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Can Bipolar Be Cured? Living With Bipolar Disorder

Depending on the severity of the bipolar disorder, you may have asked yourself, “Can bipolar be cured?” There are four forms of bipolar disorder, each varying in severity. It is a mood disorder affecting the brain, causing shifts in mood, activity, and energy levels that may impact an individual’s ability to carry out everyday tasks. Bipolar disorder is characterized by a pattern of alternating manic or hypomanic and depressive episodes lasting various lengths of time.

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Pregnant Woman with Medication Risk

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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 problems for both mother and child. Let’s look at some of the most significant risks posed by these medications when used during pregnancy.

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Hidden Mental Illness

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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 the condition secret. But how can you hide a mental illness like bipolar disorder? And is it worth it to try?

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Bipolar Two Disorder

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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.

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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 in young adults affected by BPD. The researchers concluded that some classic borderline personality disorder symptoms are linked to increased risks for NSSI, while the presence of other BPD symptoms apparently reduces the risks for self-harm participation.

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Marijuana Worsens Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

New findings by a team of British researchers point toward a substantial worsening of existing bipolar disorder symptoms in people who use various forms of the addictive, plant-based drug marijuana/cannabis.

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Lamotrigine Mitigates Mood Fluctuations in Bipolar Women, Study Finds

New research from a group of American scientists indicates that women with bipolar disorder experience notable menstrual cycle-related mood alterations, even when they receive effective treatment for their condition.

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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.

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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 of symptoms. In fact, the two conditions sometimes appear together in the same individual. In a study review published in January 2015 in the journal Borderline Personality and Mood Disorders, researchers from two U.S. institutions sought to determine if cases of BPD are underdiagnosed by American doctors. They also sought to determine if doctors overdiagnose the presence of bipolar disorder.

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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 around the idea.

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