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Bipolar Medication & Pregnancy: What Are the Risks?

When working with pregnant women affected by bipolar disorder, doctors inevitably face some stark choices. On one hand, suspension of the use of bipolar medications could lead to serious harm from a relapse back into active symptoms. On the other hand, many of the medications proven effective in managing bipolar symptoms can lead to serious […]

Bipolar Men: How Successful Businessmen Hide Mental Illness

About 2.6 % of the U.S. adult population is affected by bipolar disorder, according to National Institute of Mental Health. The condition can be very challenging to deal with and carries a heavy stigma in today’s society. For bipolar men hoping to be successful in the world of business, this stigma creates pressure to keep […]

When Does Bipolar Type 2 Manifest?

As with most mental health concerns, bipolar type 2 typically manifests during the teenage years or one’s early 20s. However, because bipolar disorder is characterized by mood swings, which teenagers are naturally prone to experience thanks to hormones, it often remains undiagnosed and unaddressed until the individual is a little older.

What Predicts Self-Harm in People With Borderline Personality Disorder?

The majority of people affected by borderline personality disorder (BPD) engage in a form of self-harm known as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Underlying reasons for this behavior can vary widely from person to person. In a study published in the journal Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotional Dysregulation, researchers examined the factors that help predict non-suicidal self-injury […]

Ketamine Quickly Targets Depression

The anesthetic ketamine, which first came into use for surgical procedures more than 40 years ago, may be successful at treating one of two “cardinal symptoms” of major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

Borderline Personality Disorder Widely Underdiagnosed

Recent findings from an American research team indicate that doctors may underdiagnose cases of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and overdiagnose cases of bipolar disorder, a second severe mental health condition that has certain features in common with BPD. Doctors and researchers are well aware that borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder share an overlapping set […]

The Value of Routine in Managing Bipolar Disorder

For just about everyone, routine provides a sense of stability and promotes achievement. For the person with bipolar disorder, maintaining a daily routine can be a vital strategy to normalize mood. By contrast, days filled with surprises can trigger bipolar episodes. Following a daily schedule is so helpful that an entire therapy has been built […]

Offering Meaningful Support to a Spouse with Bipolar Disorder

When a loved one is diagnosed with bipolar disorder it isn’t unusual to feel overwhelmed. A caring spouse will want to know what’s ahead and how to be supportive. There are numerous books and articles on the subject, but perhaps the most helpful advice comes from those who live each day with bipolar.