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Learn the Behaviors and Warning Signs of...
Behaviors and symptoms that are warning signs of bipolar disorder in adults and children. Also: information on diagnosing bipolar disorder and treatment options for people with bipolar.
What Are the Warning Signs of Suicide?
These red flags are the warning signs that a person may be planning suicide. People with bipolar disorder or manic depression often exhibit suicidal behavior.
What's the Difference Between Bipolar I and...
The main difference between bipolar 1 and 2 disorders is the presence of mania. Come explore the differences between these disorders in depth.
Why Should I Suspect Someone is a Sociopath?
In common usage, a sociopath is a person without a conscience, often a criminal, often violent. However, this image is an extreme. More...
Could Your Child Be Bipolar? Check Out the...
The symptoms of bipolar disorder in children are not the same as adult symptoms. Here is a list of common bipolar symptoms in children.
How to Recognize a Manic or Hypomanic Episode
Here's what you need to watch for that may signal someone you know is starting into or having a bipolar manic or hypomanic episode.
The Warning Signs of Bipolar Mania
In bipolar disorder, the symptoms of mania and hypomania can include everything from abnormally high moods to grandiose thinking, and from being energetic on very little sleep to hypersexuality.This article lists bipolar hypomanic and manic symptoms.
Everything You Need to Know About Bipolar 1...
Here is a brief but easy-to-understand definition of bipolar I disorder - the most severe kind of manic depression. Bipolar I disorder is also known as bipolar 1 and bipolar type 1. The article also covers how bipolar 1 is diagnosed.
What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in...
Bipolar disorder affects as many women as men. Here's how some symptoms may appear in women during mania and hypomania, bipolar depression, and mixed episodes.
6 Red Flag Signs You Might Be Depressed
Depression is considered one of the primary symptoms of bipolar disorder. However, it is actually a set of symptoms characteristic of one aspect of bipolar disorder. An episode of depression, as it relates to bipolar disorder, is the downswing in a mood cycle. An episode of depression is very debilitating often leaving the sufferer completely dysfunctional. It is an extreme emotional state that impairs daily living so it is important to be familiar with the warning signs of depression.
12 Things You Need to Know About Zoloft...
Important information about the antidepressant sertraline - brand name Zoloft - including side effects, overdose symptoms, drug interactions and more.
What Is Bipolar Hypomania? How Is It Diagnosed?
Hypomania in bipolar disorder: excessive energy, little need for sleep, exhilaration, irritability, excitement or aggression, and other symptoms.
Are You Having Racing Thoughts? Here’s...
When a bipolar person has racing thoughts, it doesn't mean he or she is just thinking quickly. Racing thoughts can be very uncomfortable and disturbing.
Here's What You Need to Know About Bipolar...
Why do you get bipolar disorder? What are bipolar I and bipolar II, and what are mania, hypomania and bipolar depression? Answers can be found here.
Everything You Need to Know About Lithium...
When someone takes too much lithium, a drug most often used as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, lithium toxicity can result and be dangerous.
Flight of Ideas - Symptom of Bipolar and...
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Is it Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia?
Though there are some similarities between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the symptoms doctors look at for diagnosis are quite a bit different.
Mental Illness - What Does It Mean, And What...
Mental illness is a condition that affects a person's mood, behavior or thoughts in a way that is distressing or impairs functioning.
What Are the Possible Causes of Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder can be devastating if not controlled. This article presents what researchers now consider to be the most likely causes of bipolar disorder.
What Is Pressured Speech?
Pressured speech is one of the symptoms of bipolar mania or hypomania. More...
Bipolar disorder medications A to Z
An alphabetical menu of links to information on some of the drugs most commonly prescribed in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder.
What Is Mania in Bipolar Disorder? How Is it...
Bipolar mania is characterized by excessive energy plus such symptoms as rapid speech, extravagant behavior, extreme irritability, hallucinations, etc.
Can You Qualify for Disability if You Have...
Can those with bipolar disorder qualify for disability from the U.S. Social Security Administration? Learn about your access to Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income if you have bipolar disorder.
How Toxic People Affect Your Life and How to...
Do you know someone who always makes you feel tired, angry or depressed? This person may be toxic, spreading negativity like a poison.
What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Psychosis?
Psychosis can occur in either bipolar mania or in depression. Learn about psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia, along with the mental illnesses where psychosis is most common.
What Happens When You Are Bipolar and...
