Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
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...
Jul 10 2013
New Recommendations for Antidepressant Use in Bipolar Disorder
Antidepressant use in the treatment of bipolar disorder has become quite controversial. Some doctors would argue that antidepressants do not improve treatment outcomes of people with bipolar and others even argue that it can worsen it. Thi...
Jul 03 2013
Violence in Bipolar Disorder
Only a small percentage of people with a serious mental illness like bipolar disorder are violent or aggressive but, much to my chagrin, it’s a higher number of people than in the general population—in some cases, much higher. How Common is ...
Jun 26 2013
How Often Do Moods Cycle in Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder consists of mood episodes. It is comprised of depression, manic/hypomanic, mixed, and euthymic (normal) moods. But how long do moods last and how often do moods change? Bipolar Cycles Moving from one mood to another is kno...
Jun 19 2013
Helping Others Understand Invisible Illnesses
Serious mental illnesses like bipolar disorder are typically invisible illnesses. You cannot tell just by looking at someone that they have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or another mental illness. In fact, sometimes you can even look at ...
Jun 13 2013
Bipolar Disorder is No Longer a ‘Mood’ Disorder?
Recently the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders came out with a new version—the DSM-5—and one of the changes was to move depression and bipolar from the chapter entitled “Mood Disorders” into their own chapters: Depressive D...
Jun 05 2013
Quality, Free Mental Health Apps Everyone Should Use
Mobile apps are flourishing in all categories and nowhere is this more true than in the area of mental health. Mood-focused and other mental health apps abound. One company that is making high-quality, free applications for the mobile platf...
May 30 2013
Why Are So Many People with Bipolar Disorder Misdiagnosed?
Bipolar disorder is a chronic illness with a risk of suicide that is 20 times that of the general population. Anyone that battles it will tell you it is serious business indeed. One would think then, that spotting and diagnosing bipolar dis...