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Depakote (Divalproex Sodium) Side Effects, Ratings, and Patient Comments

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

From all the other reviews I’ve read, Depakote did received mixed reviews. What’s more interesting is when you do a search on Google for “Depakote”, you’ll find a lot of mixed reviews too. For example, the average rating given to Depakote is 3.0/5. Next, based on 23015 reviews, here’s the top 7 side-effects reported…

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Celebrities with Bipolar

Celebrities with Bipolar – AJ Mendez (Lee)

Welcome to another post on Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder. These stories are motivational because it shows you how bipolar doesn’t have to slow you down. It doesn’t have to stop you from conquering your goals. The celebrities I write about in these posts have either been recently diagnosed or been living with bipolar for several years. But, they have found ways to use their diagnosis to help others and push harder to conquer their dreams. I want you to do the same by using these stories as inspiration.

Today, we’ll be exploring AJ Mendez, or better known as AJ Lee. She is an American author and retired professional wrestler. She was diagnosed with bipolar in her early twenties. She had previously experienced adverse effects from a misdiagnosis of depression and overdosed on antidepressants and painkillers.

She is now an advocate for mental health working on increasing awareness.

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General Growth

25 Effective Ways to Cope with Depression

Depression is very crippling if you don’t know how to get a grip on it. Even if you do have a strategy for lowering your depressive symptoms it might not always work. I know how depression can take the enjoyment out of life because I’ve been living with bipolar disorder for over 18 years. I’ll be in a manic phase then “boom” will fall into depression for a few days. For some, the highs and lows can be extreme causing longer periods of instability. For me, depression is way more crippling because it sucks the life right out of me. It makes you question the reason for living and if you’ll ever get better.

Over the years, I have dedicated myself to helping others. I’ve taken time to find healthy ways to cope with depression and want to pass on what I’ve learned. You see, living with depression doesn’t need to be the end of the road because it can be the beginning of progress. Research shows there are effective strategies proven to work in treating depression. From my own personal experience of living with bipolar disorder for over 18 years, you can truly be happy by making a few changes to your lifestyle. That’s right, you need to make lifestyle changes to beat depression and live the joyous life you deserve.

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Inspirational Quotes

September 20th, 2017: Inspirational And Motivational Quotes

Inspiration and motivation – ThinkGrowProsper 

Today is my birthday so I wanted to share something important with all of you –

Throughout the years, my growth was possible after I started to prioritize what’s important to me. When I was concerned with everyone else’s well-being, I suffered and wasn’t happy. It’s only when I put my mental, physical, and emotional state number one that I started to see what matters. Understanding what matters allowed me to make the right decisions, especially, the ones which made me happy.

Here’s the thing,

Self-care is a vital part of growth and without it, you’ll remain stagnant. You’ll remain in a place you’re NOT happy. You’ll remain in a place you’re NOT content (in a state of peaceful happiness). It’s time you put yourself number one and prioritize what needs to be done to better yourself. If you don’t, you’ll remain exactly where you are mentally, emotionally, and physically.

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Celebrities with Bipolar

Celebrities with Bipolar – Sinead O’Connor

Welcome to another post on celebrities living with bipolar disorder. As I’m doing more research on bipolar, I’m finding a lot more information on famous people living with bipolar. Some celebrities are recently diagnosed while others have been living with it for several years. But, even though bipolar has been a struggle for them throughout their lives, it’s amazing how they have continued to push forward and follow their passion. Some make me proud because they use their star power to increase bipolar awareness. For example, Demi Lovato and Catherine Zeta-Jones both have talked openly about their diagnosis and what they plan on doing. They are both an advocate for bipolar awareness.

Today, we’ll be exploring Sinead O’Connor and her recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She was misdiagnosed for 13 years as having borderline personality disorder. She wrote on her Facebook wall – “Am celebrating having finally received an accurate diagnosis.”

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General Growth

Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol – What You Need to Know.

