Understanding Bipolar Disorders

Understanding bipolar can be challenging for those who have a bipolar disorder and for those around them. Understanding may be better (or worse?) now under the new classifications from DSM-5, as there are four types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymic disorder, and other specified disorder. Exploring the differences may help with diagnosis and treatment for yourself or others.

Here is an article that explains bipolar using the new DSM-5 classifications. The article can be found in this month’s edition of bp magazine.


Wellness Toolbox Helps You Build Your Mental Health

You can begin building your mental health now with the tools available in the Wellness Toolbox   from Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

The Toolbox has three sections. In the “Blueprints” section, you can set goals for recovery, check symptoms, and learn how to find and get help from a doctor. In the “Tool Belt” section, you learn about wellness, develop wellness strategies, track your health, manage symptoms and triggers, and address negative thinking. In the “Manual” section, you track your treatment and medications.

The tools are generally short and simple to use, some more helpful than others. Overall, this is a site you may find useful for information and guidance your building your own well-being.


Dealing Effectively with Depression and Bipolar Disorder 

This article provides information from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) on the symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder and how to treat and manage them. It provides a guide for taking control of your own mental health journey.

Here are the key recovery concepts that the article presents:

Key Recovery Concepts

Six key concepts provide the foundation of effective recovery work. They are:

  • Hope. With good symptom management, it is possible to experience long periods of wellness. Believing that you can cope with your mood disorder is both accurate and essential to recovery.
  • Perspective. Depression and Bipolar Disorder often follow cyclical patterns. Although you may go through some painful times and it may be difficult to believe things will get better, it is important not to give up hope.
  • Personal Responsibility. It’s up to you to take action to keep your moods stabilized. This includes asking for help from others when you need it, taking your medication as prescribed and keeping appointments with your health care providers.
  • Self Advocacy. Become an effective advocate for yourself so you can get the services and treatment you need, and make the life you want for yourself.
  • Education. Learn all you can about your illness. This allows you to make informed decisions about all aspects of your life and treatment.
  • Support. Working toward wellness is up to you. However, support from others is essential to maintaining your stability and enhancing the quality of your life.


Half Of Us : Mental Health Information for College Students

Half Of Us : Welcome.

Half of Us is a web site for college students to learn about mental health and depression. According to the site’s About page, here is some of what the site is all about:

“…half of us struggle with depression, and all of us have the power to help ourselves and others by fighting the stigma around mental health and speaking up when we need support. Get started:

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