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Bipolar Diagnoses Up 40 Times From Decade Ago

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.21.2011 | Healthy Living

It shouldn't come as a surprise that bipolar disorder has been a frequent subject of media attention lately. For example, just this spring, Catherine ...

Long-Term Use of Bipolar Drug Questioned

Health.com | By Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.09.2011 | Home

The growing use of a popular drug in the long-term treatment of bipolar disorder is based largely on a single, flawed clinical trial that may be s...

Living With The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Red Room | Posted 06.23.2011 | Home
Red Room

Bipolar disorder is quite misunderstood. It isn't just bipolar disorder that is stigmatized, it is all mental illnesses. We can't "get over it," or "suck it up" or "snap out of it."

Christiane Wells: What It's Like Being Bipolar

Red Room | Posted 06.15.2011 | Home
Red Room

I had no idea how serious the diagnosis of bipolar disorder was at 19-years-old. To have a bottle of lithium in my hands felt scary. But it explained why I'd had such serious issues for years.

Catherine Zeta Jones' Bipolar Disorder: What Is Bipolar II?

Posted 06.14.2011 | Home

Catherine Zeta Jones shocked many this week when it was announced the actress was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and sought treatment at a mental hea...

Poly Styrene Returns With New Album, Generation Indigo

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

"Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard. But I think....OH BONDAGE UP YOURS!" ~ X-Ray Spex, 1977 Photo Credit: Fabrizio Rainone...

The Charlie Sheens We Know

Andy Kutler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andy Kutler

When I eulogized my brother, I was emphatic that I will remember the happy memories of Jeff. I owe it to him to remember him for all he gave us, and not for what this scourge of mental illness did to the son and brother we loved.

U.S. Has Highest Bipolar Rate -- Why?

Health.com | Amanda Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

About 2.4 percent of people around the world have had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the first comp...

'Flow' And Psychosis In The Artist's Experience

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

New research suggests that some mental mechanisms and dispositions that are associated with full-blown psychosis may confer tremendous advantages to flow, creativity and what makes life meaningful.

Inside The Manic Mind

Robert Leahy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Leahy, Ph.D.

Bipolar disorder is a life-long mood illness, often with the first onset during late adolescence or early adulthood. An essential element of bipolar disorder is that the individual has had at least one episode of "mania."

Mental Illness Stigma: How Women Can Make a Big Impact Against It

Rebecca Palpant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rebecca Palpant

The reality is that the face of mental illness is that of an award-winning journalist who has bipolar disorder, or a businessman going to work every day despite his depression.

Mental Health Kills the Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

In 1955 there were 340 public psychiatric beds available per 100,000 U.S. citizens. By 2005, the number plummeted to a staggering 17 beds per 100,000 persons.

10 Years After Laura Wilcox Murder, California Still Refuses to Use Law That Saves Lives, Saves Money, and Helps Mentally Ill

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

The reason Laura's Law isn't working is that the state legislature passed the law but refused to see it gets used.

What Should We Call People with Mental Illness?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.

10 Subtle Signs of Bipolar Disorder

Health.com | Tammy Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When it comes to mental illness, there are plenty of stereotypes. But in reality, mood disorders can be hard to pinpoint--particularly in people wit...

Mental Illness Awareness Week Diverts Attention from Serious Mental Illness

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Whether one believes that there is stigma to being mentally ill; or discrimination against the mentally ill, the answer remains the same: let's help the most seriously ill.

People With Mental Illness Shunned by Alternatives 2010 Conference in Anaheim

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

During the first week of October, mental health advocates around the country will gather to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week by shunning the seriously mentally ill.

Mental Illness Policy Forces Police to Shoot Mentally Ill James Jay Lee at Discovery Channel

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
DJ Jaffe

If you are mentally ill in Maryland, you are over 2 ½ times more likely to be arrested for it than treated for it.

Cure mental illness by supporting these organizations

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Anyone who's been reading the papers (or me) knows that the term 'mental illness' has now lost all meaning. As the psychiatric/pharmaceutical/healthca...

Treat dangerous schizophrenia, the same way we treat TB.

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

According to Amenoma Hartocollis of the New York Times, New York City tightened their rules for monitoring discharged patients with tuberculosis becau...

A Psychiatric Drug Story of Tragedy and Triumph

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

people need to know how lifesaving it can be when health professionals dare to be honest about the hazards of psychiatric drugs and the value of empathic therapeutic approaches.

The How and Why of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Not all psychotherapy is the same. Research over the past 30 years has shown that Cognitive Behavior Therapy is effective for a whole range of psychiatric disorders.

The Hazards of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Psychiatric diagnoses seem to give us important information about ourselves and our emotional ills. In reality, psychiatric diagnosing is a kind of spiritual profiling that can destroy lives.

NYS Senate voted today to not help mentally ill, not keep public safer and not save money

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
DJ Jaffe

As part of the budget non-process, the NYS Senate today voted not to make Kendra's Law permanent and not to improve it. That means they voted not to h...

Our Psychiatric Civilization

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

We're so obsessed with psychiatry that patients devote themselves to adjusting their diagnoses and drugs, instead of addressing their lives.