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Tag: Bipolar

First Episode Psychosis: A Call to Arms

In contrast, many young adults experience the symptoms of psychosis, often in the early stages of schizophrenia. This is a serious condition, but it rarely gets a serious response. Generally, individuals do not get care until they are very sick and are hospitalized. Follow-up care is often only a prescription and a recommendation to find a psychiatrist. Families get little to no information and the results are predictably poor.

Personal Story: My Battle with Mental Illness

02.24.15 All around the blogosphere, people have been coming out with their personal stories of going through mental illnesses. I always felt like it was my duty to do the same. If I have an opportunity to help others by sharing my experiences, wouldn’t it be selfish not to? Since I made a full recovery,…
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NAMI is a Proud Partner on the Be Vocal Speak Up Project

Today marks the release of The Be Vocal Documentary. This powerful documentary follows three very different people who share one common experience—their lives have been transformed by speaking up for mental health. The film, which can be streamed on the Be Vocal website, chronicles their efforts to live well and break through the silence often associated with mental illness. Special thanks to the film’s executive producer, Demi Lovato!

Washington, Lincoln and “The Mad King”

Does mental illness give strength and insight? Is the effect different from other illnesses? It’s a timely topic as Presidents’ Day approaches, honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Personal Story: Bipolar Disorder and Love

Living with a mental health condition can have major setbacks, especially in relationships. These relationships can include friendships, family and romantic relationships. For me, the most devastating has been my romantic relationship with a truly amazing man. I am still with this amazing man but things aren’t quite what they used to be. As a matter of fact, things are nothing like they used to be. The reason? The manifestation of bipolar II inside of my brain.

Understanding the Spectrum of Bipolar Disorder

We do a great disservice to people diagnosed with bipolar disorder by ignoring the condition’s types. Too often I see “bipolar disorder” used alone, yet the illness actually exists on a spectrum.

What I Learned From Carrie Fisher

By Jess Lader | Jan. 06, 2017 I’m writing with tears in my eyes following Carrie Fisher’s untimely death. My love, appreciation and fandom for her is due to more than her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: She was a pioneer for those of us who live with bipolar disorder and other mental…
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The Power of Pet Therapy

When we’re facing despair, loneliness, chronic health issues, depression, addictions, or anything beyond our ability to cope, a pet can help ease the pain.

Five Myths that Prevent Men from Fighting Depression

Fighting depression is difficult. Not only do you have to fight the illness but you also fight the stigma attached to it. For men, the fear of looking weak or unmanly adds to this strain.

Discovering New Options: Self-Help Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps many people with depression and anxiety although not everyone has access to the treatment. You might be able to “do-it-yourself” if you have mild to moderate symptoms and are generally able to function well.