Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder causing abnormally severe, debilitating cycling of moods, thought patterns, and activity levels. Bipolar disorder typically emerges in the late teens or early 20s, although it has been known to affect children as young as 10.
Bipolar disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been diagnosed in millions of Americans, but is that a result of more expert diagnosis, or simply too frequent diagnosis?
I’ve often attributed my success in managing bipolar disorder to the meditation practice I added to my treatment regimen years ago. While there’s no doubt that the noticing involved in meditation has helped me head off major episodes of mania and depression, I changed something else in my life at about the same time I […]
Amanda Bynes tweeted early this morning that she's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that she is taking her medication. Bynes has been tweeting and deleting various statements about her health since she was released from a psychiatric hold on Friday. Read more...
ThriveTracker, a new app developed by Adrian Cunanan, who has bipolar disorder, wants to encourage people to keep tracking their mood with a points system that can earn them real world rewards like gift cards and MP3 downloads. Read More
Living with any mental illness is never easy. Nowhere is this more true that when a person has to deal with the likes of schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder. Sometimes treatments don’t seem to work as effectively as promised. Other times we run into friends or family members just not really knowing how to act […]
Cartoonist Ellen Foley has illustrated her struggle with finding a way to treat her diagnosis of bipolar disorder without sacrificing her creative process in her self-described graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me. Show More Summary
This week's link roundup featuring dogs, race, bipolar disorder, human trafficking, and exercise balls. And one very specific tweet that has me snorting. I'll let you guess which one.
People with bipolar disorder who do yoga believe their yoga practice has significant mental health benefits, reports a survey study in the September Journal of Psychiatric Practice. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Former NFL star Keith O’Neil has publicly disclosed his struggle with bipolar disorder and has been able to raise public awareness and provide help to others like him. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by intense shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, etc. Show More Summary
Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has been open about his mental illness before. He even won an award last year for increasing awareness and putting a positive face on his experiences with bipolar disorder. Angelakos took to Twitter to criticize Henry Rollins for his controversial editorial about suicide. (Rollins recently apologized for his words.) “Yes, [...]
The Mental Health Channel has a series called The Inside Story that profiles people who “reveal their mental health diagnoses and their paths to overcome them.” So far the program has covered panic disorders, bipolar 1, and bipolar 2. In the most recent episode, which covers clinical depression, the show profiled Thor Harris, best known [...]
"I'm a recording artist, author, song-writer and actress. I'm also living with bipolar disorder," Demi Lovato admits in a new PSA. The singer has always been refreshingly candid in sharing her personal struggles with mental illness.Show More Summary
One user says it has "significantly helped me to survive the blackest moments."
The first effective web-based treatment for Bipolar Disorder based on the latest research evidence has been developed by psychologists. 92% of the participants in the trial of the online intervention found the content positive -- and one said it had changed her life. Show More Summary
When a person chooses suicide, it’s hard to accept that choice. Comedian and award-winning actor Robin Williams apparently made that choice earlier this morning. Robin Williams has long been a sufferer of bipolar disorder, a mental illness where the person fluctuates between episodes of extreme energy, focus and productivity (mania) and severe depression. Apparently, he […]
The NHS has begun a trial of the world’s first antipsychotic patch. As Mental Health Today reports, it will deliver a medication called asenapine, which is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder (a condition which includes elements of both bipolar and schizophrenia). Show More Summary
In the United States, 1 in 50 people over the age of 25 have some for of bipolar disorder. In fact, the United States has more cases of bipolar I and II per-capita than any other nation in the world.Researchers at the University of Michigan are now testing a new smartphone app for Android, code-named PRIORI, that can help detect if someone is having a bipolar episode. Read More
Impulsiveness and risk taking behavior have long been recognized as symptoms of bipolar disorder, but the reasoning behind these actions is only know understood. Researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool has shown that circuits in the brain involved in pursuing and relishing rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorder […]
Researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool has shown that circuits in the brain involved in pursuing and relishing rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorder - guiding them towards...Show More Summary