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Bipolar Disorder and African Americans

Bipolar Disorder and African Americans

An estimated 2.3 million Americans have bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness. A person with bipolar disorder can go from feeling very, very high (called...
Holiday Travel – Calm Over Chaos

Holiday Travel – Calm Over Chaos

As the crisp autumn days get colder and shorter, we are reminded that the holidays are not far behind. For many, the holidays include travel...
Research Summary: A Lab Test For Bipolar Disorder?

Research Summary: A Lab Test For Bipolar Disorder?

The following is a summary of the research article: A Lab Test for Bipolar Disorder? Topic:  There are no clear anatomic findings in the brain that...
9 Tips To Help You Get Through A Panic Attack

9 Tips To Help You Get Through A Panic Attack

Panic attacks can be physically and mentally exhausting, and they are often difficult to manage. We reached out to members of our community for suggestions...
Research Summary: Sex Differences In Gray Matter Reductions May Underlie Risk Of Substance Abuse In Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder

Research Summary: Sex Differences In Gray Matter Reductions May Underlie Risk Of Substance Abuse In Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder

The following is a summary of the research article: Sex Differences in Gray Matter Reductions May Underlie Risk of Substance Abuse in Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder...
Research Summary: Scientists Identify Commonly Affected Gene Sets Among People With Three Mental Disorders

Research Summary: Scientists Identify Commonly Affected Gene Sets Among People With Three Mental Disorders

The following is a summary of the research article: Scientists Identify Commonly Affected Gene Sets Among People with Three Mental Disorders Topic: Our genes dictate the...
Research Summary: Gut Microbes Can Modify Our Mood And Behaviour, Research Reveals

Research Summary: Gut Microbes Can Modify Our Mood And Behaviour, Research Reveals

The following is a summary of the research article: Gut microbes can modify our mood and behaviour, research reveals. Topic:  Our intestine hosts a complex ecosystem...
7 Ways To Cope With Holiday Stress

7 Ways To Cope With Holiday Stress

1. Know Your Limits Don’t over commit! It is okay to avoid too many events, events that will be hectic, and especially events that may not...
Hal Yang Bisa Dilakukan Jika Anda Menduga Seseorang Memiliki Gangguan Bipolar

Hal Yang Bisa Dilakukan Jika Anda Menduga Seseorang Memiliki Gangguan Bipolar

See the English version of this article here. Berat rasanya melihat seseorang yang Anda sayangi ketika mereka sedang kesulitan. Anda ingin membantu tapi mungkin tidak...
Research Summary: Researchers Find Common Brain Abnormalities Shared Across Multiple Emotional Disorders

Research Summary: Researchers Find Common Brain Abnormalities Shared Across Multiple Emotional Disorders

Topic: Common brain abnormalities are found in multiple emotional disorders such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and posttraumatic...
Research Summary: Scientists Identify New Pathway In The Brain That Can Be Targeted To Alleviate Depression

Research Summary: Scientists Identify New Pathway In The Brain That Can Be Targeted To Alleviate Depression

The following is a research summary of the article, Scientists identify new pathway in the brain that can be targeted to alleviate depression. What is the...
Research Summary: Study Finds Strong Link Between Childhood Adversity And Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

Research Summary: Study Finds Strong Link Between Childhood Adversity And Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

The following is a summary of the research article, Study finds strong link between childhood adversity and bipolar disorder diagnosis What is the topic?  This study...
10 Cara Membantu Seseorang Dengan Gangguan Bipolar

10 Cara Membantu Seseorang Dengan Gangguan Bipolar

This article is available in English at https://ibpf.org/articles/10-ways-to-help-someone-who-has-bipolar-disorder/. Gangguan bipolar dan gangguan mental lainnya terkadang kurang dianggap penting. Ketika seseorang didiagnosa dengan gangguan fisik seperti kanker,...
11 Ways To Support Someone During Mania

11 Ways To Support Someone During Mania

Mania, whether it be a full-blown episode or a shorter period of hypomania, is at the very center of the bipolar disorder diagnosis. Both manic...
Research Summary: Cortical Thickness, Volume And Surface Area In Patients With Bipolar Disorder Types I And II

