I hope you had a fantastic week and if you didn’t then I hope next week is better. Living successfully with bipolar disorder is possible!

Here are some great articles I came across this week and wanted to share:

Depression and bipolar disorder may be linked. Here’s how that could affect your children

“New research from the University of Michigan found that “fuzzy thinking” — a commonly reported feeling among those suffering from depression, where one’s thinking is “fuzzy” or less sharp — is both a symptom of those with depression and bipolar disorder, which suggests that bipolar disorder and depression could be the same diagnosis, rather than two separate ones, according to Medical News Today.”

‘I’m Not Unstable; Give Me My Children Back’

“Jennifer, 40, says she’s a wonderful mother to her three children, ages 20, 18, and 6 — yet they all live with her mom and dad, and her parents have temporary custody of the youngest.”

McCray ties mental health to income inequality

“McCray tied mental health services to broader issues of race, income inequality, and homelessness, and she reiterated her own family’s struggles with mental health. Her father suffered from depression, and her daughter has admitted to using drugs to quiet her anxiety, said McCray, who called for an end to the stigma that surrounds mental illness.”

Should You Be Ashamed Of Your Mental Illness? This Chart Will Tell You

“Here’s a sad reality: Approximately 31 percent of people with mental illness say they choose to not seek treatment for their disorder due to fear of judgment. Stigma is a real issue when it comes to mental health; it acts as a barrier to support and stands in the way of self-acceptance. We put together a little chart to help you navigate the discomfort that’s associated with talking about mental health disorders. When should you be “ashamed” of your mental illness?”

Mental Health Monitoring Goes Mobile

There are countless devices you can strap to your body that will monitor your physical activity, track your vitals, even tell you to stop slouching. You may have also heard about a competition to develop a Star Trek-inspired medical tricorder capable of diagnosing more than a dozen medical conditions and capturing five vital signs. Yet in a nation increasingly obsessed with counting steps taken, calories burned, and minutes spent sitting or sleeping, mental health issues remain largely taboo — even though nearly 20 percent of adults in the U.S. are affected by some form of mental illness.

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