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What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive disorder) is an illness that causes extreme mood changes that alternate between manic episodes of abnormally high energy and the extreme lows of depression. Bipolar disorder may cause behavior so severe that you may not be able to function at work, in family or social situations, or in relationships with others. Some people with bipolar disorder become suicidal.
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Bipolar Disorder..more info

It is our privilege to provide a pamphlet from the National Institute of Mental Health, (NIHM). The NIHM website contains a great deal of information about mental illness in general, and we suggest you visit it; we believe your time will be well spent. What I have included from the NIMH has been written by professionals as a result of much research. I believe the information provides an excellent overview and lays a foundation of understanding to build on as you further pursue knowledge about Bipolar Disorder.

Teenage Bipolar ..more info

Research has improved the ability to diagnose Bipolar Disorder in children and teens. Bipolar Disorder can begin in childhood and during the teenage years, although it is usually diagnosed in adult life. The illness can affect anyone. However, if one or both parents have Bipolar Disorder, the chances are greater that their children may develop the disorder. Family history of drug or alcohol abuse also may be associated with greater risk for Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar ii ..more info

Bipolar II Disorder is characterized by one or more depressive episodes accompanied by at least one hypomanic episode. A hypomanic episode is defined as a distinct period of persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting at least 4 days, that is clearly different from the person’s non-depressed mood. Hypomanic episodes have symptoms similar to manic episodes (found in Bipolar I Disorder), but are less severe.

Suicide ..more info

In an alarming statistic, it is said that one in five persons with bipolar disorder will commit suicide at some point in their lifetime. Sixty percent of all suicides in the United States are committed by those suffering from depression and bipolar disorder. Suicide is the potentially fatal grip of bipolar disorder and claims all too many people’s lives each year. Depending upon the citation, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. For every two homicides in the United States 3 persons commit suicide. Suicide can be prevented and my book expands upon strategies to help cope with depression and move past the depressive cycle. Information from NIHM is included with important facts about suicide.

Codependence ..more info

Through codependency, we often develop a distorted self image and sense of worth. It is unhealthy to depend on the approval of others to determine our worth. This information includes quotes from “Codependence, the Dance of the Wounded Soul,” by Robert Burney. His teachings and counsel can help a person get in touch with a wounded inner self and to allow one to grieve inner wounds.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD) ..more info

Emotional stress aggravates bipolar disorder and can cause a great deal of difficulty in our lives. Information from NIHM provides an excellent overview of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD). Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is one treatment for PTSD that is often quite successful.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, (EMDR) ..more info

EMDR is a treatment for PTSD. EMDR was very helpful in overcoming many childhood and adult issues that traumatized me. If you are struggling with life issues that really hold you down, then I would suggest that you discuss EMDR with your therapist or doctor.

Brain Basics - Understanding Sleep ..more info

Sleep is critical to mental health. Because of this it is important to understand sleep and how sleep deprivation can precipitate a full-blown manic episode. . In this information, you will discover sleep patterns and strategies that may reduce the threat of bipolar disorder mania. Information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) provides an excellent overview of Sleep and its importance.

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