#Bipolar Disorder


Why are teen girls developing tics after watching Tourette Syndrome TikToks?

Sure, the Megan Knees Challenge might leave you with some lingering leg soreness, but most TikTok content is pretty harmless. What worries some mental health experts are the subtle effects the video app can have even after young people put away their phones. A Wall Street Journal story suggests that it makes not only challenges and dances go viral — but also behaviors typically associated with neuropsychiatric disorders. On Tuesday, the outlet reported that doctors have noticed an increase in teenage girls reaching out about twitching movements and vocal outbursts, known as tics. Most of them had watched TikToks of influencers who they said have Tourette syndrome, a nervous system disorder in which tics are the primary symptoms.
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Can Drug Addiction Cause Bipolar Disorder?

Once called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can severely disrupt a person’s life. Bipolar symptoms include extreme mood swings, emotional dysregulation and drastically shifting energy levels. In this article, we’ll explore the relationship between mental health disorders like bipolar disorder and substance use disorder...
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7 Light Therapy Lamps That Help Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, According to Experts

As winter approaches and daylight begins to dwindle down to a few precious hours, some may start to feel a serious shift in their mood that goes beyond typical winter blues. This difference might look like new levels of lethargy, unusual food habits, and an inability to feel pleasure. Sound familiar? Luckily there are things you can do to combat seasonal depression. Enter: the best light therapy lamps. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? For those who have a harder time handling these issues, it may be a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder, also fittingly known as SAD, a pattern of major depressive episodes that correlate directly with the changing seasons. “This differs from winter blues in the syndromic quality and the durational quality of lasting two consecutive weeks with spontaneous remission in spring,” says Teodor Postolache, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Whether you have a clinically diagnosed case of SAD or simply the winter blues, one treatment to consider with your doctor is bright light therapy (BLT). Since gaining recognition in the 1980s, BLT has become “a first-line clinical standard for treatment of SAD,” according to a 2003 article in the journal, Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. But BLT is also an effective treatment for less severe forms of depression and sleep disorders. Here’s what to keep in mind when shopping for a light therapy lamp: Light therapy is a generally safe treatment option, but it isn't for everyone. “For individuals who have retinal diseases or are bipolar, bright light therapy can have a detrimental effect,” says Dr. Postolache. While light therapy has fewer side effects than medication, it is still important to figure out a treatment course with a medical professional. Find a lamp with the right intensity: Lux is the measurement of light that indicates the intensity of your lightbox. “You want a light to deliver around 10,000 Lux at eye level,” Dr. Postolache explains. “This is because if you look directly at the lightbox, the light gets concentrated in an area of the retina where you don’t have cells that may be responsible for the mood-elevating effects of light. These are more diffuse in the retina.” Instead, let the light enter your eyes indirectly from approximately 16 inches away. Carve out time in your schedule: Duration is one of the key elements for an effective treatment. Daily sessions of 20-30 minutes are typical with a 10,000 Lux light. “Some people who are more sensitive to light may need less,” says Dr. Postolache. Stay consistent: A doctor should help you find the best time of day to administer your light therapy. Once you have found what works for your body, it’s critical that you stay consistent as light affects your internal circadian rhythm. Administering the light in the morning after you first wake up tends to be the best course for most individuals, according to the Mayo Clinic. After scouring the internet for lamps that fall under the necessary criteria as outlined by Dr. Postolache and the Yale School of Medicine, we found the best light therapy lamps on the market to help you stay (and feel) a little brighter this winter.

How Graphic Narratives Make My Illness Feel Seen

As a writer, I am instinctively drawn to using language as my descriptive tool of choice. I have an arsenal of tricks to use: metaphors, similes, analogies, references, the objective correlative, and more. With the robust English language at my fingers, it would seem that nothing could be indescribable as there are words for everything.

Bipolar Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health disorder characterized by emotional extremes. People with bipolar disorder typically experience periods of abnormally elevated or irritable moods and increased energy (known as mania or the milder hypomania) and periods of depression. They may also experience mixed episodes that share features of both mania and depression.

Comfort in the Dark: Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) catches me by surprise every year. It shouldn’t. Feeling down in the darker months is as much a part of the rhythm of seasons as the leaves changing in the fall and the first daffodil shoots in the spring. But for some reason, as the kids...

