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Bipolar Disorder: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What's the Difference Between Bipolar I and...
In a nutshell, the difference between bipolar I and II disorders is that mania is present in bipolar I, while hypomanic episodes are present in bipolar II. This article explores the differences in more depth, using everyday language and examples to make everything clear.
What 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...
Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Children
The symptoms of bipolar disorder in children are not the same as adult symptoms. Here is a list of common bipolar symptoms in children.
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.
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.
How To Recognize a Manic or Hypomanic Episode
Manic and hypomanic episodes are a part of bipolar disorder. Do you know how to recognize such an episode in yourself, a friend or loved one? Here are descriptions and examples of symptoms that indicate someone is manic or hypomanic, or going into mania or hypomania.
Everything You Need to Know About Lithium...
When someone takes too much lithium, a medication most often used as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, lithium toxicity can be the result. The result can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the amount ingested, how long ago, and whether the patient was already taking lithium regularly. The three types of lithium toxicity are acute, chronic, and acute on chronic. This article describes each type, the possible symptoms, and the various treatments.
How Do Doctors Define and Diagnose Hypomania?
Hypomania in bipolar disorder is characterized by mood and behavior where a person may have excessive energy, little need for sleep, unusual exhilaration, irritability, excitement or aggression, and a variety of other symptoms. This article details the symptoms required for diagnosis and gives examples of how the symptoms may express themselves in daily life during a hypomanic episode.
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.
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.
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.
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. Other symptoms of bipolar mania and hypomania include pressured speech, reckless spending and racing thoughts. This article lists bipolar hypomanic and manic symptoms.
10 Things You Need to Know About Zoloft...
Ten important things about the antidepressant sertraline - brand name Zoloft - including information on side effects, withdrawal problems, overdose symptoms, drug interactions and more.
Can You Get a Rash from Lamictal?
Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - a drug which is prescribed to treat epilepsy and as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder - can cause serious, even life-threatening rashes. The black box warning sent to doctors is written in complex medical language. Here is the plain English version of the Lamictal rash warning.
What Are the Types of Depression Medications?
Depression medication types are mostly named for the way they work, with a couple of exceptions. There are also some drugs not classed as antidepressants that still help to alleviate depression, but they aren't widely used to treat pure depression. Many of those drugs are used in treating bipolar depression. This article lists the various types of depression medications and the drugs that are included in each type.
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.
Here's What You Need to Know About Bipolar...
What you need to know about bipolar disorder starts here: just what is it? Why do you get bipolar disorder? What are bipolar I and bipolar II, and what are mania, hypomania and bipolar depression? Answers to all these questions and others can be found here.
What Does "Flight of Ideas" Mean?
: Flight of ideas is one of the symptoms of bipolar mania as well as schizophrenia and ADHD. Some web
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.
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.
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 Potential Side Effects of Risperdal?
Risperdal - generic name risperidone - is an atypical antipsychotic drug often prescribed for treatment of schizophrenia and the psychotic features of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Patients taking Risperdal or risperidone should be aware of the potential side effects.
Vivien Leigh and Manic Depression
Famed actress Vivien Leigh had manic depression which was one of the reasons her marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier failed.
What Happens When You Are Bipolar and...
Hypersexuality is often a symptom of the manic phase of bipolar disorder. But if this escalates into an obsession, the person may have developed a sexual addiction.
7 Ways Your Bipolar Disorder Could Be Making...
There are many possible symptoms of bipolar depression. This article examines depression symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia or sleeping too much, feeling lethargic, and decreased personal and social activities.
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 Are the Symptoms of Lamictal Withdrawal?
While there is little research published regarding the effects of Lamictal withdrawal, there are a number of complaints by patients with bipolar disorder regarding the withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing Lamictal.
Everything You Need to Know About Topamax/Topir...
Topamax - generic topiramate - is an anticonvulsant approved for use in treating epilepsy and migraine headaches. It is also frequently prescribed off-label for bipolar disorder. Information on uses, major warnings, and the effectiveness of Topamax for weight loss.
What Are the Hallmark Symptoms of Bipolar Mania?
Mania in bipolar disorder is a state of mind and mood characterized by excessive energy along with other significant symptoms that may include rapid speech, extravagant behavior, extreme irritability or hallucinations, for example.
Everything You Need to Know About Depakote
Facts about Depakote - generic divalproex sodium or sodium valproate - which is a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder (also for epilepsy and migraine).
What Is Pressured Speech?
Pressured speech is one of the symptoms of bipolar mania or hypomania. More...
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.
