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  • Scattershot: My Bipolar Family
    It was back in the '50s. One day my friend's mother just disappeared. That Sunday as they gathered in the church parking lot, the other mothers whispered. My friend stood next to me and cried. ...
  • What’s the Difference Between Depression and Manic Depression?
    Sometimes people are confused about the differences between clinical depression and manic depression. And it's no wonder -- they both have the word "depression" in their names. That's one of the reason's manic depression's clinical ...
  • The Depression Advantage
    Depression, like other mental illnesses, is rarely seen as a good thing. While many can articulate positive things about having a mental illness (or knowing someone who does), the illness itself is almost never ...
  • Hiding Behind the Pulpit with Bipolar Disorder
    I have an illness that affects nearly 1 out of every 17 Americans, and affects 1 out of every 5 families. This disease is chronic in nature, and can only be controlled, not cured. It ...
  • Extreme Thinking and Moods Are The Death of Creativity
    You probably have heard that many of the world's most creative people often had some sort of mental illness. While I can see some truth in this viewpoint, I offer a different opinion: In ...
  • Bipolar Disorder Fact Sheet
    All of us experience changes in our moods. Some days we might feel irritable and frustrated; other days, we’re happy and excited. However, individuals with bipolar disorder experience severe mood swings that impair their ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder, Part 3
    If You Think You're Mentally Ill If you feel you may be suffering from a mental illness, or could be in danger of doing so, I urge you in the strongest terms to seek the advice ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder, Part 2
    The Heebee-Jeebies Be careful when you wrestle with monsters, lest you thereby become one. For, if you stare long enough into the abyss, the abyss also stares into you. -- Friedrich Nietszche Now I ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder
    Being schizoaffective is like having manic depression and schizophrenia at the same time. It has a quality all its own though which is harder to pin down. Manic depression is characterized by a cycle of ...
  • Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy
    Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy is a specific type of psychotherapy developed to help people with bipolar disorder. Its focus is on helping people identify and maintain the regular routines of everyday life -- ...
  • Psychotherapy and Self-Help for Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar disorder is usually considered a long-term, often chronic mental health condition requiring long-term treatment. Most people with bipolar disorder receive treatment through a prescription medication, such as lithium, Depakote, or an atypical antipsychotic. But ...
  • Symptoms of Childhood Bipolar Disorder
    Childhood bipolar disorder, also known as pediatric bipolar disorder, is a form of bipolar disorder that occurs in children. While its existence is still a matter of some academic debate and disagreement, there is ...
  • The Cyclothymia Workbook
    The Cyclothymia Workbook: Learn How To Manage Your Mood Swings & Lead A Balanced Life Cyclothymia is a mood disorder characterized by cycling periods of hypomania-unusual emotional highs-and periods of mild to moderate depression. The condition ...
  • Invisible Driving
    Invisible Driving is a memoir of Manic Depression that takes readers inside the terrors, thrills, and triumphs of coming to terms with this debilitating and misunderstood mental illness. The manic narrator's voice vividly recreates the ...
  • Madness: A Bipolar Life
    Bipolar disorder and literary genius are often linked, the disorder considered a brilliant madness that produces great writers. Famous examples are Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, and Kay Redfield Jamison, who wrote the book Touched by ...
  • The Bipolar Advantage
    The Bipolar Advantage is a revelation. It is one man's journey through the darkness and light of the bipolar condition to a place of spiritual joy, functionality and excellence that holds lessons for everyone with ...
  • Atypical Antipsychotics for Bipolar Disorder
    The most recent medications typically prescribed for bipolar disorder include a class of drugs called "atypical antipsychotics." Atypical means they work in a manner that is significantly different than the previous class of antipsychotic ...
  • An Overview of Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar disorder is the modern term for mood swings that used to be called manic depression. It is a fairly common yet serious mental illness, affecting between one and five per cent of Americans of ...
  • Denied for Being Myself: An Attempt To Be Hospitalized
    Within my most powerful episodes of depression, I would awake each morning, shower, apply makeup, and attempt to create a fabulous outfit. My worst appearance offense during these periods would be to go out ...
  • Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
    You know there's a new nonfiction genre by the titles alone -- Blink, Nudge, Predictably Irrational... and now Sway. This book is probably best compared with Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational, but to me the Brafman ...
  • Recommended Books on Bipolar
    Looking for a book to help you or a loved one better understand bipolar disorder (also called manic depression)? We recommend the following: Madness: A Bipolar Life By the author of ...
  • Manic: A Memoir
    I read Terri Cheney's Manic: A Memoir with a bit of suspicion. While living a Jackie Collins-like lifestyle as a Beverley Hills entertainment lawyer to the stars, she endures ECT without anaesthetic (and bit half ...
  • Bipolar Disorder with Psychotic Features
    Psychotic features are often present during the manic phase of bipolar I disorder. Aspects of psychosis may also manifest during extreme episodes of depression. They are also present in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. These ...
  • New Hope For People With Bipolar Disorder
    Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Solutions Sometimes a book with multiple authors can be a train wreck. This is not one of those books, as each author brings a unique ...
  • Women and Bipolar Disorder
    While bipolar disorder affects both men and women, how the disorder is experienced and treated in both genders varies greatly. Women, for example, tend to experience more of the "rapid cycling" type of bipolar ...