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These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:17:50 +0000

 



The Form Of Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder has three main forms: bipolar 1, bipolar 2 and cyclothymia, which are characterized by either mania or hypomania and depression.



What's the Difference Between Bipolar I and...

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The main difference between bipolar 1 and 2 disorders is the presence of mania. Come explore the differences between these disorders in depth.



Everything You Need to Know About Bipolar Type I

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Here is a brief but easy-to-understand definition of bipolar I disorder - the most severe kind of manic depression.



The Warning Signs of Bipolar Mania

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In bipolar disorder, the symptoms of mania and hypomania can include everything from abnormally high moods to grandiose thinking, and from being energetic on very little sleep to hypersexuality.This article lists bipolar hypomanic and manic symptoms.



Could Your Child Have Bipolar Disorder?

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Could your child have bipolar disorder? Read about symptoms of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents, and what this might mean for your child.



10 Things You Must Know Before Taking...

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Sertraline is sometimes used to treat bipolar depression. Here are the side effects, overdose symptoms, and drug interactions you should know about.



Does Anthony Michael Hall Have Bipolar Disorder?

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Actor Anthony Michael Hall has been labeled as having bipolar disorder in dozens if not hundreds of articles on the internet. But is there any actual proof?



What Is Bipolar Hypomania? How Is It Diagnosed?

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Hypomania in bipolar disorder: excessive energy, little need for sleep, exhilaration, irritability, excitement or aggression, and other symptoms.



How to Recognize a Manic or Hypomanic Episode

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Watch for these signs and symptoms if your friend or loved one displays them as they may signaling a bipolar manic or hypomanic episode.



The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and...

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Psychopaths and sociopaths are people without a conscience, often criminal, sometimes violent. Is there a connection between these and bipolar?



Here's What You Need to Know About Bipolar...

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Why do you get bipolar disorder? What are bipolar I and bipolar II, and what are mania, hypomania and bipolar depression? Answers can be found here.



What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

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Read about the symptoms of bipolar disorder in adults, including the symptoms specific for a manic episode versus a depressive episode.



10 Things Not to Say to Someone With Bipolar...

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People say the most infuriating things to those who have bipolar. Here are 10 common comments that are never helpful and are almost guaranteed to annoy.



6 Red Flag Signs You Might Be Depressed

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Depression is considered one of the primary symptoms of bipolar disorder. Learn how to familiarize yourself with the common warning signs of depression.



What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Psychosis?

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Psychosis can occur in either bipolar mania or in depression. Learn about psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and paranoia, along with the mental illnesses where psychosis is most common.



Why Ideas of Reference Are So Much More Than...

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What Is Mania in Bipolar Disorder? How Is it...

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Bipolar mania is characterized by excessive energy plus such symptoms as rapid speech, extravagant behavior, extreme irritability, hallucinations, etc.



What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder in...

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Bipolar disorder affects as many women as men. Here's how some symptoms may appear in women during mania and hypomania, bipolar depression, and mixed episodes.



Everything You Need to Know About Bipolar II...

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In Bipolar 2 disorder, also known as Bipolar II, the 'high' mood is less severe than the mania of Bipolar 1 and is called hypomania. Many of the symptoms of Bipolar 2 are the same as those of Bipolar 1, but there are some key differences between the two illnesses.



Is it Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia?

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Though there are some similarities between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the symptoms doctors look at for diagnosis are quite a bit different.



Why There Are So Many Theories About the Cause...

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Bipolar disorder can be devastating if not controlled. This article presents what researchers now consider to be the most likely causes of bipolar disorder.



Recognize and Cope with Racing Thoughts and...

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Should You Take Zoloft for Bipolar Disorder?

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A compact look at Zoloft medication - generic sertraline hydrochloride - an SSRI antidepressant approved for use in treating depression, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, PMDD and social anxiety disorder. Zoloft medication may also be prescribed for the depressive side of bipolar disorder.



Get to Know the Different Mood Stabilizers for...

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If you have bipolar disorder, mood stabilizers will likely be prescribed for you. These drugs treat symptoms of mania, hypomania, and depression.



Toxic People in Your Life? Here's How to Spot...

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Toxic people drain all the joy out of the room, replacing it with negativity and pessimism. Here's how to keep them from dragging you down with them.



