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

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Surviving the Chaos of Simultaneous Depression and Mania

By Susan Noonan MD on December 02, 2016 in View From the Mist
How to deal with the “storms” in your head when two extremes collide
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Holiday Expectations and Stress

By Susan Noonan MD on November 22, 2016 in View From the Mist
Overwhelmed by the thought of the upcoming holidays?

Nutritional Psychoeducation: How Do I Begin With My Clients?

Nutrition is the missing key in successful mental health treatment.
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Read Health Care Websites With a Critical Eye!

By Susan Noonan MD on November 18, 2016 in View From the Mist
Not all health-related information on the internet is accurate.

Going to College With Bipolar Disorder - Part II

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 17, 2016 in Bipolar You
The second half of a two-part blog post pertaining to the issues faced by college-bound high school students with bipolar disorder.

Going to College With Bipolar Disorder - Part I

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 17, 2016 in Bipolar You
The first half of a two-part blog post pertaining to the issues and challenges faced by college-bound high school students with bipolar disorder.

Can One Be Autistic and Bipolar at the Same Time?

Co-occurrence of autism and bipolar disorder seems ruled out by the diametric model until you realize that different mental modules and brain centres may be involved in each.

How to Treat Election Anxiety

By Tom Wootton on November 11, 2016 in Bipolar Advantage
How understanding depression helped me through election anxiety.
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Beware Of The Rush To Label Yourself “Unfixable”

By Susan Noonan MD on November 05, 2016 in View From the Mist
Don’t Get Discouraged And Jump Into The Treatment-Resistant Pool Too Soon

When Someone You Love Is Bipolar

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 03, 2016 in Open Gently
Self-help books and memoirs can guide you to understand a loved one with bipolar illness.

Autism and Psychosis Can Cancel Out in Bipolar Disorder

The first study to assess the expression of autistic and schizotypal traits in adults with bipolar disorder confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the diametric model.
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When Someone Refuses Treatment

By Susan Noonan MD on October 26, 2016 in View From the Mist
Do you feel powerless when you see the need and can’t help
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Trump's Temperament: Not Narcissistic, But Not Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on October 23, 2016 in Mood Swings
Beyond pejoratives terms to scientifically based concepts
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Why I Hate the Phrase “Hang in There”

By Susan Noonan MD on October 15, 2016 in View From the Mist
Avoid this mindless cliché that can have double meaning in depression!

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on September 15, 2016 in Brain and Behavior
There are many misconceptions about bipolar disorder, a lifelong disorder characterized by episodes of often persistent, highs, and often persistent, lows.

4 Disorders That Seem Like Depression, But Aren't

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Depression is a serious illness that affects millions of people, but because four conditions mimic the disorder, seeking a blood test for an accurate diagnosis is vital.

The Truman Show Delusion

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in In Excess
Watching reality television shows do not cause psychotic or delusional episodes. However, those with underlying illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia) may develop a Truman Show Delusion.
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Crushed by Disappointment?

By Susan Noonan MD on August 01, 2016 in View From the Mist
Curled up in a corner, crumbled in defeat? Or able to move on after disappointment?

Tough Choices for Parents of Adults With Bipolar Disorder

A discussion of the dilemmas faced by parents of adult children with bipolar disorder who perceive there is nothing wrong or elect to forgo help for the illness they live with.
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Your Voice Matters

By Susan Noonan MD on July 09, 2016 in View From the Mist
Do you ever feel your opinion doesn’t matter to researchers? One way to get it out there is through the Mood Network…

Jupiter’s Moons and Childhood Bipolar Disorder

...Psychiatry has a different problem... from that of astronomers of the early 1600’s. Instead of an inability to see...phenomena...psychiatrists see phenomena that are not there.

Rageaholics Have Less Brain Connectivity Between Key Regions

People suffering from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (also known as "rageaholics") have atypical brain connectivity, according to a new study.

How Macy Gray Settled Her Heart and Mind

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray overcame multiple hurdles, including mental illness and racism, as she built a dynamic and creative career.

The "Rock Bottom" Myth and the Shame It Brings On

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in All About Addiction
Mental health labels can help us understand our clients, but they can also make us completely miss who they are. Here is a cautionary tale of one girl's difficult road back.

Gay Rights vs. Religious Intolerance

Think of the Emancipation Proclamation, or Civil Rights Act of 1964: both drew battle lines, and signaled the start of the ‘real fight.’
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Better is Not Good Enough: Wellness is the Goal

By Susan Noonan MD on June 08, 2016 in View From the Mist
Getting rid of your depression symptoms alone is not enough to feel well. Read on to see what it means to achieve wellness.

RUSH Prevention Program Helping Children of Bipolar Parents

Children may be more sensitive to stress in their environment.

Are Creativity and Madness Written Together in Your Genes?

By Garth Sundem on May 04, 2016 in Brain Trust
A study in Nature Neuroscience shows that creativity and madness may share the same genetic underpinnings.

Bipolar Treatment Is More Than Just Tools To Lower Intensity

By Tom Wootton on April 30, 2016 in Bipolar Advantage
The brakes-only solutions that are the current standard of care traps everyone in the driveway for the rest of their lives where they live in fear for the next time the brakes fail

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.