Alcoholism

I Am My Own Bipolar

Hi there. If you are reading this, please know everything written is coming from my brain -- which means these thoughts are all real to me, but likely unrealistic or potentially disturbing to “normal” people. I consider a “normal” person anyone that advises me not to act on everything I think and feel. How annoying is that? They must be the crazy ones, not me!

Everything my mind conjures up seems so brilliant in that moment. My feelings seem appropriate and valid in my head. How dare someone else tell me otherwise? But, alas, these nut jobs do deserve credit as they have kept me alive, stood by my side, taught me to be strong, and there is a special place in my heart and mind that loves and appreciates them more than words can say. So, thank you crazy people -- stay nuts.

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Bipolar

10 Tips for Living with a Bipolar Person

Living with bipolar disorder can be extremely challenging, but living with someone who has bipolar disorder can also have its difficulties. Growing up I lived with my mother and grandfather, both of whom had bipolar disorder. For years they hid it from me, I suppose hoping I would never find out. But sooner or later it all came to the surface and everything started to make sense.
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ADHD and ADD

Truehope’s Confusing Message: EMPowerplus (Q96) Claims to Treat Bipolar, ADHD, Depression

I'm not impressed by any company who sells a product telling people it treats a mental illness, but has never bothered to go through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's process to have their claims validated. You cannot say, "Our product is not intended to treat any disease" then also say "EMPowerplus helps alleviate symptoms of bipolar disorder." Yet that's exactly what Truehope does.

I'm even less impressed when someone takes a vitamin supplement as directed, writes about their experiences, and then receives a letter threatening to sue that person from the company who sold them the supplement. Yet that's exactly what Truehope did.

What's the story with Truehope? Do they want people to take their vitamin supplement or not? Do they treat mental disorders with it or not? And why would a company sue a blogger just for writing about their experience with EMPowerplus?

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Bipolar

Talk Therapy is Strong Medicine

I’d just finished a family session one October morning when my emergency line rang. The faint voice of one of my long-term patients croaked, “Dr. Deitz. Please. I need help.”

It was Lauren, a 43-year old woman I had been treating for years with medication and psychotherapy. Stable for several years, she and I met monthly to monitor her medication and discuss her marriage and children. She rarely called between sessions.

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Bipolar

The Legend of the Two Wolves

There is a Cherokee legend about an elderly brave who tells his grandson about life.

“Son,” he says, “Within all of us there is a battle of two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego."

He continued, “The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth,
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Antidepressant

Psychology Around the Net: June 27, 2015


Learn about how mental illness affects teens later in life, how one Orange Is The New Black storyline can teach you about depression, antidepressants and rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

Mentally Ill Teens Struggle With School and Work as Adults: Recent research analysis shows teens who struggle with chronic health issues -- particularly mental health issues -- are more than twice as likely to drop out...
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Bipolar

How to Cope When Your Friend Commits Suicide

I remember the first time I walked into Vala’s store: she picked up a Nanette Lepore silk top and held it out.

“This would look great on you.”

“It’s more your color,” I said.

“No,” she laughed. “It would make me look like a sausage.”

It wouldn’t. Vala would not have gotten fat come hell or high water. But she made the sale, along with about $250 worth of merchandise more. I started working there a few months later.
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Alcoholism

Psychology Around the Net: June 13, 2015


Learn about the summer version of seasonal affective disorder, how creative people might carry genes for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the importance of proper nutrition regarding mental health, and more in this week's Psychology Around the Net.

Does Summer Make You Depressed? Although we often associate seasonal affective disorder (SAD) with the winter months, it actually affects some people during the summer months, with symptoms such as decreased appetites and insomnia.

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Anxiety and Panic

Psychology Around the Net: May 23, 2015


This week's Psychology Around the Net covers mental health and the workforce, dating with a mental illness, how pets can help your mental health, and more!

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month -- Here's Why Companies Should Care: Does your company realize the crucial impact mental health plays in the workforce?

How to Design an Office for Maximizing Employee Happiness: Speaking of mental health and your work environment, check out these tips on how to color, texture, space, and other design elements to create a happy office space.

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Bipolar

Playbuzz: Making Fun of Mental Illness & Bipolar

Playbuzz, the self-proclaimed "#1 shared Publisher on Facebook," apparently thinks making fun of mental illness is perfectly a-okay by them. They have a quiz called "How Bipolar Are You" that's generated over 4,600 comments on Facebook. The "fun" quiz actually doesn't review the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. Instead, it offers a mish-mash of pop psychology and random questions that have absolutely nothing to do with bipolar. Then it provides everybody with the same answer, no matter what their responses.

The site just closed on a $16 million funding round, and has over $19 million in total venture capital funding from VC companies that include 83 North, Saban Capital, Carmel Ventures and FirstTime Ventures. These venture capital companies fund Playbuzz's apparent enjoyment of mocking people with mental illness.

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