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 Marcia Purse

Updated Articles and Resources

By Marcia Purse

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Pressured Speech Created: Friday, January 08, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Pressured speech consists of rapid talking, which is often loud and can be difficult to interrupt. Speech may be so fast that is difficult to understand.
    • Margot Kidder - Actress Created: Sunday, November 30, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Canadian-born actress Margot Kidder may have had bipolar disorder since her early teens. She says she now controls her illness with alternative medicine.
    • Charley Pride - Country Singer Created: Saturday, November 29, 2003 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Charley Pride was one of the first black country-western singers to overcome racial bias and bipolar disorder and have a highly successful career.
    • Does Bipolar Disorder Affect Dreams? Created: Thursday, July 29, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      People with bipolar disorder are far more likely than the average person to experience any number of sleep disorders - including unusually vivid dreams, nightmares and night terrors, which especially prey on children.
    • Abe's Rabbit - Chapter 8 Created: Saturday, November 27, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Talking to Abe, I got the feeling that he was hell-bent on suicide. The nurse on duty was no help, so I felt it was up to me to keep watch on Abe all night.
    • Bipolar I and Bipolar II - What's the Difference? Created: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      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.
    • Lithium: The First Mood Stabilizer Created: Sunday, March 19, 2006 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      In common with too many other medications prescribed for manic-depressive illness, lithium does cause weight gain. Here are some theories why.
    • What Is Hypomania? How Is It Diagnosed? Created: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      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.
    • About Bipolar Disorder - What Is It? Created: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      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.
    • Symptoms of Mania Created: Monday, June 22, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      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.
    • Toxic People Created: Thursday, March 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Do you know someone who always makes you feel tired, angry or depressed? This person may be toxic, spreading negativity like a poison. Learn about toxic people, what they can do to you, and get som...
    • Typical Antipsychotics Created: Monday, February 23, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Typical antipsychotics were not called that until a new generation, name atypical antipsychotics, came out. They now have different uses for typical ones.
    • I’m Hypomanic and I Don’t WANT to Sleep! Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      Hypomania: feeling on top of the world is often rare and prized, but when one symptom is not wanting to sleep or take night-time meds, is it a problem?
    • Symptoms and Signs of Bipolar Disorder Created: Sunday, August 01, 2004 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      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 Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Women? Created: Monday, October 15, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      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.
    • How To Recognize a Manic or Hypomanic Episode Created: Saturday, May 06, 2000 Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014
      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.
    • Older Father Increases Risk for Mental Health Disorders Created: Friday, March 21, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
      Research confirms that older men are more likely than younger men to father children with mental disorders, including bipolar, ADHD and autism.
    • What Led to Your Bipolar Diagnosis? Created: Monday, March 01, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
      About Bipolar Disorder readers share their stories about receiving a bipolar disorder diagnosis.
    • What Led to Your Bipolar Diagnosis? Created: Monday, March 01, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
      About Bipolar Disorder readers share their stories about receiving a bipolar disorder diagnosis.
    • DMX - Rapper and Actor Created: Saturday, November 29, 2003 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      DMX (Dark Man X), born Earl Simmons on December 18, 1970, is one of hip-hop's most beloved and influential heroes. DMX has admitted to having bipolar disorder, then tried to deny it, and is now speaking out about it after being released from prison.
    • Demi Lovato - Young, Troubled and Honest Created: Monday, April 25, 2011 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Teen idol Demi Lovato hid a troubled life for a long time, concealing issues with self-injury by cutting and bulimia, an eating disorder. While in treatment for those issues, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
    • Catherine Zeta-Jones Reveals Bipolar II Disorder Created: Friday, April 15, 2011 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones announced in April 2011 that she was briefly hospitalized for treatment of Bipolar II Disorder after a traumatic year that saw her husband, Michael Douglas, diagnosed with and treated for throat cancer. Zeta-Jones reportedly had hinted at having depressive periods, but this is the first time she has spoken of having bipolar disorder. This brief biography looks at her history and what is known about her manic depressive illness.
    • Hope for Weight Loss Created: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      One of the challenges faced by people with mood disorders is weight gain from their medications. I myself gained 80 pounds on psychotropic meds. In addition to being physically dangerous, weight ga...
    • I'm Depressed and Not Clean - And It's Disrupting My Life Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Do you let yourself get dirty when you're depressed? Some become aware early on and do as much as possible to counteract the loss of interest in cleanliness. Still others just don't allow themselves to fall into such a state, or find themselves soothed by bathing and showers.
    • Is Lack of Hygiene a Warning Sign or a Result of Depressive Episodes? Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Ignoring personal hygiene is all too common during the depressed phase of bipolar disorder. For most, but certainly not all, it's a symptom of their depression. Here's a discussion of the subject.
    • Weight Loss Drugs Belviq and Qsymia - Cautions in Bipolar and Depression Created: Monday, July 23, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      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.
    • What Information and Paperwork Do I Need? Created: Monday, September 10, 2007 Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014
      Paperwork -- complete and well-documented paperwork -- is the key to the success of your disability application. The Disability Report Form (SSA-3368) is the primary form you will need to complete; additional documents will also be expected. Here is a summary of the information you will need to provide.
    • Tips for Improving Your Sleep Schedule Created: Friday, August 29, 2003 Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014
      Many people with mood disorders have significant problems with sleep. Often they sleep at odd hours that cause problems with responsibilities, or have trouble getting to sleep. Here are some suggestions and tips for improving your sleep schedule, an important tool for maintaining stability for those with bipolar disorder.
    • Lexapro (Escitalopram) Created: Thursday, October 19, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
      Lexapro is an SSRI antidepressant related to Celexa (citalopram). More...
    • Bipolar Weather, Says Groundhog. Is This Picture Offensive or Funny? Created: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014
      Bipolar weather, says the groundhog. Read what people who have bipolar think about this - some think it's funny, others are deeply offended by this use of the term.
    • Mental Illness - What Does Mental Illness Mean to You Created: Sunday, January 31, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
      A person's view of mental illness can be affected by many things - experience with a mental illness and/or with treatment, encounters with stigma or intolerance, religious beliefs, etc. What does t...
    • 10 Infuriating Things NOT to Say to Someone Who Has Bipolar Disorder Created: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014
      People say the most infuriating things to those who have bipolar. Have you heard these? Or have you said them? These sayings are never helpful and are almost guaranteed to annoy. Take a look."

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