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Bipolar Diet: Foods to Eat and Avoid

The food we eat plays a huge role in our overall health, including our mental health. Research has shown that eating certain foods can help with the treatment of signs of bipolar disorder, while some foods may frustrate your efforts to alleviate symptoms. Whether you desire to supplement traditional treatment methods or are taking a…

How Does Emotion Regulation Group Therapy Help People With BPD?

Recent evidence from a group of American researchers indicates that a treatment called emotion regulation group therapy helps people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) avoid self-harming behavior by improving their emotional control. People with borderline personality disorder typically have a seriously reduced ability to control their emotional reactions to a wide range of daily circumstances.…

Postpartum Depression Could Transition to Bipolar Disorder

Mental disorders like depression, anxiety and eating disorders have a tendency to surface during periods of significant hormonal changes, such as adolescence, menopause or pregnancy. The period following childbirth could be a time of vulnerability for women diagnosed with depression. Dr. Verinder Sharma, a psychiatrist from Canada’s Western University, says that changes during childbirth can…

The Difficulties of Bipolar Mothers 

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder affecting literally millions of Americans. Some of those struggling to overcome intense mood swings are brand new mothers. A study of women with various kinds of mental health disorders found that pregnant and post-partum moms with bipolar may have the toughest time of all. Researchers from Brown University conducted…

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Family History of Bipolar Disorder May Make the Illness More Severe

Parents can pass along physical characteristics and even mannerisms to their offspring. Unfortunately, they can also pass along genes for illnesses like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Researchers recently investigated how family history impacts bipolar disorder. Through the STEP-BP (Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder) study researchers found that a family history of mania…

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Bipolar College Students Making the Grade

Bipolar disorder is most often diagnosed during one’s college years. Dr. Russ Federman and J. Anderson Thomson Jr, both of the University of Virginia (UVA), know the challenges that college students with bipolar must negotiate during their years of intense studying, new social encounters and life away from home structure. In their book, Facing Bipolar:…

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How to Help an Addict in the Family

The disease of addiction doesn’t just affect the addict; it impacts all members of the family. If you have lived with an addict for any length of time, you know that the hold drugs or other substances have had on your loved one have caused extreme turbulence and unpredictability for your whole family. The stress…

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A New Way to Understand Depression in Men

Pop quiz: What are the three most common symptoms of depression? If you said any of the following: sadness or a low mood, tearfulness, appetite changes, and either insomnia or excessive sleeping, you would be right on target. Or would you? Up until very recently, the medical definition of depression stressed exactly those symptoms as…