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Tag: Bipolar

Being Socially Isolated with Mental Illness: A Perspective for Loved Ones

APR. 09, 2020 By Tracy Riggs One of the mental health conditions I deal with is social anxiety. So, you would probably think that I rejoiced when the CDC guidelines came down about social isolation. However, that’s far from the truth. Social anxiety doesn’t mean I want to be a hermit. I still crave human interaction,…
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Through the Eyes of a Young Caregiver

By Rhonda M. Lee | Nov. 22, 2019 My mother was diagnosed with a mental illness when I was in middle school during the early ’80s. Being a young caregiver for a loved one with mental illness involved struggles no child should ever have to endure. Her health challenges presented phases of unbearable beatings, heartbreaking and…
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How Families Can Work Together

By Izzy Gonçalves | Nov. 04, 2019 Over 15 years, my spouse and I struggled with her severe bipolar I disorder. We went through weeks-long psychiatric hospitalizations, disrupted relationships and stalled personal and professional goals. Eventually, I took grudging ownership of her treatment. We resented each other, and we didn’t work together. I now know that…
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Coping With Bipolar Disorder Within My Faith Community

By Ivory Smith Causey | Jul. 15, 2019 I have been a church girl all my life, and the traditions and cultural importance of the African American church community shape who I am. In my community, there is a stark contrast between physical illness and mental illness. I would often hear about people with diabetes and high blood…
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Personal Stories Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek   When you love someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very unpredictable. In my case, it was my mother who struggled with this illness. She was in and out of the hospital half a dozen times throughout my childhood. She was…
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Talking To Kids About Mental Illness

Mama Bunny wants to work and play, but she was born with an invisible illness in her brain that slows her hop.

A Parent’s Guide To Mental Health For College Students

How do you recognize the difference between a sad mood and depression? Would you know what to say or do if your child expressed suicidal thoughts?

Coping With Mental Illness: What Not To Do

By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, NYCPS-P, CPRP | Jan. 25, 2019 I was recently discussing coping strategies for my bipolar disorder with my psychiatrist. I was pressing him for new ways to cope. He told me that most of his other patients also tend to look for what to do—a new medication or treatment method—but it is just…
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How I Recognize My Early Warning Signs Of Mania

I have bipolar disorder. It’s as much a part of me as my left-handedness. I’ve accepted my diagnosis, but I still have to work on being mindful of my symptoms, as bipolar disorder can come with a lack of self-awareness.

Types Of Medication

Some people are afraid that taking a medication will change their personality, but most find that medication allows them to take charge of their lives. Medications for mental health conditions fall into the following major categories: Antipsychotics Antipsychotics developed in the mid-20th century are often referred to as first-generation or typical antipsychotics, while antipsychotics developed more…
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