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Blogs and Articles

New INGREZZA® (valbenazine) Analysis Demonstrates Sustained Improvement in Tardive Dyskinesia Symptoms in Patients with Primary Mood Disorders

bp Magazine
January 17, 2019

INGREZZA Significantly Reduced the Symptoms of Involuntary Movements in Patients with Bipolar or Major Depressive Disorder in Post-Hoc Analysis. Patients Treated with INGREZZA Able to Remain on Existing Psychiatric Medications.   January 16, 2019, SAN DIEGO, CA—Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: NBIX) today announced that a new analysis of INGREZZA® (valbenazine) capsules, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders1, demonstrated sustained...

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6 Conditions That Can Go Hand-in-Hand With Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
December 1, 2018

Co-occurring psychiatric conditions can be common alongside bipolar disorder and need to be diagnosed and managed concurrently. Here are six disorders that can accompany your bipolar diagnosis: #1 Anxiety disorders Anxiety as a symptom occurs during the course of illness for most people living with bipolar disorder and can resolve as part of the standard...

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10 Habits of Highly Successful People with Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
November 20, 2018

People who are successfully treating and living with their bipolar realize there’s no one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to behavioral, emotional, and psychological protocols. Here are ten habits of what has worked for them: #1 They’ve created their own treatment plan Through trial and error, these folks have created a personalized treatment plan that works...

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How to Deal with Bipolar’s Involuntary Body Movements

Shelly Barber
October 10, 2018

Don’t let tardive dyskinesia knock you down! Empowering advice from someone who’s been there. I’ve had many ups and downs with my bipolar disorder and finding the right treatment for it. One of those is a condition you may have never heard of called tardive dyskinesia (TD). TD is an example of the obstacles beyond...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Wellness Rituals

Christine Yu
October 3, 2018

A wide range of practices can be developed into wellness rituals. Finding the right ones depends on your interests, values, and what helps you unwind. START WITH SLEEP Getting quality sleep is a cornerstone for maintaining or regaining wellness. First off, set your alarm for the same time every morning—and heck, set one for a...

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11 Honest Reactions to “13 Reasons Why”

bp Magazine
July 12, 2018

Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why has always been controversial; Season 2 is raising alarms, for its disturbing imagery, and inspiring even more public outcry than Season 1.   Netflix’s teen drama 13 Reasons Why is no stranger to controversy. Based on the eponymous novel by Jay Asher, Season 1 centers on the suicide of high schooler...

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3 Healthy Ways You Can Abolish Unhealthy Food Cravings

Julie Revelant
July 3, 2018

It’s time to take charge of unhealthy food cravings. Here’s how. 1) Make sleep a priority Studies show sleep deprivation can increase cortisol and alter two hormones that affect appetite: ghrelin and leptin. Without enough hours of shut-eye, your body makes more ghrelin, “the hunger hormone,” that tells your body to eat; and slows down...

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7 Mood-Boosting ‘Superfoods’ to Ease Bipolar’s Mood Swings

Julie Revelant
July 3, 2018

Although there are no specific recommendations when it comes to the foods that will help symptoms, nixing the processed, packaged fare and focus on eating fresh, whole foods is a good idea.   Rather than focus on the foods you should eliminate from your diet, here are 7 healthy options to add in: 1) Salmon...

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Demi Lovato’s Mental Health Crusade: 3 Things to Love

bp Magazine
February 28, 2018

Lovato is not only a platinum-selling recording artist—she’s undertaken a calling to take on the stigma of mental health conditions as someone living with bipolar disorder.   There is so much to love about Demi Lovato. She talked about her mental health journey, including being diagnosed with bipolar in 2010, in a Fall 2014 interview...

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Research Finds Key Qualities of Bipolar Disorder

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January 23, 2018

A new study has revealed key aspects of bipolar disorder, in addition to the development of a new framework to diagnose and track the condition   A 12-year study from the University of Michigan has revealed defining aspects of bipolar disorder, in addition to the development of a new framework to diagnose and track the...

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Causes of Bipolar Disorder Discovered

bp Magazine
January 19, 2018

Past experiences and changes in cognition are among the factors a team from the University of Michigan have found play a role in causing the brain-based disorder   After a study that spanned more than a decade, a University of Michigan team has a better understanding of circumstances that can lead to a bipolar disorder...

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Bipolar & Seasons: Fall Brings More Than Just a Change in Colors

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September 26, 2017

For some, autumn can mean beautiful leaves and fresh, crisp air; for others it can spell the sad ending of the warm glow of summer Changes all around us Change is palpable as summer fades into fall—flowers and vegetables are dying, the days are getting shorter and the weather is turning cooler. Despite the beauty...

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Bipolar & Health: 3 Simple Ways to Add Physical Activity to Your Life

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September 23, 2017

Adding exercising to your daily routine doesn’t have to mean sweating for hours on end; here are 3 creative strategies to simply move more in your everyday life: #1 Every chore counts Change your thoughts on how you perceive exercise. Instead of thinking it as a grueling gym workout, realize that all movement is exercise...

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Bipolar & Habits: Secrets to Changing Your Behavior Without Willpower

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September 23, 2017

When you don’t have to rely on motivation or willpower to claw your way through changing an unwanted behavior, things open up; here’s how: The method BJ Fogg, PhD, director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University, is the creator of the popular Tiny Habits Method. To form a lifelong habit, argues Fogg, the...

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Bipolar & Diet: 4 Tricks to Increase Your Healthy Foods

bp Magazine
September 23, 2017

It can be challenging to curb the cravings for the foods that cause inflammation and weight gain; here are a few secrets to help:   #1 Better choices Consider ways to replace and substitute some long-time unhealthy habits for better ones. If you’re use to having a doughnut or a bagel for breakfast, swap it...

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Bipolar & Diet: 5 Nutritional Books For Your Brain and Body

bp Magazine
September 23, 2017

This selection of powerhouse books by leading experts will give you information and recipes to help keep your weight on track and boost your brain:   #1 Fat for Fuel, by Joseph Mercola, MD In Fat for Fuel,  Dr. Joseph Mercola says you’ll learn how to eliminate excessive hunger pangs while permanently shedding unwanted pounds and...

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Bipolar & Depression: 3 Ways To Cope With Winter Moods

bp Magazine
September 22, 2017

The start of the darker months might also mean the start of depression for some people with bipolar disorder; here’s what you need to know: #1 Exposure to seasonal sunlight If possible, spend at least 30 minutes a day outside, in sunshine and without sunglasses, recommends Loyola University Medicine psychiatrist Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD.  Or...

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How Strength Training Improves Sleep

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

By adding resistance training into your exercise regimen you will also help alleviate insomnia and increase your sleep quality; here’s what you need to know: A direct connection Science suggests a definite link between getting plenty of exercise and getting better sleep—and even helping to alleviate insomnia. Even a regimen of 20 to 30 minutes...

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Bipolar & Wellness: The Power of Spirituality

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

The healing power of worship has been realized by many with bipolar disorder, among other mental illnesses; here are just a few things to consider:   Strong element to recovery Research has shown that “people with a strong sense of religious identity and who participate in their faith seem to do better, on average, than...

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Bipolar & Health: 6 Tricks to Overcoming Addiction

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

Substance addiction such as nicotine may be common with bipolar disorder, so here are some simple strategies to improve your likelihood of success: #1 Make the commitment There’s an enormous difference between wanting and thinking about quitting smoking and making the decision to quit. Things open up when you make that real commitment. One way...

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