Bipolar Disorder Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Bipolar Disorder Medications: Side Effects From Cymbalta
Cymbalta (duloxetine) is an antidepressant medication that is sometimes used to treat bipolar disorder in conjunction with other medications.

Bobby Brown Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder
Profile of singer Bobby Brown, known for his troubled marriage to Whitney Houston, and diagnosed with ADD as a child and with bipolar disorder as an adult.

Can Bipolar Disorder Get You Out of Jury Duty?
In most states, having a mental illness is a possible - but not automatic - reason for being excused from jury duty. Here are details.

Vincent van Gogh - Brilliance and Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is considered one of the most likely explanations for the problems he had, including delusions and violent behavior.

List of Bipolar Disorder Medications Begin Q Through T
Learn about prescription bipolar disorder medications that begin with the letter Q through T, including their mechanism of action in bipolar disorder.

7 Diet Tips for Fighting Medication-Induced Weight Gain
If you've experienced weight gain due to your medications, you should be aware of special considerations for dietary changes and weight loss goals.

Housecleaning Tips to Help When Dealing With Depression
These tips to help you keep your house a little cleaner can also give a sense of accomplishment and pleasure that can help a depressive episode.

Amino Acid Supplements for Bipolar Disorder
Read about the role of certain amino acids in bipolar disorder and whether supplementation with them is beneficial in treating bipolar disorder.

Cats as Treatment for Depression (Personal Experience)
Long-time About Bipolar Disorder Volunteer Joy tells how foster parenting a kitten (or puppy) can be true treatment for bipolar depression.

Interview with Next to Normal Writer Brian Yorkey
The musical Next to Normal chronicles the life of a bipolar suburban mom. We spoke to creator Brian Yorkey about the show's inspiration and research.

Bipolar Disorder and Sex
The impact of bipolar disorder on sex can be frustrating or even devastating to self-esteem and relationships.

Three Infamous Sociopaths - Bundy, Mengele and Hossencofft
Ted Bundy, Josef Mengele and Diazien Hossencofft are all sociopaths who became infamous because of their crimes.

Robert Downey, Jr. - Poster Child for Self-Medication
Actor Robert Downey, Jr. has reportedly been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, though nothing has ever been said about his being treated for it.

How Bipolar Disorder Impacted Kristy McNichol's Career
Is Kristy McNichol bipolar? This Kristy McNichol biography explains her career, bipolar disorder diagnosis, and how being bipolar impacted her career.

Self-Medicating: When the Cure IS the Disease
The tendency for those with bipolar disorder to use street drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medication is a very real issue.

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Understanding Self-Injury in Bipolar Disorder
Self-injury can happen for many reasons, and it's more common than many people think. Who are these people, and why do they hurt themselves?

Celexa / Citalopram Profile - SSRI Antidepressant
This article covers Celexa, a medication used to treat depression, including precautions and warnings, and information regarding pregnancy and Celexa.

How Long Will It Take to Get Disability Benefits?
To get disability benefits your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or be expected to result in your death.

Medications Prescribed To Treat Bipolar Disorder
Read about pertinent information on the medications you may be taking for your bipolar disorder, including a mood stabilizer or benzodiazepine.

Taking Nefazodone as an Antidepressant
Learn about the antidepressant nefazodone, including its potential side effects, dosages, drug interactions, and rare, but serious, black box warning for liver damage.

Bilateral Cingulotomy: OCD and Depression Brain Surgery
Bilateral cingulotomy is a form of brain surgery aimed at treating obsessive-compulsive disorder and major depression. Learn its benefits and risks.

Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder
Read about an alternative treatment for bipolar disorder called light therapy, including the science behind it, as well as its potential side effects and advantages.

Trilafon (Perphenazine) Side Effects
Catalogue of side effects for the antipsychotic medication Trilafon - generic Perphenazine - which may be used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

What is Bipolar Cyclothymia or Cyclothymic Disorder?
Cyclothymia also known (incorrectly) as cyclothymia disorder and bipolar cyclothymia is a form of bipolar disorder that many people haven't heard of.

Biography: Comedian Martin Lawrence & Bipolar Disorder Rumors
Martin Lawrence is one of many celebrities with bipolar disorder. This Martin Lawrence biography explains his career and his rumored bipolar disorder.

Bipolar III Disorder is Actually Cyclothymia
Bipolar III disorder is technically cyclothymia, a condition where your moods cycle between hypomania, which is milder than mania, and depression.

What Is a Pdoc?
Pdoc is a compressed phrase combining psychiatrist/psychologist and doctor and used to differentiate from other doctors in texting or messaging.

What Are Excipients in Medications?
Excipients are inactive ingredients added to medications to make the drugs taste better, dissolve slower, last longer, or do other things.

Understanding the Triggers of Bipolar Disorder
Learn about some common and unique triggers of bipolar disorder depressive and manic episodes, including your genetic makeup, stress, and childbirth.

Do SSRI Antidepressants Cause Violence?
Antidepressants and violence have been linked in the media -- but what's the truth behind the claims?

Causes of Bipolar Disorder - For Beginners
In Lesson 2 of Bipolar for Beginners, we take a look at what scientists believe are the causes - genetic, physical and psychological - of bipolar disorder.

Can Those With Mental Illness Join the U.S. Military?
Serious mental conditions, including bipolar and major depression, disqualify you from the U.S. military. Yet many with these conditions join anyway.

How To Stop Taking SSRI Antidepressants Safely
SSRI discontinuation syndrome is a danger when you reduce the dosage of or stop taking an SSRI antidepressant such as Paxil or Lexapro.

Complex Aspects of Manic Depression
Manic depression, known as bipolar disorder, is more than mood swings. It can also feature mixed episodes, cycling, psychotic features and other issues.

What is Bipolar Disorder?
Textbook definitions of bipolar disorder may not be very enlightening. Here we begin our definition of manic depression in easy to understand language.

Carrie Fisher Successful Bipolar Writer and Actress
Actress and writer Carrie Fisher's bipolar disorder began as a child, and has manifested itself in substance addiction since - yet she's always come back.

Charley Pride, a Country Singer with Bipolar Disorder
Charley Pride was one of the first black country-western singers to overcome racial bias and bipolar disorder and have a highly successful career.

Science has shown that smiling really IS good for you
Research indicates that a simple smile may actually improve your mood via physiological mechanisms.

Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder: No Other Physical Conditions
Bipolar Disorder is difficult to diagnose because there are a number of physical conditions that can have similar symptoms to bipolar disorder.

How Is the Prescription Drug Oxazepam (Serax) Used?
Oxazepam is a benzodiazepine drug used to treat anxiety. Learn when it's most commonly used, how well it works and what side effects to expect.

How Safe is St Johns Wort for Bipolar Disorder
The herbal supplement St. John's Wort appears to be fairly safe and effective in the treatment of mild depression, but not for bipolar disorder.

Medications for Mania in Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is usually treated with medications for depression and mania. Here's an overview of the drugs used to treat mania and hypomania.

Bipolar Disorder and Paranoia: Signs and Symptoms
A comprehensive definition of paranoia, which may be present in bipolar disorder or schizophrenia as well as several other mental illnesses.