Can You Qualify for Disability if You Have...

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Can those with bipolar disorder qualify for disability from the U.S. Social Security Administration? Learn about your access to SSDI and SSI.



What Is a Major Depressive Episode?

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A group of symptoms such as low mood, sadness, fatigue, insomnia and indecision must be present to confirm the diagnosis of bipolar depression.



Bipolar Quiz - Do I Have Hypomanic Episodes?

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This quiz is an informal checklist for you to use to determine whether you're likely to have experienced, or are currently in a state of, bipolar hypomania.



Do You Have Cyclothymic Disorder?

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What sets cyclothymic disorder apart from the other types of bipolar disorder is that your symptoms last for months or even years without letting up.



Bipolar Depression and Preoccupation With Death

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Concluding a 6-part series on the symptoms of bipolar depression, this article focuses on thoughts of death, suicidal ideation, and feeling dead or detached.



What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

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In Lesson 2 of Bipolar for Beginners, we take a look at what scientists believe are the causes - genetic, physical and psychological - of bipolar disorder.



When Experiencing Racing Thoughts Isn't Just...

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Racing thoughts - where you can't silence the words or sounds running through your mind - are common in bipolar disorder mania and hypomania.



This Symptom of Mania in Bipolar Disorder Means...

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Pressured speech is a key symptom of mania in bipolar disorder. Learn what it involves, what it feels like to experience it, and how to control it.



Why Do You Gain Weight When Taking Lithium for...

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The bipolar disorder treatment lithium often causes people to gain weight. Here are some theories why this occurs, and how you might prevent it.



Are You Having Hallucinations?

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We hear jokes about hallucinations, but do you know what they really are? Hallucinations may occur in bipolar disorder and are frequent in schizophrenia. Here is a clear definition along with examples from patients.



Everything You Need to Know About Lithium...

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When someone takes too much lithium, a drug most often used as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, lithium toxicity can result and be dangerous.



If You're Taking Lamical, Watch Out for a Rash:...

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Lamictal (lamotrigine), a drug to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder, can cause serious, even life-threatening rashes. Learn who's at risk.



What is Schizoaffective Disorder?

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Difficult to define and difficult to diagnose, schizoaffective disorder combines elements of a mood disorder with those of schizophrenia.



Understanding Your Bipolar Medications

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Read about pertinent information on the medications you may be taking for your bipolar disorder, including a mood stabilizer or benzodiazepine.



So You've Been Prescribed Lithium for Bipolar....

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Lithium can be quite effective in treating bipolar disorder, but it comes with some potential side effects and cautions. Learn what to expect.



How Much Social Security Disability Will You...

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In considering disability an important question is the value of the disability benefits that will be provided if your application is successful.



What are the differences and similarities of...

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The most common disability programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income as well as Medicare and Medicaid.



What is the DSM-5? Diagnostic and Statistical...

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A look at the new edition (2013) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, called the DSM-5, including some of the controversies.



What Is a Sociopath? 3 Frightening Examples

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Ted Bundy, Josef Mengele and Diazien Hossencofft are all sociopaths who became infamous because of their crimes.



Lithium Tests and Toxicity

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Thyroid and kidney tests need to be run before a person starts taking lithium, and serum levels should be monitored as lithium toxicity can be dangerous.



11 Things You Need to Know About Lamictal and...

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Information about Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - a drug used to treat seizure disorders and as a mood stabilizer for people who have bipolar disorder.



9 Psychiatric Conditions That Share Symptoms...

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The list of psychiatric conditions with symptoms similar to those of bipolar disorder is rather long. To further complicate the picture, most of these disorders can also occur with bipolar disorder. Here is a review of the major conditions that fall into this category.



5 Types of Delusions You Could Have in Bipolar...

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Delusions are false beliefs that a person firmly holds to be true, despite what others think or say.They are a psychotic feature of bipolar disorder.



13 Ways to Explain Bipolar Disorder to Others

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The popular impression of manic depression is quite different from the reality. If you need to explain bipolar disorder, here are some helpful hints.



Are You Suffering From Paranoia and What Should...

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A comprehensive definition of paranoia, which may be present in bipolar disorder or schizophrenia as well as several other mental illnesses.



