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Manic Episodes

6 Signs You're Headed for Mania

People with bipolar 1 suffer manias. Manias are highly elevated moods where the person experiences an increase in energy, a loss of judgement, and other symptoms that lead to functional impairment. But how do you know if a mania is coming? Here are 6 signs you might be headed for a manic episode....(more)

Bipolar 101: Understanding Bipolar Mania

Bipolar mania is one side of bipolar type 1. Bipolar mania is a highly expansive mood that is experienced by many people differently. Mania can include irritability, elation, and expansiveness....(more)

The Definition of Euphoria and Manic Episodes in Bipolar

Bipolar disease is a severe mental disorder that causes severe mood swings. It is often referred to as manic-depressive disorder. During depression, bipolar causes feeling of worthlessness and a lack of pleasure. Depression can also result in suicide or other violent behaviors and is therefore the most well-known part of bipolar disorder. The opposite of the depressive period is the manic period....(more)

Common Side Effects of Taking Effexor to Manage Bipolar Symptoms

Effexor is a drug in the family of SNRIs, or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. When doctors prescribe antidepressants like Effexor for the depressive phase of bipolar disorder, the result is often a mixed bag. While Effexor effectively treats depression, a definite issue of bipolar disorder, it unfortunately causes mania for a number of people, exacerbating the flip side of the condition. The drug is not approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder largely because of the Effexor-induced mania that often results. In addition, the drug carries the potential of several other side effects....(more)

Depressive Episodes

How to Reach Out when Suffering from Bipolar Depression

When suffering from any illness, there is sometimes a tendency to hide the illness from others. This may be even more prevalent in bipolar depression due to the stigma surrounding mental illness and the symptoms of bipolar depression itself. But it's critical to reach out to others....(more)

Bipolar Depression Symptoms - What is Anhedonia?

The two primary types of mood episodes in bipolar disorder are depressive and manic. Depressions are extremely low moods while manias are highly elevated moods. The two characteristic symptoms of depression are a depressed mood and anhedonia....(more)

5 Signs You're Heading into a Depression

Bipolar disorder is characterized by two primary mood states: mania (or hypomania) and depression and patients with bipolar disorder need to be on the lookout for the beginning of these mood episodes. Here are five signs that you're heading into a depressive mood state....(more)

Effects on Others

Growing Up With A Bipolar Sibling

Growing up with a bipolar sibling brings with it many challenges. Living with a child who is manifesting bipolar symptoms can strain the bond between siblings. Moreover, siblings can feel left out of the family as so much time is spent on their brother or sister with bipolar disorder....(more)

Tips on Coping with Bipolar in Relationships

Bipolar disorder can seem to stand in the way of relationships - but it doesn't have to. These tips can help build a strong relationship even when bipolar is in the mix....(more)

Risks of Taking Lamictal During Pregnancy

Lamictal, also referred to as Lamotrigine, is an anti-seizure medication that is commonly used to treat the effects of bipolar disorder. This drug has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several health conditions, including epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Very few side effects are associated with this medication, but they can include loss of coordination, headache, nausea, dizziness, and impaired vision. A very small percentage of people who take this drug experience a dangerous allergic reaction that requires immediate attention. Although, the side effects are generally mild, there is some concern about mixing lamictal and pregnancy....(more)

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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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