Research Summary: Cortical Thickness, Volume And Surface Area In Patients With Bipolar Disorder Types I And II

The following is a summary of the research article, Cortical thickness, volume and surface area in patients with bipolar disorder types I and II.  What is...
3 Kisah Tentang Rapid Cycling

3 Kisah Tentang Rapid Cycling

This article is available in English at https://ibpf.org/articles/3-stories-of-rapid-cycling/. Rapid cycling adalah sebuah siklus yang terdiri dari empat atau lebih episode mania, hipomania, atau depresi dalam periode 12 bulan....
What To Do If You Think Someone Might Have Bipolar Disorder

What To Do If You Think Someone Might Have Bipolar Disorder

It’s hard to watch some you care about when they’re not doing well. You want to help but maybe you don’t know how, and you...
Advice for Continuing on in the Face of Suicidal Thoughts

Advice for Continuing on in the Face of Suicidal Thoughts

For National Suicide Prevention Week, we sent an email to our audience asking them a few questions about their experience with suicidal thoughts — specifically,...
What Kept You Going?

What Kept You Going?

For National Suicide Prevention Week, we sent an email out to our audience asking, among other things, what motivated them to keep going when faced...
Self-Care: Take a Look at Your Eyes

Self-Care: Take a Look at Your Eyes

Caring for your eyes is an important part of daily life. Poor vision and other vision-related medical conditions could have debilitating effects on both your...
How Mood Swings May Affect the Connective Ability of Neurons

How Mood Swings May Affect the Connective Ability of Neurons

Mood swings may be one of the most difficult symptoms of bipolar disorder to put up with, yet a new study carried out in May...
50 Ways to Start Practicing Self-Care

50 Ways to Start Practicing Self-Care

When life gets busy it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. But practicing self-care can have great benefits for your mental health. Don’t feel...
12 Tips to Set Yourself Up for Good Sleep

12 Tips to Set Yourself Up for Good Sleep

Sleep is important for everyone’s health, and is especially critical for those with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder has been linked to disruptions in circadian rhythms,...
Is There a Genetic Link Between Older Fathers and Bipolar Disorder in Children?

Is There a Genetic Link Between Older Fathers and Bipolar Disorder in Children?

Many bipolar disorder sufferers frequently ask why they’ve developed the condition, and are keen to understand where the condition came from and how they were...
Please Stop Saying “Bipolar” When You Mean Unpredictable or Broken

Please Stop Saying “Bipolar” When You Mean Unpredictable or Broken

When there is a change in temperature, it’s not unlikely to hear people complain of “bipolar” weather. When technology isn’t working properly or when something...
4 Simple Tools For Coping With Everyday Anxiety

4 Simple Tools For Coping With Everyday Anxiety

We reached out to our volunteers for some tips and strategies for dealing with anxiety in day-to-day life. Here, grouped by common themes, is what...
18 Ways to Distract from Anxiety

18 Ways to Distract from Anxiety

We reached out to members of our audience for suggestions on how to best deal with day-to-day anxiety. Distraction was by far the most common...
Summertime Fun

Summertime Fun

Summer vacation soon will arrive. Parents and children alike often see this as a time to relax. Household rules may become more lax, bedtimes later,...
Helping Your Significant Other Understand Your Needs

Helping Your Significant Other Understand Your Needs

Whether you’re simply dating, involved in a serious relationship or partners in a seasoned marriage, understanding your significant other’s needs is pivotal to the success...
To Resolve or Not?

To Resolve or Not?

As 2015 comes to an end and a new year awaits, millions of us around the world will formulate our New Year’s resolutions. In fact,...
Foods, Supplements and Drugs to Avoid When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Foods, Supplements and Drugs to Avoid When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Recently we examined how diet can influence those suffering from depression and with those suffering from bipolar disorder, the same can be true in some...
5 Positives of Living with Bipolar Disorder (Besides Creativity)

5 Positives of Living with Bipolar Disorder (Besides Creativity)

Having bipolar disorder is certainly a tough illness to manage, but that doesn't mean there aren't any positives that come with it. We hear a lot...
What Does Mental Illness Awareness Mean To You?