Side Effects of Depakote in Bipolar Disorder
Learn about the possible common and serious side effects of Depakote, an anti-seizure medication that is sometimes used to treat bipolar disorder.

Potential Side Effects and Risks of Tegretol
Tegretol is an anticonvulsant sometimes used to treat bipolar disorder. Learn about its side effects and the blood tests you need before starting it.

Trileptal Shows Some Promise in Bipolar Disorder
Trileptal is a drug used for epilepsy that's also sometimes used in bipolar disorder. Learn how effective it is and what side effects to expect.

Delusions of Grandeur – True Stories from Bipolar People
Delusions of grandeur are a common psychotic symptom of bipolar mania. Here, people with bipolar tell about their delusions in their own words.

Bipolar Celebrities: Burgess Meredith, Cyclothymia Sufferer
Actor Burgess Meredith is one of many celebrities with bipolar disorder. His struggle with cyclothymia wasn't revealed until the last years of his life.

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Kim Novak - Star Actress with Hidden Bipolar Disorder
Actress Kim Novak, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Vertigo, had hidden bipolar disorder that significantly impacted her career.

Latuda (Generic Lurasidone) Drug Information
An overview of Latuda (generic lurasidone) an atypical antipsychotic medication prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

What Not to Say to Somebody With Bipolar Disorder
People say the most infuriating things to those who have bipolar. Here are 10 common comments that are never helpful and are almost guaranteed to annoy.

Cymbalta Drug Warnings and Side Effects
Cymbalta is an antidepressant in the SNRI class - a serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor. Cymbalta - generic duloxetine hydrochloride - is prescribed for the treatment of major depression and the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. Cymbalta also has some significant off-label uses including bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia.

How to Get Off Social Security Disability
Learn what programs can help you get back to work, and if you can keep your disability benefits while you're getting on your feet again financially.

Understanding Disability Benefits: SSDI and SSI
In considering disability an important question is the value of the disability benefits that will be provided if your application is successful.

DSM-5: New DSM Edition Sparks Controversy in Some Areas
The fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders made some controversial changes, leading a top NIH official to question its use.

How to Recognize a Manic or Hypomanic Episode
Watch for these signs and symptoms if your friend or loved one displays them as they may signaling a bipolar manic or hypomanic episode.

Bipolar Medications and Heatstroke
Many medications prescribed for bipolar disorder and other conditions can make a person more susceptible to heatstroke and sunburn. Part 1: Heatstroke and Meds.

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Lupus & Bipolar Disorder: Is There a Relationship?
Nervous system problems caused by Lupus and SLE parallel those of bipolar disorder and may be treated the same, but do not indicate a diagnosis of bipolar.

Symptoms of Mania
In bipolar disorder, the symptoms of mania and hypomania can include everything from abnormally high moods to grandiose thinking, and from being energetic on very little sleep to hypersexuality.This article lists bipolar hypomanic and manic symptoms.

Is Prozac An MAOI?
You may be wondering if Prozac is an MAOI. No, it's an SSRI. Prozac cannot be taken along with any MAOI because of dangerous drug interactions.

Are Beyond-Use Dates Different Than Expiration Dates?
A beyond-use date is placed on a prescription by a pharmacy, but do you know the difference between a drug's beyond-use date and expiration date?

What to Do When Your Doctor Ignores Drug Side Effects
If you're experiencing major side effects from a medication and your doctor won't do anything, take action to protect your own health. Here's how.

Get to Know the Mood Stabilizers for Bipolar Disorder
If you have bipolar disorder, mood stabilizers will likely be prescribed for you. These drugs treat symptoms of mania, hypomania, and depression.

Christianity and Psychology Can Go Hand in Hand
'Psychology Debunked' claims that bipolar illness is phony. A reader with a degree in Christian Education gives a clear and compassionate response.

Bipolar Medications and Dry Mouth
Dry mouth caused by some medications can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, and many of the drugs often prescribed for bipolar disorder cause dry mouth.

The Effects of Faith on Bipolar - and Bipolar on Faith
Religious faith and bipolar disorder, intertwined, can have very positive - or very negative - effects. Readers talk about their experiences.

6 Ways to Increase Bipolar Depression
When you are in a moderate depressive episode, what you do is often the key to how you feel. This tongue-in-cheek list tells why 6 common behaviors can worsen your depression.

6 Ways to Increase Depression: #1 - Be a Couch Potato
If you're moderately depressed, here is one of the things to avoid doing - unless, of course, you want to make yourself feel worse.

6 Ways to Increase Depression: #2 - Stay Indoors
Just getting outside can help to lift your spirits, especially when your depression is moderate.

6 Ways to Increase Depression: #3 - Let the Clutter Build Up
When you're depressed it can be just as hard to deal with clutter as when you're physically sick - but the excuse isn't as good.

6 Ways to Increase Depression: #4 - Get Dirty
(Remember, I'm being satirical here.) A great way to make yourself feel more depressed is to avoid showers and baths and other elements of personal hygiene.

6 Ways to Increase Depression: #5 - Don't Clean the Floors
This is one of my personal favorites - letting my kitchen floor become disgusting when I'm depressed. Yes, the picture really IS my kitchen floor.

6 Ways to Increase Depression: #6 - Block Your Gaze and Your Space
Making yourself feel boxed in is a good way to increase not just depression but anxiety and agitation as well. It sure works for me!

Now That You Know 6 Ways to Increase Depression...
Pick even a single small aspect of one of them to change. When awareness of depressive behaviors is used to alter them, the results can be rewarding.

Dennis Rader - The BTK Killer
Dennis Rader - otherwise known to the public as BTK (bind, torture, kill), was a remorseless killer whose egotistical need for recognition led to his capture.

Ted Kaczynski - The Unabomber - An Infamous Sociopath
Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, was a vicious sociopath whose crime spree lasted more than 20 years.

Dean Corrl - Brutal Killer of Children - The Candy Man
Dean Corrl brutally murdered at least 27 boys, yet was known as the Candy Man because he was known for giving children free candy from his mother's store.

TMS vs. ECT: Pros & Cons of Severe Depression Therapies
Electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation are used in severe treatment-resistant depression. What are the pros and cons of each?

Sociopaths, Psychopaths, and Bipolar Disorder
Psychopaths and sociopaths are people without a conscience, often criminal, sometimes violent. Is there a connection between these and bipolar?

Clang Associations in Bipolar and Schizophrenia
Clang associations are odd, nonsensical groupings of words spoken by people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia who are in the midst of psychosis.

Lamictal Withdrawal Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder
Some people who abruptly stop taking the drug Lamictal for bipolar disorder complain of bad withdrawal symptoms. Learn what you should expect.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder can be devastating if not controlled. This article presents what researchers now consider to be the most likely causes of bipolar disorder.

Low Self-Esteem - Causes and Signs
Many people who have bipolar disorder struggle with low self-esteem. So how do we get it and how do we end the struggle?

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What Is Disability? SSDI and SSI Benefits
The most common disability programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income as well as Medicare and Medicaid.

A Comprehensive Look at the Bipolar Disorders Spectrum
Bipolar disorder has three main forms: bipolar 1, bipolar 2 and cyclothymia, which are characterized by either mania or hypomania and depression.

