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What Is Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder?

Treatment-resistant depression (also called treatment-refractory depression) is a thoroughly researched topic and widely recognized clinical challenge. In many cases, mood-stabilizing medication can help control the symptoms of depression, although first-line treatments are often ineffective. Less than 40% of individuals achieve remission with the first treatment administered and often many different medications and approaches are tried before an efficacious combination is found.

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The Problem with Self-Medicating and Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a common mental health condition that affects over 4% of the U.S. population and leads many of those affected to seek help from bipolar treatment centers. Yet some people who need bipolar disorders treatment try to self-medicate through alcohol, illegal substances or prescription drugs that are not helpful for bipolar disorder. This […]

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Signs & Symptoms of Mania

Many people are aware of the symptoms of depression, but the signs and symptoms of mania—another defining characteristic of bipolar disorder—are much less widely known. Getting help for those in need is essential and it helps being able to identify when somebody has the condition.

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A History of Bipolar Disorder

‘Bipolar disorder’ is the general term for a group of mental health conditions known officially as bipolar and related disorders. Today, these illnesses are recognized by mental health experts in the U.S. and throughout the world. However, not too long ago, things were very different.

In fact, use of the term ‘bipolar disorder’ only dates back a few decades. A brief history will help us understand why and answer the question,’What does bipolar mean’?

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How to Test Someone for Psychosis Depression

Some people affected by major depression—one of the world’s most common mental health issues—also develop diagnosable symptoms of psychosis, a problem more commonly associated with schizophrenia. The overlapping of these symptoms is sometimes referred to as psychotic depression or psychosis depression. Doctors use a number of methods to test for the presence of this highly damaging mental state.

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How to Deal with a Loved One with Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Since most of us aren’t familiar with intermittent explosive disorder (IED), it can terrify us when someone we’re close to suddenly exhibits its shocking symptoms. Studies show the lifetime incidence of IED is somewhere between 4% and 6%, which suggests most of us have been exposed to someone with the disorder at some point in our lives.

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Side Effects: Medication for Borderline Personality Disorder

Medication for borderline personality disorder affects each patient differently, so it is important to be aware of the possible side effects that you may encounter. Be sure to ask your doctor about any medications that should not be taken in combination with medication for borderline personality disorder and keep track of any side effects that you experience.

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Gender, Sexual Assault History Have No Bearing on PTSD Treatment Outcomes

New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that a military veteran’s gender and history of sexual assault exposure have no measurable impact on the initial severity of PTSD symptoms or the likelihood of recovering from those symptoms after treatment.

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Do You Need Inpatient Treatment for Depression?

If you suffer from depression, you’re not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that about 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2014.

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How to Affect Seasonal Affective Disorder

Somewhere between 4 percent and 6 percent of Americans suffer from full-fledged seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and the vast majority of these unfortunate victims are women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Even among the non-SAD population, feelings of listlessness, lifelessness and low motivation are common during the winter months, when the mercury drops out of sight and the sun hides its warming face for 14 to 16 hours at a time. In Alaska, where even the icicles have icicles and the moon sometimes rules the sky for 20 hours or more without interruption, up to 10 percent of the population reports symptoms consistent with mild-to-severe seasonal affective disorder.

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