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Learn More About Bipolar

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I recently linked to the National Institute of Mental Health as a general resource. I am linking now to their page specifically on bipolar disorder. On that page is a link to another page that provides even more information about bipolar. ***Bipolar disorder is sometimes called manic depression. Other terms can be Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymia and Mood Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. ***
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Better Sleep to Improve Mood and Reduce Anxiety

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A good night's rest is important for everyone. But, when symptoms of depression, mania, and/or anxiety are prominent, sleep often is disrupted. Of course there are many medications available to assist with sleep. But, there are also behavioral changes you can make which can help improve your sleep.
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Learn More About Anxiety

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has many pages which provide basic, understandable information about various mental health issues. Last month I linked to their general site. Here is a link to their page on anxiety. According to NIMH, approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder. That's a lot of people, so if you're reading this and you're dealing with anxiety...
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Just For Men--Mantherapy.org

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Men deal with depression. It's a fact. Men need support, just like women, but perhaps with a different approach. Enter mantherapy.org. This is a website sponsored by Colorado's Health and Welfare department, and it is "hosted" by Dr (NOT a real doctor) Rich Mahogany. On this site you can learn about depression and how to help men cope more effectively.
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Need Help Paying for Medication?

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Medication is typically a vital part of treating depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders, and more recently, treating chemical dependency. Even with private health insurance, medications for these conditions can be expensive. At the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance's website, they have a page which lists many pharmaceutical companies' websites for patient financial assistance. If you have insurance you may not be eligible for the programs; however, depending on...
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Improve Sleep with CBT

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About 10% of the general population struggles with falling and/or staying asleep. When dealing with a mood disorder or anxiety, the numbers are even higher. Fortunately, there are medications to help with this problem. But, even with medication, people can struggle to get the sleep they want and need.
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) was founded in 1979 with the goal of being an advocacy organization for those diagnosed with mental illness, and for their loved ones. NAMI works to provide support and education, increase awareness, advocate for those with mental illness, and assist in research.
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Understanding Suicide

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It’s almost March and the sun is shining. Often we think about the darkest months of winter as being the time of year when suicide is most common. However, research indicates that the spring and summer months tend to have higher rates. There are many theories as to why this is the case, but unfortunately, none are definitive.
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Understanding Depression

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Depression affects one in ten Americans, but it’s hard to talk about. The word is something we toss around casually--“I’m so depressed! Our team didn’t make the play-offs”; or “My mom grounded me because I got a C in math-I’m so depressed!”; or, “”We went out on 3 dates but now she wants to be just friends. How depressing.”
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Acacia Parks, PhD is a professor of psychology, and knows quite a bit about positive psychology. She has become interested in studying self-help approaches. Self-help is at its best when it takes the best that clinical research has to offer, and makes it available and practical and useable for the general public. Dr. Parks has a new study and is recruiting participants. Participants will be evaluating two online programs designed to increase happiness, and you will hopefully develop new strateg...
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