Lithium Side Effects - Bipolar Medications
Lithium - known by brand names including lithobid and eskalith - is a naturally occurring element prescribed as a mood stabilizer to treat bipolar disorder.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Bipolar
Bipolar disorder can seriously compromise the ability to work. Extreme symptoms of this illness make it difficult for some to hold a job for very long.

Brain Fog - Struggling to Cope - Bipolar Disorder
In 'Letter to Joey,' I talk about the worries of living with my elderly mother and how months of struggling led me to realize I was suffering from Topamax side effects.

Benefits of Service Dogs for Bipolar Disorder
Learn about the benefits of the love of and for a pet for bipolar disorder, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lamictal Warnings - Possible Reactions
Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epilepsy medication often used as a mood stabilizer to treat adults with bipolar disorder. It may cause rare but serious reactions.

Jean-Claude Van Damme's Bipolar Disorder
Martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme's bipolar disorder led him into cocaine addiction and charges of spousal abuse. Here's a short biography.

Is There a "Cure" for Bipolar Disorder?
Can bipolar disorder be cured? We explore this important mental health question more in the following article.

Differences Between Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia
Though there are some similarities between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the symptoms doctors look at for diagnosis are quite a bit different.

Sylvia Plath - Poetic Madness - Depression - Suicide
Poet Sylvia Plath suffered from extreme bipolar depression that profoundly affected her work and ultimately led to her suicide at the age of 30.

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Actress Linda Hamilton's Bipolar Disorder
Linda Hamilton - star of 'Terminator' and 'Beauty and the Beast' - acknowledges that she has bipolar disorder and is now on medication to help the lows.

Bipolar Actress Anna Marie "Patty" Duke
Here's our biographical sketch of Patty (Anna Marie) Duke, famed actress who won an Oscar at 16 but whose success masked child abuse and mental illness.

Clonazepam Side Effects (Klonopin, Rivotril)
Learn about Clonazepam, also sold as Klonopin and Rivotril, a medication for anxiety disorders. Side effects include clumsiness, dizziness or being lightheaded.

Risperdal/Risperidone Side Effects
Learn about Risperdal - generic name risperidone - an atypical antipsychotic drug often prescribed for treatment of schizophrenia and the psychotic features of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.

Depakote Drug Profile
Learn about Depakote - generic divalproex sodium or sodium valproate - which is used as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder (also for epilepsy and migraine).

Postpartum Psychosis Linked to Bipolar Disorder
Learn about the link between postpartum psychosis and bipolar disorder. Manic-depressive women are at a greater than average risk for developing this illness.

Jeannie C. Riley, Country Singer, Reportedly Bipolar
Biographical sketch of country-western singer Jeannie C. Riley ('Harper Valley PTA'). According to reports, she has stated that she is manic-depressive.

Zoloft Medication Profile for Bipolar Disorder
A compact look at Zoloft medication - generic sertraline hydrochloride - an SSRI antidepressant approved for use in treating depression, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, PMDD and social anxiety disorder.

Hallucination Definition and Examples
Here is our comprehensive definition of hallucination, along with examples from patients.

Will My Child Inherit My Bipolar Disorder?
Our comprehensive article examines the question of how likely it is that a child would inherit bipolar disorder from their parents.

Hypomania and Sleep
Hypomania: feeling on top of the world is often rare and prized, but when one symptom is not wanting to sleep or take night-time meds, is it a problem?

Bipolar Hypomania Quiz
This quiz is an informal checklist for you to use to determine whether you're likely to have experienced, or are currently in a state of, bipolar hypomania.

Connie Francis - Bipolar Disorder Biography
A look at this talented singer and actress who has had a highly successful career -- and has been diagnosed as manic depressive.

Axl Rose Was Diagnosed Manic-Depressive - But Is He?
Heavy metal star Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses has been diagnosed manic-depressive. With his history, bipolar illness is only one possibility.

Manufacturer's Recommended Lamictal Dosages
Learn about the available strengths and manufacturer's recommended dosages for Lamictal, a mood stabilizer used in patients with bipolar disorder.

Things You Hate To Do During Bipolar Depression
If you suffer from bipolar depression, you'll probably see yourself in this list of simple things people have trouble doing.

ECT Personal Experiences - Electroconvulsive Therapy
Has your doctor prescribed treatment with ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) for manic depression? Are you considering it? Read what others have to say.

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Diagnosing Your Child with Bipolar Disorder
One approach doctors use for diagnosing your child with bipolar disorder by emphasizing irritability - persistent and severe irritability.

Placebo Definition and Information
A placebo used to be a sugar pill given by doctors to patients whose symptoms didn't appear to have any medical cause. They often work surprisingly well.

Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis: Ruling Out Other Conditions
The list of psychiatric conditions with symptoms similar to those of bipolar disorder is rather long. To further complicate the picture, most of these disorders can also occur with bipolar disorder. Here is a review of the major conditions that fall into this category.

Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder Definition
In bipolar disorder, the term rapid cycling has several definitions depending on just how rapidly the cycles alternate.

Tests for Before Lithium Is Prescribed
Thyroid and kidney tests need to be run before a person starts taking lithium, and serum levels should be monitored as lithium toxicity can be dangerous.

Lithium - History of the First Mood Stabilizer
For the last several decades, Lithium has been one of the most common medications prescribed for bipolar disorder.

Lithium - Drug Warnings and Side Effects
This article outlines the main warnings for lithium use, including concerns about pregnancy and breast-feeding and drug interactions.

Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder - Symptoms and Risks
Rapid cycling bipolar disorder is a severe form of bipolar. Learn who's at risk, what it feels like to have this condition, and effective treatments.

What Does Schizoaffective Disorder Mean?
Difficult to define and difficult to diagnose, schizoaffective disorder combines elements of a mood disorder with those of schizophrenia.

What is Hyponatremia?
Hyponatremia is a low concentration of sodium in the blood. It can occur as a side effect of some medications that are used to treat bipolar disorder.

Why So Many Classifications of Bipolar Disorder?
A brief look at the various subsets, descriptions, and classifications for bipolar disorder and mood disorders - as defined in the United States and internationally.

Grandiosity in Bipolar Disorder: Definition and Stories
Grandiosity is a symptom of the manic episodes of bipolar disorder which describes feelings of being superior, or more capable than you actually are.

Anticonvulsant Treatment of Mania in Bipolar Disorder
Epilepsy medications commonly known as anticonvulsants are often used to treat bipolar disorder because they can act as effective mood stabilizers.

Effexor and Effexor XR (Venlafaxine) for Depression
Effexor and Effexor XR are used to treat depression. Learn what you should expect if your doctor prescribes one of these drugs for you.

Side Effects of Geodon in Bipolar Disorder
Read about Geodon, an antipsychotic medication used to treat bipolar mania, including its side effects, and what you should do if you experience one.

Lamictal / Lamotrigine Side Effects
While Lamictal is generally a safe and well-tolerated medication, some side effects are serious or even life threatening.

Hair Loss as a Bipolar Medication Side Effect
Several drugs may cause hair loss or thinning hair. Here's why and what can be done about hair loss (alopecia) or thinning hair due from medications.

Amy Winehouse: Manic Depressive Tragic Life and Death
Amy Winehouse reportedly refused medication treatment for bipolar disorder and self-medicated instead with drugs and alcohol, leading to her death.

