Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
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...
Sep 20 2012
Grief vs. Depression
Some rights reserved by SpitefullyWe’ve all experiences losses of different types in life. Death, divorce, job loss and so on can all lead to a process of grieving, or bereavement. And during periods of grief people, quite naturally, feel very...
Sep 12 2012
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...
Sep 06 2012
Bipolar Disorder in Children – Part 2
Examples of Childhood Bipolar Disorder Behavior Some would suggest that parents or doctors are simply pathologizing normal childhood behavior. However, if you learn about what truly happens in childhood mental illness, it would seem much clea...
Aug 29 2012
Bipolar Disorder in Children: Part 1
OK, I admit it. I once didn’t believe that bipolar disorder existed in children. Maybe this was wishful thinking on my part. Maybe I just didn’t want to believe that the severe pain that I suffered should ever be visited on a child. Regardl...
Aug 22 2012
How Do Antidepressants Affect Sleep?
If you’re depressed, one of the ways you probably know it is because your sleep cycle has changed. You might go from sleeping 8 hours a night to sleeping 11. You might go from being able to fall asleep easily to tossing and turning until 1 a.m....
Aug 15 2012
Acceptance of a Mental Illness Diagnosis
Imagine that you’ve been having a really bad few months. Imagine that life has been turned completely upside down and you no longer know what is happening. Imagine that your emotions have become your enemy as you fight to understand why such st...
Aug 08 2012
Depression Treatment: What is Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)?
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is quite the mouthful. In fact, every time I say it to people I can guarantee quizzical looks in return. Nevertheless, I think repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (known as rTMS) is somethin...