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The Depression after a Hypomania

The Depression after a Hypomania

I find the depression after a hypomania is worse than your average depression. Learn about what depression is like after hypomania.

Maybe it’s just me, but I find the bipolar depression after a hypomania to be much worse than your average, daily depression. Post-hypomania depression is the way you pay for a hypomania (at least for me) and hypomania is very, very expensive.

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Did Antidepressant Black Box Warnings Increase Suicides?

Did Antidepressant Black Box Warnings Increase Suicides?

The antidepressant black box warning was issued to reduce suicide in youth but has the antidepressant black box warning actually increased suicides?

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box warning (the most serious type of warning) on antidepressants advising of the risk of suicide in children taking antidepressants. In 2006, the FDA expanded this warning to include youth under the age of 24. The goal of these black box warnings was to reduce suicides in these populations. Unfortunately, the antidepressant black box warnings appear to have had unintended consequences. The antidepressant black box warnings appear to have actually increased the rate of suicide.

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Depressed and Not Getting Better? Do You Have Mild Bipolar?

Depressed and Not Getting Better? Do You Have Mild Bipolar?

There are a significant number of people diagnosed with depression who don’t get better because they actually have bipolar disorder and have been misdiagnosed or have a mild form of bipolar. I was one of those people. Luckily for me, it only took about 6-9 months to correct the misdiagnosis but for many people, it takes much, much longer. Many people sit with a misdiagnosis of depression for, literally, years. And what doctors (and patients) should be thinking about is if a patient has been diagnosed with depression but isn’t getting better, does he or she really have mild bipolar disorder?

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Work and Bipolar Disorder – Dos and Don’ts for Success

Work and Bipolar Disorder – Dos and Don’ts for Success

Working when you have bipolar disorder can be challenging. Use these work and bipolar dos and don'ts for work success.

When working with bipolar, there are definite dos and don’ts. These dos and don’ts can help predict just how successful you can be with bipolar at work because you can work with bipolar but that’s a much easier goal to achieve if you keep certain rules in mind (Keeping a Job When You Have Bipolar Disorder).

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How The United States Treats Psychosis Is All Wrong

How The United States Treats Psychosis Is All Wrong

Do you know how the United States treats psychosis — a condition that affects millions of Americans? I am not an expert in psychosis, nor have I, personally, experienced psychosis, but one thing I’m pretty sure about is how the United States treats psychosis is all wrong.

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Safety Tips for Bipolar: Bipolar Lockdown

Safety Tips for Bipolar: Bipolar Lockdown

Bipolar symptoms can get out of control and sometimes we need to consider safety tips for bipolar. These safety tips can apply during a bipolar mania, hypomania or depression.  When we implement a series of these bipolar safety tips, I call it being on a self-imposed “bipolar lockdown.”

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Cause of Death: Bipolar Disorder, Mental Illness

Cause of Death: Bipolar Disorder, Mental Illness

Why is bipolar disorder or mental illness never listed as a cause of death? Read why it's important to recognize the real cause of death in bipolar.

Have you ever heard of mental illness being a cause of death? Cause of death: schizophrenia or cause of death: bipolar or cause of death: anorexia? No? Me neither. That’s in spite of the fact that for some mental illnesses, like depression and bipolar, suicide attempts are an actual symptom of the illness. In other words, if a person dies by suicide and they’re bipolar, really, the cause of death is bipolar. So why don’t we popularly recognize mental illness as a cause of death?

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Can Exercise Really Help Bipolar Depression?

Can Exercise Really Help Bipolar Depression?

In multiple studies, exercise has been shown to improve unipolar depression, but can exercise really help bipolar depression? Some doctors think so but this is mostly because they are generalizing the data from that on unipolar depression. Evidence for the usefulness of exercise in bipolar depression is scant.

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Bipolar Passion vs. Bipolar Anger

Bipolar Passion vs. Bipolar Anger

Have you ever considered that sometimes what looks like bipolar anger is really bipolar passion? I am a person with bipolar and I am a person who is intense and passionate (Bipolar and Displays of Emotion). In fact, it is my opinion that people with bipolar are frequently passionate people. We feel things more strongly than others so this makes sense. I don’t mean romantically (although, perhaps, there too), I just mean passionate about ideas, creations, art and so on. But, in my experience, this bipolar passion can be interpreted by others as bipolar anger.

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How to Deal with Bipolar Medication Side Effects

How to Deal with Bipolar Medication Side Effects

Let’s face it, side effects happen to almost everyone who takes medication for bipolar disorder. Bipolar medication side effects can range from annoying, to painful, to downright intolerable. But how does one deal with bipolar medication side effects?

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