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On the Myths of the Myths of the Murphy Bill by Larry Drain Healthy Living Professional Myths about the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 3717) ... Read on »
Self Care by Larry Drain Healthy Living Professional With grateful appreciation to my friend Roger Stewart The first rule is self-care. The last rule... Read on »
Dear Commissioner Varney by Larry Drain Healthy Living Professional I know that there are meetings being held around the state right now to discuss feedback on the mental... Read on »


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Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depression, is a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. If you have bipolar disorder, you will have... » Read on
The main symptoms of bipolar disorder are mood swings. The mood swings range from extreme happiness (mania) to extreme sadness (depression). The episodes of mania and depression can last... » Read on
The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown. However, it is thought that a complex mix of physical, environmental, and social factors are involved. Bipolar disorder seems to run in... » Read on
If your doctor suspects that you have bipolar disorder, you will normally be referred to a specialist. This will often be a psychiatrist. If your doctor thinks that, due to your illness,... » Read on
If left untreated, episodes of depression or mania can last for 6-12 months. On average, someone with bipolar disorder will have five or six episodes over a 20-year period. However, with... » Read on

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