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Posted on Feb 6, 2015 in Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Counseling, Depression, News, Therapy

How to Tell if a Loved One Has Bipolar Disorder

We all have our set of mood swings, and don’t feel on top of the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but when do these changes in mood add up to bipolar syndrome? Identifying possible bipolar disorder For a person to be suffering from bipolar disorder, there should be both highs and lows, of mania and depression. An unusually high-energy phase followed by a terrible low. If it is one or the other state alone that is experienced, then, it is not a sign of bipolar disorder. A manic phase or a period of high self-esteem and great mood should be one that lasts at least one week. The person feels all powerful during the manic period and doesn’t need to sleep too much. Your loved one could be very talkative, with a flood of ideas; they might even go on a shopping spree. The high should not be induced by drugs to be called a manic phase. Hopelessness and emptiness During the depressed phase, the...

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Posted on Feb 4, 2015 in Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Counseling, Depression, News, Stress, Therapists, Therapy

Helping Someone With an Anxiety Disorder

If a loved one or a friend is suffering from an anxiety disorder, it is not just difficult for him or her; it is also difficult for the rest of the family. How should you respond to someone who is under severe stress and feels excessively anxious? Be supportive, not judgemental One of the first rules is to never give out an impression that you are judging him or her. Show support without being judgemental. You could tell your friend that what she is going through is no big deal, and everyone goes through it, only to trigger more anger or strong reactions. Their worries may seem trivial to you, but never tell them that. Statements like “that must be very tough for you” or “do let me know how I can help”, can help. Such statements are not judgemental and show genuine support and care. Not to panic in the wake of panic! When a loved one is anxious and panicking, it is very easy for you to...

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Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Bipolar Disorder, Depression, News

Tips to Cope With Manic Depression

Manic depression is not always chronic, and individuals can recover from it. Employing self-strategies to cope with manic depression or bipolar disorder is important as it can help control the condition better. Typically psychotherapy and medicines are advised to treat manic depression, but actively involving in self-care too can help one get better soon. Understanding and creating awareness The more you learn about bipolar disorder, the better equipped you are to tackle it. There are numerous resources that explain about manic depression and associated treatments as well as techniques that can help in improving your quality of life. Also, as you understand more about manic depression, you will be able to pick up signs every time the condition surfaces. Once you gain a better understanding of these patterns, you will also be able to mitigate the effect of these mood swings before they grow in intensity. Seeking the support of your loved ones When a manic episode surfaces, you may not realize how you act or react. If you’ve...

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