Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
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...
Aug 01 2012
Why Do People Threaten Suicide on Facebook?
Today, 1-in-13 people on Earth have a Facebook account and half of them are logged in on any given day. In North America, 71.2 percent of the United States web audience is on Facebook. People find out about the news, post photos, and share the...
Jul 25 2012
What is Bipolar with Comorbid Conditions?
When a person gets a mental illness diagnosis they likely receive a single label. You have bipolar disorder, you have schizophrenia, and so on. Doctors do their best to take the symptoms the person is suffering and find the best tick-box that d...
Jul 18 2012
The Role of Melatonin in Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders
Melatonin is a common over-the-counter supplement that some have claimed can help everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer. This is partially due to its discovery as an antioxidant and partially due to (I suspect) wishful thinking. ...
Jul 11 2012
New Treatment for Bipolar Depression – Ketamine
Bipolar depression is notoriously hard to treat in some individuals with bipolar disorder—particularly in those with bipolar II. In fact, people with bipolar II spend 35 times more time depressed than hypomanic. This suggests that bipolar II is...
Jul 03 2012
Heat and Sun Sensitivity and Psychiatric Medication
Photo courtesy of ground.zero via Flickr || Heat and sun sensitivity are pretty common side effects among psychiatric medication. Some drugs carry big warnings about these side effects and others don’t, depending on the severity o...
Jun 27 2012
How to Find a Good Therapist
Therapy is an important part of managing a mental illness and, in fact, managing life in general for many people. But the therapeutic relationship is a very personal one and only the right therapist and patient together can make therapy work. ...
Jun 20 2012
Therapy Plus Medication No Better Than Medication Alone?
I have always heard, and always believed, that medication plus therapy was better than either treatment alone in the treatment of major disorders like major depression and bipolar disorder. This was the information given to me by my first doct...
Jun 18 2012
Treating Nonsuicidal Self-Injury
Image courtesy of *USB* via flickrWhile nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a huge problem for some people, it is eminently treatable. While psychotherapy is considered frontline treatment, medications are sometimes also prescribed to help w...