Bipolar Symptoms

Articles and blog posts relating to the various symptoms of bipolar disorder- including mania, depression, impulsivity, and anger.

Blogs and Articles

Presence of Mania Doesn’t Predict Response to Bipolar Depression

bp Magazine
November 15, 2018

A new study shows that a manic episode before bipolar depression does not impact the degree of change in depressive symptoms.   August 15, 2018, BERKELEY, CA—The presence of a manic episode before depression in people with bipolar disorder doesn’t significantly predict response to antidepressants, a new study suggests. American researchers, noting a previous study suggested...

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How Anxiety & ADHD Are Linked with Bipolar Disorder Risk

bp Magazine
November 15, 2018

Researchers have found that a previous anxiety or ADHD diagnosis may increase a patient’s risk of developing bipolar later in life.   September 1, 2018, AARHUS, Denmark—People who have anxiety disorders or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when they’re younger are much more likely to develop bipolar disorder when they’re older, a new study has found....

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Taking Yourself On: Want to Stop Bipolar Anger? Now You Can!

Debbie Jacobs
November 13, 2018

It may not be easy but with practice, you can train your brain to focus on your goals instead of your anger.   Have you ever found yourself so consumed in your anger that it was literally all you were thinking about? All of your thoughts focused on your anger, rage, upset, and hurt feelings—and...

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How to Stop ‘Shoulding’ on Yourself: My Advice to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Lisa Acuña
November 9, 2018

We often compare ourselves to others and think we “should” be more like them, but we are all unique in our struggles and strengths.     Hi everybody my name is Lisa Acuña and I’m here with bphope.com vlogs. Today I’m going to be talking abut not “shoulding” on yourself. And when I say should...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: Mastering Explosive Irritability and Anger

bp Magazine
November 8, 2018

November 22, 2018   •   Volume 11, Issue 47 Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines The Rage Inside: Mastering Explosive Irritability and Anger Being angry is never the issue. Anger is a completely normal—even healthy—emotion. But bipolar’s irritability and rage can be on another plane altogether. Unchecked, they can destroy relationships, cause issues at...

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Life in Alaska is Like Living in a ‘Bipolar Land’—It Feeds My Moods with Two Extreme Seasons of Light & Dark

Carin Meyer
November 2, 2018

The changing of the seasons and Daylight Saving Time can cause sudden mood shifts and instability, but there are tried-and-true methods to stay stable.   In my mind, Alaska is a “bipolar” land, with its two extreme seasons marked first by an intensity of light during the long days of summer followed by long months...

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4 Essential Tips to Master Working While Coping with Depression

Linea Johnson
October 29, 2018

While bipolar depression can make employment incredibly difficult, some simple tips can help you make it through every work day with success. Hi everyone! This is Linea Johnson with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog. Today, I will be speaking about depression and being employed: How to Make it Work. I’m going to share something personal with...

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How to Stop Feeling ‘Bullied’ by Bipolar & Anxiety

JB Burrage
October 23, 2018

If anxiety and bipolar are like ‘two friends at the playground’ trying to ruin your life, there are ways you can take your life back.   A few months ago, when I was getting ready to launch my new freelance writing company, I was a nervous wreck. I was scared out of my mind. It...

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Are You Experiencing a Bipolar Depressive Episode? 4 Tips to Unveil Your ‘Mask’

Brittney Sibley
October 22, 2018

A depressive episode is serious. Knowing the subtle signs that an episode is imminent or in progress can help you make the best treatment decisions.   Most people can remember the famous line from the Disney movie, Snow White: “Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” This line has taken...

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The Real Truth About Happiness and Stability with Bipolar Disorder

Laura Fisher
October 19, 2018

While constant life changes may feel like a way to find stability and happiness, ultimately these achievements come from within and following a treatment plan.   Finding stability with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be quite an undertaking to say the least. Stability for me has been very elusive, and only recently have I...

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Stress Can Be Passed On!

bp Magazine
October 18, 2018

Scientists have discovered that stress transmitted from others can change the brain in the same way as a real stress does.   March 8, 2018, University of Calgary, ALBERTA, CA—In a new study in Nature Neuroscience, Jaideep Bains, PhD, and his team at the Cumming School of Medicine’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), at the University...

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What to Do After a Manic or Hypomanic Episode: The Essential First Steps

Natasha Tracy
October 17, 2018

Manic or hypomanic episodes can be brutal for those with bipolar disorder, but learning what to do immediately after can help minimize the damage   Hi, I’m Natasha Tracy and this is BP Magazine’s BPHope vlog. Today I want to talk about what happens after an episode of mania or hypomania. If you’re like me...

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Bipolar and Restless: What Is PRE-Mania?

Julie A. Fast
October 11, 2018

Learning the subtle signs that mania is on the way, such as taking on too much, can help you manage this symptom before it starts taking over.   Learning the very first signs of a bipolar mania mood swing is the only way I have found to stop big manic episodes. If I don’t catch...

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Hope & Harmony Headlines: When Hypomania Stops Being Pleasurable

bp Magazine
October 11, 2018

October 25, 2018   •   Volume 11, Issue 43 Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines When Hypomania Stops Being Pleasurable What’s not to like about having more energy, confidence, and creativity? Hypomania has quite the allure, no doubt. In fact, research out of Iran and Switzerland published in 2017 showed that higher hypomania scores...

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Ask the Doctor: What To Do About the Mood Rollercoaster

Melvin G McInnis
October 9, 2018

Managing moods and impulsive urges requires more “brain energy” among people with bipolar disorder. No wonder you’re so tired at the end of the day!   Bipolar disorder is more than manias, hypomanias, and depressions; sometimes one blends into another. Often a topsy-turvy day needs a solid dose of personal time in personal space just...

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How To Be Your Own ‘Bipolar Detective’

Julie A. Fast
October 9, 2018

By tracking your mood swing symptoms, you can learn to recognize you’re ill and take action before things get out of hand.   I go through phases when I wonder, “Why am I so unhappy?!?” or I feel rage at the world and want to smash everything in sight. I also have times when life...

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So Sick with Bipolar You Feel You Can’t Go On?

Julie A. Fast
October 4, 2018

When bipolar depression symptoms are overwhelming, finding the strength to do even a small task can help you make it through the awful days.   I often have days when the bipolar is so intense, I feel I’m going to spontaneously combust. This is when the illness is as physical as it is mental. I...

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A Key Reason to Get at Least 8 Hours of Sleep

bp Magazine
October 4, 2018

Those who get less than 8 hours of sleep per night have a higher risk of developing depression and anxiety, according to new research   Sleeping less than the recommended eight hours a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, according to new research from Binghamton University, State...

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3 Strategies to Get Smart with Bipolar and Stress Management

Lisa Acuña
October 3, 2018

Feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety? There are some simple strategies you can work into your daily life to find relief.   My name is Lisa Acuña and I’m here with bp Magazine’s bphope Vlog and during this episode, I’m going to be talking about managing stress more effectively with bipolar disorder, and the techniques...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Mastering Your Hypomania ‘Dragon’

Lynda Williams
October 2, 2018

You can learn ways to “train” your hypomania dragon to avoid impulsive decisions that can have lasting impacts on your life.   Last month I discussed how bipolar depression affects my decision-making, specifically in terms of work. Now I’d like to address the impact of hypomania on my decisions and how these affect my relationships....

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