Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
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 ...
Oct 10 2012
Saving Yourself from the Sins of Psychopharmacology – Part 1
Last week I wrote about the seven sins of psychopharmacology as identified by a few doctors. Identifying problems is, of course, the first step in finding solutions and I certainly respect doctors for taking this step. However, as patients, we ...
Oct 03 2012
The 7 Sins of Psychopharmacology – According to Doctors
I’ve been dealing with psychopharmacology for more than a decade now and I could easily write about the seven sins of psychopharmacology, psychiatry, or psychotherapy. It’s rare, however, to see a doctor admit to a mistake, let alone an ongoing...
Sep 26 2012
Hitting Bottom with a Mental Illness
It is said that addicts have to “hit bottom” before they are ready to get treatment for their addiction. Things have to be as bad as they can possibly be before a person is willing to do the work to turn their life around. “Bottom” might be whe...