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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,...
Technological Treatments for Mood Disorders

Technological Treatments for Mood Disorders

History In the past twenty years, researchers and therapists have made incredible strides in the treatment of mood disorders. Medications have gotten more specific and...
Using Nutritional Supplements to  Treat Bipolar Disorder and Depression

Using Nutritional Supplements to Treat Bipolar Disorder and Depression

In the past two decades, researchers from all corners of the globe have come up with amazing medications to help relieve the symptoms of depression...
Handling Mood Changes as We Age

Handling Mood Changes as We Age

Do you feel sad and empty? Irritable? Anxious? You can feel better.As we age, changes bring stress into our lives. Children move away. Serious illness...
For Teens Only: Helping a Friend with Extreme Moods

For Teens Only: Helping a Friend with Extreme Moods

“My friend recently wanted to show me some fantastic ideas she had. When she gave me the piece of paper, the words were written horizontally,...
For Teens Only: Could I Have Clinical Depression or Bipolar Disorder?

For Teens Only: Could I Have Clinical Depression or Bipolar Disorder?

Every annoying adult will tell a teenager that adolescence can be a troubling time. Hormones drive moods and the struggle to find both identity and...
Clinical Trials and Meta-Clinical Trials for Mood Disorders

Clinical Trials and Meta-Clinical Trials for Mood Disorders

A good portion of us (particularly those with treatment-resistant depression) wait with baited breath for the results of a clinical trial. While we web-surf through...
Blog My Clinical Trial? Why Not!

Blog My Clinical Trial? Why Not!

Let’s just start out with that “Why not!”Why not is if you don’t want any employers, family members, friends, etc. to discover that you’re involved...
When You’re Married to Someone with Bipolar Disorder

When You’re Married to Someone with Bipolar Disorder

Learn more about bipolar disorder and relationships by reading our relationship blogs.Bipolar disorder wears many faces. There are as many experiences with bipolar disorder as...
Depression in Older Adults

Depression in Older Adults

Depression affects more than 19 million Americans every year, regardless of age, race, or gender. While depression is not a normal part of the aging...
Men & Clinical Depression: Even the Toughest Hit Tough Times

Men & Clinical Depression: Even the Toughest Hit Tough Times

Men & Clinical Depression: Even the Toughest Hit Tough Times Greg runs a successful high tech company in one of the most upscale, safest suburbs...
5 Habits of Highly Successful Individuals Who Also Have Bipolar Disorder

5 Habits of Highly Successful Individuals Who Also Have Bipolar Disorder

According to research, bipolar or cyclothymia patients who experience the most positive change once treated take the following steps.1. They take a proactive approach to...
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