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Bipolar and pregnancy: Surviving the first 12 months

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Bipolar and Pregnancy We didn’t know that Bridget was bipolar when she had Colin 10 years ago and I think she handled it pretty well, but it does explain a few things now that I have had a chance to reflect on it. Having a child can really be a joyous occasion but it can […]

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4 Different Medications for Bipolar Disorder and Their Side Effects [INFOGRAPHIC]

When you first start to realize your spouse might be bipolar or just “something” is wrong in general, the typical response is to turn to the internet and research what might be going on.  Is he/she bipolar?  Id so, what are the medications for bipolar disorder? Been there, done that. And when I did.  Wow. […]

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Bipolar Hypersexuality: Is your spouse exhibiting traits?

Bipolar Hypersexuality Out of all of the side effects of the bipolar condition, this is the one that I haven’t had to deal with in a major way.  There has been an instance of infidelity on both sides of our marriage (very common in bipolar relationships) but excessive or “hyper-sexuality” is a very common and […]

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When dealing with, turns into divorcing a bipolar spouse

Divorcing a Bipolar Spouse For complete disclosure, I am not currently divorced from my bipolar wife.  Nor am I lawyer.  But I don’t believe I need to be either in order to organize some helpful thoughts, strategies, lessons or red flags for my readers. Divorce is a horrible experience.  It’s costly and an emotional roller […]

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Improve Your Mental Health on a Budget!

I am blessed to have a good job currently and so does my wife (after going through 6 of them) so we have decent health insurance but I still remember what it was like not to have insurance.  A professional mental health examination is crucial BUT in the meantime their are things you can do […]

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Bipolar 101: How a Psychiatrist Diagnoses Bipolar Disorder

As a spouse of someone who is living with the bipolar condition, it’s important to understand how a psychiatrist initially diagnoses and treats a patient exhibiting bipolar behaviors.  Most likely YOU’LL be the one who ends up bringing your spouse in for treatment or the diagnoses so it’s crucial you understand what the doctor is […]

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Study shows bipolar condition hinders ability to communicate

MIND = BLOWN.  Groundbreaking research about the bipolar condition and communication.  This really hit me hard because I harp on Bridget all the time about “communication.”  I probably sound like a broken record but I tell her at least 2-3 times a week that good communication is our savior to a happy marriage.  Time to […]

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One celebrity’s struggle with raising a bipolar son

Heart wrenching.  Often the bipolar condition can run in families genetically but it is always more sad when your kids might have the condition and you don’t.  Know body wants to see their kids suffer.  Our Colin is only 10 years old at the time of writing this post and we haven’t seen any signs […]

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Unipolar vs. Bipolar Depression

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Interesting how the “management” or “regulation” of emotions is a key differentiator of the unipolar vs bipolar condition. Patients with bipolar disorder regulate their emotions differently from those with major depressive disorder (MDD) in both depressed and remitted states, a study shows. Bipolar disorder patients had impaired emotion regulation even in the remitted state; however, […]

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When your arguments go nuclear

Last night was tough.  One of the toughest nights I have had with my wife in a few years.  And this is exactly what bipolarism deals you some times as the spouse  And as prepared as I always think I am, I wasn’t prepared enough or I didn’t handle it in the right way.  Honestly, […]

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