Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
Oct 09 2013
Awareness for All Severities of Mental Illnesses
Happy mental illness awareness week! From Oct. 6-12, in both Canada and the U.S., it’s Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). Not surprisingly, I like this week. This week gives everyone the excuse to do a little something to help people with a ...
Oct 02 2013
Panic Attacks – A Huge Red Flag for a Suicide Attempt
I have said before (controversially) that people to attempt or commit suicide do not want to die. It’s very clear to me that people who are suicidal are looking for a way out of pain, not a way towards death, per se. People who attempt suicide ...
Sep 25 2013
Which Medications are Best – Using the NNT/NNH
When getting treatment for bipolar disorder there are a myriad of options from which to choose and among those are many types of medications. Doctors will all have their favorites, but why does a doctor choose one drug over another? There a...
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 ...