Category : General

General Support Group Q & A

Cymbalta (Duloxetine) Side Effects, Ratings, and Patient Comments

Earlier this week, I posted on my Facebook page asking for reviews on Cymbalta (Duloxetine). The feedback was overwhelming with over 20 comments posted.

From all the other reviews I’ve read, Cymbalta did received mixed reviews. What’s more interesting is when you do a search on Google for “Cymbalta”, you’ll find a lot of negative reviews. For example, the average rating given to Cymbalta is 2.7/5. Next, based on 2357 reviews, here’s the top 5 side-effects reported…

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General Growth

Supporting Someone with Bipolar Disorder – What Can You Do?

Bipolar disorder affects everyone differently. The challenges you face when you’re diagnosed with bipolar disorder can be overwhelming, but let’s think about the people around us. Let’s think about the difficulties faced by our family and friends now that they need to support us during these times. I’ll admit, it was hard for my parents because I wasn’t the easiest guy to deal with. I would have mood swings, negative reactions to medications, and until today constantly rely on them to provide support whenever I need it. It’s been an ongoing challenge for both of us and continues to be one. But, the good news is that everything is a learning experience and one’s misfortune can be great knowledge for someone else…right?

I chose this topic for two reasons:

1) We all need support and it’s important everyone knows what to expect when supporting someone with bipolar disorder. Even though I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 18 years, I sometimes need to help others recently diagnosed with it. I’ve learned a lot from people close to me who have taken out the time to help me, and I want to share my knowledge with you.

2) It was a question posted on my Facebook page. I promised I would write about it and I always keep my promises.

Let’s get started. These are my own personal tips so feel free to leave a comment providing your tips below the content. 🙂

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General Support Group Q & A

Seroquel And Seroquel XR Side Effects, Ratings, and Patient Comments

Earlier this week, I posted on my Facebook page asking for reviews on Seroquel and Seroquel XR (quetiapine). The feedback was overwhelming with over 30 comments posted. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was prescribed this medication for a short period before switching to Wellbutrin. The side-effects on Seroquel were too much for me to handle. You can read about my experience here.

From all the other reviews I’ve read, it seems Seroquel isn’t compatible with too many people. What’s more interesting is when you search in Google for “Seroquel”, you’ll find a lot of negative reviews. For example, the average rating given to Seroquel is 3/5, and Seroquel XR is 3.2/5. Next, based on 1432 reviews, here’s the top 5 side-effects reported…

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Changing Habits General Growth

The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Sleep

The connection between bipolar disorder and sleep is nothing new. When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder my doctor mentioned how important it was to establish a regular sleeping routine. Throughout my life, I have been researching the connection and concluded, sleep disturbances in people with bipolar disorder are present from the beginning. This connection between bipolar and sleep can have a negative impact on your quality of life, and treatment outcomes.

Last week on my Facebook page, I made a post asking people for content idea’s, and the type of content they would like to read. One topic which came up several times was – bipolar and sleep deprivation. So, I’ve put together this content to help you understand the connection between the two.

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General Support Group Q & A

Abilify and Weight Gain – The Most Common Side Effect

Last week, I posted a question both in the BipolarDigest Community and on my Facebook page. I wanted to know how many people taking Abilify experienced either weight gain or weight loss. The connection between Abilify and weight gain is nothing new. Ever since I started to research this medication, I’ve read complaints about how Abilify causes massive weight gain. For example, 715 patient reviews found that the #1 side effect associated with Abilify is weight gain. When a summary was put together on the side effects, here are the top 5 side-effects (complaints):

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General Just My Thoughts

The Big Four Types of Negative Thinking

Negative thinking will ruin your life. It will take the good out of everything and have you viewing the world in a darker light. Constant negative thinking leads to depression, anxiety and makes you resent people. It was the biggest roadblock I had when learning to control and conquer bipolar disorder. It can be hard to recognize negative thinking especially when you’ve been caught in a pattern for too long. This is when your negative thought pattern becomes automated and really takes over your life. However, there’s always hope but you first need to recognize that your caught in a negative cycle. Then, you can identify the type of negative thinking you are doing. For example, many psychologists have identified four types of negative thought patterns. They have also stated how many of them do overlap each other.

By knowing the different types, you can start to come up with heathier alternative patterns to overcome those negative ones.

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General Growth

I Wish I Could Start My Life Over – Really?

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had this thought in my mind, especially, after I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I always felt as though certain events in my life caused my bipolar disorder so if I’m able to turn back time, I would no longer have bipolar disorder. If you haven’t noticed, I have a contact us page on my blog and get several emails each week from people with and without bipolar disorder. Those living with bipolar disorder send through questions or need someone to speak to which is why I started the BipolarDigest Community. Those people without bipolar disorder send emails to find out more about mental illnesses and how they can find out if they have bipolar disorder or not. I try to answer every email within 1 day. Anyways,

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General

Just Another Manic Monday

Today at work I had one. I’ve had very little sleep over the last 3 days. Today I woke up energized and ready to go on with the day. I got to work and I could feel it creeping over me. Then, it hit. My happy mood was gone. No joke. No pun. No laughter helped me. Kylee was gone. Kylee left and all that was inside was a shell. An empty shell.

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Changing Habits General

How Social Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Are Linked?

When I was younger, I had some serious social anxiety. I would get very nervous whenever I would be in large groups because I would be concerned with what people thought of me. My mind would be consumed with this thought so I would avoid public spots. I think back to how long I’ve had social anxiety and remember that even at an early age before my bipolar diagnosis, I suffered from high social anxiety. Recently, it started to bother me again but in a different way. For example, I’m not really scared of large groups anymore, but more concerned on how social anxiety and depression are linked. I’ve read how it can be a contributing factor in developing depression, bipolar disorder and dysthymia (persistent mild depression). As mentioned, social anxiety has been a part of my life ever since I was a young kid way before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I`m now intrigued with the connection between them and if treating one will help the other.

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General

My World Upside Down

Have you ever looked back on your life wondering what would happen if things had gone another way if you had the knowledge that you have now back then, what would you do? For me, there are too many things I want to change in my past, but I would never take back the fact that I am a survivor of Bipolar And Borderline Personality Disorder as well as Anxiety. I deal with these personal struggles on a daily basis, and it has framed the mature adult me. Someone I, myself can respect. I am thankful to have gone through every up and down, twist and turn. It is true, there really ain’t no mountain high enough.

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