Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.
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 ...
May 23 2012
Efficacy of Psych Drugs: Do Antidepressants Work?
A couple of years ago there was a major meta-analysispublished in the Journal of the American Medical Association that questioned the efficacy of antidepressants, particularly for people with less severe depression. It stated: “The magnitude ...
May 16 2012
Some People Will Commit Suicide No Matter What You Do?
Within people at risk for suicide,there are broadly two groups—those at high risk and those at low risk. For example, women attempt suicide far more often than men, but men commit suicide four times more often than women. Latina youth and lesb...
May 09 2012
Recognizing Facial Emotions in Bipolar Disorder
People with bipolar disorder suffer from extreme versions of emotions. Aspects of mania or hypomania may be like an average emotion, but they are that emotion amped up to a level 11. Depression isn’t sadness—it’s sadness on steroids. So...