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16 Ways Exercise Makes You a Happier Person

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The Biggest Triggers of Bipolar Mood Swings

“Avoiding Top Bipolar Triggers”

“Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme shifts in mood — from high moments of grandeur to deeply depressed lows. ”

“And when those shifts are severe enough, they can have a profound effect on your life.”It may take months or years to piece your life back together after the damage is done”, says psychiatrist Jeffrey Bennett, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.”

“But can they be avoided? Perhaps. Understanding what triggers mood swings and planning ahead to deal with them can help you avoid a damaging episode of mania or depression.”
“One of the most common bipolar triggers is stress. In a study published in June 2014 in the Journal of Affective Disorders, negative or stressful life events seemed to trigger mood swings. “People with bipolar disorder are seven to eight times more likely to experience an unwanted, extended period of extreme mood shift — failure of their ususal coping mechanisms — in response to a stressful life event,” says Dr. Bennett. The events that cause serious stress are highly individual, but certain key life events and lifestyle patterns may act as triggers.”


“Skimping on Sleep”
“A change in your sleep pattern is a hallmark symptom of bipolar disorder — but it can also be a trigger.”
“Shift workers, people who work long hours, and students who are short on sleep are all at risk for bipolar mood swings related to a lack of sleep. Social rhythms therapy is the most effective prevention, Bennett says. This treatment approach, available in group as well as individual sessions, helps you develop an orderly life schedule surrounding sleep, diet, and exercise habits to make you more effective at managing bipolar disorder.”

Blow-Out Arguments

“Broken relationahips are too often the result of untreated bipolar disorder.”

“But getting into a spat with a loved one could also be a red flag: Your argument could be due to the irritability that signals an upcoming bipolar mood swing, or it could trigger a bipolar episode. Any type of relationship conflict — whether it’s with your partner, co-worker, family member, or friend — can trigger stress and send you over the edge. In a study published in May 2015 in the Journal of Affective Disorders, people with bipolar disorder said negative social experiences were among the events that triggered suicidal thinking for them.”

A Bad Breakup

“A number of people with bipolar disorder — especially those with a history of manic episodes — have failed marriages.”
“If you’re going through a divorce, working with your therapist through what is often a drawn-out — and extremely stressful — process can help. Bennett also says you might consider a durable power of attorney that allows someone else to make major decisions for you, such as financial ones, when you are going through bipolar mood swings because of a breakup.”

“Boozing and Using Drugs

“Abusing drugs and alcohol doesn’t cause bipolar disorder, but it can set off a serious bipolar episode. What’s more, about one in five people with bipolar disorder have a substance abuse problem, according to an analysis of data on young adults with mental illness published in February 2015 in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.”
“Drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines may trigger mania, while alcohol is strongly linked to depressive episodes.”

Antidepressants and Other Medications”

“Can antidepressants make you manic? While recent studies have not done much to prove that antidepressants lead to mania in people with bipolar disorder, many psychiatrists say they’ve seen patients enter a manic phase after starting antidepressants — and some feel uncomfortable prescribing them to their bipolar patients.”
“What should you do about bipolar depression? Until more research is available on long-term safety, Keming Gao, MD, PhD, a professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, suggests the following: Antidepressants should only be used as a last resort for more serious symptoms of bipolar depression that have not responded to mood stabilizers; they should never be used for bipolar treatment alone; and patients and doctors should consider removing antidepressants once symptoms have responded.”
“Other medications that have been linked to manic episodes include corticosteroids, thyroid medications, and appetite suppressants.”

A brand new season

“About 20 percent of people with bipolar disorder experience fluctuations in mood when the weather changes. Specifically, they’re more likely to undergo seasonal depression during the early winter, and mania or hypomania during the spring or summer, according to a research review published in October 2014 in the Journal of Affective Disorders.”
“Experts chalk this up to sunlight: Your circadian rhythm, the body’s internal response to changes in a 24-hour day, responds to the amount of sunlight. This response is controlled by a complex set of genes commonly referred to as “clock genes.” If some of these genes are abnormal, you could be at risk for seasonal bipolar disorder.”

 

Job Loss

“One of life’s most unpredictable stressors? Losing your job.”
“And the emotions you may feel about your job loss can be equally unpredictable. People who weren’t satisfied with their work can find it liberating. For others, the financial and emotional strains involved can trigger major stress. Either way, the dramatic shift in emotions could trigger a bipolar episode.”
“It may be a good idea to put away three to six months of savings to help with the transition, should you lose your job.”

Grief

“The death of a loved one may the most stressful life event any of us will ever face. Many people continue managing bipolar disorder successfully through their mourning, but others develop “funeral mania,” says Dr. Bennett. This occurs when someone with controlled bipolar disorder attends the funeral of the loved one and almost instantly has a manic episode.”
“Prevention of a bipolar mood swing is possible if you and your therapist prepare in advance.”

 

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4 Ways You Can Be A Kick-Ass Feminist

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I’m thinking the Internet needs some pro-girl writing right about now. Because the comments on every article even remotely related to gender is scaring the shit out of me. As women, I think it’s our responsibility to stick together and prove that we’re not the entitled brats incapable of critical thought that certain people accuse us of being, but the capable, curious, and independent-minded citizens whom generations of women fought for our right to be. There’s some great women who are doing each of these things already. Let’s use them as role models, to show all the things we’ve accomplished and are standing up for.

1. Don’t Let Guys Treat You Like A Piece of Ass

In this case I mean literally. I was at a bar and this guy grabbed my ass. Because I’ve been of childbearing age for quite some time, I’ve gotten used to the assumption that…

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7 Ways to Make LinkedIn Help You Find A Job

How LinkedIn Helps You Find a Job

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“Now that LinkedIn is a decade old and has more than 200 million members, most professionals have figured out how to set up a profile and build connections.”

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“But with ever-increasing numbers of hiring managers and recruiters using the site to hunt for job candidates and potential employers routinely checking LinkedIn before they make hiring decisions, it’s worth reviewing your profile to make sure it does you the most good. Here are seven basic steps you can take to make your LinkedIn profile more powerful.”

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5 Ways to Communicate with Employees During A Crisis

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“Your employees are your best community ambassadors. They are the stakeholders with the biggest stake in your company. Who better to carry the message about the good your organization provides every day? Who better to remind the world why a crisis won’t derail your mission? And most of all, who will personally grieve over the impact on your organization’s reputation when a crisis hits?”

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated

What a great post that excites and moves you to get motivated.

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This is a sucker’s guide to motivation.  I can’t tell you how to be motivated.  Only you know.  But here are some tips anyway.

1. Use the success of others to fuel your fire.  Don’t concede.  People always want what others have.

2. Drown out negativity with a bottle of wine.  Any one will do.

3. Keep pressing until it hurts.  Don’t take no for an answer.  If they try to bury it, you shove it in their face.

4. Dress fashionably.  Dress to satisfy yourself and flaunt what you’ve got.  Wear whatever the fuck you want because that alone should give you the confidence to conquer all that sways your way.

5. Remember that life is a game.  We’re all pawns.  Does it really matter what happens?  Fight until the bitter end.

Dance, drink, laugh, and love.

Yours Truly,

J. Molly

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