Reader Says Bipolar Is a Myth
A tirade from a reader insists that mental illness is a myth and just a ploy to get attention. This is the sort of attitude people face.

Is There a Medical Test for Bipolar Disorder?
Medical tests for bipolar disorder may be in our future. Several avenues of research are promising and offer hope that soon diagnosis will be easier.

Neurotransmitters don't always carry out their orders
Some of the factors that can interfere with the correct action of neurotransmitters in transporting a message from one neuron to another.

Neurotransmitters: Messengers of the Brain
Using the illustrated story 'GABAs on the Move,' this article gives beginners a look at how messages are transmitted from one nerve cell to the next in the brain.

Neurotransmitters and Ways They Can Work
Neurotransmitters play a key role in mood disorders like bipolar and depression. When they are released to carry a message from one nerve cell to another, there are many things that can happen.

Brain Communication Through Neurotransmitters - An Illustrated Story
'GABAs on the Move' illustrates, in simplified form, how neurotransmitters are supposed to work and what can go wrong.

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Traps and Hazards for Neurotransmitters
An illustration of some of the things that can affect the proper performance of neurotransmitters in the brain.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors Affect Neurotransmitters
One theory is that depression is caused in part by a lack of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that carries messages through nerve cells. SSRI medications - selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors - are designed to increase the amount of available serotonin by affecting a particular mechanism of neurons, the reuptake transporter.

Messengers of the Brain - Conclusion
Some examples of what can happen when the neurotransmitter system is not working properly, and thoughts on how this system plays into bipolar disorder.

BuSpar: Treatment of Anxiety within Bipolar Disorder
The anti-anxiety drug BuSpar can be prescribed for those with bipolar disorder. Here's how BuSpar is used in bipolar, plus possible side effects.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Read about the symptoms of bipolar disorder in adults, including the symptoms specific for a manic episode versus a depressive episode.

The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Hypersexuality
Hypersexuality is said to be a symptom of the manic phase of bipolar disorder.

Neurontin Side Effects in Bipolar Disorder
Read about the possible common and serious side effects of the anti-seizure medication Neurontin used sometimes in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Is Bipolar Disorder a Qualified Condition for Disability?
Can those with bipolar disorder qualify for disability from the U.S. Social Security Administration? Learn about your access to SSDI and SSI.

How to Recognize Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms of depression illustrated here will help you, as well as your friends and family, spot a depressive episode when it happens.

Bipolar Disorder: Mixed Episodes Out, Mixed Features In
With the publication of the DSM-5, bipolar mixed episodes have officially ceased to exist. Instead, episodes are described as having mixed features.

Anatomy of a Meltdown
How a single thought can precipitate an emotional crisis when a person suffering from bipolar depression is under stress for too long - and the most important thing to do when that crisis occurs.

Cyclothymic Disorder Diagnostic Criteria
What sets cyclothymic disorder apart from the other types of bipolar disorder is that your symptoms last for months or even years without letting up.

Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs
Depression is considered one of the primary symptoms of bipolar disorder. Learn how to familiarize yourself with the common warning signs of depression.

List of SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)
List of SSRIs - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors - a particular type of antidepressant medications, with links to information about each.

The Bipolar Disorder and the Adoption Process
Mental illness, such as bipolar is not necessarily a barrier to adopting a child. Author Carrie Burr, herself bipolar, details the process.

Ozzy Osbourne's Bipolar Disorder - Truth or Rumor?
Ozzy Osbourne is often listed as a celebrity with bipolar disorder. Certainly a life filled with drug and alcohol abuse, bizarre behavior and suicide attempts could indicate manic depression. But is there any documented evidence?

Geodon (Ziprasidone) Antipsychotic Drug Profile
A concise profile of the medication Geodon (generic ziprasidone), an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychotic disorders.

Key Findings of the STEP-BD Study for Bipolar Disorder
Learn the main findings of a large study on over four thousand people with bipolar disorder, like how your age at diagnosis may predict your course.

Vivid Dreams, Nightmares, Night Terrors and Bipolar Disorder
My dreams are incredibly vivid and detailed, and it might be because I have bipolar disorder.

Essential Information About Risperdal (Risperidone)
Essential information about Risperdal - generic risperidone - an antipsychotic medication approved to treat several mental disorders, including bipolar.

What Is Akathisia?
Akathisia is a movement disorder often caused by long-term use of antipsychotic medications. Learn how to treat this condition while on medication.

Facts About Neurontin and Its Off-Label Use in Bipolar Disorder
Read about the debatable role of Neurontin ​or gabapentin, in treating bipolar disorder and basic facts, like its potential common side effects.

Bipolar Disorder Episodes
Read about what a bipolar episode is, including the different types like manic, hypomanic, and depressive.

Understanding Disability Benefits, SSDI and SSI
The Social Security Administration has a formula consisting of five basic steps for determining if an individual is considered disabled.

Breathing Exercises for Taming Fight or Flight Response
An explanation of the fight or flight reaction and why some people experience it too easily, with a three-part breathing exercise that can ease tension.

DMX - Earl Simmons - Rapper has bipolar disorder
DMX, born Earl Simmons, one of hip-hop's most beloved and influential heroes, admitted to having bipolar disorder, then denied it, then confirmed it.

Sleep's Effect on BPD and Mood Disorders
How you sleep has a great deal to do with depression and mania. Do you have a sleep disorder with your mood disorder?

Information About Pregnancy and Lamictal
Is Lamictal safe when pregnant? Is the generic lamotrigine safe when breast feeding? Does Lamictal cause birth defects? We try to answer these questions.

Bipolar I and Bipolar II - What's the Difference?
The main difference between bipolar 1 and 2 disorders is the presence of mania. Explore the differences between these disorders in depth.

Religious Factors in Bipolar Disorder
One of the challenges in treatment is determining where the line is between supportive spirituality and harmful delusions.

What Is Somnolence? What Can Cause It?
Somnolence is when you're so sleepy you're almost asleep. It can be dangerous at the wrong time (like when driving). Learn about potential causes.

Essential Information About Lamictal (Lamotrigine)
Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - is an anticonvulsant epilepsy medication approved for use as a mood stabilizer in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Cogentin (Benztropine) Uses for Bipolar Disorder
Cogentin (benztropine) is a drug sometimes used in people with bipolar disorder to treat drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) from bipolar medications.

What Is Hypomania? How Is It Diagnosed?
Hypomania in bipolar disorder: excessive energy, little need for sleep, exhilaration, irritability, excitement or aggression, and other symptoms.

Decreasing Bipolar Stigma by Changing the Words We Use
Reducing stigma, one word at a time. Person-centered language, if implemented, could significantly reduce stigma surrounding psychiatric treatment.

Klonopin (Clonazepam) - Drug Information, and Warnings
Klonopin - generic clonazepam, sold outside the US as Rivotril - is used to treat anxiety and panic disorder as well as certain seizure disorders.

What Are Extrapyramidal Side Effects?
Extrapyramidal side effects are symptoms that can occur if you're taking antipsychotic medications. Here's what they include and how they're treated.

Ben Stiller Lives With Bipolar Disorder
Ben Stiller - best known for There's Something About Mary - is frank about having bipolar disorder. His parents - Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara - have also talked about being in therapy for depression.

