New York Times: Bipolar Disorder, and Society’s Response

Last week, I wrote a post about an op-ed piece I read in the New York Times, “My So-Called Bipolar Life,” by Jamie Stiehm. It seems I’m not the only one who gave it some thought. Have a look at this follow-up in the Letters section of the New York Times, Bipolar Disorder and Society’s Response. Note that two of the parties who weighed in include the Director of E.C.T Service from Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the Director for National Mental Health at Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse.

The letter from the Director of ECT Services made my skin crawl. How much follow-up do they do with clients after going through a series of treatments? The other letter from the Director of NMH supports my feelings exactly–it’s dangerous and high-risk.


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Breaking the Link of Violence and Mental Illness

  That’s the title of the tweet from the New York Times that caught my eye.   From an article published yesterday, Warning Signs of Violent Acts Often Unclear:   No one but a deeply disturbed individual marches into an elementary school or a movie theater and guns down random, innocent …

Zero to Pissed in 2.4 Seconds – ‘Appropriate’ Reaction or Bipolar BS

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Study Questions Effectiveness of Therapy for Suicidal Teenagers

From today’s New York Times:∣=tw-nytimes&_r=0 [Updated Jan 11 – because the WP app for my phone I posted this from is less than stellar.] Teenage years are very difficult.  Trying to help a suicidal teen is ten times more difficult.  What is as disturbing as it is unfortunate is …

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