Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
Dec 19 2012
‘Tis the Season to Be Unstable
Fa la la la la la la la la. The holidays have landed squarely in our laps, and that is both good and bad. Many people look forward to the holiday from work, seeing their families, opening gifts, and eating too much food. That is the good. On...
Dec 12 2012
How to Handle Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder
As I discussed last time, treatment-resistant bipolar disorder is often the exception and not the rule. But once standard treatments have been tried, what is left for those who have been designated treatment-resistant? Standard Treatment of ...
Dec 06 2012
What is Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder?
Treatment-resistance exists for any disorder or disease. It’s simply the description of a disease not responding to treatment. However, what constitutes a “treatment-resistant” illness is up for debate, particularly in bipolar disorder. There i...
Nov 28 2012
How Can a Wellness Recovery Action Plan Help?
One of the things about bipolar disorder and other mental illness is the unpredictability of it. You can be going along with a great life, everything going according to plan, when all of a sudden – WHAM! Mental illness pops out of nowhere. Sudd...
Nov 21 2012
On Pharmaceutical Companies Being Disease-Mongerers
“Disease-mongering” isn’t a word that’s defined, as such. It’s more of a colloquial term. It is defined by Dictionary.com’s 21st Century Lexicon as, “efforts by a pharmaceutical company to create or exaggerate a malady for the purpose of increa...
Nov 14 2012
Can MDMA Help People with PTSD Find Ecstasy?
Most people have heard of the illicit drug “ecstasy” (also known as “E,” “X,” or “XTC”) in the context of the underground rave scene. However, the active ingredient in ecstasy, MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), is being investigated for...
Nov 07 2012
Treatment and Prevention of Bipolar Depression – Part 2
While antidepressants are not indicated in the treatment of bipolar depression as monotherapy, they are still commonly prescribed. Part two of this article looks at how the International Consensus Group viewed the evidence for antidepressant us...
Nov 01 2012
Treatment and Prevention of Bipolar Depression – Part 1
In February, an international group of psychiatric experts met to discuss the evidence base for treating and preventing depression in bipolar disorder. I am particularly interested in this subject because, as I mentioned last time, people with...
Oct 24 2012
Which is Worse – Bipolar I or Bipolar II?
Many people, especially those reporting on mental illness, want to know, very simply, what is worse: bipolar I or bipolar II? People want to know which mental illness is more severe. And likely, the answer people propagate is that bipolar I is ...
Oct 17 2012
Saving Yourself from the Sins of Psychopharmacology – Part 2
Continuing from last week, here are more ways to avoid the sins of psychopharmacology. Sin: Not understanding a patient’s background Fix: Better communication between doctor and patient In all honesty, better communication fixes every ...