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  1. Bipolar Disorder

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    Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder. It's made up of two parts: mania (high mood) and depression (low mood). ...

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  2. Mood Disorders

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    Moods are our emotions. They affect us every day. Sometimes we’re sad, other times we’re happy. We might even be sad and happy in the same day. But sometimes people’s mood can get “stuck” on sad. Or the moods might change a lot or become extreme. ...

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  3. Bipolar Disorder: Types

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    Bipolar disorder is a class of mood disorders that is marked by dramatic changes in mood, energy and behaviour. The key characteristic is that people with bipolar disorder alternate between episodes of mania (extreme elevated mood) and depression (extreme ...

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  4. Bipolar Disorder: What does it feel like?

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      English PDF |  Other Languages | More Info Sheets Author: Mood Disorders Association of BC   Bipolar disorder is an illness that produces dramatic swings in mood (amongst other symptoms). A person with bipolar disorder will alternate between periods of ...

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  5. Bipolar Disorder: Medications

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      English PDF | Other Languages | More Info Sheets Author: Mood Disorders Association of BC   Bipolar disorde​r is a long-term illness that most often require management throughout a person’s life. Medication is the primary form of treatment to help contr ...

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  6. Learning to Swim When My Daughter is Drowning

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    Gail Windsor Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (3), pp. 14-16 Things came to a head on Mother’s Day 2008, when my 19-year-old daughter Tracy wouldn’t reply when I spoke to her. Her behaviour had been uncharacteristicall ...

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  7. Coming Into Your Own Skin

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    A bipolar take on body image and shame Meegan Simpson-Cooke, BSW Reprinted from "Body Image" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (1), p. 21 As a child, a family friend once compared my size favourably to that of her daughter: How come you’re so t ...

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  8. Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Aboriginal people

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    PDF Version   Download PDF | More Fact Sheets Bipolar disorder is an illness in which people have mood swings that are out of proportion to what is going on in their lives. You experience emotional highs (called mania) and lows (called depression), with p ...

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  9. Bipolar Disorder: What causes bipolar disorder?

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    PDF Version   PDF | More info sheets Author: Mood Disorders Association of BC   Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that results in extreme changes of mood, energy and ability to function. Although research has improved our understanding of why someone m ...

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  10. Bipolar Disorder: What can I do to prevent future manic episodes?

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    PDF Version   PDF | More info sheets Author: Mood Disorders Association of BC   Bipolar disorder can be a challenging illness to manage. One way you can help to stay healthy is to learn more about when your symptoms tend to develop and what this looks lik ...

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