Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
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...
Jun 07 2012
What is Nonsuicidal Self-Injury – Why Do People Self-Harm?
Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is the current term for what was once known as self-harm, self-injury or self-mutilation. NSSI is a widespread problem and considerably more common than most people think. While numbers vary, it is thought that ab...
May 30 2012
What to Do About Drug Tolerance
Drug tolerance is a phenomenon wherein the human body compensates for a drug to the degree where the drug no longer has the desired effects. In other words, one cup of coffee no longer gives you a buzz. The result of tolerance is that more of ...