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Dealing with the Weight Gain Provoked by Psych Meds
Treatment

Dealing with the Weight Gain Provoked by Psych Meds

Many people who carry the bipolar diagnosis also carry something else – extra pounds – primarily due to the medications …Read the Rest

How to Manage Your Medications
Medications

How to Manage Your Medications

People who have bipolar disorder usually take many pills every day. Here are ways to make sure you take the …Read the Rest

How to Know when to Call Your Psychiatrist
Mental Illness

How to Know when to Call Your Psychiatrist

As you continue toward stability, there may be times when you need to call your psychiatrist to set up an …Read the Rest

Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features
Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features

Psychosis, aka Psychotic Features, is associated with the manic phase of bipolar I disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Other conditions where psychosis may be present include postpartum psychosis, dementia, depressive episodes, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The use of certain illegal drugs, including methamphetamine, can bring on psychotic episodes.

Treatment and Physical Tracking – Weekly Chart
Bipolar Disorder

Treatment and Physical Tracking – Weekly Chart

Keeping track of your moods is an important part of recovery and managing bipolar disorder. The following is a useful …Read the Rest

10 Common Mistakes Bipolars Make
Bipolar Disorder

10 Common Mistakes Bipolars Make

  1. We are ashamed and  blame ourselves for being Bipolar. We are not at fault for having Bipolar Disorder, …Read the Rest

Managing the Balancing Act with Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder

Managing the Balancing Act with Bipolar Disorder

Successful bipolar disorder treatment typically requires a careful course of medication, psychotherapy, and discipline to stay on track–and avoid an emotional crash.

Marijuana Success Stories: #1 – Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder
Alternative Treatments

Marijuana Success Stories: #1 – Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder

In bipolar or manic-depressive disorder, the inconsolable misery of major depression alternates with mania or uncontrolled elation. In the manic …Read the Rest

Tips on Managing Mania
Bipolar Disorder

Tips on Managing Mania

A lot of bad decision-making can happen during the manic phase. “It can ruin lives and relationships. There can be extreme irritability. You start yelling at strangers on the street. That’s often why they’re brought in by police, if they’re causing a big disturbance, if they get into a fight in a bar or something like that,” says Carrie Bearden.

Understanding Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

While drug treatment is primary, ongoing psychotherapy is important to help patients understand and accept the personal and social disruptions of past episodes and better cope with future ones. In addition, since denial is often a problem, routine psychotherapy helps patients stay on their medications. (Patient compliance is particularly tricky in adolescence.) Almost all forms of psychotherapy can be used — cognitive, behavioral, or psychodynamic; individual, family, or group therapy.

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