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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...
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Hypomania? How Is It Diagnosed?
Hypomania in bipolar disorder: excessive energy, little need for sleep, exhilaration, irritability, excitement or aggression, and other symptoms.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Pressured Speech?
Pressured speech is one of the symptoms of bipolar mania or hypomania. More...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Story Behind Rapper DMX and Bipolar Disorder
DMX, born Earl Simmons, one of hip-hop's most beloved and influential heroes, admitted to having bipolar disorder, then denied it, then confirmed it.
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 Cyclothymia
Cyclothymia also known (incorrectly) as cyclothymia disorder and bipolar cyclothymia is a form of bipolar disorder that many people haven't heard of.
Ideas of Reference
Ideas of reference involve believing that casual events, remarks, and occurrences which happen in every day life illogically refer to oneself.
Singer Rosemary Clooney's Struggle With Bipolar...
Singer Rosemary Clooney was profoundly affected by the bipolar disorder that interrupted her career in the late 1960s.
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.
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 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 Are Clang Associations?
Clang associations are psychic associations resulting from sounds, often observed in the manic phase of manic-depressive psychosis.
What Is Grandiosity?
Grandiosity is a symptom of bipolar disorder. Here is a concise definition of grandiosity.
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 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.
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.
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.
Delusions of Paranoia and Persecution
Delusions of paranoia and persecution can occur during bipolar mania and depression. Here, four people tell their own experiences with such delusions.
Euthymia
Euthymia has several similar definitions. The shades of meaning, while similar, don't always make sense in the context of mood disorders. More...
Methods For Treating Bipolar Disorder
A treatment plan for bipolar disorder primarily consists of pharmacological intervention (medications) with therapy as a possible intervention.
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.
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.
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
Does Lamictal Cause Weight Gain?
A look at the effect of Lamictal (lamotrigine) on weight. Answers the question of whether Lamictal causes weight gain.
Vincent van Gogh - Brilliance and Bipolar...
Vincent van Gogh was a brilliant and prolific artist who lived in the late 1800s, with as many as 873 paintings and 1,049 drawings credited to his brief career. He is celebrated for his unique content and use of color. Psychosis and difficult moods plagued him, and he spent time in a mental institution. Bipolar disorder is considered the most likely explanation for the problems he had, including delusions and violent behavior.
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.
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.
Placebos Can Work - Even When Patients Know...
Astonishing results from a Harvard study showed that placebos worked even when patients knew what they were taking.
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.
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.
What is Schizoaffective Disorder?
Difficult to define and difficult to diagnose, schizoaffective disorder combines elements of a mood disorder with those of schizophrenia.
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.
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 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.
What are delusions of reference?
Delusions of reference are strongly held belief that outside events, objects, etc., have a particular significance to oneself. More ...
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.
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).
Definition of Somnolence
Somnolence is a state of sleepiness that can be caused by a variety of psychiatric medication treatments.
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.
Psychomotor Retardation
A definition of psychomotor retardation and its relation to lethargy in bipolar disorder.
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.
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?
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.
Do Nightmares and Night Terrors Occur in...
People with bipolar disorder are far more likely than the average person to experience any number of sleep disorders - including unusually vivid dreams.
Religious Factors in Bipolar Disorder
One of the challenges in treatment is determining where the line is between supportive spirituality and harmful delusions.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Diagnosing a Child with Bipolar Disorder -...
One approach doctors use for diagnosing your child with bipolar disorder by emphasizing irritability - persistent and severe irritability.
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.
Should You Take Zoloft for Bipolar Disorder?
Some of the most common Zoloft side effects are sweating, stomach problems and headache. Blurred vision and others are among the less common, some of which can be serious. If you are taking Zoloft for bipolar disorder, depression or any other condition, knowing all the potential side effects is important.
Why Are There So Many Classifications of...
A brief look at the various subsets, descriptions and classifications for bipolar disorder and mood disorders - as defined in the United States and internationally.
