Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
Sep 18 2013
Fighting the Stigmatizing Remarks of Geraldo Rivera
I don’t watch the news and I most especially don’t watch Fox News. Now, if you enjoy that sort of thing, that’s your business, but I find the news rife with stigmatizing remarks about mental illness. This spreading of stigma leads to prejudice...
Sep 11 2013
Patient Dumping: How Hospitals Treat the Mentally Ill
How do you expect to be treated when you go to a hospital? You probably expect to receive quality healthcare. You probably expect professionals to assess and treat you and, depending on the circumstance, admit you to the hospital. You probably ...
Sep 04 2013
Lithium Has Even More Benefits Than Previously Thought
If psychiatry has a wonder drug, it might just be lithium. Lithium is the only drug that a formulation of it was developed to specifically treat bipolar disorder and it went a long way to clearing out the masses of people who had been held...
Aug 28 2013
Why Does Neurology Get More Respect than Psychiatry?
A friend of mine suffers from seizures and thus, he sees a neurologist. His neurologist manages and tracks his condition over time. The neurologist is responsible for ensuring the seizures are minimized and this includes prescribing medication ...
Aug 21 2013
Bipolar? You Need Your Thyroid Checked
When a person is diagnosed with an illness, doctors do something called a differential diagnosis. Basically, this is when a doctor considers all the illnesses that may explain your symptoms and then decides on which one fits best. In the case o...
Aug 16 2013
How Doctors Discriminate Against the Mentally Ill
Many people know that those with a mental illness face prejudice and discrimination in their everyday lives. This often happens in workplace settings but also in personal lives. What many people don’t know is that people with a mental illness ...
Aug 07 2013
Staving Off a Hypomanic / Manic Episode
Manic, or even hypomanic, episodes can take a serious toll on a life. A manic or hypomanic episode may result in cheating on your partner, gambling away rent money, getting into massive credit card debt, harming personal relationships, and ...
Jul 31 2013
Guidelines for Discontinuing Medication
As I mentioned last week, people often discontinue medication unilaterally—without the advice of a physician. I also mentioned that this is the wrong way to go about ceasing medications. A doctor should always oversee medication discontinu...
Jul 24 2013
Why People Stop Taking Their Medications
Most often, people with a mental illness stop taking their medications unilaterally – in other words, without the advice of a physician. This isn’t how medication should be discontinued, of course. Medication discontinuation should always be do...
Jul 17 2013
What’s the Difference between Sadness and Depression?
A while back I discussed the difference between grief and depression in which I asserted that the symptoms of depression, while similar to grief, can be differentiated. Garden variety grief isn’t an illness; it isn’t depression. Similarly, s...