Bipolar Disorder

A comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder including symptoms and diagnosis, managing relationships, research trends, and strategies for people with bipolar and their loves ones on how to manage the disorder.

9 Tips to Prevent Mania

Mania can feel euphoric, but the crash afterward is devastating. So how do you prevent it from happening? Here are some ways to protect yourself from mania.

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5 Top Mental Health Myths

Get the truth about what it's like to live with mental illness.

10 Top Myths About Bipolar Disorder

There's a lot that's not understood about bipolar. Get the facts from someone who knows what it's really like to live with this form of mental illness.

By Julie A. Fast

The Truth About Living with Mental Illness

HealthCentral reveals the truth about living with five common conditions: anxiety, depression, bipolar, OCD, and schizophrenia.

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

7 People Who Have Changed How We View Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar is still widely misunderstood. But these seven pioneers have made an impact and helped the public toward a better understanding.

By Therese Borchard

What Is the Difference Between Unipolar Depression and Bipolar Depression?

Not all depression is the same, and the type of depression you have determines the treatment that works.

By Julie A. Fast

One Woman’s Creative Way of Managing Her Bipolar Disorder

From felted soaps and jewelry making to walks in the woods with her husband, Heather Tobin manages her bipolar disorder with creativity and color.

By Therese Borchard

How One Journalist and Mother Manages Bipolar Disorder

Journalist Michelle Hiskey opens up about managing her bipolar disorder as a mom, golfer, and writer.

By Therese Borchard

What Is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics theory offers hope that we can end genetic illness.

By Julie A. Fast

The Bipolar Marriage: 9 Ways to Make It Through the Tough Times

Bipolar marriages are twice as likely to fail. Mental health writer and advocate Therese Borchard offers practical strategies for surviving the bumps.

By Therese Borchard

Is It Bipolar or a Different Diagnosis?

The incorrect diagnosis of bipolar or calling someone bipolar when there is a different set of symptoms disrupts lives, says Julie A. Fast. Learn what bipolar disorder is and isn't.

By Julie A. Fast

Meet the Experts

Therese Borchard

Contributing Editor

Therese Borchard is Contributing Editor at Health Central, where she covers Mental Health & Wellness among other topics. She has written for a variety of websites, is the author of several books, and is a passionate mental health advocate.

Julie A. Fast

Julie Fast is an author, columnist, and CEU certified coach who trains health care professionals and parents and partners of people with bipolar disorder.

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS

Medical Reviewer

Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Therese Borchard

Contributing Editor

Therese Borchard is Contributing Editor at Health Central, where she covers Mental Health & Wellness among other topics. She has written for a variety of websites, is the author of several books, and is a passionate mental health advocate.