|Home | About Bipolar Disorder | About David Oliver | Bipolar Articles/Stories | Bipolar Success Stories | Blogs and Podcast | Catalog | Contact | Current Bipolar News David Oliver In the News | Donate | Events | FAQ's | FREE Resources | Health Directory | Other Illnesses | Recommended Sites | Site Map | Speaking | Testimonials|
November 17, 2005
Note: One or more of the following articles may require a subscription to view the entire article. We cannot post articles that require a subscription. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Study: Bipolar drug works, low side effect
DS grad had struggled with bipolar disorder before suicide
Capsules effective in treating acute manic and mixed episodes of
Bipolar I Disorder
Extended-Release Carbamazepine Capsules Effective in Treating
Acute Manic and Mixed Episodes of Bipolar I Disorder
Mother wonders about county's mental health services
Depression Health Center
Storybook Island embezzler sentenced
Judge denies suspect's bond request
Bipolar disorder often misidentified as depression, Iowa State U. officials say
University Wire; 11/11/2005; Anna Shonkwiler
(Iowa State Daily) (U-WIRE) AMES, Iowa -- Bipolar disorder can be easily confused with and misdiagnosed as depression, Iowa State University student counseling officials said.
Marty Martinez, Student Counseling Service staff psychologist, said students can come to the counseling center free of charge to get information or to set up a meeting with a psychologist to get help for themselves or someone they know.
"We encourage friends to come along the first time to counseling sessions if that will make the person feel more comfortable," Martinez said.
Bipolar disorder, a mental illness that affects the brain, can cause severe shifts in mood and energy level and can affect a patient's ability to function.
Sometimes bipolar disorder is misdiagnosed, Martinez said, because of the disorder's similar symptoms to depression. He said a person can be in the depression phase for months at a time and are therefore sometimes diagnosed as depressed.
It is not until the student enters the manic period that they can be determined bipolar.
Ross Szabo, director of youth outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, spoke with students in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union on Monday about his personal struggles with bipolar disorder.
Szabo said he was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 16 and was later also diagnosed with anger-control problems with psychotic features. He said he would be on manic highs for days, weeks or months at a time before falling into extreme depression.
"Because of my disorder, I would binge drink, often drinking so much that I would pass out," he said. "It wasn't uncommon for me to pass out for 20 hours at a time."
He said the first thing to do to help someone who may be bipolar is to "turn confrontation into conversation" and just speak with the individual.
Szabo said his older brother was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder and mental illness ran in his family.
"If anyone in your family has any type of mental disorder, you have an increased risk of developing that disorder," he said.
Tim Klunenberg, junior in health and human performance, attended Monday's lecture and said he knows someone with bipolar disorder.
"I know somebody that has it and think it's an under-recognized disorder," he said.
He said he found Szabo's approach to the lecture interesting because he did not just tell the audience what to do.
"He was really interesting," Klunenberg said. "He just presented the information and let us take it in. I thought that was better than someone who gets up there and tells you to do this and do that and doesn't really give you the option of making up your own mind."
(C) 2005 Iowa State Daily via U-WIRE
This Week's Bipolar News
Allegations of abuse at Augusta State Medical Prison grow
Rash of inmate suicides raise concerns over mental health services
Click here for all Bipolar News.
The Warning Signs Of An Impending Bipolar Disorder Manic Episode
Bipolar disorder - as the name implies - involves two distinct set of symptoms. One set throws the individual down into the depths of a massive depression. The other places the individual who suffers with bipolar disorder at the top of a peak manic episode.
Most everyone can eventually recognize the warning signs of an impending depressive episode related to bipolar disorder. More likely than not, individuals with bipolar disorder try very hard to avoid it.
However, for many individuals with bipolar disorder, it's more difficult to recognize the signs of an impending manic episode. After all, a manic episode of bipolar disorder can be mistaken in some cases - especially in the very early formation -- for the lifting of the corresponding mood swing of the depression.
Home | About
Bipolar Disorder |
About David Oliver | Bipolar
Articles/Stories | Bipolar
Success Stories | Blogs
and Podcast | Catalog |
| Current Bipolar
David Oliver In the News | Donate | Events | FAQ's | FREE Resources | Health Directory | Other Illnesses | Recommended Sites | Site Map | Speaking | Testimonials
| The information contained
on this web page is not meant to provide medical advice.
Specific medical advice should be obtained from a qualified and licensed health-care practitioner.
There is no warranty that the information is free from all errors and omissions or that it meets any particular standard.
Copyright 2004- 2017 , BipolarCentral.com