4 Physical Symptoms of Bipolar Depression

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Depression doesn't just affect mind and mood - there are also physical symptoms such as unexplained aches and pains, appetite changes and more.



What Are the Types of Depression Medications?

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This article lists the various types of depression medications and the drugs that are included in each type.



What Is Bipolar Disorder?

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Textbook definitions of bipolar disorder may not be very enlightening. Here we begin our definition of manic depression in easy to understand language.



Do You Have Manic Episodes? Take This Bipolar...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

This quiz is an informal checklist for you to use to determine whether you're likely to have experienced, or are currently in a state of, bipolar mania.



3 Red Flags That Could Signal Bipolar Disorder

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Learn how to tell when your experiences are normal and when they’ve pushed into the extremes of depression or mania associated with bipolar disorder.



Everything You Need to Know About Cyclothymia

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Cyclothymia also known (incorrectly) as cyclothymia disorder and bipolar cyclothymia is a form of bipolar disorder that many people haven't heard of.



Can Your Bipolar Medication Cause Hair Loss?

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Several drugs may cause hair loss or thinning hair. Here's why and what can be done about hair loss (alopecia) or thinning hair due from medications.



Grandiosity in Bipolar Disorder: Definition and...

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Grandiosity is a symptom of the manic episodes of bipolar disorder which describes feelings of being superior, or more capable than you actually are.



Religious Factors in Bipolar Disorder

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One of the challenges in treatment is determining where the line is between supportive spirituality and harmful delusions.



So Your Doctor Prescribed Lamical. Will You...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

If you're taking Lamictal for bipolar disorder or for epilepsy, you may be worried that it will cause you to gain or lose weight. Learn the facts.



Everything You Need to Know About Dysphoria

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Dysphoria is an elusive term at best. Here dysphoria is defined as it relates to bipolar disorder.



What Causes Agitated Movement in Bipolar...

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Psychomotor agitation is purposeless, intense restlessness brought on by mental tension. Learn more about psychomotor agitation.



Should You Take Celexa for Depression?

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

This article covers Celexa, a medication used to treat depression, including precautions and warnings, and information regarding pregnancy and Celexa.



What Are the Potential Side Effects of Lithium?

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Lithium - known by brand names including lithobid and eskalith - is a naturally occurring element prescribed as a mood stabilizer to treat bipolar disorder.



What Medications Are Prescribed for Bipolar...

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Psychiatrists can prescribe many different medications for bipolar disorder. In this list, you'll find those drugs beginning with the letters L and M.



What Is The DSM-IV?

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Here is a brief but clear description of the DSM-IV that carries so much weight in the lives of Americans with mental illnesses.



Methods For Treating Bipolar Disorder

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A treatment plan for bipolar disorder primarily consists of pharmacological intervention (medications) with therapy as a possible intervention.



Clang Associations: Nonsensical Rhyming in...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Clang associations are odd, nonsensical groupings of words spoken by people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia who are in the midst of psychosis.



Cyclothymia / Cyclothymic Disorder - New...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Cyclothymia, a mood disorder related to bipolar disorder, is a less severe condition that can still cause considerable distress and impaired functioning.



The Story Behind the Famous Poet Sylvia...

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Poet Sylvia Plath suffered from extreme bipolar depression that profoundly affected her work and ultimately led to her suicide at the age of 30.



Everything You Need to Know About Serotonin...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Serotonin Syndrome is a condition brought on by having too much of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the body. It is treatable, but it can be fatal.



What Is a Euthymic Mood in Bipolar Disorder?

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Euthymia has several similar definitions. With regard to bipolar disorder, it simply means that your mood states are stable, the goal of treatment.



I Can't Hold a Job! What Do I Do?

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Bipolar disorder can seriously compromise the ability to work. Extreme symptoms of this illness make it difficult for some to hold a job for very long.



What You Need to Know About Lamictal

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Lamictal - generic lamotrigine - is an anticonvulsant epilepsy medication approved for use as a mood stabilizer in the treatment of bipolar disorder.



Mental Illness - What Does It Mean, And What...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Mental illness is a condition that affects a person's mood, behavior or thoughts in a way that is distressing or impairs functioning.



