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Bipolar disorder falls along a spectrum of related mood disorders such as depression. There are also a number of disorders that can present similar symptoms i.e. schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. Further, some problems such as addiction and anxiety occur concomitantly with bipolar disorder. Found here are resources and information regarding these illnesses.
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  2. Addiction (37)
  3. Anxiety Disorders (22)
  4. Dissociative Disorders (2)
  5. Impact on Sleep (8)
  6. Impact on Weight (29)
  7. Seasonal Affective Disorder (19)
  8. Your Health & BP (26)

Don't Give Up On Your Health
For people with bipolar disorder, health risks including an increased likelihood of smoking and substance abuse and lack of physical activity are common. Here are tools to help you take charge of some of these aspects of your health.

Wounded - Those Who Struggle with Self-Injury
Kimberly Read looks at self-injury, a serious problem in today's world. Young females especially are cutting, burning or otherwise harming themselves in staggering numbers. Who are they? Why are they hurting themselves?

Postpartum Psychosis
Postpartum psychosis is a dangerous condition that affects over 4,000 women each year in the United States alone. Left untreated, it can lead to the death of a child or the death of the mother. There is a strong link between postpartum psychosis and bipolar disorder, and manic-depressive women are at a much greater than average risk for developing this serious illness.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Many people with bipolar disorder also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, often because of mental illness in their immediate families. Here is information about the disorder.

Studies Link Marijuana Use with Schizophrenia
Recent studies suggest that regular use of marijuana (cannabis) in adolescence may make it more likely for a person to develop schizophrenia.

Toxoplasmosis, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
The parasitic infection toxoplasmosis has been linked to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Research has also found a higher rate of suicide in women who have toxoplasmosis.

Comorbidity with Bipolar Disorder
The Stanley Foundation Bipolar Network reports a high percentage of concomitant psychiatric conditions with bipolar disorder.

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