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Sadness and Depression - What's the Difference?

There is a myth that depression and sadness are the same thing. This, however, is not the case. While everyone experiences sadness at some point in their lives, not everyone experiences clinical depression. But how do you know if what you're feeling is depression or just normal sadness?...(more)

Diagnosing Others with Bipolar Disorder after Death

When researching bipolar disorder it's common to find reports that many famous figures had bipolar disorder. People look back at their behavior and diagnose them posthumously. However, it's impossible to know whether a person had bipolar when they were alive unless they were diagnosed at that time....(more)

Changes in the DSM-5 for Bipolar Disorder

In May 2013, the 5th version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published. The DSM outlines how all mental illnesses, including bipolar, are diagnosed. Like with many other disorders, some of the information on bipolar changed between the 4th and 5th version....(more)

What's the Difference between Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression?

Because depression is present in both major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, some are confused about the differences between the two. Here are the differences between bipolar disorder and major depression....(more)

Managing Symptoms

Why is a Bipolar Routine Important?

The primary treatment for people with bipolar disorder is medication. However, lifestyle factors also play an important role when it comes to successfully living with bipolar. A strict bipolar routine is one way people can use their own daily lifestyle to help minimize the symptoms of bipolar....(more)

Common Triggers for Someone with Bipolar

Even when people with bipolar disorder are stable, they still need to be on guard for things in life that may trigger a bipolar relapse. Triggers are similar to average stressors, only instead of making a person feel stressed, they make a person with bipolar become depressed, hypomanic, or manic....(more)

Managing Bipolar Symptoms: Helpful Tips to Performing At-home Therapy

Managing the symptoms of bipolar disorder is no easy task, especially when trying to perform at-home therapy for bipolar disorder. While treating your disorder at home typically does not provide the same results as seeking professional help, it helps you to manage the symptoms of your condition....(more)


What is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)?

For every mental illness there is a definition and these definitions are laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and is the guide used in the US and, in various degrees, around the world....(more)

What is Rapid-Cycling Bipolar Disorder?

In typical bipolar disorder, each mood episode lasts between weeks to months and people experience fewer than four mood episodes per year. However, some people experience rapid cycling which is defined as experiencing four or more mood episodes per year....(more)

What Are the Different Types of Bipolar Disorders? A Complete List

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that receives a lot of public attention, but is the subject of a number of misconception. A common but false understanding is that bipolar disorder is just another name for chronic mood swings, when in actuality there are many types of bipolar disorder, and most of them occur in cycles of weeks or months. You might ask "what is a bipolar disorder symptom," or "what is a bipolar disorder treatment?" but each type of bipolar disorder is a unique condition of its own....(more)

Natasha Tracy

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Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer and speaker from the Pacific Northwest. She specializes in bipolar disorder, depression, pharmacology and other mental health issues. Her expertise has been sought after by academics and reporters and she is to be featured in an upcoming documentary on bipolar disorder and has been... Read More

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