Robert Downey, Jr. - Poster Child for...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Actor Robert Downey, Jr. has punctuated a career filled with talent and promise with arrests, imprisonments and time spent in drug rehabilitation. Though he has reportedly been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, nothing has ever been said about his receiving proper treatment for that condition.



The Difference Between Congruent and Incongruen...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Symptoms are mood-incongruent if they are not consistent with your mood or are at odds with current circumstances.They're mood-congruent if they are.



Why You Shouldn't Drink Grapefruit Juice With...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Drinking grapefruit juice can cause serious problems with your medications. Here's why, and a partial list of drugs that can be affected.



What Are the Symptoms of Lamictal Withdrawal?

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Some people who abruptly stop taking the drug Lamictal for bipolar disorder complain of bad withdrawal symptoms. Learn what you should expect.



Why Do Bipolar People Sometimes Move and Talk...

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A definition of psychomotor retardation, its causes and its treatments in bipolar disorder.



How Is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Diagnosing bipolar disorder is not as easy as diagnosing a cold or even diabetes. It takes time and careful analysis of the patient's mental, medical and family history.



Expansive Moods

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People with bipolar disorder may display what's called an expansive mood. This can lead to inappropriate and even dangerous behavior. Learn the signs.



What Causes Emotional Pain In Bipolar Disorder?

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Under the heading of emotional pain are symptoms like prolonged sadness, guilt feelings, despair and hopelessness, and unexplained, uncontrollable crying.



Axl Rose Was Diagnosed Manic-Depressive - but...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Heavy metal star Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses has been diagnosed manic depressive, but says lithium does not help him. With his history, bipolar illness is only one possibility.



Everything You Need to Know About Depakote

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Facts about Depakote - generic divalproex sodium or sodium valproate - which is used as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder (also for epilepsy and migraine).



6 Symptoms of Schizophrenia

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Schizophrenia is a severe, lifelong mental disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, incoherence and physical agitation.



Difficult Moods in Bipolar Depression

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Bipolar depression is complicated. In part 4 of a 6-part series we look at moods that include indifference, irritability, pessimism, anger and others.



5 Ways to Diagnose Bipolar II Disorder

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There are five check-points a doctor will review with you for diagnosing bipolar II disorder as per the criteria found in the DSM-IV.



Risk of Misery When Stopping SSRI Antidepressants

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Here is a look at the causes and symptoms of SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome, which can occur when a person stops taking or reduces dosage of certain antidepressants.



4 Potential Precursors to a Psychotic Episode

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Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, typically including delusions and/or hallucinations. It's a symptom of something else, not an illness.



How to Tell If It's Depression, Bipolarism, or...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Sudden, uncontrollable crying, and sometimes laughing, characterize a little-known illness called PBA, pseudobulbar affect. A majority of patients with these and other symptoms are misdiagnosed with depression and, less often, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Here is information on PBA and why it is confused with mental disorders.



Experiences With ECT - Electroconvulsive Therapy

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Has your doctor prescribed treatment with ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) for manic depression? Are you considering it? Read what others have to say!



How To Recognize Symptoms of Depression

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

The symptoms of depression illustrated here will help you, as well as your friends and family, spot a depressive episode when it happens.



The Story Behind Jean-Claude Van Damme’s...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme's bipolar disorder led him into cocaine addiction and charges of spousal abuse. Here's a short biography with the details.



7 Ways Your Bipolar Disorder Could Be Making...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Bipolar depression symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia or sleeping too much, feeling lethargic, and decreased personal and social activities.



5 Requirements to Qualify for Disability

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

The Social Security Administration has a formula consisting of five basic steps for determining if an individual is considered disabled.



Service Dogs for People With Bipolar Disorder

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Not only can those with bipolar disorder benefit from the love of and for a pet, but they are also permitted under the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Antipsychotic Medications Giving You Tremors?...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Cogentin (benztropine) is a drug sometimes used in people with bipolar disorder to treat drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) from bipolar medications.



The Complexities Of Manic Depression

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Manic depression, known as bipolar disorder, is more than mood swings. It can also feature mixed episodes, cycling, psychotic features and other issues.



5 Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors...

2016-04-28T11:17:50Z

Norepinephrine is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. Learn how it works, as well as the role of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).