It is our privilege
to provide a pamphlet from the National Institute of Mental Health,
(NIHM). The NIHM website contains a great deal of information about
mental illness in general, and we suggest you visit it; we believe your
time will be well spent. What I have included from the NIMH has been
written by professionals as a result of much research. I believe the
information provides an excellent overview and lays a foundation of
understanding to build on as you further pursue knowledge about Bipolar
Bipolar ..more info
Research has improved
the ability to diagnose Bipolar Disorder in children and teens. Bipolar
Disorder can begin in childhood and during the teenage years, although
it is usually diagnosed in adult life. The illness can affect anyone.
However, if one or both parents have Bipolar Disorder, the chances are
greater that their children may develop the disorder. Family history of
drug or alcohol abuse also may be associated with greater risk for
Bipolar II Disorder
is characterized by one or more depressive episodes accompanied by at
least one hypomanic episode. A hypomanic episode is defined as a
distinct period of persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood,
lasting at least 4 days, that is clearly different from the
person’s non-depressed mood. Hypomanic episodes have symptoms
similar to manic episodes (found in Bipolar I Disorder), but are less
In an alarming
statistic, it is said that one in five persons with bipolar disorder
will commit suicide at some point in their lifetime. Sixty percent of
all suicides in the United States are committed by those suffering from
depression and bipolar disorder. Suicide is the potentially fatal grip
of bipolar disorder and claims all too many people’s lives
each year. Depending upon the citation, suicide is the 11th leading
cause of death in the United States. For every two homicides in the
United States 3 persons commit suicide. Suicide can be prevented and my
book expands upon strategies to help cope with depression and move past
the depressive cycle. Information from NIHM is included with important
facts about suicide.
we often develop a distorted self image and sense of worth. It is
unhealthy to depend on the approval of others to determine our worth.
This information includes quotes from “Codependence, the
Dance of the Wounded Soul,” by Robert Burney. His teachings
and counsel can help a person get in touch with a wounded inner self
and to allow one to grieve inner wounds.
Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD) ..more info
aggravates bipolar disorder and can cause a great deal of difficulty in
our lives. Information from NIHM provides an excellent overview of Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD). Eye Movement Desensitization
Reprocessing (EMDR) is one treatment for PTSD that is often quite
Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, (EMDR) ..more info
EMDR is a treatment
for PTSD. EMDR was very helpful in overcoming many childhood and adult
issues that traumatized me. If you are struggling with life issues that
really hold you down, then I would suggest that you discuss EMDR with
your therapist or doctor.
Brain Basics - Understanding Sleep
Sleep is critical to
mental health. Because of this it is important to understand sleep and
how sleep deprivation can precipitate a full-blown manic episode. . In
this information, you will discover sleep patterns and strategies that
may reduce the threat of bipolar disorder mania. Information from the
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
provides an excellent overview of Sleep and its importance.
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