Tips for living harmoniously with a spouse suffering from bipolar disorder

Tips for living harmoniously with a spouse suffering from bipolar disorder

Tim and Monika (names changed) met during a recreational retreat in Florida. Tim was awed by Monika’s enthusiasm for adventure sports and her spirited personality. At times, he would be overwhelmed by her disposition but he chose to silence his intuition and convinced himself that he had fallen in love with Monika. Shortly after the trip, Tim proposed to her and she accepted.

Today, Tim and Monika complete 25 years of marriage and one might wonder what is so special about them? Well, soon after they married and returned from their honeymoon, Tim noticed that Monika had gone into her shell and was nowhere close to being what she was a few days ago. Tim tried talking to Monika but she would exasperate him by oscillating between extreme depression and happiness. After much pestering, Tim convinced her to see a physician and it was then that Monika got diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Read more

Famous personalities with mental illness – 2: Bipolar disorder

Famous personalities with mental illness – 2: Bipolar disorder

Experiencing mood changes due to ups and downs in life is normal, but frequent and extreme shifts to the extent that it interferes with day-to-day life calls for immediate medical attention. Unusual shifts in behavior, mood and energy levels is termed as bipolar disorder. A person suffering from bipolar disorder can experience high periods of mood and energized behavior to low periods of hopelessness and despair. The extreme moods can range from depression to mania and can result in risky behavior such as suicide attempts.
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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Suicide has become an irreversible solution to an interim problem

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: Suicide has become an irreversible solution to an interim problem

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 41,000 people die by committing suicide every year in the United States. While suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2014, an estimated 10,189 older Americans (ages 60 and up) died from suicide in 2013, stated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: BD and BPD

Distinguishing similar mental disorders: BD and BPD

Mood swings are a natural part of human beings. A mood swing is characterized by rapid changes in emotional state. It is common and natural for people to feel happy some times and sad at other times. However, if an individual shows signs of frequent shifts in his mood, he might be suffering from a psychological or mental health condition and might need a medical attention. Read more