What Are the Possible Causes of Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder - also known as manic depression or manic-depressive illness - is a serious illness that can be devastating if not controlled. This article presents what researchers now consider to be the most likely causes of bipolar disorder.
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.
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?
Can Your Bipolar Medication Cause Hair Loss?
Several medications frequently prescribed for bipolar disorder can cause hair loss or thinning hair. This article lists several drugs that may cause hair loss or thinning hair, tells what happens to the hair, and discusses what can be done about hair loss (alopecia) or thinning hair due to side effects of medications.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Cyclothymia
Cyclothymia is a form of bipolar disorder that many people haven't heard of. Here is a brief but comprehensive definition of cyclothymic disorder, also known (incorrectly) as cyclothymia disorder and bipolar cyclothymia.
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.
What's the Manufacturer's Recommended Dosage...
Learn about the available strengths and manufacturer's recommended dosages for Lamictal, which is used as a mood stabilizer in patients with bipolar disorder.
What Is Grandiosity?
Grandiosity is a symptom of bipolar disorder. Here is a concise definition of grandiosity.
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 about their experiences with ECT.
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.
Everything 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. Be on the lookout for a possible serious problem with rashes if you are taking Lamictal.
Does Lamictal Cause Weight Gain?
A look at the effect of Lamictal (lamotrigine) on weight. Answers the question of whether Lamictal causes weight gain.
When You Shouldn’t Drink Grapefruit Juice...
Drinking grapefruit juice can cause serious problems with your medications. Here's why, and a partial list of drugs that can be affected.
How Much Social Security Disability Will You...
Part 9 of Understanding Disability Benefits. In considering disability, an important question that always arises is the value of the disability benefits that will be provided if your application is successful. Given the cost in time and frustration, is the return worth the investment? The answer to these questions will greatly depend on your specific circumstances.
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. The process of applying for and being awarded benefits takes so long that it is generally wise to apply as soon as it appears that your medical problems are going to keep you from working for at least a year.
5 Requirements to Qualify for Disability
The Social Security Administration has a formula for determining if an individual is considered disabled. There are five basic steps that must be met in order to qualify for disability. Here is an outline of these steps.
What Are the Potential Side Effects of...
The side effects of Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - are important for patients and their caregivers to know. While Lamictal is generally a safe and well-tolerated medication, some side effects are serious or even life threatening.
SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome
Have you and your doctor discussed your stopping taking 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.
Everything You Need to Know About Trileptal
Trileptal (oxcarbazepine), is an anticonvulsant medication approved in the United States for treatment of epilepsy. Trileptal is also being prescribed off-label for bipolar disorder as a mood stabilizer.
What Is the Half-Life of Your Medication?
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 ...
I Can’t Hold a Job! What Do I Do?
For many people with bipolar disorder, the ability to work is seriously compromised. Debilitating depressions, manic-based bad decisions, struggles with medications and side effects as well as psychotic features, panic attacks and other extreme symptoms of this illness make it difficult for some to obtain or hold a job for very long. A possible solution may be disability -- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
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.
Should You Take Celexa for Depression?
Celexa - generic citalopram - is a medication used to treat depression. Celexa is a member of the SSRI drug family. These drugs work by making more serotonin available between nerve cells, which has been shown to ease depression. Article covers the benefits of Celexa, precautions and warnings, and information regarding pregnancy and Celexa.
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.
Neurontin Side Effects
List of Neurontin side effects. Neurontin - generic gabapentin - is an anticonvulsant medication which may also be prescribed as a mood stabilizer in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Patients taking Neurontin should be aware of the potential side effects.
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.
Expansive
One of the criteria for diagnosing a manic or hypomanic episode of bipolar disorder is an expansive mood. More ...
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 than this.
Euthymia
Euthymia has several similar definitions. The shades of meaning, while similar, don't always make sense in the context of mood disorders. More...
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?
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.
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.
Service Dogs for Bipolar Disorder
Can those with psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder or depression benefit from interaction with animals? The answer is a resounding, “YES!” 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 to employ the assistance of a service dog.
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. Here are some practical tips for tapering off antidepressants that cannot safely be stopped all at once.
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. Although serotonin syndrome is treatable, it can be fatal, so symptoms need to be recognized right away.
Religious Factors in Bipolar Disorder
One of the symptoms of bipolar mania and hypomania is an increase in religious activities. At the same time, a significant portion of those with psychotic disorders experience religious delusions. One of the challenges in treatment is determining where the line is between supportive spirituality and harmful delusions.
What Are the Potential Side Effects of Lithium?
