October 10, 2019 • Volume 12, Issue 41
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If it’s invisible, does it exist? When it comes to anxiety, the answer is a big ‘ol heck yes.
With the constant worrying, muscle tension, restlessness, and other symptoms, it’s hard to believe people can’t see the mayhem happening inside our bodies.
We’re certainly not alone.
At least half of people with bipolar have a coexisting anxiety disorder, which can include generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
And that relationship adversely impacts the course, outcome, and treatment of bipolar, found a study published in January 2019 in the World Journal of Psychiatry.
That can mean more depression, as well as more episodes of mania and hypomania.
The overlap can feel like an insurmountable cycle, especially when it comes to low moods.
“Depression affects anxiety by coloring experiences, making interactions and events feel more difficult and more dangerous,” says Michael Otto, PhD, director of the Translational Research Program at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders and co-author of Living with Bipolar Disorder.
The encouraging news is that bipolar and anxiety are treatable separately and together, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
To reduce anxiety and regulate mood, the ADAA reminds us of the importance of joining a support group, exercising regularly, getting a good night’s sleep, and avoiding alcohol. While these practices do work, we do have to put these strategies into practice.
When he can’t calm his anxiety symptoms, bpHope blogger and advertising exec. Bruce Goldstein sees his psychiatrist about adjusting his medication.
“It doesn’t always work right away,” he says, “but between the meds, my relaxation techniques, and positive thinking, it eventually does … I may have bipolar, but anxiety will never get the best of me.” Read more >>
If you lose yourself in obsessive thought spirals or cycles, you are not alone. I have come a long way with managing my obsessive thoughts. Here is my process for dealing with those thoughts that won’t go away.
By Lynn Rae
I have found that bipolar disorder and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) often go hand-in-hand.
What Is OCD?
The National Institute of Mental Health defines OCD as “a common, chronic, and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.” Dictionary.com describes it as “of or relating to a personality style characterized by perfectionism, indecision, conscientiousness, concern with detail, rigidity, and inhibition.” Read more >>
July 10, 2019, Scottsdale, AZ—A new study has found that mentally stimulating activities—such as using a computer, playing games, crafting and participating in social activities—are linked to a lower risk or delay of age-related memory loss called mild cognitive impairment.
The study, published in the medical journal Neurology, also found that the timing and number of these activities might also play a role.
Mild cognitive impairment, linked to problems with thinking ability and memory, is a medical condition common with aging and is not the same as dementia, though it can be a precursor.
Researchers found that using a computer in middle age was associated with a 48 percent lower risk of mild cognitive impairment. Craft activities were associated with a 42 percent lower risk, but only in later life. Read more >>
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