Bipolar Disorder 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.

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry

A gene related to ion channels common to many families with mental illness leads us to new discoveries and treatments based on actual brain pathology.

New MRI Study Leads to Roadmap of Bipolar Brains

The largest MRI meta-analysis ever conducted has identified a new "roadmap" of bipolar disorder and how it impacts the brain.
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What Do We Lose From Life When Depression Strikes?

By Susan Noonan MD on April 19, 2017 in View From the Mist
Grieve the losses you experience with depression and you will be better able to move on.

Bipolar II or Bipolar Too?

The challenges of accurate symptom identification for those newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as for diagnosed individuals who also struggle with emotional reactivity.

Brain Size in Bipolar Disorder

New study on how the hippocampus is diminished in size with bipolar disorder.

Suicidal Behavior in Young People With Bipolar Disorder

Brain abnormalities and suicidality in bipolar disordered young.

Excitation and Inhibition: The Yin and Yang of the Brain

Understanding the balance between neural excitation and inhibition could be key to understanding many brain disorders.

Your Brain on Omega 3: Balancing the O3 to O6 Ratio

By Emily Deans M.D. on January 08, 2017 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
We know that omega 3 supplements and eating fish has the potential to help brain health. Would they work even better if we reduced the amount of omega 6 fatty acids that we eat?

5 Lessons Carrie Fisher Taught Us

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on December 28, 2016 in Reset 24/7
Do you ever feel like you're stuck on the dark side? Help isn't far away.

A New Day for Mental Health

By Jennifer Bleyer on December 27, 2016 in Brainstorm
Bestselling author and advocate Pete Earley says recently passed mental health legislation is an imperfect triumph, with promise for those who share his family's experience.

Can You 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.
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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
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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

4 Conditions That Resemble 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.

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.

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.

Astronomy and Psychiatry: Brain Dust and Cosmic Dust

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

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.

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.
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You Are Not Your Mental Illness

By Michael Hedrick on December 02, 2015 in Living with Schizophrenia: One Man’s Journey
If there was a bruise on your arm, you wouldn't go around calling yourself a bruise.

How Depression Prepared Me For A Death In The Family

By Tom Wootton on November 17, 2015 in 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.

Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on October 06, 2015 in The Truisms of Wellness
Despite debunking the myth of astrology, however, scientists have found that a person’s projected health can be linked to his or her birthday. The month in which people are born can influence their future, from their longevity to their future profession.

What Makes Someone a Master Manipulator?

Among those afflicted with certain personality disorders, there are many who are master manipulators. Do personality disorders cause people to develop into master manipulators? The connection may not be as you expect.
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An Honest, Heartfelt Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

Hollywood depictions of mental illness usually are far off the mark. In Infinitely Polar Bear, Mark Ruffalo gives a rich, three dimensional, and deeply sympathetic performance as the bipolar father of two young girls.