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 Marcia Purse

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By Marcia Purse

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Speaking from Experience: Trileptal Created: Thursday, January 01, 2004 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Shared experiences with mood stabilizer Trileptal (generic oxcarbazepine) when it was quite new.
    • What Is Depression? Created: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Is depression feeling sad, wanting to cry, just being unhappy about something? True depression, though, is a medical condition with specific symptoms.
    • What Is Paranoia? Created: Sunday, November 16, 2003 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      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.
    • 10 Infuriating Things NOT to Say to Someone Who Has Bipolar Disorder Created: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      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.
    • How Sleep and Bipolar Disorder Interact Created: Sunday, December 07, 2003 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      How you sleep has a great deal to do with depression and mania. Do you have a sleep disorder with your mood disorder?
    • Pdoc Created: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Pdoc is a term derived from the compression of two words. More ...
    • True Stories of Delusions Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Delusions of grandeur, persecutory delusions, and other types are common in psychotic disorders. Here are examples from people with bipolar who suffer from delusions.
    • Bipolar and Difficult Work History Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Holding down a job when you have bipolar disorder can be terribly difficult, as these stories prove.
    • Insomnia Created: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Insomnia is common in mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and major depression.
    • Anxiety Attacks and Anxiety Disorders Created: Friday, August 21, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Anxiety attacks or panic attacks are common in people who have bipolar disorder. Many with bipolar disorder also suffer from one or more anxiety or panic disorders. Here is an overview of the various types of anxiety attacks and panic disorders that may affect those who have bipolar disorder.
    • Does Bipolar Disorder Affect Dreams? Created: Thursday, July 29, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 30, 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.
    • Bipolar Puzzle Solution Created: Thursday, August 26, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      This is a book review written by a person who has bipolar disorder (manic depression). The reviewer tells why he feels this book is a must-read, especially for the newly diagnosed or for anyone who has questions about bipolar disorder.
    • Social Security Disability and Bipolar Disorder Created: Sunday, December 07, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      From the About Bipolar Disorder Speaking from Experience series, success stories and other encouragement from people who have obtained disability benefits because of bipolar disorder."
    • What Is Wrong with Me? Created: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      I am happy, yet, I feel miserable... I am quite healthy, but I always feel sick... I sleep enough why am I always tired? I know I am loved, so why do I feel
    • Anatomy of a Meltdown Created: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      How a single thought can precipitate an emotional crisis when a person suffering from bipolar depression is under stress for too long - and the most important thing to do when that crisis occurs.
    • Love, Roses & Real Support Created: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      “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...
    • Sinéad O’Connor – Misdiagnosed With Bipolar Created: Saturday, May 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      After spending eight years taking medications for bipolar disorder, Irish singer and songwriter Sinéad O'Connor discovered she actually had a different mental illness.
    • Street Drugs and Bipolar Disorder: Ecstasy Created: Thursday, January 01, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Facts about the drug Ecstasy and some things to consider if you have an affective disorder including bipolar disorder or major depression." itemprop="description" Wednesday, August 23, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Defining the term excipients, which are inactive drug additives.
    • Speaking from Experience: Lithium Created: Sunday, December 07, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Members of the About Bipolar Disorder Forum Community share their experiences with weight gain while taking the medication Lithium, which is used as a mood stabilizer in treating manic-depressive i...
    • Things You HATE to Do During Depression Created: Monday, December 17, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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 proba...
    • A Personal Story of Bipolar Management ... And Success Created: Thursday, February 17, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      At 75, Steve Katz tells what he's learned to help him manage his bipolar disorder in the 25 years since he was diagnosed, and how his strategies have succeeded for him." it-#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -->...
    • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Created: Monday, October 23, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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 ...
    • Is It Funny to Say the Weather Has Bipolar Disorder? Or Offensive? Created: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Characterizing something as bipolar because it is changeable is common these days. This humorous (or not!) picture angers some people with bipolar disorder and not others. Here are some of their co...
    • Blogger Natasha Tracy, Interviewed by Andy Behrman Created: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Talking about her bipolar disorder, popular blogger Natasha Tracy says she tends to hide the symptoms when she has them. In this second part of Natasha's interview with Andy Behrman, she speaks abo...
    • Depression, Bipolar - Or PBA? Created: Thursday, February 07, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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 wit...
    • Seroquel Side Effects (Generic: Quetiapine) Created: Saturday, November 29, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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...
    • Medication Half-Life Created: Saturday, September 02, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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's Wrong With Me? Do I Have Bipolar Disorder? Created: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
    • Manufacturer's Recommended Lamictal Dosages Created: Monday, January 10, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Learn about the available strengths and manufacturer's recommended dosages for Lamictal, which is used as a mood stabilizer in patients with bipolar disorder." itemprop="de"$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop=...
    • What is Cyclothymia? Created: Sunday, November 30, 2003 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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 a...
    • How To Recognize a Manic or Hypomanic Episode Created: Saturday, May 06, 2000 Updated: Monday, June 30, 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.

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