Antipsychotic Medications for Treating Bipolar Disorder
Medications for bipolar disorder are usually specific to mania or depression. Read about the antipsychotics used in the management of bipolar mania.

What Is Euthymia in Bipolar Disorder?
Euthymia has several similar definitions. With regard to bipolar disorder, it simply means that your mood states are stable, the goal of treatment.

Mood Stabilizers Can Interfere With Birth Control
Some mood stabilizers that are also epilepsy drugs can make birth control less effective. Find out which ones.

Can Marijuana Help Your Bipolar Disorder?
There's some interest in using marijuana to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder. But the risks may outweigh any benefits. Here's what you should know.

Bipolars Especially Vulnerable to Online Romance
People with bipolar disorder may be especially vulnerable to the hazards and hardships that come with online relationships - Part 1 of 3.

Wellbutrin in Bipolar Disorder: Risks and Benefits
Wellbutrin, a popular antidepressant, can be used to treat depression in people with bipolar disorder. Learn the benefits and risks of the drug.

Antipsychotics: Black Box Warning for Elderly With Dementia
Antipsychotic medications are required to carry a black box warning because of their increased mortality risk for elderly dementia patients.

Bipolar Patients Vulnerable to Panic/Anxiety Attacks
Anxiety/panic attacks are common in people with bipolar. Here is an overview of the various types of anxiety attacks and panic disorders.

Basics on Taking the Benzodiazepine Ativan (Lorazepam)
Learn more about the benzodiazepine Ativan, also known as lorazepam, including what health conditions its used for, precautions, and side effects.

Important Warnings for Clozaril (Clozapine)
Clozaril carries five serious black box warnings about possible severe side effects and drug interactions. Because of this, it's prescribed carefully.

Why Bipolar Medication Is Not Optional
Here are five reasons you might want to stop taking your prescribed medications for your bipolar disorder -- and five reasons why it's a bad idea.

Bipolar Disorder Medical ID Bracelets
You've heard of medical alert bracelets for serious illnesses—but anyone with an ongoing medical condition, including bipolar disorder, can benefit.

Bipolar Disorder and Work - Know Your ADA Rights
People with bipolar disorder may be protected on the job under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn how this affects you in the workplace.

Using Abilify for Bipolar Disorder, Black Box Warnings
Read about the use of Abilify for bipolar disorder and other health conditions, as well as information on its side effects and two black box warnings.

ECT For Depression and Anxiety, Electroconvulsive Therapy
Read about the basics of ECT, including how it works, the potential side effects, and what's like to undergo this safe and effective form of therapy.

Driving Under the Influence: The Laws Do Apply to Prescriptions!
If your medications affect your driving, consider whether you should BE driving. DUI laws will apply if you are stopped for impaired driving.

What Is the DSM-IV of Mental Disorders?
Here is a brief but clear description of the DSM-IV that carries so much weight in the lives of Americans with mental illnesses.

What Are Atypical Antipsychotics? What Do They Treat?
Atypical antipsychotics are newer medications designed to control psychotic symptoms of conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Preparing to See a New Psychiatrist
Worried about your first visit to a psychiatrist or therapist? Making a list will go a long way toward reducing your anxiety and helping your doctor.

Delusions: A Symptom of Psychosis
Delusions are false beliefs that a person firmly holds to be true, despite what others think or say.They are a psychotic feature of bipolar disorder.

Vivid Dreams in People with Bipolar Disorder
People with bipolar disorder are far more likely than people without the condition to experience unusually vivid dreams.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Does Not Belong on Bipolar Lists
Buzz Aldrin, one of the earliest NASA astronauts, has been very open in several books about his personal struggles with mental illness and alcoholism.

What Is Bipolar Disorder With Anxious Distress?
A diagnosis of bipolar disorder with anxious distress means you have bipolar, plus some anxiety. Learn the symptoms and how the diagnosis is made.

Bipolar Disorder - How Often Do People Cycle?
A cycle is the period of time an individual takes to go through one episode of mania and one of depression (or hypomania and depression).

Omega-3 Fish Oils for Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Insights from personal experiences with using Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil and flaxseed oil, as a treatment for bipolar disorder.

Experiences with Omega-3 Fish Oils for Bipolar Disorders - Page 2
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseed oils have been recommended as supplements for people with bipolar disorder. Here are some experiences. Page 2.

What Is "Flight of Ideas" in Bipolar Disorder?
One of the symptoms of bipolar mania is called

Suicidal Ideation and You: Dangerous Thought Patterns
Suicidal ideation means thinking about suicide or wanting to take your own life. Here we explain what may lead to suicidal thoughts and five tips for kids.

Bipolar Psychosis Symptoms
Psychosis can occur in either bipolar mania or in depression. Learn about psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia, along with the mental illnesses where psychosis is most common.

Does Anthony Michael Hall Have Bipolar Disorder?
Actor Anthony Michael Hall has been labeled as having bipolar disorder in dozens if not hundreds of articles on the internet. But is there any actual proof?

Things You Must Know Before Taking Zoloft (Sertaline)
Sertraline is sometimes used to treat bipolar depression. Here are the side effects, overdose symptoms, and drug interactions you should know about.

Does Lamictal Cause Weight Gain or Loss?
If you're taking Lamictal for bipolar disorder or for epilepsy, you may be worried that it will cause you to gain or lose weight. Learn the facts.

Don't Drink Grapefruit Juice With Meds - Including BuSpar
Drinking grapefruit juice can cause serious problems with your medications. Here's why, and a partial list of drugs that can be affected.

Actress Margot Kidder's Bipolar Disorder
Canadian-born actress Margot Kidder may have had bipolar disorder since her early teens. She says she now controls her illness with alternative medicine.

The Kindling Effect and Theory in Bipolar Disorder
Learn about the kindling theory in bipolar disorder: the theory's origins, the most recent research on it, and the implications for treatment.

How to Spot (and Cope with) Toxic People in Your Life
Toxic people drain all the joy out of the room, replacing it with negativity and pessimism. Here's how to keep them from dragging you down with them.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in Children
Could your child have bipolar disorder? Read about symptoms of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, and what this might mean for your child.

What Is Pressured Speech in Bipolar Disorder?
Pressured speech is a key symptom of mania in bipolar disorder. Learn what it involves, what it feels like to experience it, and how to control it.

What Is Dysphoria in Bipolar Disorder?
Dysphoria is an elusive term at best. Here dysphoria is defined as it relates to bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Medication Alcohol Interactions
Drinking alcohol when you are taking psychiatric medications can cause significant problems. Here is a list of medications and problem interactions.

Bipolar Disorder Medications Beginning With L and M
Psychiatrists can prescribe many different medications for bipolar disorder. In this list, you'll find those drugs beginning with the letters L and M.

Side Effects of the Atypical Antipsychotic Zyprexa
Learn about the potential common and serious side effects of the atypical antipsychotic Zyprexa, including your risk of diabetes and weight gain.

Zyprexa (Olanzapine) Side Effects
A thorough list of side effects and precautions of Zyprexa (olanzapine), which is used to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes in bipolar disorder.