Woman, 33, with bipolar disorder reported missing in Norwalk

Authorities Thursday sought the public’s help to locate a 33-year-old woman who suffers from bipolar disorder last seen in Norwalk. Ajah Deanne Yancey was last seen about 6:25 a.m. in the 13200 block of Bloomfield Avenue, near the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Shawn Du Busky.

Commentary: Depressive disorders are common, but also treatable

Depressive disorders are some of the most common types of mental illnesses affecting the population of Wichita today. Whether someone you love is living with major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression, or others, it is important to know that the family of depressive disorders are also among the most treatable. Traditionally, between 80% and 90% of those who seek treatment are able to get some relief for their symptoms through a carefully prescribed and managed combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication.

[87% Off] Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Interpersonal Effectiveness

What Are The Benefits Of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)? DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy Improves Your Relationships, Improves Quality Of Life, helps with depression and improves mental health and well-being. This is a course for anyone interested in personal development and improving quality of life with techniques such as Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Its main goals are to teach people how to live fully in the moment, how to develop healthy ways to cope with stress, how to effectively regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others. In DBT, individual therapists frequently meet with a consultation team in order to help them cope with the emotional demands of treating their patients.

Man, 61, Reported Missing in Lancaster

LANCASTER (CNS) – Authorities today were seeking a 61-year-old man diagnosed with bipolar disorder and minor dementia who was last seen in Lancaster. Luis Hector Navarro was last seen about 10:45 a.m. Sunday in the 40900 block of 172nd Street West, according to Deputy Shawn Du Busky of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Is Billy Townsend Bipolar and is he a Narcissist?

Editorial – This is not an attack but an opinion on someone that could use some help. Billy Townsend writes under the headline “Public Enemy Number 1”. I have been wondering for days what does that stands for, I have come to one meaning, his talking about himself after I read his posts.
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Linking sleep disturbance with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia

In a one-of-a-kind study, scientists studied different aspects of sleep disturbance in people living with psychiatric conditions. Using wrist accelerometers to generate objective data about sleep, the researchers found associations between sleep properties and major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spectrum disorder. After analyzing the genomes of...
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Guilt vs. Shame: How Are They Different?

Many people use ‘guilt’ and ‘shame’ interchangeably, but they are, in fact, different. Here’s how to tell them apart. It’s normal to feel bad about things sometimes. We all make mistakes, like forgetting people’s names or failing a test because we didn’t study hard enough. But what about when you...

Irwin Rivera Released From Police Custody After Plea of Not Guilty

Irwin Rivera was released into the care of his family after a judge ruled that he was not guilty by reason of insanity after attempting to murder his sisters. Rivera was arrested after allegedly stabbing his two sisters several times back in January. He was taken into custody at the time and later found to have bipolar disorder with psychosis. The news of his release was first reported by ESPN.

How I Know What Is Bipolar and What Is Me

Yesterday, I was asked how I know what is bipolar and what is me. As in, when I’m having a thought, emotion, or impulse, how do I know which of those things is coming from the bipolar disorder and which are genuinely me? This is not a simple question. The edges between me and the bipolar disorder are fuzzy. Bipolar disorder can be very loud and overtake my own voice. And while I’m sure I don’t get it right 100 percent of the time, I do know what is bipolar and what is me.

Former NBA player Delonte West was arrested outside a Florida Police Station.

Delonte West and Jameer Nelson put together an NCAA tournament run for the ages, which resulted in both making the NBA the following season, with West getting selected by the Boston Celtics in the 2004 NBA Draft. West’s “glory days” in the NBA came as a key member of the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2000s, starting at shooting guard for the team and providing much-needed playmaking and scoring support to James. Unfortunately, his career came to an end in the 2011-2012 season as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Later on, it would then be revealed that Delonte suffered from Bipolar Disorder and that this disorder had a hand in rendering West an alcoholic while being homeless for some time.

What is Mood Lability? How to Cope With It?

Have you ever met someone who always has an inappropriate reaction to things? A standard example of such inappropriate behavior is when they go all serious in a funny situation and crack jokes or begin laughing in a serious situation. Sometimes you can have an opposite reaction to a stressful...

How Does Therapy Help In The Treatment Of Depression

Depression is a common mental health condition that can prevent you from living a happy life and even lead to suicidal thoughts. Although many people suffer from depression, quite a few of them don’t seek professional help as they think that it is quite difficult to treat this problem. However, there are various therapies available these days that help you recover from mild to severe depression.