Category «Bipolar»

How WRAP Helps Me Live with My Bipolar

A few years ago a friend introduced me to the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) by Mary Ellen Copeland, MS, MA. WRAP is designed to manage symptoms of psychiatric conditions by people living with mental health conditions who were trying to feel better. It focuses on a five part system of: 1. Daily maintenance plan. …

Bipolar disorder that is invisible, even to those closest to u.

Many parts of my bipolar disorder are apparent to my friends and family because they show externally. My mood swings are obvious and my triggers are easy to spot, but there are heavier parts about living with bipolar disorder that are invisible, even to those closest to me. 1. I hate myself most of the …

Top 10 Terrific Things About Bipolar Disorder

Top Ten Terrific Things About Bipolar Disorder 1. Creativity. Visual arts, performance, writing, music; in all the arts bipolar talent is common and sometimes exceptional. Patty Duke, Ernest Hemingway, Trent Reznor, Sylvia Plath, many more. The link between bipolar disorder and creativity is well-established, though further study is needed. One research finding: as many as …

4 Ways to Treat Bipolar Disorder Naturally

Over two and a half percent of the adult population of the United States has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, with 83% of those diagnosed as severe and average age of onset at 25.[1] If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you are more than likely trying to find ways to improve your symptoms. …

How To Deal With A Bipolar Family Member – 14 Steps With Pictures

Having a family member with bipolar disorder can be a challenge and takes patience and compassion. In coping with a family member’s bipolar disorder, it is important to support your family member, take care of yourself physically and emotionally, and educate yourself about bipolar disorder. Part 1 of 3: Supporting Your Family Member   1 …

Learn the Behaviors and Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar has a wide range of symptoms: the intense and often dangerous highs and psychosis of mania, the unrestrained nature of hypomania in both bipolar II and cyclothymia, and the varying degrees of depression. Certain behaviors are characteristic of bipolar disorder (formerly called manic depression). These two articles list the symptoms and signs of manic …

Untangling Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes mood swings between depression and a high-energy state called mania. If you’re suffering from symptoms of bipolar disorder, it can be hard to function normally. It can also be difficult to function normally if you’re abusing alcohol, drugs, or both. Sometimes these are woven together. If you …

The Role of Sleep in Bipolar Disorder

The up-and-down moods of bipolar disorder are often accompanied by erratic sleep habits. Improving one helps the other. By taking medication for bipolar disorder, you may be able to sleep better. And by following a healthy sleep routine, you may be able to manage bipolar disorder more effectively. Extreme Moods, Troubled Sleep A bad night’s …

Top 10 Steps to Bipolar Disorder Treatment

The goal of bipolar disorder treatment is to reduce your episodes of feeling too high (mania) and feeling too low (depression). Treatment can lessen mood swings and help you live a normal and fulfilling life. Because bipolar disorder is unpredictable, your treatment may need to change over time. Here is a step-by-step look at the …

4 Steps to Getting a Loved One Help for Bipolar Disorder

I have learned a lot while caring for my sister, who has bipolar disorder. The first thing I learned? There is no guidebook for caregiving. Bipolar disorder affects everyone differently, and each situation has its own obstacles and hiccups. But after dealing with my little sister’s condition for the last six years, I think I’ve …