Bipolar disorder is generally characterized by manic highs and depressive lows. While your mood swings are usually treated with a combination of medications and therapy, there are some other ways you can help manage your symptoms. Scheduling hobbies and other activities that you enjoy throughout the week can give you the additional structure you need […]
Occasional irritability and moodiness are common as the aging process progresses. This is usually due to the assorted aches and pains that are felt as the body grows older. However, if the behaviors or moods become extreme this could indicate the onset of bipolar disorder later in life. Bipolar disorder symptoms typically manifest in teens […]
If you have bipolar disorder you know how lonely it can be, especially when the lows set in. The feelings of depression can leave you feeling isolated, and this only adds to the loneliness. Many people have found that by making one change in their life it is a little easier to manage their bipolar […]
Suicide is a frightening subject that is often avoided, and this is one of the worst mistakes people with bipolar depression make when they are dealing with this illness. Studies show that people with a bipolar disorder are an estimated 30 times more likely to commit suicide than other demographics and this also includes the rate among schizophrenics, which is a frightening statistic until you realize that treatments are improving every year to help reduce this number. This article was written to help people suffering from a bipolar disorder to recognize the signs of manic depression and what to do if thoughts of suicide threaten to become too much to bear. While it might be an uncomfortable subject that no one wants to talk about, knowing how to recognize and treat these signs can help save your life. This article also includes several quotes from famous celebrities which can also help you recognize the early warning signs.
A poll conducted in 2005 showed that Americans are getting less sleep and that it is also linked to a variety of different health conditions, including a bipolar disorder. Too little sleep is often one of the signs of a manic condition and getting too much shut eye can be an indication of bipolar depression, both of which can cause your mental health to suffer. In this article you will learn how sleep and your body’s natural rhythms affect your mental and physical health, along with helpful tips that can make it easier to get the rest you need to feel recharged and energized in the morning without any manic feelings. Living with a bipolar disorder doesn’t have to ruin your life and understanding how getting the right amount of sleep can help you start managing and treating your symptoms so you can start feeling like yourself again.
Christianity and a strong belief in God is not enough to cure a bipolar disorder and it is not a sin to seek treatment outside of your church, it is also important to remember that this condition is not a sign that you are an unredeemable sinner or possessed by the devil. One of the most important steps you can take towards managing and treating your bipolar condition is to accept that you are not being punished and that you need more than faith and prayer to treat your symptoms. This is not to say that your strong faith in a higher power can’t help you manage your symptoms, only to remember that it is only a sin when you recognize that you have a problem and expect God to fix it. If religious beliefs and certain illnesses and treatments seem to be at odds with each other the information included in this article can help you find peace in your faith and mind.
If you don’t know what a wellness plan is then you will want to pay close attention to this article since it clearly explains the differences between it and other charts and contracts, along with the reasons why it can be an important step towards treating and controlling your manic behavior. Unlike a chart that tracks your moods on a daily basis, a wellness plan will help you identify the first symptoms that appear so you can immediately start treatment before you are thrown into a full blown manic attack. Not only will this chart help you to identity the symptoms before it can become a serious and potentially embarrassing problem, this plan can also help you determine the exact trigger for your episodes. Once you know what to avoid it will be easier to prevent an attack and enjoy living a calm and happy life.
While it may seem like you are constantly plotting meal plans and writing up treatment contracts it is all in an effort to help you manage and control your manic mood swings, which is why many health care professionals will also recommend that you keep a daily chart. This chart should track your moods throughout the day and include information about sleep habits, medications and certain note worthy events that can cause a reaction. It is important to understand how these aspects of your daily life affect your bipolar disorder, and keeping a mood chart can help you identify certain factors that might have a negative effect on you. In this article you will find links to help you get started creating your own mood chart, along with pertinent information that can aid in your treatment. It only takes a few minutes each day to keep the chart updated, and the information that you write down can help you improve your treatment to meet your specific problems.
A major misconception associated with a bipolar disorder is that one of the symptoms commonly caused by this illness is the uncontrollable desire to cut yourself, or inflict other injuries to your body. While it is important to state that the desire to harm yourself is not a symptom of manic or depressed behavior, it is easy to see why this might be confusing and cause some people to misdiagnose themselves. In reality the desire to inflict self-harm is more often associated with a borderline personality illness and not a symptom of a bipolar disorder, but it should also be noted that manic depression can result in suicide which is definitely an attempt to cause injury to your body. In this article the differences between these mental health conditions will be explained, along with the harmful behaviors that can occur when you are in the middle of a manic mood swing.