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Noise Sensitivity and Bipolar Disorder: Coping with Hypersensitive Hearing
Do sounds that don’t bother anyone else make you want to tear your hair out? Hypersensitive hearing is a fairly common mood symptom with bipolar. 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 in the overhead air-conditioning...
Is It LOVE, Or Is It MANIA?
Giddy romance and mania have a lot in common, so learn the signs that tell you which is which. In Irving Berlin’s catchy Broadway tune “You’re Just in Love,” a puzzled young man wonders why he can’t sleep or eat, yet feels like he’s walking on air. It’s OK, he’s told: You don’t need analyzing,...
Bipolar & Anger: Stuck on the Rage Road!
In the bipolar equation, anger has long been overshadowed by mania and sadness. Now it’s time to take a hard look at this isolating emotion. Tick-tock, tick-tock goes the anger clock. Jeffrey M.’s wife has just said something thoughtless and offhanded, his four children are bickering, and with every passing day, his head spins, his...
Blogs and Articles
Nita Sweeney Outruns Depression
She’s run 3 full marathons, 28 half-marathons in 18 states, and 100 shorter races—surprising even herself. Nearly 50 years old and dealing with bipolar II’s chronic and crippling depression, Nita Sweeney could barely jog for 60 seconds. With one determined step at a time and the help of her canine companion, she found her inner...
Guitar Hero: A Cowboy’s Straight Talk on Bipolar Disorder
Country musician Jason DeShaw combines his songs and his personal story to bring awareness of mental health challenges to audiences across Big Sky country. Growing up in rural Montana, Jason DeShaw set his eyes on the prize of country music stardom. Inspired by legends like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, he was writing songs, playing...
Bipolar on TV: Does It Help or Harm?
On the one hand, characters with bipolar can demonstrate that treatment leads to stability. On the other, manic extremes make for better drama. “Surely there is someone out there who will take me for who I am: the good, the bad, the full story of love.” That’s award-winning actor Anne Hathaway as Lexi, prognosticating optimistically...
The History of Bipolar: Through the Ages (cont.)
Continued from “The History of Bipolar: Through the Ages—It’s Been There“ As the labels for psychiatric disorders evolved and changed, so, too, did the range of treatments for those with bipolar disorder, says Dr. Gardenswartz. She points to the use of sedatives and barbiturates prior to the 1950s; patients were also institutionalized to separate them...
The History of Bipolar: Through the Ages—It’s Been There
Medical science in the digital age continues to move forward in search of broader understanding and better treatments to manage bipolar, now with patients as active partners in maintaining their stability. There’s no time like the present to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Comparisons between what we know now versus what we knew then reveal...
Tips For People With Bipolar To Lose Weight (And Keep It Off)
Everyone finds it hard to lose weight, let alone maintain that loss over long periods of time. But living with a serious psychiatric condition like bipolar adds an unwelcome layer of complexity to weight management. Which is why you need tips tailored to help you manage weight AND bipolar simultaneously. Here are four: There’s no...