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Bipolar Disorder FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Bipolar Disorder

Version: 1.1

Release Date: 25 September1996

Usenet Newsgroups: alt.support.depression.manic (ASDM) soc.support.depression.manic (SSDM)

Maintainers: Barry Campbell (barry@webveranda.com) http://webveranda.com/barry/

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Archived at: http://www.moodswing.org/faq.html http://cspo.queensu.ca/~anglesio/faq

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-1.0 Introduction and Acknowledgments to Contributors
-2.0 Revision history and archive locations
-3.0 Definitions (DSM-IV and "Extended")
-3.1 What is Bipolar Disorder?
-3.2 What is Depression?
-3.3 What is Mania?
-3.4 What is Hypomania?
-3.5 What is the difference between euphoria and dysphoria?
-3.6 What is a Mixed State?
-3.7 What is Rapid Cycling?
-3.8.1 What are delusions?
Delusions are, in general, false beliefs. The DSM-IV (p. 763) defines ...
-3.8.2 Can people with bipolar disorder have hallucinations?
Most certainly. The DSM-IV (p. 766) defines a hallucination as:...
-3.8.3 What kind of hallucinations are there?
Hallucinations may occur in any of the senses: auditory (for example, ...
-3.9 How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?
-3.10 What is Cyclothymia?
-4.0 How can I best take care of myself?
-4.1 How can I tell if I am depressed or just in a bad mood?
Frequently, it is more obvious to those around us that we are ...
-4.2 How can I tell if I am manic or just unusually cheerful?
A: Much like depression, it is frequently more obvious to those around ...
-4.4 What medications are commonly used in treatment?
-4.4.1 Ten Little Things I Have Learned About Drug Therapy
(1) We believe what we want to believe (about this topic or any topic)....
-4.4.2 General Discussion Of The Meds
Now, on to a more general discussion of the meds. Thanks to Millie ...
-4.4.3 Mood Stabilizers
-4.4.4 Antidepressants
-4.4.5 Antipsychotics
-4.4.6 Other mood medications
-4.10 Resource Organizations
-5.0 How do I help a friend or loved one?
-5.1 What to do (and what not to do) when someone you care about is diagnosed
-5.2 What to do (and what not to do) if you suspect that someone you care about needs help, but resists seeking it for themselves.
-6.1 Depression Bipolar Disorder: Mailing Lists
-- Pendulum (Mailing List)...
-6.1 Depression Bipolar Disorder: USENET Newsgroups
The two principal newsgroups of interest to people with Bipolar ...
-6.1 Depression Bipolar Disorder: World Wide Web Sites
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #1
What are some good books to read about bipolar disorder?...
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #2
Title: Creative Brainstorms: The Relationship Between ...
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #3
Title: Feeling Good: The New Mood ...
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #4
Title: How to Cope with Depression - A Complete Guide for You and ...
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #5
Title: Lost Puritan: A Life of Robert ...
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #6
Title: 9 Highland ...
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #7
Title:
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #8
Title: Waking Up, ...
-6.2 Bipolar Disorder: Books #9
Title: X
-7.4 The Psychiatric Survivors' Movement









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