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Bipolar
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Dawgs

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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Bipolar
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Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry, whose wonderful documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive has helped educate millions, “…has revealed that he attempted suicide in 2012 while he was filming abroad, saying it was “a close run thing”. Stephen, who is president of the mental health charity Mind, has spoken openly about his struggle with …

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Bipolar
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There’s Something About the Month of May

I don’t have anything science-y or nerd-y to post this week.  Primarily because I wasn’t reading at all – I’ve been riding the New Medication Roller Coaster.  This week I finally titered up to 200mg of Lamotrigine. I’ll spare you the details of starting the med and increasing the dose, …

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Bipolar
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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 …

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Bipolar
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Psychiatric ‘Patient Dumping’

Oh, how poorly we Americans treat our mentally ill. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/man-psychosis-recalls-nevada-patient-dumping/story?id=19095175 James Brown, who has been diagnosed with psychosis, spent three days at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, in Las Vegas, in February 2013. Depressed and thinking of suicide, Brown ended up there after problems at his group home. But just three days …

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Mental Illness
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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/

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Depression
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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 …

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Bipolar
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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 …

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Bipolar
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A Sleeping Pill Without The Sleepy Head?

[I’ll be taking a week+ hiatus – for a real vacation this time!  Thank you in advance for your comments…I’ll catch up when I return.] Time Health & Family ran an interesting piece this week.  It seems researchers have developed a new class of sleeping medication that, in rats and …

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Bipolar
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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 …

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