25 Things Only Someone with Bipolar Disorder Would Understand

1. You can tell when you had a manic episode by looking at your credit card bill. 2. Even though you live on your own, it often feels like you’re waking up with a stranger. 3. You have so many racing thoughts you should be a NASCAR analyst. 4. You don’t suffer from a sense […]

Bipolar Disorder Increases Parkinson’s Risk Sevenfold

Bipolar patients are seven times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study. Though the news may be disheartening to those suffering from the already-trying condition, the link might also lead to clues about the causes behind the two conditions. Parkinson’s is a complex disease associated with a gradual decline in dopamine levels […]

Child Bipolar Disorder Still Rare

Bipolar disorder usually strikes between the ages of 15 and 25, and is extremely rare in preteens, according to a major study: Age at onset versus family history and clinical outcomes in 1,665 international bipolar-I disorder patients The findings are old hat. It’s long been known that manic-depression most often begins around the age of 20, […]

Bipolar Disorder – A BRIDGE to nowhere?

Last August I blogged about a research paper that claimed that almost half of all people suffering from depression actually have features of bipolar disorder – including me: So Apparantly I’m Bipolar It was called the BRIDGE study. I took issue with it for various reasons, including the fact that it counted as ‘bipolar features’ any periods […]

10 Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Media depictions of bipolar disorder aren’t always inaccurate. Films like “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) and “Michael Clayton” (2007) have challenged and expanded the public’s view of what bipolar looks like in real life. However, strong stereotypes still influence how we define and recognize bipolar in ourselves and in loved ones. Here are 10 signs of bipolar disorder, including […]

13 Famous People With Bipolar Disorder

Many Celebrities Have Lived With Various Forms of Bipolar Disorder AP Photo (3) Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, affects men and women equally, with about 5.6 million adult Americans (2.6 percent of the population) diagnosed with the condition — including many famous people. The erratic behavior of some celebrities with mental illness is often attributed […]

11 Habits That Can Actually Be Signs Of Mental Illness

While the signs and symptoms of different mental illnesses can be tricky to spot, it helps to consider how they might show up in the form of certain daily habits. By knowing what to look for, it can be easier to see these habits for what they really are, and even get some help. Because if they’re […]

9 Famous People with Bipolar

They represent the pinnacle of achievement, but also a thousand struggles. Their struggles are similar to ours and so to know them is to know ourselves. The following are 9 famous people who are now speaking out about their experiences living and thriving with bipolar disorder. Patrick Kennedy Patrick Kennedy was a congressman for 16 years. […]

Shamed for Taking Bipolar Disorder Medication

The Privilege of Being ‘Against’ Mental Health Medication “I would never take medication.” It’s something I’ve heard a lot in my life. At age 20, I lost my mind overnight, but this isn’t really about that. It’s about what resulted in the following years. After this incident happened in college, I sought psychiatric help. I went through […]

Everything You Need to Know About Bipolar Disorder

What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood. Symptoms can include an extremely elevated mood called mania. They can also include episodes of depression. Bipolar disorder is also known as bipolar disease or manic depression. People with bipolar disorder may have trouble managing everyday life tasks at […]

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