Hypersexuality can be a symptom of the manic phase of bipolar disorder. If it escalates into an obsession the person may develop a sexual addiction.
What Is Bipolar Disorder?
Textbook definitions of bipolar disorder may not be very enlightening. Here we begin our definition of manic depression in easy to understand language.
Are You Suffering From Paranoia?
Here is a brief but comprehensive definition of paranoia, which may be present in bipolar disorder or schizophrenia as well as several other mental illnesses. Paranoia is a psychotic symptom.
Bipolar Quiz - Do I Have Hypomanic Episodes?
This quiz is an informal checklist for you to use to determine whether you're likely to have experienced, or are currently in a state of, bipolar hypomania.
What Is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder. Patients typically experience hallucinations and delusions and are often physically agitated and incoherent.
Why Does Lithium Cause Weight Gain?
In common with too many other medications prescribed for manic-depressive illness, lithium does cause weight gain. Here are some theories why.
Can You Get a Rash from Lamictal?
Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - prescribed for epilepsy and as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder - can cause serious, even life-threatening rashes.
Expansive Moods
One of the criteria for diagnosing a manic or hypomanic episode of bipolar disorder is an expansive mood, but what does that mean? Answers here.
Everything You Need to Know About Bipolar II...
In Bipolar 2 disorder, also known as Bipolar II, the 'high' mood is less severe than the mania of Bipolar 1 and is called hypomania. Many of the symptoms of Bipolar 2 are the same as those of Bipolar 1, but there are some key differences between the two illnesses.
What is Schizoaffective Disorder?
Difficult to define and difficult to diagnose, schizoaffective disorder combines elements of a mood disorder with those of schizophrenia.
Are You Having Hallucinations?
We hear jokes about hallucinations, but do you know what they really are? Hallucinations may occur in bipolar disorder and are frequent in schizophrenia. Here is a clear definition along with examples from patients.
What Is a Major Depressive Episode?
A group of symptoms such as low mood, sadness, fatigue, insomnia and indecision must be present to confirm the diagnosis of bipolar depression.
7 Ways Your Bipolar Disorder Could Be Making...
Bipolar depression symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia or sleeping too much, feeling lethargic, and decreased personal and social activities.
Can Your Bipolar Medication Cause Hair Loss?
Several drugs may cause hair loss or thinning hair. Here's why and what can be done about hair loss (alopecia) or thinning hair due from medications.
Delusions - A Symptom of Psychosis - Definition
Delusions are false beliefs firmly held. Delusions are one aspect or symptom of the psychotic features of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. More...
How to Tell if it's Depression, Bipolarism, or...
Sudden, uncontrollable crying, and sometimes laughing, characterize a little-known illness called PBA, pseudobulbar affect. A majority of patients with these and other symptoms are misdiagnosed with depression and, less often, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Here is information on PBA and why it is confused with mental disorders.
How Is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?
Diagnosing bipolar disorder is not as easy as diagnosing a cold or even diabetes. It takes time and careful analysis of the patient's mental, medical and family history.
What Are the Types of Depression Medications?
This article lists the various types of depression medications and the drugs that are included in each type.
Everything You Need to Know About Cyclothymia
Cyclothymia also known (incorrectly) as cyclothymia disorder and bipolar cyclothymia is a form of bipolar disorder that many people haven't heard of.
Grandiosity in Bipolar Disorder: Definition and...
Grandiosity is a symptom of the manic episodes of bipolar disorder which describes feelings of being superior, or more capable than you actually are.
Service Dogs for People With Bipolar Disorder
Not only can those with bipolar disorder benefit from the love of and for a pet, but they are also permitted under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Everything You Need to Know About Dysphoria
Dysphoria is an elusive term at best - the dictionary definition does not make it clear at all. Here dysphoria is defined as it relates to bipolar disorder.
How Much Social Security Disability Will You...
In considering disability an important question is the value of the disability benefits that will be provided if your application is successful.
What is the DSM-5? Diagnostic and Statistical...
A look at the new edition (2013) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, called the DSM-5, including some of the controversies.
5 Types of Mood Stabilizers for Bipolar Disorder
Mood stabilizers are one of the most important groups of medications for bipolar disorder. Mood stabilizers are medications primarily used for symptoms of mania and hypomania, but some have some antidepressant effects as well. This class of medications includes lithium and several drugs originally used for seizure disorders called anticonvulsants.
4 Physical Symptoms of Bipolar Depression
Depression doesn't just affect mind and mood - there are also physical symptoms such as unexplained aches and pains, appetite changes and more.
