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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 …

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

  Shit happens.   And, as a result of my Bipolar Disorder, every time shit goes down and I have to suddenly engage, I am always petrified when it’s all over.  I took action to correct a bad situation, but was my judgement sound?  Did I do the right thing? …

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Study Questions Effectiveness of Therapy for Suicidal Teenagers

From today’s New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/health/gaps-seen-in-therapy-for-suicidal-teenagers.html?partner=rss&emc=rss∣=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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Homeland Revisited – Q and A With a BP I

Although I like to post a lot of nerdy, educational, scholarly med-type-stuff on Bipolar illness, the most popular posts I have written on Manic Muses by far are those featuring Homeland in the title.  Not surprisingly, I saw spikes of activity for those posts on Sunday-Monday, using search terms like, …

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Merry Christmas and Thank You!

Manic Muses turns two today.  Hard to believe I’ve ranted for that long and still have subscribers!  Thanks to everyone who reads and comments.  Although I was skeptical about doing a blog at first, you guys make it a lot of fun. And from my family to yours, have a very …

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A National Database of the ‘Mentally Ill’ (Updated)

At a press conference today (12/21/2012), National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre made the suggestion that a database of all ‘mentally ill’ individuals in the United States be created. There is so much wrong with what LaPierre was on about, it’s going to be difficult to keep my comments to …

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Psychiatrist Contends Field is ‘Committing Professional Suicide’

It’s not often you hear one of psychiatry’s own speak out so vehemently against the establishment’s ‘dangerously close’ relationship with the pharmaceutical industry.  But, that’s exactly what Dr. David Healy, a psychiatrist from Ireland, does. In a Time Healthland article published this week, Dr Healy, “likened psychiatry’s attitude toward its faltering …

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Extended Vacation

I started writing a bang-up post with every intention of publishing before I departed for three whole weeks of vacation. I just didn’t get around to finishing it.  But, I’m going on vacation anyway.  🙂 Manic Muses will be on a posting (and reading) hiatus until the end of September. I …

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Bipolar drug sales slide: more patients but more generics

The drug companies aren’t very happy, and we Bipolar patients shouldn’t be either. According to an article in PharmaTimes, there are more atypical antipsychotics going generic, enough for a monetary, ‘precipitous decline’ to be felt within the drug class (although the article did not detail which drugs or when).   …

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Antiepileptic Drugs Are the Most Commonly Prescribed Drug Class Among Newly Diagnosed Bipolar Disorder Patients in the United States

As a Bipolar I sufferer, I have been on the anti-seizure medication Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) for over a year and have spectacular mood stabilization results to report.  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/antiepileptic-drugs-are-the-most-commonly-prescribed-drug-class-among-newly-diagnosed-bipolar-disorder-patients-in-the-united-states-2012-08-02

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