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“10 things you should never say to someone with bipolar disorder”

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This September 23, 2014 article found on The Guardian website caught my attention because of how it conveyed comments commonly heard not only by people with Bipolar, but often times could be heard by people with any type of mental illness.  I know that some of the items struck a chord with me because when people find out I have an Anxiety disorder, it’s not uncommon for me to hear “I get nervous sometimes too”  which is really just a spin of the section where the writer talks about we all get moody.   So I would suggest that as you read this, look at it not just as advice on how to approach a person with Bipolar, but really tips on how to talk to anyone with any mental illness, or even any type of disability.

“Living, Not Coping”

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This February 13, 2014 article talks about the difference between living with Bipolar Disorder and coping with it.  There are also some tips for living with it.

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Bipolar Disorder (Photo credit: SheriW1223)

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“Mental Illness Not a Driving Force Behind Crime: Study”

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This April 22, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website offers some interesting statistics based on research done in Minnesota where they looked at 143 inmates with a couple different types of mental illness and found that the crimes they committed rarely had anything to do with their mental illness.  The article seems to imply that substance abuse could be a more likely culprit for their actions.

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Location of state of XY (see filename) in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Scientists Use Stem Cells to Study Bipolar Disorder”

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This March 25, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about research being done in an effort to better understand Bipolar Disorder.  The research involves stem cells and indicates that there are differences being seen between those of people with Bi

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Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night. Oil on canvas, 73×92 cm, 28¾×36¼ in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

polar Disorder and those who do not have the disorder.  Scientists hope to gain a better understanding of the disorder in hopes that their research will lead to better, more effective treatments of Bipolar Disorder

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“Proposal might reduce bipolar diagnosis in children”

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This May 19, 2013 article on the Philly.com website talks about a new diagnosis for kids that seems like a better fit then Bipolar in many cases

“Mental Illness: A Story of Struggle and Strength”

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While I found this story to be very inspiring,

I would like to note that it is possible it could be triggery for some,

the writer describes her struggle with self-injury and suicide.

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  This April 22, 2013 article on the Cabrini College Loquitur website talks about one woman’s struggle with mental illness, she describes what things were like for her as a teen, but then also goes on to explain that she can’t imagine going through life differently then she has.

 

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