a woman dealing with bipolar disorder

What’s It Like to Have Bipolar Disorder?

Living with bipolar disorder requires strength, courage, determination, and adaptability. This condition will challenge and confuse you as you hang on through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. When you suffer from bipolar disorder, you are left searching for a state of equilibrium that seems to have permanently slipped away. Mania and…

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Bipolar Patients Tout Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has become extremely popular around the world as a form of exercise and a way of reducing stress. Yoga is a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. Some of the health benefits of yoga include better fitness in the form of increased balance, strength, and flexibility. Additionally, yoga helps with stress management…

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Can Light Therapy Treat Mental Illness?

Treatment experts have used light therapy for a number of health problems over the last few decades. In fact, even a hundred years ago, some physicians recognized the power of light to help treat physical illnesses and infections. More recently, lamps and light therapy treat people who get depressed in the winter months. This is…

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Avoiding Common Triggers for Bipolar Episodes

Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme fluctuations of emotion. Bipolar disorder can cause you to feel tremendously upbeat to feeling completely paralyzed and incapable. These fluctuations are depressive episodes. Feelings of sadness and self-reproach make even simple tasks like conversing or grooming seem monumental. Additionally, working feels impossible when you suffer from bipolar disorder. Many…

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Binge Eating May Affect Bipolar Disorder Development

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders shows a binge-eating disorder may affect the development of bipolar disorder. The new update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) identifies binge eating as a distinct disorder for the first time, and the co-occurrence of this disorder with bipolar disorder seems…

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Family-Focused Treatment and Early Detection For Bipolar Disorder

Like most issues that are caught before they become full-blown problems, bipolar disorder in teens can catch parents and family members off-guard. However, if they get family-focused treatment and early detection, those factors can reduce the impact that disorder has on them later in life. What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is characterized by abnormal…

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Helping a Loved One with Bipolar Disorder

Caring for a person with bipolar disorder makes life a balancing act. A caregiver needs to allow time for their loved ones’ breakdowns, irrational decisions and immobility and still allow time to care for themselves. It is difficult maintaining a healthy relationship when one partner has bipolar, yet that person wants a healthy relationship as…