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Three Bipolar Disorder Symptoms No One Wants to Talk About

Julie A. Fast
January 29, 2015

The three symptoms below represent the side of bipolar disorder we all know is there, but we rarely want to let the public know exists.   I know how important it is to protect the reputation of bipolar disorder in the general public. We don’t want people thinking we are dangerous, scary, crazy people who...

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20 Unexpected Signs of Bipolar Depression: Part One

Julie A. Fast
July 25, 2016

I’ve found that there are two kinds of bipolar depression. Here are the signs of an angry and irritated downswing.   It’s easy to spot what we consider traditional depression symptoms: crying, lack of movement, sadness, silence, brain fog, slumped body, lack of desire, fear, hopelessness, helplessness and an overall worry that life is not...

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The Eyes Have It: Another Way to See Bipolar Disorder Mania

Julie A. Fast
December 12, 2017

Look for mania in the eyes. Often you can spot a person’s mania (or your own) before other manic symptoms become pronounced.   It’s easy to recognize depression when you look at someone—at least the kind of depression we associate with slumped shoulders, feeling dead inside, and crying. But mania, oh mania! It can look...

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9 Must-See Movies About Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
November 16, 2018

There are many worthy films about mental illness that inspire, inform and entertain. Here, we narrow down the list to nine movies featuring a lead character with bipolar disorder that you don’t want to miss!   #1 The Ghost and the Whale (2016) Maurice Benard (Sonny of General Hospital) stars as Joseph Hawthorne, a man...

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BIPOLAR DEPRESSION

Donna Jackel
October 1, 2010

Bipolar depression disrupts and devastates lives, and tends to dominate the course of a person’s illness. Yet, it’s still difficult to diagnose and treat.   It is the manic phase of bipolar disorder that attracts—no, demands—attention. But those who have the illness, or love someone who does, know it is depression that most disrupts and devastates lives—and...

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8 Signs Your Child Might Have Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
November 12, 2016

An evaluation by a child/adolescent psychiatrist is the first step to a bipolar diagnosis. Here are eight symptoms that could warrant a visit to a mental health professional: #1 Manic Episodes Some signs your child may be experiencing mania, according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP): Unrealistic highs in self-esteem, such...

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Bipolar & Anger: Getting Control of Irritability and Outbursts

Denise Mann
January 5, 2016

Bipolar irritability and anger can damage relationships and hurt you in the workplace. It pays to learn how to prevent and defuse flare-ups in temper. By Denise Mann   It starts with a routine annoyance—the living room is a mess again, or another driver cuts you off. Irritation takes hold, then mushrooms as swiftly as...

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4 Physical Signs of an Impending Manic Breakdown

Brooke Hilton
February 13, 2018

Skin issues and tinnitus are just a few physical signs of mania to be on the lookout for—recognizing them can help you be prepared. When you live your life in a perpetual hypomanic haze, like I did for years, it’s hard to know whether you’re simply feeling a natural high or if you’re on the...

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3 Clues For Recognizing Mania In The Eyes, Plus Other Physical Symptoms

Julie A. Fast
April 21, 2016

It’s all in the eyes! Mania profoundly affects the entire eye, from lids and lashes to pupils and color rings. By Julie Fast   It’s easy to see depression – at least the kind of depression we associate with slumped shoulders, feeling dead inside and crying. Depression shows on our faces like a book cover....

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When Noise Annoys: Coping with Hypersensitive Hearing

Stephanie Stephens
July 1, 2016

Do sounds that don’t bother anyone else make you want to tear your hair out? Hearing hypersensitivity is a fairly common mood symptom with bipolar. By Stephanie Stephens   When Lynn was younger, she realized that sometimes she would hear things at work that no one else could. It was all so unsettling: a rattle...

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