Bipolar Disorder and Society

Bipolar disorder, like many mental illnesses, is sometimes a controversial diagnosis. While most sufferers consider the disorder to be a hardship, some appreciate its role in their lives, and others even link it to greater creative output.

Recent Posts on Bipolar Disorder

Role of a Support Group in Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

A discussion of the important role of bipolar support group participation as an adjunct to both individual therapy and psychopharmacology.

Judith Schlesinger on Creative Genius and the Insanity Hoax

The future of mental health interview series continues with Judith Schlesinger on creative genius and The Insanity Hoax.

The Problem With Contemporary Psychiatric Diagnosis

Patients today get stained by the specious medical diagnoses of biological psychiatry.

"Crazy: A Creative and Personal Look at Mental Illness"

By Stephen Seager M.D. on April 02, 2016 BrainTalk
A startling, stunning and creative look at the trials, struggles of suffering from mental illness done by youth for youth

Learning to Be Bipolar Vs Waiting to Crash

By Tom Wootton on March 30, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
The dominant premise in bipolar circles is to only see bipolar as disordered and advocate attempting to slow it down or stop it as the only solution.

Artistic Creativity and Psychological Distress

Artists do not have more mental problems. Their talents express their profound perceptions; they stimulate our own ideas and emotions; they ennoble us and enhance our lives.

Astronomy and Psychiatry: Brain Dust and Cosmic Dust

Let's clean up some conclusions in recent psychiatric studies of the brain

Mental Health Is Important, but What About Mental Illness?

We must help people with brain diseases get the treatments they need because it’s the humane thing to do. If it were your child, would you feel differently?

The Wild Child

By Jeffrey Deitz M.D. on February 24, 2016 Case Conference
What to do about a child who is out of control? Read about a very difficult case with a very good outcome.

High Functioning Depression, a New Breakthrough

By Tom Wootton on February 23, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
Some might argue that I am not depressed because I am productive. They believe that the very definition of depression precludes any ability to function at all.

Rob Roberge: Seven Lies I Told Myself About My Addiction

By Jennifer Haupt on February 13, 2016 One True Thing
After being diagnosed with a progressive memory-eroding disease from years of hard living, drugs, and concussions, Rob Roberge became terrified of losing his identity.

Ups and Downs

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 How To Do Life
A very short story about a person with bipolar and his wife.

Maybe It’s Harder to Kill Yourself Than You Picture

Is thinking about suicide ever therapeutic?

If Depression Were an Infection

What if depression were an infection? Although most of us focus on the psychological symptoms associated with depression, these physical symptoms are no less real.

A Novel Trial for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

The failure of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder to respond to lamotrigine as adolescents and adults...

An Explanation for Trump's Appeal

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 29, 2016 Fighting Fear
An examination of those aspects of personality and behavior that have led to Donald Trump's success. A comparison to an incident long ago that also had political implications.

Eggshell Relationships

By Joe Navarro M.A. on January 28, 2016 Spycatcher
How can you recognize an emotionally unstable personality before he or she harms you?

How Do We Measure Success In Treating Bipolar Disorder?

By Tom Wootton on January 25, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
Using remission as the yardstick for measuring success has never produced results comparable to the ones associated with functionality assessments.

Is Bipolar Still In Disorder Really The Best We Can Do?

By Tom Wootton on January 14, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
Allowing such statements to go unchallenged not only harms the person saying them but also stigmatizes others into believing that the best we can do is to continue to suffer.

Jo McFarlane, Survivor!

Jo's story and her poetry reveal the essential spiritual truth that, however dark and difficult life becomes, hope for a future of love and joy is never to be denied.

Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist

Psychiatrists and psychologists are both involved in therapy, but often the general public mixes up these two professions.

The Missing Piece in the Treatment of Bipolar Depression

Importance of lessening the downward pull of emotionally painful issues in relation to bipolar depression

World's Best and Worst Places To Be Mentally Ill

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 28, 2015 Saving Normal
We have discharged our mentally ill from hospitals, but neglected them so badly in the community that many wind up in prison dungeons or dumped on the streets.

You Are Not Your Mental Illness

If there was a bruise on your arm, you wouldn't go around calling yourself a bruise.

Eat Yourself Happy

What does food have to do with depression or anxiety? A lot. Paying attention to your diet not only promotes good physical health but can also improve your mental health.

How Depression Prepared Me For A Death In The Family

By Tom Wootton on November 17, 2015 Bipolar Advantage
If I did not understand how to function during depression or, worse yet, still clung to the notion that it is not possible, I would have been a burden to my family instead of an asset. Most people fear they will break down and become a burden on those around them or that their bipolar loved ones will break down and add to the already difficult situation.

Creativity and Psychiatric Illnesses

Small effects of many genes may increase the risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Some of these same genes may also contribute to creativity. Increased creativity may be helpful in terms of human evolution.

A Mother’s Nightmare

Read about H.R. 2646 a bill working through its way through Congress, introduced by Tim Murphy, Ph.D., the only psychologist in Congress, that aims to provide real solutions for America’s broken mental health system.

The You Can Recover Project

The You Can Recover Project’s mission is to give HOPE to people struggling with mental health issues around the world, and inspire them with personal insights on how to recover and rebuild a healthy, meaningful, productive life.

What Clifford Beers Wanted

Jared Loughner wouldn’t have shot and severely injured U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. James Holmes wouldn’t have walked into an Aurora movie theater, killing 12 and wounding 70. Adam Lanza wouldn’t have murdered 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.