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The Challenge of Accurately Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder

Symptoms of other disorders can be mistaken for bipolar Read More

How to Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

This condition can look like depression, substance abuse, or even schizophrenia Read More

Booze, Drugs, and Bipolar Disorder

The link between substance abuse and manic depression Read More

I'm Bipolar and Struggle With Addiction

Jeffrey is 32 and has struggled with addiction and substance abuse since he was 13 years old. He was a successful Hollywood writer, but his alcohol, cocaine, and prescription drug use led to two convictions for driving under the influence, plus one for possession of a controlled substance. He recently found out he has bipolar disorder. Now, the last 20 tumultuous years of his life are starting to make sense. People with bipolar disorder, which is also known as manic depression, tend to cycle through episodes of depression and mania, a euphoric state that often leads to poor decision-making. Substance abuse is also common with bipolar disorder; nearly 60% of bipolar individuals have a substance abuse problem, and many smoke. Jeffrey has quit drinking and using cocaine, but he's still struggling with dependence on a prescription painkiller. Read More
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Bipolar Celebrities: Does It Make Them More Creative?

Depression may have been dubbed the “common cold of mental health,” but the mental health buzzword these days is bipolar disorder, possibly because it's often associated with creativity, verve, and charisma. View slideshow
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Depression in Bipolar Disorder

Learn the symptoms associated with depression in bipolar disorder. View slideshow
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What Is Mania in Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, sometimes called manic depression, affects nearly 6 million American adults, or about 2.5% of the adult population. Most people with this disorder swing from depression to manic states. View slideshow
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10 Subtle Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Here are 10 signs that mood problems may be due to more than a quirky or difficult personality.  View slideshow

Preacher’s Irritability Cost Him Jobs, But It Was Really Bipolar

There are just as many people afflicted with bipolar disorder in the church as there are in society. Read More

Bipolar Disorder Versus Depression

Psychiatrist Kenneth Robbins, MD, describes episodes of mania—the defining characteristic of Bipolar Disorder  Read More

He Gave Away Cars When Manic

Psychiatrist Kenneth Robbins, MD, shares a troubling story about a bipolar patients manic behavior  Read More