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Caffeine and Positive Moods

Is it just me?  Or can low doses of caffeine help create a positive mood? When I began treatment for my Bipolar II disorder with asenapine (brand name Saphris), I was so pleased with the result I figured if I took things a step further and just followed the BP …

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Anniversary – 1 and 25 Years

This week marks the 1 year anniversary since I was hospitalized for depression. It was also 25 years ago this month when I was first diagnosed as bipolar.  Ironically, it’s only been six months since I began serious treatment. I’ve agonized over whether or not to bore everyone with this …

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Johns Hopkins Team Identifies Genetic Link to Attempted Suicide

A study of thousands of people with bipolar disorder suggests that genetic risk factors may influence the decision to attempt suicide. Johns Hopkins scientists, reporting in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, have identified a small region on chromosome 2 that is associated with increased risk for attempted suicide. This small region …

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The Good News and the Bad News About Mental Health Care in America

The good news is that improvement rates for serious mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness) rival or surpass those for chronic physical diseases like diabetes and heart disease, provided that the patient receives the right treatment — consistently. The bad news is that an …

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50 Things You Need to Give Up Today

From: Marc and Angel Hack Life http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/03/28/50-things-you-need-to-give-up-today/ When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you. So starting today… Give up trying to be perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  Read Getting Things …

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Abilify
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Alive and Well

It’s been around a month since I posted last.  A lot of goodness has transpired since then. Most important of all has been the change in med.  Abilify is out and Saphris is in. Which is great, since about three weeks after quitting the Abilify, reports began to surface stating …

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A drug used for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder lacks evidence, scientists contend – latimes.com

A drug used for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder lacks evidence, scientists contend – latimes.com. Abilify, the brand name of the drug aripiprazole, is an antipsychotic medication used to treat the acute phase of bipolar disorder as well as the maintenance phase — the period of time after a patient …

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A Whole New Light on the Bipolar / Violence Connection

Having bipolar disorder by itself does not increase the risk of violent behavior. Yes, you heard that right, all you crime drama writers and finger-pointers. Sorry, but you’ll have to find another explanation. via A Whole New Light on the Bipolar / Violence Connection.

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Bipolar Travel – Revisited

Yes!  I made it to San Francisco on Tuesday without as much as an anxiety attack!  No Xanax, no panic, no hypomania.  Who is this person? It’s been only two months since the Bipolar Boarding post was written (snickering all the while) and four months since starting on med after …

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Genetic link to attempted suicide identified

Genetic link to attempted suicide identified.

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