Why Did "Manic Depression" Become "Bipolar Disorder?"
Manic depression is the earliest name for bipolar disorder. Learn how and why the term manic depression evolved into bipolar disorder.

When Do Medications Actually Expire?
We've all wondered about using medications past their expiration dates. How important are these dates? How should we dispose of expired medications?

What Is the Mood Disorder Questionnaire?
The Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) is a brief, self-administered questionnaire that was developed to screen for bipolar disorder.

Tardive Dyskinesia Medication Side Effect
Tardive dyskinesia is a movement disorder that is characterized by uncontrolled facial movements such as protruding tongue, chewing or sucking motions. More...

What is Psychosis?
Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, typically including delusions and/or hallucinations. It's a symptom of something else, not an illness.

Serotonin Syndrome (Causes, Recognition and Treatment)
Serotonin Syndrome is a condition brought on by having too much of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body. It is treatable, but it can be fatal.

What is Psychomotor Activity?
Psychomotor is defined as physical behavior resulting from mental processes. Psychomotor activity in bipolar disorder can be agitated or retarded.

What Is Melancholic Depression?
Melancholia is a profound presentation of depression. With this form of depression, there is a complete loss of pleasure in all or almost everything.

What Is Bipolar I Disorder and How Is It Diagnosed?
Here is a brief but easy-to-understand definition of bipolar I disorder - the most severe kind of manic depression.

Bipolar Disorder and Catatonic Behavior: What You Need to Know
Brief but comprehensive definition of catatonia and catatonic features which may be present in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other conditions.

What Paperwork Do I Need to File for Disability?
Complete, well-documented paperwork is the key to the success of your disability application. Here are other documents and information you may need.

What Are Racing Thoughts in Bipolar Disorder?
Racing thoughts - where you can't silence the words or sounds running through your mind - are common in bipolar disorder mania and hypomania.

What Are Specifiers?
Specifiers are extensions to a diagnosis that clarify the course, severity or special features of a disorder. Here, bipolar specifiers are discussed.

The Dangers of Weight Loss Drugs Belviq and Qysmia
For people who have gained weight on psychiatric drugs, Belviq and Qsymia may seem appealing, but in reality, there are some important cautions.

Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) Information
Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is a medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but it can also interact with bipolar medications.

Verapamil for Mania in Bipolar Disorder
Read about the scientific data, albeit scarce, behind verapamil and other calcium channel blockers and their use for treating manic episodes in bipolar disorder.

Valium: Drug to Manage Anxiety Disorders and Symptoms
Valium is a drug with a long track record in treating anxiety and many other conditions, including bipolar disorder. Learn its risks and benefits.

What is Norepinephrine?
Norepinephrine is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. Learn how it works, as well as the role of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).

Urgent and Emergent Psychiatric Symptoms and Signs
Read about the warning symptoms and signs that warrant a call to your psychiatrist or a trip to the emergency room, and how to also help loved ones in this situation.

What Are Typical Antipsychotics?
Typical antipsychotics, sometimes referred to as first-generation antipsychotics, are the older medications used to treat psychotic symptoms

Avolition: Lack of Motivation or Initiative
Avolition occurs in people with schizophrenia. Learn what it involves, what behaviors it causes, and how it can be treated.

Trileptal Side Effects in Bipolar Disorder
Read about the potential side effects of Trileptal, including dizziness, nausea, and vision problems, and more serious ones, like low sodium levels.

What Are Tricyclic Antidepressants?
Tricyclic antidepressants are used to treat bipolar disorder and other conditions. Learn how they work, plus what side effects you can expect.

Remeron (Mirtazapine) Antidepressant Information
Remeron (mirtazapine) is an atypical antidepressant that operates by stimulating production of serotonin and norepinephrine.

Trazodone Side Effects
Trazodone is an antidepressant most commonly used to treat insomnia and sometimes prescribed to help treat depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder.

Medication Half-Life and Why It Matters for Your Meds
Learn what a medication's half life is and the amount of time it takes for half of the drug to be eliminated. How relevant is this to your dosage.

Topamax / Topiramate - Uses, Warnings, Weight Loss
Topamax - generic topiramate - is an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy, migraine headaches, and is often prescribed off-label for bipolar disorder.

Actor Maurice Benard Spokesman for Bipolar Disorder
Maurice Benard, from General Hospital, has spoken openly about having bipolar disorder and acts as a spokesman for two major mental health organizations.

Mania - Manic - Maniac
When you hear the word maniac, you may think of a crazed killer. Too many people connect bipolar mania with the negative perception of a maniac.

Thorazine Side Effects You Should Know About
Thorazine is an antipsychotic drug often prescribed for bipolar disorder. Here are the common, less common, and rare side effects reported.

Lithium Toxicity - Types, Causes and Treatment
When someone takes too much lithium, a drug most often used as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, lithium toxicity can result and be dangerous.

Why Does Lithium Cause Weight Gain?
The bipolar disorder treatment lithium often causes people to gain weight. Here are some theories why this occurs, and how you might prevent it.

10 Things Not to Do If You or a Loved One Is Bipolar
From dealing with doctors and medication to problems with relationships, here are 10 things you shouldn't do or fail to do if bipolar is part of your life.

Maintaining Therapeutic Drug Levels in Bipolar Treatment
The therapeutic level of a drug is the range within which that drug is expected to be effective without causing any serious problems to the patient.

Lamictal Rash: Drug Can Cause Dangerous Side Effect
Lamictal (lamotrigine), a drug to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder, can cause serious, even life-threatening rashes. Learn who's at risk.

What You Need to Know Before Using Lamictal
Lamictal (lamotrigine) is prescribed for seizure disorders and bipolar disorder as a mood stabilizer, but does it treat or cause anxiety?

Bipolar Disorder and the Jayson Blair Scandal
Jayson Blair scandalized the journalism world back in the early 2000s. He has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Here's a unique look at the story.

What Are Ideas of Reference and Delusions of Reference?
These two psychological terms -

Symptoms of Bipolar Depression: Thoughts of Suicide
Concluding a 6-part series on the symptoms of bipolar depression, this article focuses on thoughts of death, suicidal ideation, and feeling dead or detached.

Symbyax: A Combination of Zyprexa and Prozac
Symbyax is a combination of Zyprexa (olanzapine) and Prozac (fluoxetine) and was the first FDA-approved medication to treat bipolar depression.

Combating the Stigma Associated with Bipolar Disorder
Stigma in bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses is a real and pervasive problem. Here's what it means in your life, and how you can fight it.

The Relationship Between Steroids and Bipolar Disorder
Jane Pauley's revelation that taking steroids for hives triggered previously unsuspected bipolar disorder focused public attention on the relationship between steroids and psychiatric disturbances. Here is additional information on the subject.

Lithium in Bipolar Disorder: Treatment and Side Effects
Lithium can be quite effective in treating bipolar disorder, but it comes with some potential side effects and cautions. Learn what to expect.

There is some confusion about these terms. SNRI stands for two different things and the term SSNRI is now falling out of use in favor of SNRI.

Side Effects of Antipsychotic Drug Navane (Thiothixine)
The anti-psychotic drug Navane, used for bipolar disorder and other conditions, has many possible side effects, including some that are quite serious.