What Are the Symptoms of Lamictal Withdrawal?
While there is little research regarding Lamictal withdrawal, there are common withdrawal symptom complaints by patients with bipolar disorder.
Everything You Need to Know About Serotonin...
Serotonin Syndrome is a condition brought on by having too much of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body. It is treatable, but it can be fatal.
The Complexities Of Manic Depression
Manic depression, known as bipolar disorder, is more than mood swings. It can also feature mixed episodes, cycling, psychotic features and other issues.
Does Lamictal Cause Weight Gain?
A look at the effect of Lamictal (lamotrigine) on weight. Answers the question of whether Lamictal causes weight gain.
Difficult Moods in Bipolar Depression
Bipolar depression is complicated. In part 4 of a 6-part series we look at moods that include indifference, irritability, pessimism, anger and others.
Psychosis - What Is It? - Definition
Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, typically including delusions. Learn the full definition of psychosis, including how one may experience it, here.
Everything You Need to Know About Trileptal
Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) - anticonvulsant approved in the U.S. for epilepsy. It is also prescribed off-label for bipolar disorder as a mood stabilizer
Do You Have Manic Episodes? Take This Bipolar...
This quiz is an informal checklist for you to use to determine whether you're likely to have experienced, or are currently in a state of, bipolar mania.
The Story Behind the Famous Poet Sylvia...
Poet Sylvia Plath suffered from extreme bipolar depression that profoundly affected her work and ultimately led to her suicide at the age of 30.
5 Ways to Diagnose Bipolar II Disorder
There are five check-points a doctor will review with you for diagnosing bipolar II disorder as per the criteria found in the DSM-IV.
Bipolar Depression and Preoccupation With Death
Concluding a 6-part series on the symptoms of bipolar depression, this article focuses on thoughts of death, suicidal ideation, and feeling dead or detached.
What You Need to Know About Lamictal
Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - is an anticonvulsant epilepsy medication approved for use as a mood stabilizer in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
Euthymia in Bipolar Disorder - What is a...
Euthymia has several similar definitions. The shades of meaning, while similar, don't always make sense in the context of mood disorders. More...
Clang Associations - Unusual Symptom of Bipolar...
Clang associations are psychic associations resulting from sounds, often observed in the manic phase of manic-depressive psychosis.
Psychomotor Agitation - What Is It?
Psychomotor agitation is a restlessness brought on by mental tension. Learn more about psychomotor agitation.
What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
In Lesson 2 of Bipolar for Beginners, we take a look at what scientists believe are the causes - genetic, physical and psychological - of bipolar disorder.
Can My Child Inherit My Bipolar Disorder?
If you have bipolar disorder and are considering having children, one of the questions you are probably asking yourself is whether you would pass your bipolar disorder on to a child. Studies do show that your child would be more likely to inherit bipolar disorder because you have it. This article examines the question of how likely it is that a child would inherit bipolar disorder.
5 Requirements to Qualify for Disability
The Social Security Administration has a formula consisting of five basic steps for determining if an individual is considered disabled.
What Are the Potential Side Effects of Lithium?
Lithium - known by brand names including lithobid and eskalith - is a naturally occurring element prescribed as a mood stabilizer to treat bipolar disorder.
Why You Shouldn't Drink Grapefruit Juice With...
Drinking grapefruit juice can cause serious problems with your medications. Here's why, and a partial list of drugs that can be affected.
Ideas of Reference
Ideas of reference involve believing that casual events, remarks, and occurrences which happen in every day life illogically refer to oneself.
Can Your Bipolar Disorder Impact Your Sex Life?
The impact of bipolar disorder on sex can be frustrating or even devastating to self-esteem and relationships. The mood swings and the complications of treatment far too often push these normal tensions to extreme behavior and dysfunction. Mania often leads to hypersexuality and for some, sex addictions. Depression and medication side effects can kill libido bringing sex to a grinding halt. So what is a person to do?
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder - ODD for short - is a childhood mental disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of disobedient, hostile, and defiant behavior towards authority figures. More ...
The Form Of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder has three main forms: bipolar 1, bipolar 2 and cyclothymia, which are characterized by either mania or hypomania and depression.
How to Stop Taking SSRI Antidepressants Safely
SSRI discontinuation syndrome is a danger when you reduce the dosage of or stop taking an SSRI antidepressant such as Paxil or Lexapro.
