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What Is Bipolar II Disorder?

What Is Bipolar II Disorder?


“Bipolar II disorder (pronounced “bipolar two”) is a form of mental illness. Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time.”


“However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-blown mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania.”

“A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in his or her life. Most people with bipolar II disorder suffer more often from episodes of depression. This is where the term “manic depression” comes from.”

“In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder typically live normal lives.”


*Who Is at Risk for Bipolar II Disorder?

“Virtually anyone can develop bipolar II disorder. About 2.5% of the U.S. population suffers from some form of bipolar disorder – nearly 6 million people.”



“Most people are in their teens or early 20s when symptoms of bipolar disorder first start. Nearly everyone with bipolar II disorder develops it before age 50. People with an immediate family member who has bipolar are at higher risk.”


*What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar II Disorder?

“During a hypomanic episode, elevated mood can manifest itself as either euphoria (feeling “high”) or as irritability.”

Symptoms during hypomanic episodes include:

“Flying suddenly from one idea to the next.”


“Having exaggerated self confidence.”
“Rapid, “pressured” (uninterruptable) and loud speech.”

“Increased energy, with hyperactivity and a decreased need for sleep.”


“People experiencing hypomanic episodes are often quite pleasant to be around. They can often seem like the “life of the party” — making jokes, taking an intense interest in other people and activities, and infecting others with their positive mood.”



“What’s so bad about that, you might ask? Hypomania can also lead to erratic and unhealthy behavior. Hypomanic episodes can sometimes progress onward to full manias that affect a person’s ability to function (bipolar I disorder). In mania, people might spend money they don’t have, seek out sex with people they normally wouldn’t, and engage in other impulsive or risky behaviors with the potential for dangerous consequences.”




“The vast majority of people with bipolar II disorder experience more time with depressive than hypomanic symptoms. Depressions can occur soon after hypomania subsides, or much later. Some people cycle back and forth between hypomania and depression, while others have long periods of normal mood in between episodes.”

“Untreated, an episode of hypomania can last anywhere from a few days to several months. Most commonly, symptoms continue for a few weeks to a few months.”

“Depressive episodes in bipolar II disorder are similar to “regular” clinical depression, with depressed mood, loss of pleasure, low energy and activity, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and thoughts of suicide. Depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder can last weeks, months, or rarely years.”


Source: Bipolar II Disorder

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How to Do a Mayonnaise Hair Treatment

Mayonaise Hair Treatment

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“Many of you have probably heard of the famous mayonnaise hair treatment and have thought to yourself, “Does that actually work?” Well, the answer is a huge and resounding, “YES!”

Sadly, no matter what the circumstances or our hair type, we all occasionally suffer from damaged hair. The truth is, with the amount of styling products that we use on a daily basis, hair restoration treatments and techniques have become a part of life.

Hair treatments in salons can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars per visit, which can really break the bank. Some of the over the counter products can cause more damage than good due to the low quality ingredients. So, it’s important that we find a balance between the super expensive and super lame treatments in order to get what we’re looking for.”

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“This is where the mayonnaise treatment comes in. It is low-cost and quite literally, a miracle worker. So say “so long” to being broke, trash those drugstore brands and open your pantry!

Mayonnaise Hair Treatment Recipe
PURCHASE some mayonnaise at your local grocery store. It doesn’t matter which brand you choose, just as long as it is regular mayonnaise. (No need to get the low-fat stuff — it’s going in your hair not in your body!)
PREP your hair using warm water to get it nice and damp, but not soaking wet.
SCOOP some mayonnaise out of the jar and start rubbing it through your hair like you would a conditioner. The amount that you are going to use really depends on the length and thickness of your hair. Feel free to lather on the amount that you feel most comfortable with.
WRAP your head of hair with a plastic wrap, a plastic bag, or shower cap to trap the heat inside. Heat opens the pores and allows the treatment to penetrate strands further and thus work better.
LEAVE the treatment to sit on the hair for at least 20 minutes. You can let it sit longer depending on how damaged your hair already is.
WASH the mayonnaise out. This is most easily done in the shower using a diluted shampoo. You may need to shampoo a few times before you are able to get all of the mayonnaise out. Be sure to use the shampoo gently, not tangling the hair.”

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Better Bipolar Treatment From A Simple Eye Exam

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What Can an Eye Exam Do For You???

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“One of the many traits of being bipolar is the ability to see the world in a different way. Many might say it is a curse, but it can also be a gift when looked at from a positive perspective. This change in perspective can literally help you to see with greater clarity.”

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IMG_2935.JPG“From early childhood, we have been taking tests to assess our understanding of the world. They have created a world view that places too much importance on passing the test and not enough on learning more about ourselves. In some ways, the tests themselves have gotten in the way of what the goal was in the first place.” 

 

 

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Surviving Bipolar

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http://www.survivebipolar.net

There are stories shared, and wonderful advice for everyone who either has Bipolar Disorder or a loved one who needs help dealing. DO READ!

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