Signs of Depression - 4 Theoretical Cases
A discussion of the signs of depression from a less clinical viewpoint, using imaginary people to describe the symptoms of major depression.

Signs of Depression - Share Your Own Signs of Depression
Now that we have described four people who have different signs of depression, do you see yourself in any of the categories?

How Is Bipolar Disorder Treated?
A treatment plan for bipolar disorder primarily consists of pharmacological intervention (medications) with therapy as a possible intervention.

Serum Blood Levels and Medication for Bipolar Disorder
Learn how your serum blood levels matter in terms of medication dosage and the difference between therapeutic and toxic levels of a prescription.

Seroquel (Quetiapine) Side Effects
Catalogue of Seroquel side effects. Seroquel - generic quetiapine is an antipsychotic drug used in the treatment of schizophrenia and the the psychotic features of other mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder. People taking this medication need to know the potential side effects of Seroquel.

Definition and Characteristics of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong mental disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, incoherence and physical agitation.

Rosemary Clooney's Struggle With Bipolar Disorder
Singer Rosemary Clooney was profoundly affected by the bipolar disorder that interrupted her career in the late 1960s.

Side Effects of Restoril
Restoril is a medication that helps people with difficulty sleeping in the short-term. Learn about what to watch out for if your doctor prescribes it.

Returning From Psychosis - Treatment and Life Changes
After Eve suffered an episode of brief reactive psychosis, she was hospitalized and treatment began. In this second part of a two-part interview, Eve tells me what returning to reality was like, summarizes what she and her doctors believe brought on the psychotic episode, discusses her treatment, and talks about how very much her life has changed since she became ill.

Possible Side Effects from Haldol (Haloperidol)
Haldol is a psychiatric drug with some potentially serious side effects. Learn what side effects you might experience while taking Haldol.

What Is Psychomotor Agitation? How Is It Caused and Treated?
Psychomotor agitation is purposeless, intense restlessness brought on by mental tension. Learn more about psychomotor agitation.

Side Effects of Prozac (Fluoxetine) for Bipolar Disorder
The side effects of Prozac are wide-ranging from minor to serious. If you are taking Prozac, you should be aware of the potential side effects.

List and Types of Depression Medications
This article lists the various types of depression medications and the drugs that are included in each type.

Managing Bipolar: When Should I Call My Doctor Between Appointments?
In Treatment For Bipolar Disorder, Sometimes Attending Appointments and Taking Meds Still Isn't Enough: Some Tips on When to Phone the Doc for Extra Help

Ecstasy (MDMA) and Bipolar Disorder
Facts about the drug Ecstasy and some things to consider if you have an affective disorder including bipolar disorder or major depression.

Antifungal Drugs Can Affect Psychiatric Medications
If you have a fungal or yeast infection, make SURE the doctor knows about your psychiatric meds, as the wrong treatment could be very dangerous. Here's why.

Bipolar Disorder - Americans with Disabilities Act
The ADA applies to all employment-related activities. In this article, we define the term reasonable accommodation, making a request to your employer and filing a claim under the ADA.

Justin Furstenfeld: When the Music Strikes a Chord
Mental illness is a common thread that runs throughout the music of Blue October, of which Justin Furstenfeld is the lead singer and song writer.

What Is Bipolar 2 (Bipolar II) Disorder?
In Bipolar 2 disorder, also known as Bipolar II, the 'high' mood is less severe than the mania of Bipolar 1 and is called hypomania. Many of the symptoms of Bipolar 2 are the same as those of Bipolar 1, but there are some key differences between the two illnesses.

Facts About Antipsychotic Medication Invega
Invega – generic name paliperidone – is an atypical antipsychotic approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and used off-label to combat acute mania in patients with bipolar disorder. It is derived from the active metabolite of Risperdal (risperidone). Here are a few important facts about this medication.

Expansive Mood in Bipolar Disorder
People with bipolar disorder may display what's called an expansive mood. This can lead to inappropriate and even dangerous behavior. Learn the signs.

Reading the Red Flags: Warning Signs of Suicide
These red flags are the warning signs that a person may be planning suicide. People with bipolar disorder or manic depression may become suicidal.

Excerpts from Dr. Fieve's Book on Sleep in Bipolar Disorder
In an excerpt from his book, Dr. Fieve discusses the effects of bipolar disorder on sleep, including disorders like delayed sleep phase syndrome.

Xanax Side Effects - Common and Rare
Common side effects of Xanax include dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, headache and slurred speech. This page lists Xanax side effects that are common, less common and rare, withdrawal effects, and overdose effects. The generic name for Xanax is alprazolam.

Signs of Depression - Suicidal Thoughts or Suicide Attempts
Thoughts of being dead or of committing suicide, or actually attempting suicide may lead to a diagnosis of a major depression or bipolar depression.

Signs of Depression - Putting the Symptoms Together
We've followed our subjects through the nine categories of symptoms used to evaluate whether a person is having a depressive episode.

Low Mood is One of the Signs of Depression
The first category of symptoms of depressions is low mood. People describe it variously as depression, sadness, emptiness or some similar term.

Sleep Problems Can Be One of the Signs of Depression
Combined with other symptoms, insomnia - trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep - and hypersomnia - sleeping too much - can be a sign of depression.

Tiredness or Lack of Energy May Be a Sign of Depression
When considered with other symptoms, fatigue / tiredness and/or lack or loss of energy may be signs of depression.

Unusual Restlessness or Sluggishness Are Possible Signs of Depression
Unusual restlessness or sluggishness may be a factor leading to the diagnosis of major depression or bipolar depression.

Loss of Self-Esteem and Problem Guilt May Be Signs of Depression
Feeling worthless and/or feeling unreasonably or excessively guilty is frequently found in people having a depressive episode of bipolar disorder.

Signs of Depression: Lack of Concentration / Indecision
Being unable to concentrate or to make a decision easily may contribute to a diagnosis of depression or bipolar depression.

Changes in Appetite or Weight Can Be a Sign of Depression
When taken with other symptoms, increased or decreased appetite and/or quickly gaining or losing weight can be a sign of depression.

Loss of Interest is One of the Signs of Depression
Loss of interest in activities one normally enjoys is one of the first two categories of depression symptoms.

What Is Psychomotor Retardation? How Is It Treated?
A definition of psychomotor retardation, its causes and its treatments in bipolar disorder.

What Are Nortriptyline Side Effects?
Nortriptyline, a type of antidepressant which may be prescribed in bipolar disorder, carries the risk of some side effects. Learn what they are.

What Does Mood-Incongruent Mean?
Symptoms are mood-incongruent if they are not consistent with your mood or are at odds with current circumstances.They're mood-congruent if they are.

Mental Health in the Deaf Community: Barriers to Care
Mental health issues like bipolar disorder are more common in the deaf community, but people with profound hearing loss have trouble getting help.

What is Bruxism?
Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaws? You may have bruxism, which can be caused by stress, anxiety or even be a side effect of medication.

Emotional Pain in Bipolar Depression
Under the heading of emotional pain are symptoms like prolonged sadness, guilt feelings, despair and hopelessness, and unexplained, uncontrollable crying.

Nightmares and Night Terrors in Bipolar Disorder
Nightmares and night terrors are commonly experienced by people with bipolar disorder. Bipolar children are especially prone to night terrors. Page 2.