Lithium - sold under various brand names including lithobid and eskalith - is a naturally occurring element prescribed as a mood stabilizer in treating bipolar disorder. Patients taking Lithium should be aware of the potential side effects of this drug.
What Are Clang Associations?
Clang associations are psychic associations resulting from sounds, often observed in the manic phase of manic-depressive psychosis. More...
What Are Delusions?
Delusions are false beliefs firmly held. Delusions are one aspect or symptom of the psychotic features of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder.
Diagnostic Differences Between Bipolar Disorder...
Though there are some similarities between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the symptoms doctors look at when diagnosing one or the other of these illnesses are quite a bit different, either in content or in importance. This article lists and compares the diagnostic criteria.
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.
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 ...
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.
What is Schizoaffective Disorder?
Difficult to define and difficult to diagnose, schizoaffective disorder combines elements of a mood disorder with those of schizophrenia. What distinguishes schizoaffective disorder from other similar conditions is the way in which the psychotic features and mood episodes present themselves.
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.
25 Celebrities With Bipolar Disorder
A list of famous people with bipolar disorder, past and present. Some celebrities are confirmed bipolars, some are now judged historically to have been manic depressive.
What Is a Major Depressive Episode?
Major depressive episodes must be present to make a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, along with either manic or a hypomanic episodes. A group of symptoms such as low mood, sadness, fatigue, insomnia and indecision must be present to confirm the diagnosis.
What Are the Potential Side Effects of Trazodone?
Trazodone is an antidepressant most commonly used to treat insomnia, sometimes prescribed to help treat bipolar disorder. Trazodone's most common side effects include headache, mild dry mouth, nausea, dizziness or lightheadedness, unpleasant taste, and drowsiness. This list of the side effects of trazodone is organized from most common to rare.
Are There Potential Side Effects of Prozac/Fluo...
Prozac - generic fluoxetine - is an SSRI antidepressant medication used in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Prozac side effects are wide-ranging from minor to serious. Patients taking Prozac should be aware of the potential side effects.
How Do I Start My Disability Application?
Beginning your application for disability is easy and, as previously noted, you should begin this process as soon as possible due to the lengthy processing time and waiting periods for court dates. You have three options for initiating your request.
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.
What Are the Potential Issues With Self-Medicat...
The tendency for those with bipolar disorder to use street drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication is a very real issue.
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.
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.
What Is Psychosis?
Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, typically including delusions. Learn the full definition of psychosis, including how one may experience it, here.
Atypical Antipsychotics
Atypical antipsychotics are, quite simply, the newer class of medications designed to control psychotic symptoms of disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar such as hallucinations and delusions. More...
Difficult Moods in Bipolar Depression
Bipolar depression is more complicated than people might realize. In part 4 of a 6-part series, we look at a group of moods that includes indifference, irritability, pessimism, anger and others. These difficult moods are just one group of possible symptoms that can be present during a depressive episode.
Psychomotor Retardation
read the psychomotor retardation definition here.
4 Changes in Cognitive Skills in Bipolar...
Depression can have a profound effect on cognitive skills like concentration, memory, organization and decision-making, and these, in turn, may seriously impair behavior. This article looks at ways bipolar depression can cause problems in thinking.
What is the DSM-5?
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, defines mental illnesses giving codes that are used for diagnosis and insurance purposes. Here is a look at the new edition (2013) of this manual, called the DSM-5, including some of the controversies surrounding it.
Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder. Patients typically experience hallucinations and delusions and are often physically agitated and incoherent. More ...
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Symptoms
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome symptoms indicate a very serious illness that needs immediate treatment. Stevens-Johnson syndrome may be caused by the drug Lamictal (lamotrigine), which is used to treat seizure disorders like epilepsy and as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder.
Extrapyramidal Side Effects
Extrapyramidal side effects are a group of symptoms that can occur in persons taking antipsychotic medications. More ...
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.
Psychomotor Agitation
Psychomotor agitation is a restlessness brought on by mental tension. Learn more about psychomotor agitation.
What Are Benzodiazepine Medications Used to...
Information about the benzodiazepine family of medications, generally used to treat anxiety and related conditions, including Valium, Librium, Xanax and several others.
Ideas of Reference
Ideas of reference involve believing that casual events, remarks, etc., refer to oneself. More ...
Real Stories: What People With Bipolar Hate...
There are things you can do without any problem when you are in a normal or good mood that become weights around your neck when you're depressed. If you suffer from bipolar depression, you'll probably see yourself in this list of things you have trouble doing - things like getting dressed or taking a shower.