The Story Behind Jean-Claude Van Damme’s...
Martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme's bipolar disorder led him into cocaine addiction and charges of spousal abuse. Here's a short biography with the details.
Risk of Misery When Stopping SSRI Antidepressants
Here is a look at the causes and symptoms of SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome, which can occur when a person stops taking or reduces dosage of certain antidepressants.
Religious Factors in Bipolar Disorder
One of the challenges in treatment is determining where the line is between supportive spirituality and harmful delusions.
What Are Mood Disorders and What Causes Them?
Mood disorders include depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, and depression, mania/hypomania or mixed symptoms due to a medical condition or substance use.
Psychomotor Retardation
A definition of psychomotor retardation and its relation to lethargy in bipolar disorder.
Should You Receive Inpatient Psychiatric Care?
The thought of inpatient psychiatric care may be very frightening. Here, from someone who knows, is a detailed description of what you may encounter during inpatient psychiatric care at a hospital.
Medications for Bipolar Disorder - Overview
Medications are the standard treatment for bipolar disorder. Sometimes a single prescription drug is enough, but more often a combination is needed.
Did You Know Lithium Was the First Mood...
For the last several decades, Lithium has been one of the most common medications prescribed for bipolar disorder.
Everything You Need to Know About Depakote
Facts about Depakote - generic divalproex sodium or sodium valproate - which is used as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder (also for epilepsy and migraine).
How Long Will It Take to Get Disability Benefits?
To get disability benefits your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or be expected to result in your death.
Cyclothymia / Cyclothymic Disorder - New...
Cyclothymia, a mood disorder related to bipolar disorder, is a less severe condition that can still cause considerable distress and impaired functioning.
Should You Take Zoloft for Bipolar Disorder?
A compact look at Zoloft medication - generic sertraline hydrochloride - an SSRI antidepressant approved for use in treating depression, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, PMDD and social anxiety disorder. Zoloft medication may also be prescribed for the depressive side of bipolar disorder.
Medication Half-Life - What Does It Mean to You?
In laymen's terms, a medication's half life is the time it takes for half of the drug to be eliminated from the body. More ...
Steroids and Bipolar Disorder
Jane Pauley's revelation that taking steroids for hives triggered previously unsuspected bipolar disorder focused public attention on the relationship between steroids and psychiatric disturbances. Here is additional information on the subject.
Neurontin Side Effects
Neurontin - generic gabapentin - an anticonvulsant medication that can be used for bipolar disorder. You should be aware of potential side effects.
What Is An Episode?
: What Is An Episode? Wherever you see something written about bipolar disorder, you will encounter mentions
The Definition Of Suicidal Ideation
Strictly speaking, suicidal ideation means thinking about suicide or wanting to take one's own life. But the term suicidal ideation is often used more broadly.
Hyponatremia - Definition and Symptoms
Hyponatremia is a low concentration of sodium in the blood. It can occur as a side effect of some medications that are used to treat bipolar disorder. More...
Lithium Tests and Toxicity
Thyroid and kidney tests need to be run before a person starts taking lithium, and serum levels should be monitored as lithium toxicity can be dangerous.
Norepinephrine - Definition
Norepinephrine - also known as noradrenaline - acts in more than one way in the human body. At moments of sudden stress, when adrenaline kicks in to give you extra energy, norepinephrine is at work as well. It also works as a neurotransmitter.
10 Things Not to Say to Someone With Bipolar...
People say the most infuriating things to those who have bipolar. Here are 10 common comments that are never helpful and are almost guaranteed to annoy.
What Are the Potential Side Effects of...
While Lamictal is generally a safe and well-tolerated medication, some side effects are serious or even life threatening.
How To Apply For Disability
Beginning your application for disability is easy and you should begin this process as soon as possible due to the lengthy processing time.
What Is a Sociopath? 3 Frightening Examples
Ted Bundy, Josef Mengele and Diazien Hossencofft are all sociopaths who became infamous because of their crimes.
Do Nightmares and Night Terrors Occur in...
Nightmares and night terrors are more commonly experienced by people with bipolar disorder than by others. Children are especially prone to night terrors. Page 2.
Why Did Manic Depression Become Bipolar Disorder?
Manic depression is a term commonly used for bipolar disorder. It is actually the earliest name of this disorder used as an official diagnosis. However, bipolar disorder is now the official diagnostic title for this disorder. Why did manic depression become bipolar disorder?