Book Review: When Someone You Love Is Bipolar

Diagnosing a Mixed Episode, Now Mixed Features, in Bipolar Disorder
Understand how a mixed episode is now referred to as mixed features, according to the DSM-V, and what this means for you if you have bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Depression: Updated Definitions and Treatment
Have you thought the depressed phase of bipolar d/o was just like Major Depression? That could be holding you back. Find out up to date treatment here

Differences Between Depression, Bipolarism and PBA
Sudden, uncontrollable crying, and sometimes laughing, characterize a little-known illness called PBA, pseudobulbar affect. A majority of patients with these and other symptoms are misdiagnosed with depression and, less often, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Here is information on PBA and why it is confused with mental disorders.

Monoamine Antidepressant (MAOIs) Food Restrictions
This article explains why there are dietary restrictions for people taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors - MAOI antidepressants. Also included is a list of foods to avoid, some foods to limit, and some interesting information about pizza.

Here's What You Need to Know About Bipolar Disorder
Why do you get bipolar disorder? What are bipolar I and bipolar II, and what are mania, hypomania and bipolar depression? Answers can be found here.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Bipolar Disorder and Peer Issues - Bipolar Children and Peers
Having bipolar disorder as a child, or being a child who will develop bipolar disorder as an adult and already has some signs of the illness, can make life tough. We start by taking a look at bullying: how much it affects these children, and whether there are consequences in adulthood.

Self-Help for People With Bipolar Disorder
There are many things you can do yourself to cope with your bipolar disorder. Learning how to decrease the impact of depression, mania, hypomania and accompanying anxiety is beneficial not only by itself, but also can give you something to look at, especially during a depressive episode, and feel a confidence-boosting sense of achievement.

Anti-Anxiety and Sedative Drugs Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder
Anti-anxiety and sedative drugs are a broad class of medications often prescribed for those with bipolar disorder (manic depression) to help regulate sleep, to alleviate anxiety, and to help with extreme manic episodes. They include hypnotics and benzodiazepines, sometimes called tranquilizers, which may be sedatives, anti-anxiety medications (anxiolytics), or both. Here are resources and information regarding these medications.

Actor Ned Beatty Biography and Filmography
Ned Beatty has had an extraordinarily successful acting career studded with stage performances. He was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his twenties.


Medications for Bipolar Disorder - Overview
Medications are the standard treatment for bipolar disorder. Sometimes a single prescription drug is enough, but more often a combination is needed.

Father with Bipolar Disorder - A Teen's Perspective
A young teenager gives her perspective on her father's bipolar disorder, from the ways he has helped her understand the highs and lows to how she feels about his suicide attempts.

Do I Have Bipolar Disorder? - Causes & Symptoms
Learn how to tell when your experiences are normal and when they’ve pushed into the extremes of depression or mania associated with bipolar disorder.

Effects of Premenstrual Symptoms on Bipolar
Study results showed women whose bipolar disorder worsened during the premenstrual period had worse episodes. Readers' shared experiences support this finding!

Chronic Procrastination - Avoiding the Unavoidable
Procrastination can become catastrophe for people suffering from bipolar depression. Simple chores like opening mail can feel impossible, and not doing it can have disastrous consequences.

Sinéad O’Connor – Misdiagnosed With Bipolar
After spending eight years taking medications for bipolar disorder, Irish singer and songwriter Sinad O'Connor discovered she actually had a different mental illness.

Can the Eyes Predict Bipolar Disorder?
Is it possible that examining your eyes could predict whether you could develop bipolar?

Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder by Birthdate
A list of famous people with bipolar disorder. Some celebrities are confirmed bipolars, some are now judged historically to have been manic depressive.

11 Things You Need to Know About Lamictal and Lamotrigine
Information about Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - a drug used to treat seizure disorders and as a mood stabilizer for people who have bipolar disorder.

Hallucinations - Do I Need Help?
Three people describe their hallucinations, sometimes along with other symptoms, and ask questions about what they are experiencing. Do they need help? Do you?

How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed ?
Diagnosing bipolar disorder is not as easy as diagnosing a cold or even diabetes. It takes time and careful analysis of the patient's mental, medical and family history.

Bipolar Disorder - Spending Control and Financial Issues
Bipolar disorder can cause a financial burden on patients. Not only are healthcare costs high (even with insurance), but spending can get out of control during manic and hypomanic episodes. Going into debt, having to declare bankruptcy, even losing one's home can result. Here are tips to help you cope with the financial problems having bipolar disorder can cause.

Alberta - Mental Health Support & Advocacy Organizations
Resources and information relating to organizations in Alberta, Canada that offer help for those with mental health issues in general and bipolar disorder specifically.

Manitoba – Mental Health Support & Advocacy Organizations
Found here are resources and information relating to organizations in Manitoba, Canada that offer help for those with mental health issues in general and bipolar disorder specifically.

Marplan / Isocarboxazid - MAOI Antidepressant
Marplan (generic name isocarboxazid) is an antidepressant in the class of drugs known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) sometimes prescribed for the treatment of depression associated with bipolar disorder (manic depression). Found here are resources and information relating to this medication.

Newfoundland – Mental Health Support & Advocacy Organizations
Found here are resources and information relating to organizations in Newfoundland, Canada that offer help for those with mental health issues in general and bipolar disorder specifically.

Chat Rooms for Teens with Bipolar Disorder
From one teen to another,

ECT Pros & Cons
Electroconvulsive Therapy is also known as ECT or shock therapy. It is sometimes used in the treatment of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder (manic depression). Found here are articles and resources regarding the pros and cons of ECT, including both strong supporters and strong opposition.

Our Forums
Welcome to the About Bipolar Disorder Forums! We currently have three forums – our main Bipolar Disorder forum, our Bipolar Complications forum, and our Bipolar Coping & Communications forum. Each of these forums boasts an active community which consists of supportive, knowledgeable and compassionate volunteers and members.

Men's Issues with Self-Injury - Men Who Self-Injure
As written by Ben Taylor, author of “Exploring the Perspectives of Men who Self-harm”, “Self-harm has become one of the great taboos of our time. In men it is even less acknowledged, accepted and understood than it is in women.” These links specifically address the problem of self-injury in men.

US State Advocacy Programs
Advocacy is the work of organizations or individuals to protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities such as bipolar disorder (manic depression). An advocate serves as an intercessor, speaking on someone else's behalf to ensure against discrimination and loss of rights. Found here are links to US state advocacy programs.

Asia – Mental Health Support & Advocacy Organizations
Found here are resources and information relating to organizations in Asia that offer help for those with mental health issues in general and bipolar disorder specifically. If you know of others not listed here, please let us know!

Australia – Mental Health Support & Advocacy Organizations
Found here are resources and information relating to organizations in Australia that offer help for those with mental health issues in general and bipolar disorder specifically. If you know of others not listed here, please let us know!

Canada – Mental Health Support & Advocacy Organizations
Found here are resources and information relating to organizations in Canada that offer help for those with mental health issues in general and bipolar disorder specifically.

Chat Rooms
There are many online communities, some with special focuses, that offer chat rooms where you can go to find support and information for bipolar disorder (manic depression). These chat rooms also allow you to share your experience with others.