Where Does Bipolar Disorder Come From

Stress Vulnerability Model

Stacy, 38, had two young daughters and worked part time for an accounting firm. She had carried the bipolar I diagnosis for at least 15 years and took Depakote on a regular basis. Although she agreed that she'd had severe mood swings, her interpretations of their causes tended toward the psychological rather than the biological. She often doubted that she had bipolar disorder She was scientifically trained and felt that the absence of a definitive biological test meant that the diagnosis should...

Contract For Preventing Mania

Your physician's name _ Phone number, office _ Your therapist's name _ Phone number, office _ Name of local hospital _ Emergency room number _ Your insurance carrier _ Policy number _ 1. List your typical early warning (prodromal) signs of a manic episode (from the exercise on page 192 above). 2. List the circumstances in which these prodromal symptoms are most likely to occur. 3. Ask one or more members of your core circle to add any other early warning signs they've observed, and, if...

Whats Different about Thinking Patterns in Bipolar Depression

So far, the cognitive restructuring method I've described could apply to almost any form of depression or anxiety. The method applies well to bipolar disorder, but bipolar depressions tend to be much more severe than those experienced by people going through life transitions. So, in constructing your alternative or balanced thoughts, consider the role of your disorder particularly, its biological and genetic underpinnings in modulating your view of the causes of negative events. Do chemical...