4 Changes in Cognitive Skills in Bipolar...
Depression can have a profound effect on cognitive skills like concentration, memory, organization and decision-making, which can seriously impair behavior.
Experiences With ECT - Electroconvulsive Therapy
Has your doctor prescribed treatment with ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) for manic depression? Are you considering it? Read what others have to say!
A List of Typical Antipsychotics
Typical antipsychotics were not called that until a new generation name, atypical antipsychotics, came out. They now have different uses.
What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?
Schizoaffective disorder is a complex mental illness where a patient experiences symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia separately. More...
What Are Anxiety Medications?
Anxiety medications, also called anti-anxiety medications or anxiolytics, are prescribed for anxiety disorders and people with anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Amy Winehouse's Manic-Depressive Life
Amy Winehouse reportedly refused medication treatment for bipolar disorder and self-medicated instead with drugs and alcohol, leading to her tragic death.
Extrapyramidal Side Effects of Antipsychotic...
Extrapyramidal side effects are a group of symptoms that can occur in persons taking antipsychotic medications. More ...
What Is The Cure For Bipolar Disorder?
Can bipolar disorder be cured? Unfortunately the answer is no, but it can be treated. We explore this important mental health question more in the following article.
Delusions of Reference - What Are They?
Delusions of reference are strongly held belief that outside events, objects, etc., have a particular significance to oneself. More ...
Everything You Need to Know About Topamax/Topir...
Topamax - generic topiramate - is an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy, migraine headaches, and is often prescribed off-label for bipolar disorder.
Actress Margot Kidder and Her Bipolar Disorder
Canadian-born actress Margot Kidder may have had bipolar disorder since her early teens. She says she now controls her illness with alternative medicine.
Weight Loss Drugs, Depression & Bipolar...
The weight loss drugs Belviq and Qsymia seem to offer hope to people who have gained significant weight from psychiatric medications. However, these drugs may not be a good fit for people with mood disorders such as bipolar and major depression, sleep disorders, or anxiety disorders, due to problem side effects and potentially dangerous drug interactions.
Atypical Antipsychotics - What Are They?
Atypical antipsychotics are the newer class of medications designed to control psychotic symptoms of disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Is Mental Illness Recovery Possible?
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Bipolar Disorder Special Diagnosis
This diagnosis is used to document symptoms of bipolar disorder that do not meet the requirements for a diagnosis of bipolar 1 or bipolar 2 disorder.
Does Anthony Michael Hall Have Bipolar Disorder?
Actor Anthony Michael Hall has been labeled as having bipolar disorder in dozens if not hundreds of articles on the internet. But is there any actual proof?
The History Behind Ben Stiller's Bipolar Disorder
Ben Stiller - best known for There's Something About Mary - is frank about having bipolar disorder. His parents - Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara - have also talked about being in therapy for depression.
Why It’s Difficult to Diagnose a Child...
This article outlines the several issues that make diagnosing childhood bipolar disorder especially challenging.
Connie Francis - Singer / Actress
A look at this talented singer and actress who has had a highly successful career -- and has been diagnosed as manic depressive.
Bipolar Depression In Depth
In Lesson 5 we look at the possible symptoms of bipolar depression: decreased energy, emotional and physical issues, problem moods and changes in thinking.
What Are the Cardinal Symptoms of Bipolar...
In order for a kid to be diagnosed with any condition or illness, there is a checklist of symptoms a doctor will evaluate against the symptoms or problems the child is experiencing. This is also true for diagnosing your youngster with bipolar disorder. One approach doctors use for diagnosing your child with bipolar disorder is to consider cardinal symptoms.
3 Red Flags That Could Signal Bipolar Disorder
Learn how to tell when your experiences are normal and when they’ve pushed into the extremes of depression or mania associated with bipolar disorder.
The Dangers Of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Stevens-Johnson syndrome may be caused by the drug Lamictal (lamotrigine), which is used to treat epilepsy and as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder.
What You Need to Know Before Starting Lithium
This article outlines the main warnings for lithium use, including concerns about pregnancy and breast-feeding and drug interactions.
Should You Take Celexa for Depression?
This article covers Celexa, a medication used to treat depression, including precautions and warnings, and information regarding pregnancy and Celexa.
What Is The DSM-IV?
Here is a brief but clear description of the DSM-IV that carries so much weight in the lives of Americans with mental illnesses.
Real Stories: What People With Bipolar Hate...
If you suffer from bipolar depression, you'll probably see yourself in this list of things people have trouble doing - simple things like getting dressed or taking a shower.
