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Identifying Your Bipolar Stressors and Triggers
Bipolar Disorder

Identifying Your Bipolar Stressors and Triggers

By knowing what tends to stress you and trigger shifts in mood, you can often become more proactive in mood management and more sensitive to potential early warning signs. Situations that trigger mood episodes and a person’s stress threshold vary from person to person and family to family. In addition, as the illness progresses over the years, cycles seem to come more of their own free will, sometimes without the impetus of a stressor or trigger. […]

Real Men Don’t Get Help
Mental Illness

Real Men Don’t Get Help

The stigma still exists: “Real men” don’t whine about their physical, mental or emotional problems. They work it out, suck …Read the Rest

Differences between a Delusion and a Hallucination
Bipolar Disorder

Differences between a Delusion and a Hallucination

Delusions are typical symptom of various mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophreniform disorder. …Read the Rest

Trust and Disappointment in Psychotherapy
Therapy

Trust and Disappointment in Psychotherapy

It is not easy to trust one’s therapist at the onset. You are both strangers to one another, thrown together …Read the Rest

Do You Need Therapy?
Therapy

Do You Need Therapy?

People with a range of problems – from depression to marital strife to simple phobias like the fear of flying …Read the Rest

How to Help Your Bipolar Spouse
Bipolar Disorder

How to Help Your Bipolar Spouse

Bipolar disorder is one of the most difficult disorders to contend with. This disorder can turn your spouse into someone …Read the Rest

How to Identify Domestic Abuse
Abuse

How to Identify Domestic Abuse

Whether domestic abuse is overt or covert, it is about control. Aggression is primitive and immature reactions to a sense …Read the Rest

How to Recognize a Depressive Episode
Bipolar Disorder

How to Recognize a Depressive Episode

Depression can creep up slowly or descend quickly. If slowly, it can be harder to notice, especially in yourself. Get …Read the Rest

Types of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Depression

Types of Bipolar Disorder

The bipolar classifications in this post are loosely paraphrased from the DSM-IV-Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition …Read the Rest

Spotting the Early Warning Signs of a Bipolar Episode
Self-Management

Spotting the Early Warning Signs of a Bipolar Episode

You may be able to short-circuit a developing mood episode through early intervention, but to do so, you must first be able to identify the early warning signs. In this post, I point out some common early warning signs of an oncoming bipolar mood episode (depression, mania, or mixed) and ask you to share your early warning signs.

One of the most challenging aspects of bipolar disorder is that those who have it often lack insight, meaning that in the midst of a major mood episode, their mood radar stops working. Consider teaming up with a loved one you trust to provide the objective insight you need. Remember: The earlier you intervene, the better chance you have of keeping a full-blown mood episode at bay.

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