Lithium Drug Profile
Lithium is used as a mood stabilizer in treating bipolar disorder. This drug profile outlines what you need to know when taking Lithium, including the most common possible Lithium side effects, necessary tests, precautions and warnings, and use during pregnancy and nursing.
Should You Take Geodon for Your Bipolar Disorder?
A concise profile of the medication Geodon (generic ziprasidone), an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychotic disorders.
What Is Norepinephrine?
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.
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.
Are Brain Chemistry Oddities a Sign of Bipolar...
Press Release: University of Michigan researchers finds evidence of brain chemistry abnormalities in bipolar disorder. 30% higher concentration of certain signaling cells may help explain, treat manic depression.
4 Physical Symptoms of Bipolar Depression
Depression doesn't just affect mind and mood - there are also physical symptoms. In this article we discuss unexplained aches and pains, weight gain or loss, decreased and increased appetite, and psychomotor agitation and retardation.
Sleep and Bipolar Episodes - A Vicious Cycle
How you sleep has a great deal to do with depression and mania. Do you have a sleep disorder with your mood disorder?
Seroquel Drug Profile (Quetiapine Fumarate)
Seroquel drug information: Seroquel - generic quetiapine - is classed as an atypical antipsychotic medication. Seroquel is used to treat psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, as well as acute manic episodes of bipolar disorder with or without psychotic features, and has some antidepressant effects.
Real Stories: Can You Find Love With Bipolar...
“I am currently dating someone who has bipolar disorder. He's been honest since the beginning about everything. Something, that to me, means a lot. I was just wondering, though, how do I show him I accept him and his disease, that I support him and care about him? Does anyone have any tips?” In response, members of the About Bipolar Disorder community, offer insights and tips from their personal experiences.
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.
Medication Side Effects Index - drugs...
Index to individual pages listing the side effects for medications which may be prescribed for bipolar disorder (manic depression).
My Father Has Bipolar Disorder - And It's Rough...
A young teenager gives her perspective on her father's bipolar disorder, from the ways he has helped her understand the highs and lows to how she feels about his suicide attempts.
What Is a Mirtazapine Antidepressant?
Mirtazapine is an antidepressant that is chemically unrelated to other antidepressants. Also sold under the brand name Remeron, the antidepressant mirtazapine operates by stimulating production of serotonin and norepinephrine. Since mirtazapine is different from other antidepressants, it has some different uses and warnings.
5 Bad Reasons Not to Take Medications
There are more than five bad reasons not to take medications, but in this article we look at some of the most common reasons people either refuse to start or stop taking meds. The common thread in these bad reasons is that they can all lead to serious, even life-threatening problems. Part 1 covers two reasons people don't want to take medications at all.
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.
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.
Should You Take Cogentin for Bipolar Disorder?
Catalogue of side effects for the medication Benztropine - brand name Cogentin - which is used to treat some of the side effects of certain antipsychotic medications. It is classed as an antiparkinsonian drug.
Is Postpartum Psychosis Linked to Bipolar...
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.
Personal Experiences With ECT - Electroconvulsi...
Has your doctor prescribed treatment with ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) for manic depression? Are you considering it? Read what others have to say about their experiences with ECT. Page 2
What Is a Mixed Episode in Bipolar Disorder?
Using the strict definition, a mixed episode can only be experienced by someone with Bipolar I disorder. However, many researchers - and many patients - agree that there are several types of mixed episodes that can be experienced by just about anyone with manic depression.
Charley Pride - Country Singer Has Bipolar...
Charley Pride was one of the first black country-western singers to overcome racial bias and bipolar disorder and have a highly successful career.
Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise...
There are no specific criteria for a doctor to use when diagnosing bipolar disorder not otherwise specified (NOS). Bipolar disorder NOS is more of a catch-all category then an actual type of this disorder. Your doctor will use this diagnosis to document that you have symptoms of bipolar disorder, but your symptoms do not meet the requirements for a diagnosis of bipolar 1 disorder, bipolar 2 disorder or cyclothymic disorder. The DSM gives a few examples for when this diagnosis may be given.
Typical Antipsychotics
Typical antipsychotics were not called that until a new generation, name atypical antipsychotics, came out. They now have different uses for typical ones.
Delusion of Reference
Delusions of reference refers to the strongly held belief that outside events, objects, behaviors of others, etc. have a particular significance to oneself. More ...
Klonopin (Clonazepam) Medication Profile
Klonopin - generic clonazepam, sold outside the United States as Rivotril - is a medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorder as well as certain seizure disorders. It is a benzodiazepine medication. This article covers precautions and warnings, recommended dosage, and common side effects.
