Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
Mar 13 2013
‘If You Were Really Suicidal, You Wouldn’t Tell Anyone’
Recently I wrote a two-part article on how to tell someone you are feeling suicidal (part one and part two). In these articles I outlined the who, what, when, and how of talking about your own suicidal feelings. Just admitting that you feel su...
Mar 06 2013
Does New DSM-5 Diagnosis Decrease Childhood Bipolar Diagnosis?
I believe that bipolar disorder does exist in children. However, I do believe it is extremely rare. I also believe we have no way of reliably diagnosing bipolar disorder in children. This is verified by the lack of any type of diagnostic criter...
Feb 27 2013
Mental Illness in the Workplace
An estimated 10 percent of the working population has a diagnosable mental illness. That’s right; there’s a one-in-ten chance that the person sitting next to you in your office has a mental illness. It could be bipolar disorder, depression, sch...
Feb 21 2013
We Must Talk About Suicide to Prevent It
As a mental health writer, I have talked about suicide a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. And that’s because I consider the subject critical to both the mental health community and society at large. It is simply unacceptable to me that one person dies...
Feb 13 2013
Atypical Depression More Common in People with Bipolar
Most people think depression is one thing. People think when people are “depressed” they are sad, fatigued, and maybe a few other things. But, in fact, a person with depression can have several of a list of symptoms and many people experience d...
Feb 06 2013
More Tips on Taking Antipsychotics
As I said last time, I found antipsychotics a very scary type of medication to try and there are things I wish people had told me before I started. Here are a few more tips when dealing with antipsychotics. Low Dose Antipsychotics It’s wo...
Jan 30 2013
Things I Wish I Had Known Before Taking Antipsychotics
I’ve been in treatment for bipolar disorder for about 15 years. In that time bipolar treatment has changed immensely and one of the changes has been the major emergence of antipsychotics. True, even 15 years ago a psychiatrist might try an ...
Jan 23 2013
Is Bipolar Disorder an Inflammatory Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a complex disorder that interacts with many systems in the body. For decades, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders were thought to be caused by issues with monoamines (neurotransmitters and neuromodulators like s...
Jan 16 2013
Does Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy Work in Bipolar Disorder?
Last week I talked about the basics of interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT). This therapy combines psychotherapeutic techniques along with behavioral elements to help get and keep bipolar disorder on track and in studies this approac...
Jan 09 2013
What is Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy?
Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy is not surprisingly an integration of interpersonal therapy (IP) and social rhythm therapy (SRM). Interpersonal social rhythm therapy (IPSRT) is unique, though, in that it was actually developed for the t...