Distinguishing between bipolar disorder and unipolar depression

Distinguishing between bipolar disorder and unipolar depression

Bipolar disorder is a common mood disorder in which a person undergoes dramatic shifts in his or her mood and ability to think logically. Unfortunately, it is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions. As a result, a lot of people with bipolar disorder do not get a proper diagnosis, which can have far-reaching negative consequences. Read more

Cycle of cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder

Cycle of cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder

Many people go through extreme mood swings, ranging from depression to mania, which leaves them struggling with unusual sleep patterns, thoughts, activity levels and behavior. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 2.6 percent of Americans live with this condition. Commonly known as bipolar disorder (BD), the mental disorder has symptoms that are hard to recognize in time. A person could have depressive thoughts one moment and could be absolutely ecstatic the other. Read more

Helping a loved one manage bipolar disorder

Helping a loved one manage bipolar disorder

Managing bipolar disorder is difficult not just for the patient but for the caregiver as well. In fact, the situation is more challenging for the caregiver as he or she could never be sure of how the sufferer would behave the next moment. Read more