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  • Julie A. Fast - Atlanta, GA - Psychology
    Julie A. Fast answered:
    First some background: Bipolar disorder has two types of mania- full blown mania (Bipolar I) and hypomania (Bipolar II). Within those manias- a person can be euphoric (woo! woo!) or dysphoric (wired, tired and very unhappy).
    This sleep question refers to the milder euphoric hypomania found in Bipolar...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overconfident people are better at convincing others that they're more talented than they really are, and therefore are more likely to get promotions and reach high-level positions, a new study indicates.

    The researchers added that these "self-...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Maternal & Fetal Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children.

    Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise i...Full Article

  • Julie A. Fast - Atlanta, GA - Psychology
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    I had my first suicidal episode when I was 19. My first boyfriend broke up with me and I simply didn’t want to live. I had no idea it was bipolar disorder. My deep despair and crying unhappiness covered me like a blanket. I thought about him and how I would never be in love again and then started...Read More
  • Julie A. Fast - Atlanta, GA - Psychology
    Julie A. Fast answered:
    Yes, but it’s always possible to make sure it’s in a positive way!
    I believe that people with bipolar disorder have an extra responsibility as parents:
    • To do everything possible to keep the negative side of the illness out of the child’s life. 
    It’s so easy to inadvertently take bipolar disorder out...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Sleep Medicine:

    MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- "Sleep drunkenness" is more common than previously thought, affecting about one in 15 Americans, according to a new study that looked at the sleeping habits of more than 19,000 adults.

    Also called confusional arousal, the condition causes people t...Full Article

  • Julie A. Fast - Atlanta, GA - Psychology
    Julie A. Fast answered:
    Social events often trigger bipolar disorder symptoms. Many people see partying (going out for a few drinks, dancing, listening to music, breathing in cigarette smoke, and staying out later than normal) as fun and joyful. For many people it is. But for people with bipolar disorder, a very stimulating...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports.

    Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years experienced full recovery when ...Full Article

  • Julie A. Fast - Atlanta, GA - Psychology
    Julie A. Fast answered:
    Anxiety is about worry in the mind and body and agitation is about restlessness in the mind and body.
    Agitation is common in bipolar disorder, but it’s often mistaken for anxiety. The following explains the differences between the two.
    Anxiety
    Anxiety symptoms include worry, fear and scary physical...Read More
  • Julie A. Fast - Atlanta, GA - Psychology
    Julie A. Fast answered:
    Lithium is a mood stabilizer. There are three other bipolar disorder drugs in the mood stabilizer category: Tegretol, Depakote and Lamictal, but these are actually anti-convulsant medications that were found to help moods even though they were being used for epilepsy!
    Thus, Lithium is the only true...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility:

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- White, straight women are much more likely to seek treatment for infertility than minority, bisexual or lesbian women, a new study finds.

    Researchers examined data gathered from nearly 20,000 American women, aged 21 to 44, who took part in poll...Full Article

  • Julie A. Fast - Atlanta, GA - Psychology
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    Bipolar disorder is an illness with specific symptoms. When you create a treatment plan that helps your partner take charge of their major symptoms, you may see a significant change in their behavior. Getting frustrated is totally normal, but it will not help you or your partner. Feel the frustration...Read More
  • Julie A. Fast - Atlanta, GA - Psychology
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    When you fell in love with your partner, you probably didn't expect that bipolar disorder would play such a large role in your relationship. Maintaining a loving relationship has enough problems as it is, without having to deal with bipolar disorder and its troubles as well. It's normal that you might...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women seeking a better work-life balance are less likely than men to be viewed positively by their colleagues, a new study finds.

    "These results demonstrate how cultural notions of parenting influence perceptions of peop...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychology:

    FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to natural light boosts the health and happiness of nurses, which may improve patient safety and satisfaction, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that nurses whose workstations had natural light had lower ...Full Article