him to preschool. I start off with a full emotional “fuel tank.” Carrying out this routine five consecutive mornings with no break easily uses one fourth of […]

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Myth and Facts

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Myth: People with bipolar disorder can’t get better or lead a normal life. Fact: Many people with bipolar disorder have successful careers, happy family lives, and satisfying relationships. Living with bipolar disorder is challenging, but with treatment, healthy coping skills, and a solid support system, you can live fully while managing your symptoms. Myth: People with bipolar disorder swing back and forth between mania and depression. Fact: Some people alternate between extreme episodes of mania and depression, but most are depressed more […]

Hints for carers living with Bipolar disorder

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Hints for carers living with Bipolar disorder: People with the Bipolar disorder are reluctant to admit there is a problem and are resistant to seeking help.  As a caregiver you must understand the symptoms and the ramifications of the disorder. If it goes untreated you must HELP them find treatment for their illness. You must be prepared to deal with the extreme mood swings that your loved one demonstrates, and be understanding throughout the behavioral changes, and always expect the unexpected […]

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Childhood Onset

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Childhood Onset There have been many questions surrounding the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children because of the difference in symptoms they exhibit compared to that seen in adults with the disorder. This is mainly due to the differences in the manic state of bipolar children in contrast to adults. While adults have a manic state characterized by extremes in emotion and happiness, children show outbursts of aggression and irritability. This difference separates the symptoms of the disorder in children […]

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Bipolar Disorder – a simplified diagnosis

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Bipolar Disorder – a simplified diagnosis Abridged from a B P – SIMPLIFIED DIAGNOSIS Historically, bipolar disorder was called manic-depressive illness and at times people continue to use that term. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder and the essential features are mood shifts between an elated or manic mood and a depressed mood state. The term “mood” denotes an emotional state that may affect all aspects of a person’s life. Bipolar Disorder is a serious condition that can interfere with […]

Denial to Acceptance

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Denial to Acceptance The 5 Stages – by Colleen Sullivan Most individuals faced with a long term mental illness like bipolar disorder are at first in a state of denial. Some remain in that state for a short time and move on, some remain in that state for a longer period of time before moving on, and some never leave the state of denial. Each person handles the diagnosis differently. Most commonly a person goes through five distinct stages on […]

Smiling Depression Facts

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When many people think of depression, they often think of sadness — and not much else. This generalization can be harmful to people who experience depression, but may not “look” depressed. For some, depression may look like sadness or exhaustion. For others, depression might look like a smiling face, or a person who “has it all together” — something we call “smiling depression.” It’s important to remember every person’s experience of depression needs to be taken seriously, no matter what it looks […]

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Bipolar, You & Your Psychiatrist

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Bipolar, You & Your Psychiatrist Is your relationship with your psychologist, psychiatrist or therapist all that it can be? Here’s how building a productive partnership can be a team effort. If you have a psychiatrist on your treatment team, ask yourself this: Are you making the most of your relationship? Do you come prepared for your appointments with solid information on your recent symptoms and other issues? Are you honest and forthcoming? If not, you’re losing out on the benefits of this professional’s expertise. […]