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Bipolar disorder can wreak havoc on a person's goals and relationships.  But in conjunction with proper medical care, sufferers of bipolar disorder can learn coping skills and strategies in order to keep their lives on track.

Recent posts on Bipolar Disorder

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.

Judith Schlesinger on Creative Genius and the Insanity Hoax

By Eric R. Maisel Ph.D. on April 23, 2016 in Rethinking Mental Health
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.
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"Crazy: A Creative and Personal Look at Mental Illness"

By Stephen Seager M.D. on April 02, 2016 in 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 in 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
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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 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Annals of the Emotions
Is thinking about suicide ever therapeutic?

If Depression Were an Infection

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on February 08, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
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 in 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 in Spycatcher
How can you recognize an emotionally unstable personality before he or she harms you?