Abilify in Court – July 2017 Update

It’s been five years since I wrote, Success! I’ve Quit Abilify.  Since then, the post has received over 3500 views.  And all told, views for posts (linked below) related to the BS I endured while taking Abilify total over 49,000. The struggle is real. I haven’t posted for over a …


Polypharmacy and Bipolar Disorder

How many meds do you use to treat your bipolar disorder?  And your co-morbid afflictions?  Personally, I get off easy and take only four. In the treatment of bipolar disorder, polypharmacy (the use of multiple meds to treat a disease or disorder) is the norm.  And generally, bipolar I patients …


Heritable bipolar phenotypes pinned down

(I don’t usually quote an entire article, but this subject is near and dear to my heart….) Heritable bipolar phenotypes p inned down Published on February 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter   A large study has pinpointed brain and behavioural traits that are genetically influenced and …


Bipolar Disorder and Memory

This topic has probably been discussed to death between those with bipolar, their friends and their loved ones – but honestly, I can’t remember. (I thought about taking that cheap laugh out of there, but I’m in a good mood today.  So it stays.) Medication side effect warnings, info pamphlets …


Re-entry into the US Mental Healthcare System

Remember that last post I published?  The one from September 2013 that said I would be off for two months?  Well, that didn’t pan out, did it. What has panned out is being hired back to my old job and moving back to the US, which means having to once …



“Come and hold my hand, I want to contact the living.” Feel – Robbie Williams Robbie may be singing about love, but I’m talking about being desperate to rejoin the land of the living after two weeks of dealing with migraines and residual headaches. Migraine probably isn’t new to you …

Mental Illness

Do Women Really Suffer From Mental Illness More Often Than Men?

According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, mental illness is experienced equally by men and women.  A Time Magazine article would like to challenge that idea. …this is inaccurate. When you take a detailed look at the international epidemiological data, as we did when writing The Stressed Sex, the picture that …


The Pharmacy as Adjunct Care Center

Hello, all. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, unplugged so I could help my niece with her master’s thesis.  When I agreed to check grammar and spelling (English is not her first language, but man, is she good at it) I figured I was getting myself into …


Can Antipsychotics Induce Psychosis? – Round 2

I’ve meant to do a follow-up to my Is There Now Evidence Withdrawal From Antipsychotics Can Induce Psychosis? post for a while.  This is one of the most popular posts on Manic Muses, and this important subject deserves a regular revisit. So, thanks to Someone Else for leaving a comment on the …



My dogs are my lifeline. I have three German Shepherds.  The Big One is six, the Middle Child is four and the Young Man is just four months old.  The oldest is my husband’s but the younger two are mine. When I got my Middle Child, I was in the …

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