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What Are the Side Effects of Abilify?

Abilify and Abilify MyCite are prescribed for bi-polar, depression, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia and more. For some it’s a life saver, but for others Abilify’s side effects can include diabetes, suicidal thoughts, sexual dysfunction and more. Read this 2-part series on the pros and cons of Abilify.

Mariah Carey: An Unexpected Mental Health Advocate

Singer Mariah Carey’s recent brave revelation that she suffers from bipolar disorder is a shining example of how celebrities can use their status to improve dialogue and policies regarding mental and other illnesses. Superstar singer Mariah Carey has had a rough few years. She has been dragged through the media…

Quick Hits: Lamictal Warning, FDA Crackdown on E-Cigs & Drug Take Back Day

Lamictal (lamotrigine), a drug used to treat seizures and bipolar disorder, can cause a rare but very serious immune system reaction known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). HLH can cause severe inflammation throughout the body and result in someone being hospitalized or even death, especially if not diagnosed and treated immediately….

Lithium Bests Newer Drugs for Bipolar Disorder

While it has been around for decades to treat bipolar disorder, the drug lithium works better than newer -– and more expensive –- mood stabilizers in terms of lower rates of self-harm and unintended injury. Researchers led by Joseph F. Hayes, MSc, MB, ChB, of University College London, looked at…

Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Q & A with Dr. Candida Fink, Part 2

An estimated 5.7 million American adults have bipolar disorder, which is a mental illness characterized by dramatic changes or shifts in mood, energy and intensity. Since there is no cure for bipolar disorder, the chronic illness requires lifelong treatment and monitoring. Prescription medicines used to treat bipolar disorder range from…

Bipolar Disorder: A Q&A with Dr. Candida Fink

Frequently asked questions about diagnosing bipolar disorder are answered by Dr. Candida Fink An estimated 5.7 million American adults have bipolar disorder, which is a mental illness characterized by dramatic changes or shifts in mood, energy and intensity. There are five types of bipolar disorder (See Fast Facts about Bipolar…

Bipolar Disorder: Fast Facts

What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental disorder characterized by drastic and intense shifts in energy,  mood, and activity level. Individuals can be exuberant and euphoric, irritable, severely  depressed or explosive. Symptoms can include racing thoughts, impulsive behavior, self-destructive behavior and suicidal behavior. The…

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