Bipolar Bites
Bipolar Bites

Bipolar blogger Natasha Tracy offers exclusive insight into the world of bipolar disorder.

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Apr 30 2012

    Biological Evidence of Bipolar Disorder – Part 2: Genetics

    Part one of this series discussed the biological differences between a brain with bipolar disorder and one without and while several differences were noted, none can definitively be used to diagnose bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, it’s a s...

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  • Apr 25 2012

    Biological Evidence of Bipolar Disorder

    One of the most frustrating things about my job as a mental health writer has to be dealing with the people that say that mental illness doesn’t exist. It’s dealing with the people who say that bipolar disorder doesn’t exist because there is no...

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  • Apr 11 2012

    Dry Mouth: The 'Minor' Side Effect That Can Cause Major Problems

    I’ve been taking medications for about 14 years now and in that time I have experienced everything from fainting in the middle of the kitchen at work, to becoming psychotic and tachycardic thanks to psychiatric medication. And really, when...

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  • Apr 04 2012

    Do Antipsychotics Shrink Your Brain? Should You Care?

    Antipsychotics (like quetiapine (Seroquel), olanzapine (Zyprexa), or aripiprazole (Abilify)) are actually now the highest-grossing psychiatric medication, ahead of even antidepressants. Antipsychotics (also known as neuroleptics or major tranquili...

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  • Mar 28 2012

    Is Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (NOS) Really a Bipolar Illness?

    When diagnosing bipolar disorder, a psychiatrist assesses previous mood episodes. These mood episodes must reach the criteria for major depression and either mania or hypomania in order to warrant a diagnosis of bipolar disorder I or bipolar disor...

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  • Mar 21 2012

    Alternative Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

    I am not a proponent of alternative treatment. If you look in my bathroom cabinet you will not find kudzu root or ginseng or little tinctures of magic potions. I don’t believe in them. Period. If something, natural or not, were to work for men...

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  • Mar 21 2012

    Alternative Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

    I am not a proponent of alternative treatment. If you look in my bathroom cabinet you will not find kudzu root or ginseng or little tinctures of magic potions. I don’t believe in them. Period. If something, natural or not, were to work for men...

    Read more »

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Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer who specializes in writing about bipolar disorder.

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