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We all experience ups and downs. Most of us are able to regulates our mood day to day through self care, stress management, and problem solving.

Imagine, though, what it would be like to have extended periods of extreme highs and lows that don’t match up with whatever else is going on in your life and that you can’t control. People with bipolar disorder, a serious illness, are on this kind of a roller coaster, and it can wreak havoc on their relationships, jobs, and well-being. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but there is effective treatment available.

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I Am Broken Leg

If you had a broken leg how would you tell someone? Would it be “I AM broken leg” or “I HAVE a broken leg”? Unless you are a caveman it would likely be the latter. We recognize that a broken leg is not a representation of who we are. It just happens to be a broken leg. We don’t label ourselves as being defined by our orthopedic status, right?

What’s the difference between depression and manic depression?

Sometimes people are confused about the differences between clinical depression and manic depression. And it’s no wonder — they both have the word “depression” in their names. That’s one of the reasons manic depression’s clinical name changed to “bipolar disorder” many years ago, to more clearly distinguish it from regular depression.

Telephone therapy benefits depression

Imagine a treatment that was so powerful and useful, it could even be delivered by the telephone.

That treatment? Good old psychotherapy.

How to find affordable psychotherapy

Finding affordable psychotherapy can sometimes seem like an oxymoron. Experienced and highly trained mental health professionals, such as psychologists, psychiatrists or marriage and family therapists in practice for decades, can garner fees well over $100/hour for their services.

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