Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
May 15 2013
Changes in the DSM-5 Related to Bipolar Disorders
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, version 5 (DSM-5) is due out any moment now, and in it, there are changes to the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. The changes aren’t huge, but they are worth knowing about if you have bip...
May 01 2013
Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder
One of the little talked about elements of bipolar disorder is psychosis. Psychosis can be a devastating part of bipolar I and it absolutely needs to be talked about. Psychosis is the presence of hallucinations and/or delusions. Hallucinatio...
Apr 24 2013
Reaching Out to Kids about Mental Illness
One of the jobs I do is I present to teens about mental illness, mental illness stigma, and bipolar disorder. And at the end of each presentation, the kids give written feedback about the presentation. The feedback I hear the most is, “I di...
Apr 18 2013
Depression and Antidepressants in Pregnancy
I have decided not to have children, yes, in large part due to the bipolar disorder. We know people with a parent with bipolar disorder have a 50 percent chance of have another serious psychiatric disorder and first-degree relatives of peo...
Apr 10 2013
How to Switch Antipsychotic Medications – Part 2
Once you’ve decided to switch antipsychotics, there are still many things to consider. The first rule of medication switching is, whenever possible, only make one change at a time. This means that if you’re changing another medication (dosage a...