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 …

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 …


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 …


Mental Healthcare Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act

With the imminent arrival of the already-much-loathed DSM 5 and my thoughts more frequently turning to moving back to the US (I currently live in The Netherlands), I’ve been thinking a lot about what a move would/will mean for my mental healthcare. By the time I return, the Affordable Care …

Mental Illness

Evil Brains – What Lurks Inside a Killer’s Mind

Don’t let the misleading title of the article fool you. Mental illness and brain abnormalities are once again being described/equated with evil. Sigh. http://science.time.com/2013/05/03/evil-brain/


Depressive Thinking Can Be Contageous

  Researchers studying a group of college students found that certain types of depressive thinking can spread from close-living roommates like a lingering flu.   Although many people see depression as a chemical imbalance in the brain, scientists say social context and the way you see yourself and the world can be …


My Doctor is a Hoser

I’m sure all of you Strange Brew fans know exactly what I’m talking about.  Yeah, my doctor is a Hoser.  Or, it’s actually my psychiatrist intern who is on the line. Today was my first face-to-face with her after being released from the bin.  I knew she was going to …


Back From The Bin

“Check in with yourself and communicate when you think you’re starting to slide into a depression, mania or mixed state.”   I even preach that gospel on this blog. Sure, OK. It would have been great if I’d taken the advice. I spent a week cooling my jets in the hospital because I …


The Energy Post

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus Nobody realizes that some people must expend tremendous energy to merely appear normal. Vivien Brunning My bipolar disorder is a closely guarded secret.  I believe with all of my heart that I would not have been able to …

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