Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes significant changes or shifts in mood, energy, sleep, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

People with bipolar disorder experience periods of unusual and intense emotion that are drastically different from their typical moods and behaviors. Proper diagnosis and treatment help people with bipolar disorder lead healthy and productive lives.

Contents:

  1. Articles/Fact Sheets
  2. Videos

1. Articles/Fact Sheets:

Teen Depression: It’s More than a Passing Mood Swing (also Español MP3 )
This article discusses common symptoms of clinical depression in teenagers and how to reach out to a teenager who may have depression and is in need of help.

Understanding Depression Caregiver: Get the Facts
This is a fact sheet for caregivers of those with depression to help them understand this condition. It gives definitions, treatment options, and resources.

Understanding Depression Young Adult: Get the Facts
This is a fact sheet for young adults interested in knowing more about depression. It gives definitions, treatment options, and resources.

Reaching Out to Someone Who May be Depressed (also Español | MP3 )
The article discusses signs of depression and how to help a friend or family member who may have depression.

5 Ways You Can Help a Friend Suffering from Depression
This article offers tips on how to support a friend who may have depression.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder Caregiver: Get the Facts
This is a fact sheet for caregivers of those with bipolar disorder to help them understand this condition. It gives definitions, treatment options, and resources.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder Young Adult: Get the Facts
This fact sheet is for young adults who want to understand what bipolar disorder is. It includes definitions of the disorder, signs and symptoms, treatment approaches, and ways to manage, along with resources for support.

Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder
This article explains Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is most commonly experienced during the Winter. It also outlines tips for managing it.

Depression and College Students
This brochure outlines the symptoms of depression, warning signs, explores treatment options, and provides suggestions on best-practices for self-care.

Overcoming Depression: How Psychologists Help with Depressive Disorders
This article describes the symptoms of depression and discusses possible treatment options.


2. Videos:
 

What is Depression?
Educator Helen Farrell provides a short video discussing some of the symptoms and differences between feeling depressed and having clinical depression.

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What is Bipolar Disorder?
Educator Helen Farrell discusses symptoms and different types of bipolar disorder in this video.

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How to Connect with Depressed Friends? (Video | Audio)
Comedian Storyteller Bill Bernat uses humor and compassion to detail some practical do's and don'ts for talking to people who are living with depression.

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