Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can also be known as manic-depressive disorder or related forms of mania or cyclothymia. This type of disorder is characterized by days, weeks or months of elevated mood and mania followed by severe depression. Cycles of mania and depression can be spread over months or be as short as a day. Bipolar disorder can affect men and women of all ages. Learn more about the symptoms of bipolar disorder as well as causes, treatment methods and related conditions.

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  • The Benefits of Bipolar Support Groups
    A bipolar support group is a network of people going through similar experiences who help patients and care-givers manage the illness by coming up with ideas to foster strength, share wellbeing strategies and help them deal with manic depressive phases.
  • Treating Bipolar II Effectively
    Effective treatments for Bipolar II disorder include medication, psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, and in rare cases, hospitalization. Although Bipolar II is a milder former of Bipolar I disorder, many of the treatments are similar.
  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Mitochondrial Disease
    It is important to consider the relationship between bipolar disorder and mitochondrial disease when studying bipolar disorder as a form of depression. It is also important to understand the signs and symptoms for effective treatment of this serious condition.
  • Don't Let Bipolar Disorder Limit You
    There is a popular misconception out there that having bipolar disorder means that there are necessarily limitations placed on the individual who has that. First, we will endeavor to shatter that notion and then move on to successful coping strategies in the second article of this series.
  • Strategies and Advice on How to Cope With Bipolar Disorder
    After having shattered the myth that bipolar disorder will severely limit a person’s ability to fully function in all facets of their life in the first article of this series, we’ll now present some coping strategies and advice on how to overcome the challenges and perceived pitfalls of it.
  • Understanding Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder
    Rapid cycling bipolar disorder is diagnosed when an individual with bipolar disorder experiences a minimum of four episodes of mania, depression, hypomania or a combination within a period of one year.
  • Managing Pregnancy for Women with Bipolar Disorder
    Women who are pregnant and diagnosed with bipolar disorder are at a dramatically higher risk for relapse, however, when the treatment plan includes specific medications and careful monitoring by a health professional, the risk of harm to the fetus is reduced.
  • Spotlight on the Range of Behaviors In Bipolar Disorder
    Behaviors often exhibited by bipolar individuals can be drastically different due to the fact that this mental disorder causes uncontrollable mood swings that place the person at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum from severe depression to extreme mania, and everywhere in between.
  • Bipolar Disorder and Unleashing the Creativity Within
    Finding a link between bipolar disorder and creativity may help identify individuals with mental illness. Creative expression may also lead to more non-medication treatment options.
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