Bipolar disorder is a depressive disorder characterized by unusual shifts in mood, energy, behavior, concentration, and activity levels.
Myths and stereotypes about bipolar disorder abound, and they can make living with the condition even harder for the people who have it and their loved ones. Knowing the truth about bipolar disorder can save lives. Read more in Everyday Health.
Bipolar disorder can change with age but whether this change is more positive or harmful depends on a variety of factors. To counter the changes of bipolar symptoms over time, your treatment plan may change as well. Read more in Psych Central.
It’s normal for your mood to change in response to different situations, news, or challenges you encounter throughout a day. But if your mood shifts dramatically between extreme highs and lows, it may be a sign of bipolar disorder. Read more in Everyday Health.
It's not uncommon for people with bipolar disorder to have more than one mental health diagnosis.Genetic factors such as a family history and environmental factors such as childhood adversity likely play a role in the development of co-occurring mental health conditions, according to a review published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Read more in Everyday Health.
“When someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder has the support of family or friends, it can make a significant difference in their ability to successfully manage their symptoms,” says Meghan Marcum, PsyD, the chief psychologist at A Mission for Michael, a dual diagnosis treatment center in San Juan Capistrano, California, for people with mental health conditions like bipolar disorder and co-occurring disorders. Read more in Everyday Health.
“Even if someone makes do on little sleep, it can have repercussions, such as increased moodiness, depression, worry, difficulty concentrating, and even higher risk for accidental death in a worst-case scenario,” explains Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, a licensed psychologist in New York City and the director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, a center for neuropsychological, psychiatric, and educational difficulties.Read more in Everyday Health.
If you don’t have bipolar disorder, you might not realize why saying certain things can make a loved one or friend feel mocked and minimized rather than supported. Here’s what experts suggest to say instead. Read more in Everyday Health.
It’s unusual to experience Cotard delusion, but it does happen. If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, especially if bipolar disorder runs in the family, consider reaching out for support from a healthcare professional or mental health professional as soon as possible. Read more in Psych Central.
Despite it being unofficial, borderpolar has gained traction in the medical field, says Mark Zimmerman, MD, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University and the director of outpatient psychiatry and the partial hospital program at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. (Dr. Zimmerman is often credited with helping coin the term.) Read more in Everyday Health.
Mania is commonly associated with bipolar disorder, but people without these disorders can also experience mania. When this happens, it means there is another cause or factor contributing to it, such as the effects of a substance or a medical condition. Read more in Verywell.
Mood changes, or swings, refer to abrupt shifts in your mood or emotional state, and may be a normal response to stress or hormonal shifts. However, they can also signify a mental health disorder like borderline personality disorder or bipolar disorder, which is characterized by extremely high and low moods. Rapid or extreme mood swings may interfere with your daily life and relationships. This article explains how to recognize the symptoms of mood swings, what may be causing them, and how they can be managed. Read more in Verywell.