A Knitting Prescription

Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder affects almost six million American adults and is characterized by episodes of depression and mania. The onset of bipolar disorder is often in late adolescents, but it can develop at any stage in life. Mood stabilizers such as lithium, divalproex, carbamazepine, and lamotrigine seek to suppress the swings between mania and…
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Defensive Bipolar

While I was wondering around the internet searching for information on bipolar disorder, I stumbled across an interesting blog by a person (Bp) who was diagnosed with bipolar. This person’s story was interesting to me because Bp displayed the normal symptoms of bipolar, but that was not all. Later on he developed other symptoms. Bp was…
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Beethoven Without Bipolar: The Cost Of Creativity

This week’s discussion topic was on bipolar disorder.  So far we have only focused on the negative effects of bipolar disorder and finding ways to treat it. I am going to take a different perspective on the disease and hopefully shed an alternative light on mental illness. Can you imagine a world without Beethoven’s Ode…
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Bipolar Disorder In Children- Efficient And Careful Diagnostic Tools Needed.

Bipolar disorder is generally defined as recurrent periods of mania and depression (Bipolar I) or hypomania and depression (Bipolar II). According to the website of National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), the lifetime prevalence of bipolar spectrum disorders is 0 to 3 % among adolescents, depending on assessment measured and the range of the spectrum…
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Homelessness And Mental Illness: A Lethal Combination

This week, Fargo-Moorhead recognizes National Hunger and Homelessness Week, a time to raise awareness about the on-going problem of homelessness—not just in the big cities of New York, LA, and Chicago—but here in the frozen land of MN and ND, in our very own backyards. Whether or not it is acknowledged, homelessness is a problem…
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