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Bipolar Depression Has Nothing to Do With Lack of Gratitude

Bipolar Depression Has Nothing to Do With Lack of Gratitude

The movement of gratitude leading to emotional wellness hit its stride when Oprah promoted the gratitude journal. But gratitude has no bearing on depression.

The concept that people need to be grateful for the good things in life has been around probably forever. It’s a form of positivity. Rather than being upset you don’t have the Ferrari the guy next door has, be grateful that you have a Volvo in which to take your kids to school. Seems reasonable enough.

And the movement of gratitude leading to emotional wellness really hit its stride when Oprah started promoting the “gratitude journal”. Basically you write down what you’re grateful for every day and then, “you’ll become a deliberate attractor of positive vibrations”. In Oprah’s case, I’m guessing that’s one really fat journal, and apparently lots of vibrations.

But gratitude has no bearing on how depressed I am.

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5 Signs You’re Heading Into a Depression & 5 Ways to Fight Back

5 Signs You’re Heading Into a Depression & 5 Ways to Fight Back

Bipolar disorder is episodic. This means that a person with bipolar disorder will experience episodes of depression and mania (or hypomania). And even when a person is relatively stable, thanks to successful bipolar treatment or just plain luck, it is likely they will still experience a depressive episode at some point in the future.

But how do you know if you’re heading into a depression?

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Decoding Drug Information – Seroquel Adverse Reactions – Final

Decoding Drug Information – Seroquel Adverse Reactions – Final

Last week I talked about Seroquel indications and dosage as well as the warnings and precautions for Seroquel.

Today I complete discussion of the prescribing information on Seroquel and suggest why you need to know this stuff anyway.

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Decoding Drug Information – Seroquel Warnings & Precautions – Part 2

Decoding Drug Information – Seroquel Warnings & Precautions – Part 2

On Monday we discussed the full prescribing information for Seroquel including: warnings, indications and usage, dosage and contraindications.

Today we get to the meaty part – Seroquel Warnings and Precautions.

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Decoding Bipolar Drug Information – Seroquel (Part 1)

Decoding Bipolar Drug Information – Seroquel (Part 1)

Seroquel was the 5th grossing drug in 2009, with revenue of $4.2 billion. That’s more money than any pain-killer, antidepressant or erectile dysfunction medication. And my guess is that many of you reading this right now, are on it.

And I also guess almost none of you have taken the time to read the prescribing information on Seroquel.

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How to Pick a Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

How to Pick a Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

On Monday, I talked about what to do if you’ve just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and if you’ve read that piece then you know, I recommended a lot of breathing and thinking. I notably did not suggest decision-making.

Well, you can’t live in a yoga studio forever.

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What to Do If You’ve Just Been Diagnosed as Bipolar

What to Do If You’ve Just Been Diagnosed as Bipolar

Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder is scary. I describe the impact of a bipolar disorder diagnosis, what to do immediately following your bipolar diagnosis. Breaking Bipolar blog.

Being diagnosed as bipolar is a scary thing. It can happen in a number of ways, but if you’re like most of us, you probably didn’t know what was wrong for a long time, then you were misdiagnosed and then sometime later, you got the moniker of “bipolar”. Few of us go right from episode to bipolar diagnosis.

But regardless of how you got here, what do you do next?

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Bipolar Is Unfair

Bipolar Is Unfair

When most of us were young we learned that life isn’t fair. Yes, that boy got a bigger slice of cake than you. Yes, that girl gets better grades than you even though she doesn’t study. Yes, that’s boy’s imaginary friend’s clothes are nicer than yours. Life isn’t fair.

But when I was diagnosed with bipolar at 20, my definition of “unfair” had to be reviewed.

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How to Talk to a Doctor About Your Mental Illness

How to Talk to a Doctor About Your Mental Illness

The mentally ill avoid seeing doctors because talking to doctors about mental illness is so unpleasant. Here are six things to remember when talking to doctors

Okay, I admit it, I don’t like doctors. At all. In fact, one might suggest I downright hate them. I hate going to their appointments, I hate being in their waiting room and I hate talking to them.

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5 Depression / Bipolar Treatments You Might Not Know About

5 Depression / Bipolar Treatments You Might Not Know About

I’ve been in treatment for over a decade now and in that time I’ve had more than my share of doctors. Some doctors have been awful, but some have been great and at the top of their field. And when a doctor at the top of their field sees a treatment-resistant bipolar, they have some treatment options that your average doctor might not think of.

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