What Are the Potential Side Effects of Haldol?
A listing of Haldol side effects. Haldol - generic haloperidol - is an antipsychotic drug which helps to control mania, agitation and hyperactivity in bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.
Somnolence
Somnolence is a state of sleepiness.
Did You Know Lithium Was the First Mood...
The discovery that Lithium was a mood stabilizer for manic depression came 50 years before scientists unlocked the secret to how it works. For the last several decades, Lithium has been one of the most common medications prescribed for bipolar disorder.
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.
Taming the Fight or Flight Response
This article explains the fight or flight reaction and discusses why some people experience it too easily. It includes a three-part breathing exercise that can help ease the tension.
Marriage & Manic Depression
About Bipolar Disorder forum member Hope tells the story of her marriage to a husband with bipolar disorder. The struggles she fought and the decisions she made illustrate the difficulties such a marriage can hold.
Are There Potential Side Effects of Seroquel?
Catalogue of Seroquel side effects. Seroquel - generic quetiapine is an antipsychotic drug used in the treatment of schizophrenia and the the psychotic features of other mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder. People taking this medication need to know the potential side effects of Seroquel.
Social Security Disability and Bipolar Disorder
From the About Bipolar Disorder Speaking from Experience series, answers to the question - Can I get Social Security Disability for my Bipolar Disorder?
Symptoms of Bipolar Depression
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. While these may sound like different terms for the same thing, they actually are distinct forms of preoccupation with death.
What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?
Schizoaffective disorder is a complex mental illness where a patient experiences symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia separately. More...
13 Ways to Explain Bipolar Disorder to Others
The popular impression of manic depression is quite different from the reality. If you need to tell someone what bipolar disorder is, here are some helpful hints to assist you.
Mania and Hypomania: The "Up" Moods of Bipolar
In Lesson 3 of Bipolar for Beginners, you'll learn about mania and hypomania, the two mood states that are critical to the diagnosis of all the bipolar disorders. This information is presented in easy to understand language and will help you increase your knowledge of bipolar disorder.
The History Behind Ben Stiller’s Bipolar...
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.
Lithium: The First Mood Stabilizer
Tests on thyroid and kidneys need to be run before a person starts taking lithium, and serum levels need to be monitored, as lithium toxicity can be very dangerous.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Bipolar Disorder
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils and flaxseed oil have been recommended as supplements for people with bipolar disorder. Here are some insights and experience from members of the About Bipolar Disorder Community about their personal experiences with using Omega-3 as a treatment.
Abilify / Aripiprazole Drug Profile
Abilify - generic Aripiprazole - is approved to treat schizophrenia and the manic and mixed episodes of bipolar disorder. It is also approved for maintenance use in bipolar disorder, and as adjunctive treatment in adults (only) with major depressive disorder. Article covers major warnings and side effects, therapeutic advantages and other key information.
How To Recognize Symptoms of Depression
It is important for both a person with bipolar disorder and his or her friends and family members to know how to recognize symptoms of depression. The symptoms of depression illustrated here will help you spot a depressive episode when it happens.
What is Tardive Dyskinesia?
Tardive dyskinesia is a movement disorder caused by long-term use of certain medications called neuroleptic drugs, along with some other drugs that increase the brain's sensitivity to the neurotransmitter dopamine. It is characterized by uncontrolled facial movements such as protruding tongue, chewing or sucking motions and making faces. Tardive dyskinesia is a very serious side effect of antipsychotic medications in particular, and patients taking such drugs should know what to watch for.
The Struggle of a Significant Other
We often read of the difficulties and trials, frustrations with medications, and the sense of isolation for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In all of this, it is easy to forget that loved-ones and significant others are faced with as much emotional upheaval. This is the story of a wife as she struggles along side her husband after his initial diagnosis.
Ativan / Lorazepam Side Effects
Catalogue of side effects for the medication Ativan - generic Lorazepam - which is an antianxiety medication and also a mild tranquilizer and sedative. This prescription drug may be used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
How to Prepare for Your First Visit to a New...
Worried about your first visit to a psychiatrist or therapist? This technique will go a long way toward reducing your anxiety and will also get you and your new doctor off to a good start together, helping the doctor give you the best possible help with your mental illness.
Hallucinations - Do I Need Help?
Do you wonder if you need help because of strange visions or sounds? Three people describe their hallucinations, sometimes along with other symptoms, and ask questions about what they are experiencing, and what they should do about it. If you see yourself in any of these stories, the answers are for you, too.
Axl Rose - Singer
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.
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