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Oh, the Weight Gain

Most of the time, people with Bipolar are diagnosed when in a chronic state.  I’ve read it is more common to seek help when depressed rather than manic.  Whatever the case, people who are suffering usually just take whatever medication is offered, with little or no thought given to potential …

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Bipolar
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Reducing or Adding Brain Volume?

Ever wonder what all of these meds being foisted upon us to treat our Bipolar Disorder are physically doing to our brains?  I stumbled upon an interesting article today on PsychCentral.  A recent study identifies antipsychotics, the medications most commonly used to treat schizophrenia, as the more likely culprits of …

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Bipolar
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Back in the Saddle Again

After a seven week hiatus from life to try and get my medication stabilized, this past week I returned to work. My workplace is highly dysfunctional to begin with. The masterminds commonly known as, ‘The Leadership,’ decided three reorganizations were in order, so one colleague wound up having three different …

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Bipolar
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Thank You

Thanks to everyone out there reading the blog and for all the kind words and great feedback. I’ve updated the Resources and Books pages, so have a look.  If anyone has a book or site they’d like to see added, drop me a line at manicmuses @ gmail . com …

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Bipolar
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Interesting Week for Bipolar

It’s been a very interesting week in the media for bipolar and mental illness. Let’s just lead off with the obvious – Charlie Sheen’s protracted melt down.  This morning I found an article taking the position I was going to take in this week’s blog.  Liz Spikol of The Philly …

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Articles
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What is Bipolar?

Sheen has us asking: What's bipolar? Please skip the first paragraph about Charlie Sheen. The meat of the article is fascinating. Scientists at UCLA took on the goal of peering deep into someone’s brain, while the person was in the middle of a manic episode, to better understand what was …

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Bipolar and Violence, Part 2

On 2/24 I found a very interesting article – Temper Tantrums, Mental disorder, and DSM-5: The Case for Caution – and posted it. Since I know two other people with with bipolar who are not violent in any way (neither am I), I wanted to do a bit more digging …

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A new clue to the genetics of bipolar disorder: Piccolo

Philadelphia, PA, 23 February 2011 – Understanding the genetics of bipolar disorder could lead to new treatments, but identifying specific genetic variations associated with this disorder has been challenging. A new study in Biological Psychiatry implicates a brain protein called Piccolo in the risk for inheriting bipolar disorder. In the …

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Temper Tantrums, Mental disorder, and DSM-5: The Case for Caution – Psychiatric Times

At the same time, throughout psychiatry, there has been a continuing debate over the status of aggressive behavior in children and in relation to other disorders. Lee and Galynker3 reported that “just under 50% of people with bipolar disorder have some history of violent behavior.” Violence can occur in manic …

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Bipolar
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Me vs. My Therapist: An Identity Crisis

Had my weekly session with my therapist last night.  First, I have to say that she is the best therapist I’ve ever seen.  She’s compassionate, insightful and I have to solely credit her with finally arriving at the correct diagnosis. As in any relationship, there are times in this one …

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