Attachment Styles & Parenting with Bipolar
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Attachment Styles & Parenting with Bipolar

Accepting and treating my bipolar disorder allowed me to focus on becoming a better mother. Understanding different attachment styles allows me to make more effective parenting and self-care decisions. Photo: Christopher Hopefitch / Getty Images Attachment Theory & Parenting Styles Attachment with our primary caregiver begins in early childhood. “Attachment theory” was coined and developed…

How to Help Others Help You Manage Your Bipolar
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How to Help Others Help You Manage Your Bipolar

Coping with bipolar disorder and navigating effective treatment requires a group of supporters—both professional and personal. Here’s how you can work together for the best outcomes. Choochart Choochaikupt/Getty Images The Importance of Personal & Professional Support It takes a community to cope with bipolar disorder. Everyone needs a circle of support, a reliable team of…

The Hows & Whens of Fine-Tuning Your Meds
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The Hows & Whens of Fine-Tuning Your Meds

Photo: SDI Productions / Getty Images Hope & Harmony Headlines October 20, 2022  •  Volume 15, Issue 42 Medication adherence is essential for maintaining stability with bipolar. But sometimes a prescription stops working as well as it once did and needs to be “tweaked.” Hormonal issues, poor sleep, metabolism changes, and other factors may be…

8 Common Misconceptions About Bipolar Disorder
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8 Common Misconceptions About Bipolar Disorder

What is Bipolar Disorder? There are a lot of misconceptions about bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes extreme highs and lows and changes in sleep, energy, thought, and behavior. Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depression, is a mental illness mood disorder that causes extreme mood swings,…

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My Bipolar Life – My Daily Struggles With Bipolar Disorder

My Bipolar History My name is Kevin and I have bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1997 after I tried to un-alive myself. I was immediately committed to a state hospital where I stayed for two weeks and I was put on a medicine regimen that really did not work for me….

Take a Minute to Reach Out
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Take a Minute to Reach Out

Researchers have found we appreciate when acquaintances touch base far more than expected. Brief, simple messages to someone with bipolar can be a mood-booster. The Importance of Support New research shows that we have no idea how much it means when we reach out casually—even by text—to someone we care about. The science of happiness…

What to Pack for Psychiatric Hospitalization
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What to Pack for Psychiatric Hospitalization

Sometimes, bipolar mood episodes and symptoms require psychiatric hospitalization. Here’s what I found useful during my psychiatric hold and that helped me to cope and heal. Photo: BSIP/UIG / Collection Mix: Subjects via Getty Images Unprepared for Hospitalization Soon after we had moved, I found myself in an unexpected situation. As the police SUV rattled…