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Bipolar Disorder

Celebrating My Bipolar Diagnosis

Michael Weinberger | Posted 04.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Weinberger

I am stronger today than I have ever been. I'm looking forward and am realistic about the fact that another episode may be lurking around the corner. It doesn't frighten me as I know I have the right support structure in place and stories like the one above to remind me that this too shall pass -- it always does!

Patty Duke (1946-2016) A Remembrance

Peter Mac | Posted 04.26.2016 | Entertainment
Peter Mac

There are certain people, I should say, there are certain celebrities, who engrave themselves upon your heart. They transcend "celebrity" .Because the...

Living With Bipolar Disorder as a Mother and Workaholic

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Women
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What...

Joining the Fight to End Mental Health Stigma

Larry Harris Jr. | Posted 04.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Larry Harris Jr.

But what I want people to know is that I am still the same person. I am still highly capable. And, I am worthy of love. These are things I lost touch with after I was diagnosed. I constantly questioned my actions, ability and ability to attract a partner. So, know that if you are struggling with similar issues you are not alone.

Anti-Depressants and Bipolar Disorder

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 04.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

Anti-depressants have helped millions of people, but they can be particularly dangerous to people with bipolar disorder.

How You Treat Someone With a Mental Illness

Samina Raza | Posted 04.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Samina Raza

In any case, don't give up on your friends with mental illness. Love, compassion, understanding, empathy, and nudging them to get in touch with their doctor would all be inordinately helpful!

Bipolar Recovery: How to Survive a Mauling

Kerry Neville | Posted 04.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kerry Neville

Note: The contents of this post may be sensitive for readers. My psychiatrist has a life-sized stuffed tiger in his waiting room. At the big cat's...

My Bipolar Mindset: Always Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

Dyane Leshin-Harwood | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Dyane Leshin-Harwood

Before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, none of those logistics would've frightened me to the extent that I felt paralyzed to act. Now that's no longer the case, and my progress feels good.

How to Say Yes to the Universe

Kerry Neville | Posted 04.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kerry Neville

Even when I'm standing still, I'm still moving. When I'm awake at night in bed, paralyzed by fear and regret, sure that my life is going nowhere (i.e...

How Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Helped Me Survive to Battle Bipolar Depression

Dyane Leshin-Harwood | Posted 04.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Dyane Leshin-Harwood

The anesthesiologist said, "Okay, Dyane. I want you to count backwards from 10." When I reached "5," boom! I was fast asleep. I didn't feel a thing. There was no pain during or after the ECT.

I Have Bipolar Disorder, And I'm Thriving

Melody Moezzi | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

Having a psychiatric condition means that you have an illness that requires treatment, nothing more. It doesn't mean that you are incapable or that you ought to lower your expectations for your life. Rather, it means you are uniquely capable and that you ought to raise the world's expectations of you.

When a Mother Dies Young

Joanna Charnas | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

Long ago I adjusted to life without a mother. For most of the last 30 years, the majority of my friends' mothers were living and most still are. Being motherless set me apart, especially in my twenties and thirties. I occasionally have met individuals who also lost their mothers in early adulthood.

Here's Proof Mental Illness Is Not Someone's Fault

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living

You wouldn't tell someone with cancer to just "get over" their illness, so why aren't people with mental health disorders afforded the same courtesy? ...

Postpartum Bipolar Disorder: The Invisible Postpartum Mood Disorder

Dyane Leshin-Harwood | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Dyane Leshin-Harwood

Mental health screening during pregnancy would be of immense value to every mom. Women with a family history of bipolar disorder could be observed postpartum, and if symptoms manifested they'd be treated immediately. It's imperative that doctors and other caregivers assess women not only for postpartum depression but also bipolar symptoms.

Divorce and the Ex-Husband Tattoo

Kerry Neville | Posted 03.09.2016 | Divorce
Kerry Neville

In the year since my divorce, I've been visiting a plastic surgeon every month. Not for Botox, though maybe that would help the mid-forties creases a...

My Wife Speaks Out About Living With Bipolar

Brooke Berry | Posted 03.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Brooke Berry

Afraid of judgment and negativity, Chelsea has been nervous to speak out about her mental illness and draw in the stereotypes that are associated with people who suffer from mental illnesses.

Letter to My Depressed Self

Danielle Hark | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Danielle Hark

Dear Self, If you are reading this, then you have fallen into that void of darkness once again. You're feeling sad, anxious, scared, alone. You don'...

Can Machine Learning Decode Depression?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 02.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

Given this background, can data science, and in particular machine learning, help revolutionize how we diagnose, treat, and monitor depression? A growing line of evidence gives us hope...

Psychiatry And Anti-Psychiatry

Allen Frances | Posted 02.24.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatry used to be a biopsychosocial profession that allowed time to get to know the person, not just treat the symptom. But drastic cuts in the funding of mental health services have dramatically reduced the quality of the service they can provide.

Advocate found healing through respect and work

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

One of the most desperate moments of my life happened when I was in prison. I was standing in the prison yard in San Diego and I thought, "How did I g...

Mental Illness Rears Its Beautiful Mind and Goes Wide

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 02.18.2016 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Over the past decade or so, the climate has improved for people with mental illness, and that is true whether or not a person has a beautiful mind.

A Fascinating, Heartbreaking Sequence About Bipolar Disorder

Science of Us | Posted 02.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

People -- particularly those who, unlike myself, have firsthand experience with bipolar disorder -- are going to have a lot of strong feelings about Touched With Fire.

What It Feels Like When Your Dreams Come True

Anna Snapp | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts
Anna Snapp

To be honest, I never felt like it was brave thing to do -- share my life story about physical and mental illness; it just felt right. My only outlet was theater, and it felt like the only way I could express the angst, anger and sadness I had been feeling about my life.

Mental Illness Gets the Celebrity Treatment. That's a Good Thing

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Back in 2014, Dunham's memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, included a list of things that keep her up at night. Meanwhile, a realistic, yet not overly dramatized depiction of OCD gets a good amount of screen time on Girls in the form of Dunham's character. But is there such a thing as too revealing?

Is Bipolar Still in Disorder Really the Best We Can Do?

Tom Wootton | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Tom Wootton

A common refrain in the bipolar disorder community is, "I'm doing the best I can." Every time I hear this or a similar phrase, my heart weeps. I know ...