Although various mental illnesses are singularly diagnosed, it’s possible that many more issues affecting one’s mental and physical stability can surface. According to a study performed in a hospital by the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, “66.1% of patients with schizophrenia had equal or less than one cardiometabolic comorbidity,…



For those who suffer from bipolar disorder are often divided by two internal modes: depression or mania (which refers to having abnormally excessive, hyperactivity). And although many individuals are understanding of this illness, stigmas still exist, and continue to “hinder one’s [those who suffer from bipolar disorder] ability to stay on track to living a full,…



Bipolar Disorder (sometimes referred to as manic depressive) is a mood disorder that is estimated to effect over 5 ½ million people (National Institute of Mental Health). The symptoms could vary from person to person, but individuals experiencing this disorder experiences significant mood swings. The depression side of the illness could: feeling sad, feeling worthless,…



Teenagers are faced with developmental and social challenges as they journey through adolescence. For adolescents diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as bipolar disorder, it certainly makes that path more difficult. To make matters more challenging for these teenagers, a good portion of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder also struggle with obesity. It is…



A family history of illness increases a person’s risk of developing bipolar disorder. However, many people at high genetic risk never develop this mental illness. Researchers believe, even with an increased genetic likelihood of developing Bipolar disorder, it may be preventable with neuro-plasticity,a natural rewiring of the brain. click for more



The American Heart Association suggests that children who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder or major depression may be at greater risk for cardiovascular diseases.  They believe the relationship is strong enough to encourage doctors to look at depression and bipolar diagnosis as an increased marker of heart disease. Researchers looked at existing studies on mood…



Psychologists have found links between bipolar disorder and depression. Recently, another one has been discovered. Although people with bipolar disorder suffer through phases of depression, depression sufferers don’t suffer through the euphoria. Although they are two different disorders, a common pre-symptom has emerged: poor concentration. The authors refer to as “fuzzy thinking.” This symptom would…



Lithium at one point, was the medication of choice for those struggling with Bi Polar disorder. It is a mood stabilizer and has been around since the 1970’s, but over recent years, has given way to other medications. patients with Bi Polar Disorder, are more likely to develop dementia than the average population.  “Lithium blocks…



Understanding the illness  Educating the child, adolescent, family, and school personnel about BiPolar Disorder make living with this mental illness a much more manageable experience. Understanding BiPolar Diorder enables the family and school to respond to the child or adolescent in a productive fashion. Children and teens who understand the impact of their disorder on others…



Diagnosing BiPolar Disorder in children and teens can be complex, at best. In children, the symptoms can include mood swings, destructive behavior, physical outbursts or temper tantrums, immature behavior, sleep problems, oppositional behavior, risky behavior, early sexual behavior, and distorted thinking. It has also been noted by Papolos and Papolos that children with BiPolar disorder…