Essential Reads

Bipolar Disorder and Expectations About the Future

By Elizabeth Brondolo Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Take Control
I thought I could handle things, but bipolar really interferes.

Can mental illness ever be good for you?

A recent book on the poet Robert Lowell raises some fascinating questions about the relation between bipolar disorder and creativity

Allowing the Emotional Painfulness of the Bipolar Diagnosis

A discussion of the importance of allowing the emotional pain that may accompany the bipolar diagnosis.

How to Live Well with Bipolar Disorder

By David Leite on July 11, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Bipolar disorder can take it toll. These six life strategies can make all the difference.

More Posts on Bipolar Disorder

Quantitative Electroencephalography in Mental Health Care

Are you looking for a more advanced approach that can help you evaluate abnormal brain activity in OCD, depressed mood, or bipolar disorder? QEEG brain wave analysis could help.
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Sharing Decisions with Your Clinician

By Susan Noonan MD on September 19, 2017 in View From the Mist
Be a member of your own treatment team.

The World Isn’t Designed Well for People With Bipolar

By Elizabeth Brondolo Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Take Control
How can we better engineer products to help people with bipolar disorder?

4 Ways Culture Impacts Acceptance of Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Four cultural factors that impact the process of acceptance of a mental health problem.

3 Clues to Recognize Bipolar Disorder Mania in the Eyes

Bipolar mania affects the entire eye, from lids and lashes to pupils and color rings. Once you start looking for mania in the eyes, you can spot a person’s mania, or your own.

Categorizing Treatments Used in Biomedicine and CAM

Do you sometimes wonder how different treatments work? Different treatments rely on different established or postulated mechanisms of action.

Jackson Pollock's Creation of Abstract Expressionism

Pollock's early painting was derived but he overcame symptoms of bipolar disorder and alcoholism to invent abstract expressionism by means of the creative janusian process.

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health Care

Are you curious about new ideas in mental health care? Integrative mental health is a new paradigm that uses treatments from Western medicine and alternative medicine (CAM).

Quantitative Electroencephalography in Mental Health Care

Are you looking for more an advanced approach that can help you evaluate abnormal brain activity in OCD, depressed mood or bipolar disorder? QEEG brain wave analysis could help.

The Role of Functional Medicine in Mental Health Care

Are you curious about recent advances in assessment of mental health problems? Functional medicine offers a range of promising approaches.

Psychiatric Assessment is Evolving

Are you trying to understand what is causing your anxiety, depressed mood or another mental health problem? New approaches in assessment are providing better answers!

The Creation of the "The Scream" by Munch

Edvard Munch created "The Scream," a powerful and famous painting. First inspired by a visual hallucination, he converted that for over a year using healthy creative processes.
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Staying In the Game

By Susan Noonan MD on July 26, 2017 in View From the Mist
What it takes to not give up - the pros and cons of just staying in the game

Five Tools That Help Women Accept a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what tools help women accept a mental health problem? Women's resilience is manifold.

Psychology, Art, And Body Fluids

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 03, 2017 in In Excess
The use of bodily fluids as part of art works appears to be on the increase. But what is the psychological motivation and is there an association with mental disorders?
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Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders: A New 2017 Review

By Georgia Ede MD on June 30, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
What can a low-carbohydrate diet do for your mental health?

Stabilize Your Mood with Food

By Georgia Ede MD on June 28, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Reclaim your emotional health and happiness without medications

Five Things Not to Say to Someone with Manic Depression

By David Leite on June 14, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Do your words hurt or help someone with manic depression?

A Child's Illness, a Mother's Anguish

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on May 30, 2017 in Push Back
Bibi, age eleven, has a chemical imbalance of the brain called “bipolar.”
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What's Up with Bipolar Disorder?

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on May 24, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
Bipolar disorder is as malignant as cancer, says Robert Post.
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Mental Illness Splits Families

By Susan Noonan MD on May 18, 2017 in View From the Mist
Does mental illness in one person create anger and resentment in your other family members?

What's So Hard About Parenting a Child With a Disability?

Have you ever told a parent of a child with a disability to "lighten up"? Perhaps that's not the best approach.

Physician Health 101

It is estimated that a doctor a day dies by suicide in the United States. There is a lot we can do to fight this.
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Lessons From a Navy Seal

By Susan Noonan MD on April 10, 2017 in View From the Mist
Is making your bed important? The navy seals seem to think so!
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Adjust Our Sails

By Susan Noonan MD on March 08, 2017 in View From the Mist
When the winds of depression come, you can do nothing or alter your course.

Selling Mental Illness and Its Cure

Kay Jamison's presentation of her biography of poet Robert Lowell, "Setting the River on Fire," shortchanged his lived experience and creativity in favor of his mental illness.

Five Tips to Accept a Mental Health Problem

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Is something getting in the way of accepting a mental health problem? Check out a few tips from the research field.

3 Strategies to Talk With Kids About Suicidal Thoughts

There is no age limit for suicidal thoughts. Parents and healthcare professionals can learn to talk openly and safely with children about suicide.

What We Can All Learn From the 2017 Super Bowl

By Susan Noonan MD on February 09, 2017 in View From the Mist
An experience in resilience, in not giving up.
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The Challenge of Knowing Versus Doing

By Susan Noonan MD on January 17, 2017 in View From the Mist
Knowing about something is much different than being able to do it consistently.