What Does Mental Illness Awareness Mean To You?

Mental Illness Awareness Week is the first full week of October. This year, we ask our volunteers what mental illness awareness means to them. Here’s...
Finding the Right Medication

Finding the Right Medication

There are a lot of tools people with bipolar disorder use as a part of their treatment plan. Medication is one of the main tools...
10 Ways to Help Someone Who Has Bipolar Disorder

10 Ways to Help Someone Who Has Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are sometimes called "no casserole" diseases. Meaning that when someone is diagnosed with a physical health condition like cancer,...
3 Stories of Rapid Cycling

3 Stories of Rapid Cycling

Rapid cycling is defined as four or more manic, hypomanic, or depressive episodes in any 12-month period. Rapid cycling occurs in 10-20% of all people...
Self-Harm: There is Hope

Self-Harm: There is Hope

Self-harm is one of the topics that have some people squirming in their seats when it comes up. It’s uncomfortable, scary and absolutely necessary to...
Encouraging a Loved One to Get Help

Encouraging a Loved One to Get Help

When to Bring It UpIt’s important to find the right place and right time. Don’t bring it up when either of you are angry or...
Starter Series Interview with Mamalode.com

Starter Series Interview with Mamalode.com

This article was featured as a Mamalode Starter Series at http://mamalode.com/story/detail/starter-seriesinternational-bipolar-foundation The Mamalode Starter Series is an exciting opportunity for us to introduce you to some of...
Does Having Bipolar Disorder Equate to an Early Death?

Does Having Bipolar Disorder Equate to an Early Death?

Last week I read a HuffPost blog by doctor Allen Frances (Duke University) exclaiming the perils of having a serious mental illness (SMI) -- such...
How to Find a Good Therapist

How to Find a Good Therapist

 You’ve made a big step by deciding to get help. Now you have to find that help. Finding a good therapist can be daunting for...
Bipolar Disorder: A Mother’s Perspective

Bipolar Disorder: A Mother’s Perspective

Putting baby locks on the kitchen cabinets to protect my toddler was one thing, but locking away the steak knives from my 7-year-old was not...
Self-Management Techniques for Bipolar Disorder

Self-Management Techniques for Bipolar Disorder

Self-management techniques are things you can do on your own at home to help manage bipolar symptoms, in addition to therapy and/or medication.  The following...
How to Apply for Social Security Disability with Bipolar Disorder

How to Apply for Social Security Disability with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes severe mood swings that can make learning, working, or other aspects of daily life difficult to perform. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration...
Accommodations for Students with Bipolar Disorder and Related Disabilities

Accommodations for Students with Bipolar Disorder and Related Disabilities

Not all students who have disabilities require specialized instruction.  For students with disabilities who do require specialized instruction in the United States, the IDEA controls...
Frequently Asked Questions: Clinical Trials for Depression  and Bipolar Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions: Clinical Trials for Depression and Bipolar Disorders

Would a Clinical Trial be Right for Me?Sometimes, those with mood disorders may hear of a promising new drug still in clinical trials. These trials...
When a Child Has Bipolar Disorder

When a Child Has Bipolar Disorder

A diagnosis of bipolar disorder for a child can devastate parents and confuse children. And yet every year, doctors inform form thousands of parents that...
When Your Teen Has Bipolar Disorder or Depression

When Your Teen Has Bipolar Disorder or Depression

Experts coach parents to expect the worst during the teen years: defiance, acting out, drug experimentation, even minor criminal activity. With friends moaning about their...
Treatment Challenges: Overcoming Short-term Obstacles for  Long-Term Success

Treatment Challenges: Overcoming Short-term Obstacles for Long-Term Success

Getting the Right Diagnosis and the Best Treatment“Once begun; half done.” If you’re at this website, you’ve begun. Discovery of your own form of a...
Traumatic Events and Mood Disorders

Traumatic Events and Mood Disorders

Virtually no one gets through life without experiencing some kind of trauma. Whether it’s a violent act, a natural disaster, a divorce or a death,...
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