Real Stories: Can You Find Love With Bipolar...
What is the experience of trying to find love with bipolar disorder? What are some of the challenges? Are there any ways to make the process easier?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Psychomotor Agitation
Psychomotor agitation is a restlessness brought on by mental tension. Learn more about psychomotor agitation.
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.
What Is a Sociopath? 3 Frightening Examples
Ted Bundy, Josef Mengele and Diazien Hossencofft are all sociopaths who became infamous because of their crimes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder. Patients typically experience hallucinations and delusions and are often physically agitated and incoherent.
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.
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...
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 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.
Bipolar Teen - Insights on Doctors, Meds and...
Interview with a 14-year-old boy who has bipolar disorder. Zach discussed seeing a psychiatrist, how he feels about taking meds, and what makes him angry.
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 ...
What Is Schizoaffective Disorder?
Schizoaffective disorder is a complex mental illness where a patient experiences symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia separately. 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.
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.
Complex Features of Manic Depression
Manic depression - today more commonly known as bipolar disorder - is more than just mood swings. Manic depression can also feature mixed episodes, rapid cycling, psychotic features and other complications.
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.
Medication Side Effects Index - drugs...
Index to individual pages listing the side effects for medications which may be prescribed for bipolar disorder (manic depression).
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.
Introducing Bipolar Disorder
Are you newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Did you find out someone you care about has bipolar? Do you want to understand more about manic depression? Start here to find the accurate and honest answers you want and need.
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.
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 ...
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.
Anxiety Medications
Anxiety medications, also called anti-anxiety medications or anxiolytics, are prescribed for anxiety disorders as well as for people who have anxiety along with bipolar disorder or major depression. Anxiety medications help to make people less anxious and also help to ease restlessness and worrying. There are also some medications used to treat anxiety that are primarily used for other symptoms.
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?
Dystonia - Possible Side Effect of Antipsychoti...
Dystonia - a movement disorder that causes abnormal movements or postures - can be a side effect of certain psychiatric medications. More...
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.
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.
Extrapyramidal Side Effects
Extrapyramidal side effects are a group of symptoms that can occur in persons taking antipsychotic medications. More ...
Parkinsonian Symptoms, Parkinsonism
Parkinsonian symptoms can sometimes occur as side effects of certain medications that may be prescribed for bipolar disorder. More ...
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.
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.
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.
What is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual...
If you've heard of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM-IV) mentioned and wondered what it is, wonder no more. Here is a brief but clear description of the DSM-IV that carries so much weight in the lives of Americans with mental illnesses.
The Bipolar Disorders - Forms and Moods
Within the spectrum of bipolar disorders, there are three main forms: bipolar 1, bipolar 2 and cyclothymia, which are characterized by either mania or hypomania and depression. This is a far cry from the days when manic depression was the term that covered all types.
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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.
What Is Hyponatremia?
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...
Psychomotor
The term psychomotor is defined as physical behavior that is the result of mental processes. More...
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.
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.
Essential Information About Seroquel (Quetiapine)
Essential information about Seroquel (quetiapine), an antipsychotic medication used to treat psychotic symptoms and bipolar depression.
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.
All About Klonopin (Rivotril, Clonazepam)
Klonopin - generic clonazepam, sold outside the US as Rivotril - is used to treat anxiety and panic disorder as well as certain seizure disorders.
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.
Sinéad O’Connor does NOT have...
After spending eight years taking medications for bipolar disorder, Irish singer and songwriter Sinéad O'Connor discovered she actually had a different mental illness.
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.
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.
Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder: Ruling Out Other...
Bipolar Disorder is a difficult condition to diagnose. There are a number of physical conditions that can mimic the presentation of or have similar symptoms to bipolar disorder. This is further complicated by the fact that there is no definitive medical test such as blood work or an x-ray to diagnose bipolar disorder. Therefore other medical conditions must first be ruled out for an accurate diagnosis. This article outlines these illnesses.
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.
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.
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.
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