Do You Have Cyclothymic Disorder?
What sets cyclothymic disorder apart from the other types of bipolar disorder is that your symptoms last for months or even years without letting up.
9 Psychiatric Conditions Similar to Bipolar...
The list of psychiatric conditions with symptoms similar to those of bipolar disorder is rather long. To further complicate the picture, most of these disorders can also occur with bipolar disorder. Here is a review of the major conditions that fall into this category.
What Are the Potential Side Effects of Xanax?
Common side effects of Xanax include dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, headache and slurred speech. This page lists Xanax side effects that are common, less common and rare, withdrawal effects, and overdose effects. The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam.
How To Recognize Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms of depression illustrated here will help you, as well as your friends and family, spot a depressive episode when it happens.
I Can't Hold a Job! What Do I Do?
Bipolar disorder can seriously compromise the ability to work. Extreme symptoms of this illness make it difficult for some to hold a job for very long.
Could My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?
A mother in our forums, who has bipolar disorder herself, shared, “My four year-old is extremely angry these days. He flies off the handle for no apparent reason. He becomes enraged and it’s hard to calm him down. Is it possible he has bipolar disorder at four or is this normal behavior?” Great question, mom. The answer is yes. Yes, it is possible he has bipolar disorder. And yes, it is possible this is normal behavior.
Personal Markers of Bipolar Disorder
The examples of markers provided in the DSM-IV for any one of the BP disorders are laughable in that they are too broad and unrepresentative of real life for most people who have the disorder. If we were to rewrite the DSM-IV to show clearly how the disorder presents itself in all its glory, what would we include?
Are Beyond-Use Dates Different Than Expiration...
US Pharmacopeia -- the official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other health care products manufactured or sold in the United States -- recommends the practice of beyond-use dates. A beyond-use date is the date placed on a prescription bottle by a pharmacy noting when that prescription should no longer be used. How does this affect your prescriptions?
Hallucinations - Do I Need Help?
Three people describe their hallucinations, sometimes along with other symptoms, and ask questions about what they are experiencing. Do they need help? Do you?
What's the Manufacturer's Recommended Dosage...
Learn about the available strengths and manufacturer's recommended dosages for Lamictal, a mood stabilizer used in patients with bipolar disorder.
What Are Specifiers in Bipolar Disorder?
A brief look at specifiers and how they are used to focus the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
11 Things You Need to Know About Lamictal and...
Information about Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - a drug used to treat seizure disorders and as a mood stabilizer for people who have bipolar disorder.
What Is a Mixed Episode in Bipolar Disorder?
Many researchers and patients agree that there are several types of mixed episodes that can be experienced by just about anyone with manic depression.
A Lifeline: Knowing When to Call the Psychiatri...
In Treatment For Bipolar Disorder, Sometimes Attending Appointments and Taking Meds Still Isn't Enough: Some Tips on When to Phone the Doc for Extra Help
Mania - Manic - Maniac
When you hear the word maniac, what do you think of? A crazed killer might be one of the things that comes to mind. Unfortunately, too many people connect bipolar mania and manic depression with the highly negative perception of a maniac. Let's get the facts straight with a look at a bipolar manic episode and commentary on the connection that shouldn't be.
Axl Rose Was Diagnosed Manic-Depressive - but...
Heavy metal star Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses has been diagnosed manic depressive, but says lithium does not help him. With his history, bipolar illness is only one possibility.
25 Celebrities With Bipolar Disorder
A list of famous people with bipolar disorder. Some celebrities are confirmed bipolars, some are now judged historically to have been manic depressive.
11 Potentially Serious Reactions to Lamictal
Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epilepsy medication often used as a mood stabilizer to treat adults with bipolar disorder. Lamictal may cause some rare but serious reactions.
What Causes Emotional Pain In Bipolar Disorder?
Under the heading of emotional pain are symptoms like prolonged sadness, guilt feelings, despair and hopelessness, and unexplained, uncontrollable crying.
Grinding Teeth?
Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaws? Perhaps you are struggling with bruxism, which is the medical term for the usually unconscious behavior of grinding teeth. Frustration, stress, tension, anxiety, and suppressed anger are usually considered the culprits of this difficulty. However, grinding teeth can also be attributed to some medications.
What Is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and What...
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is a severe inflammatory eruption of the skin and mucous membranes that may occur as a result of treatment with Lamictal (lamotrigine). More ...
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