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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. […]

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma
Self-Help & Improvement

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma

You may have had one or many very upsetting, frightening, or traumatic things happen to you in your life, or …Read the Rest

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

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 Manic Episode
Bipolar Disorder

How to Recognize a Manic Episode

If someone you know has or may have bipolar disorder, you need to know the signs that point to a …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.

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.

On MLK, Jr. Day: I, Too, Have a Dream
Mental Illness

On MLK, Jr. Day: I, Too, Have a Dream

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: I have a dream that one day I won’t hold my breath every time …Read the Rest

Complications of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder

Complications of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder has many serious complications, such as suicide, job loss, self-injury, hallucinations, delusions, substance abuse, etc. However, with the proper treatment and support they can be significantly reduced. Note: People diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder usually will not experience every complication.

Self-Management of Mental Illness
Mental Illness

Self-Management of Mental Illness

With any condition that goes in a cycle, half the battle of managing it is monitoring where you are in …Read the Rest

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