Alcohol has been a part of my life even before I was even diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I started drinking because of peer pressure and it continues to be a part of my life today. The standard answer when you ask your doctor if you should drink after being diagnosed with bipolar is – NO. Even though I was told this by my doctor from day one, it’s been hard to implement a no drinking policy into my life. I’ve been unsuccessful because socially it’s like I was expected to drink alcohol and would feel left out if I didn’t. Only recently, I started to wean myself off alcohol for health reasons and my decision came after learning about how destructive it can be for someone living with bipolar disorder.

Here’s the bottom-line –

The biggest problem with bipolar disorder and alcohol is it directly interacts with your mood.

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Celebrities with Bipolar

Celebrities with Bipolar – Maria Bello

Today we’ll be exploring another celebrity with Bipolar Disorder. I’m surprised at how many celebrities have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and been living with it for years. However, they just started talking about it openly because of the awareness surrounding bipolar nowadays. I’m so happy that I can put these celebrity posts together because it helps shed light on how no one is different. It helps everyone understand that bipolar disorder doesn’t discriminate and success doesn’t dictate if you’re bipolar or not. With that said,

I want everyone to take time and read through my Celebrities with Bipolar Disorder series. This will help you understand the struggles famous people live with and what they have done to help them get through the tough times. It’s a way for you to connect with others and learn coping strategies going forward. 🙂

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Changing Habits General Growth

5 Habits That Make Bipolar Disorder Much Easier to Live With Every Morning

When it comes to your ability to cope with Bipolar Disorder, there may be no more critical time of day than morning.

The way in which you wake up and tackle the day will have lasting effects on your mood, energy levels, and ultimately, your daily satisfaction. In creating a more stable mood throughout the day, this time is critical. It’s your daily “Cape Canaveral,” the launch point for your quality of life. The habits you maintain in the morning will establish the momentum you enjoy—or struggle against—throughout the day.

Maybe you’re already convinced about the importance of a healthy morning routine in dealing with Bipolar Disorder. But you don’t know how to go about it. In this article, we’ll explore five distinct habits that can change your morning routine. Even if you’re not a morning person, these habits will require minimal energy investment—all you have to do is apply them consistently. Over time, you’ll get a better handle on what makes you tick as you give yourself the morning boost you need.

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Celebrities with Bipolar

Celebrities with Bipolar – Sia

Every few weeks, I like to write about a celebrity with bipolar disorder. It’s a great way to knock back down into reality and understand that a mental illness does NOT discriminate. Bipolar disorder affects the famous, wealthy, and extraordinary successful.

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was under the common stereotype that people diagnosed with bipolar disorder belonged to a specific group and that no one outside of this group would ever be diagnosed with it. I was completely wrong. It was after I started to research ways to cope with my mental illness that I found information on celebrities suffering from bipolar disorder.

You’d be surprised how some of the most popular names in Hollywood are living with bipolar disorder for several years. Here are a few – Demi Lovato, Kurt Cobain, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, and Robert Downey Jr.

Today, I’ll be writing about the musician Sia and her struggle with bipolar disorder. Many people have assumed she is bipolar because of the persona where she is NOT present. She’s always covering her face staying invisible hiding her identity. Some say it’s because she’s NOT in the present and hides her true self. Either way, she has become one of the most talked about pop star of our time.

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Inspirational Quotes

September 4th, 2017: Inspirational And Motivational Quotes

Inspiration and motivation – ThinkGrowProsper 

Negative energy will shift your mood. 🙁

Negative energy will come from a lot of places “especially” those around you. When diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you are told to avoid situations which impact your life causing stress, and anxiety. Both will trigger episodes and will worsen your condition. However, even though you know this, it’s hard to control the actions of others so you can only take responsibility for what you do.

You need to educate and build yourself to a point where the actions of others do NOT affect your mood. You need to build confidence and live in the present so the past doesn’t affect your mood. You need to occupy your mind thinking about what needs to be done going forward “NOT” what has been done to you in the past.

When you learn to dictate your own mood, you start to live a joyous life. You start to live life where you control bipolar disorder and it doesn’t control you. 🙂

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