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Bipolar
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Ask and Ye Shall Receive – Mood Watch

Well, all of my whining about a robust mood tracking app for the Android platform can cease.  Here comes Mood Watch: With Mood Watch, users can track how they feel mentally, emotionally and physically by answering a short set of questions, tracking their sleep quality, blood pressure and meditation. Next …

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Bipolar
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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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Big Pharma
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More Big Problems With Big Pharma: Clinical Trial Information Publication

Did you know that approximately half of all clinical trials conducted and completed are never published in academic journals and trials with positive results are twice as likely to be published as others? And: In 2007, a law was passed, saying all trials in the U.S. on currently available treatments must …

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Bipolar
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Junk In, Junk Out

I’ve just returned from seeing my Nurse Practitioner, and told her I am most likely her worst patient, ever.  I have the free diary the practice gave me 1.5 years ago (in pristine condition). I have multiple applications installed on my smartphone. I’m beyond spreadsheet savvy. And God knows I …

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Bipolar
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Mapping the Human Brain

During his last State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama briefly touched on the idea of the US Federal Government funding a program for a Brain Activity Map (BAM).  Basically, signals sent by every brain cell would be recorded so we can better understand the circuitry of human thoughts, feelings …

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Bipolar
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Today’s Therapy Session: Circle Jerk Waste of My Time

“I’m so sorry!  It’s been such a hectic day!” Christ.  When your out of breath therapist greets you like that, you know it’s going to be a crap session. I’ve just come from telling my therapist for the last 50 minutes how I’m no better from when she saw me …

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Bipolar
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Disinterested

Meh. Well, that’s it.  Over and out. Nah, I’ll write a bit more.  I’m in that weird place between being well and sliding into a depression.  I’m sad enough to cry at some sappy commercials but not enough to stay in bed for hours on end.  I make it to my …

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Bipolar
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The Cast and Director of Silver Linings Playbook

It’s not often you see Robert De Niro become emotional in real life.  Watch this interview with De Niro, Bradley Cooper and director David O. Russell. http://bcove.me/8l3eekqn (This is the full interview from KatieCouric.com) I’m overwhelmed.

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Mental Illness
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Can Yoga Reduce Symptoms of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Researchers focused on 16 studies that recorded the effects of practicing yoga on mental-health issues ranging from depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints and eating disorders to cognitive problems. They found positive effects of the mind-and-body practice for all conditions with the exception of eating disorders and cognition. Those studies involved …

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Uncategorized
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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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