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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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Mental Illness
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The Tragedy of the US Army Psychologist Who Killed Himself

The death toll for suicide is now higher that combat. http://nation.time.com/2013/01/11/dr-peter-j-n-linnerooth-1970-2013/

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Bipolar
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F.D.A. Requires Cuts to Dosages of Ambien and Other Sleep Drugs – NYTimes.com

I am thankful I live in The Netherlands where this madness hasn’t caught on. Seriously, those who need regular sleep meds to manage their condition, have a  talk with your doc about concerns you have with changing doses. It may be a good idea for some, but for others it …

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Bipolar
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Ketamine: Leading the Way Toward Fast-Acting Antidepressants

I realize it is too early but I will ask the question anyway: could this drug possibly be used to safely treat bipolar depression without inducing mania? http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/08/ketamine-leading-the-way-toward-fast-acting-antidepressants/

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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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Abilify
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Success! I’ve Quit Abilify

It’s been a long and turbulent 10 month ride, but I am finally off Abilify. During past attempts to quit the med, which consisted of everything from cold-turkey at 5mg to a rapid taper down method, I was thrown into a mild psychosis.  Although I’d never presented any psychotic features …

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Bipolar
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Significant findings in largest ever study of bipolar affective disorder

One of the largest ever genetic replication studies of bipolar affective disorder has resulted in a significant discovery. It has found compelling evidence that the chromosome known as the 3p21.1 locus contains a common genetic risk for bipolar disorder, the PBRM1 gene. This means, from using a separate dataset of …

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