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New York Times: Bipolar Disorder, and Society’s Response

Last week, I wrote a post about an op-ed piece I read in the New York Times, “My So-Called Bipolar Life,” by Jamie Stiehm. It seems I’m not the only one who gave it some thought. Have a look at this follow-up in the Letters section of the New York …

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If You Thought SOPA Was Bad, Just Wait Until You Meet ACTA

Few people have heard of ACTA, or the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, but the provisions in the agreement appear quite similar to – and more expansive than – anything we saw in SOPA. Worse, the agreement spans virtually all of the countries in the developed world, including all of the EU, …

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Should a Diagnosis of Bipolar Exclude a Candidate from the US Presidency

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2012/01/24/gingrich-bipolar/ This morning I came across an article in the Philly Post addressing the possibility Newt Gingrich may be bipolar and if so, should he be allowed to become President of the United States. I am going to cut to the chase on this one.  A diagnosis of Bipolar should, …

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SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today

A big hurrah!!!!! We’ve won for now — SOPA and PIPA were dropped by Congress today — the votes we’ve been scrambling to mobilize against have been cancelled. The largest online protest in history has fundamentally changed the game.  You were heard. On January 18th, 13 million of us took …

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Follow Up: One Show (Homeland), A Few Awards (Golden Globes): Helpful in Fighting Bipolar Stigma?

A few days ago, the New York Times ran an Op-Ed piece by Jamie Stiehm, whose sister just happens to be a writer/contributing producer of Homeland.  And, no surprise here, its Jamie’s manic episode that was drawn upon to make the main character, Carrie Mathison’s, experience with bipolar so real. …

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WordPress.org and Manic Muses Protest The Protect IP Act Many websites are blacked out today to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). From personal blogs to Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this one — are asking …

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Homeland – An Irresponsible Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder?

Warning – Spoiler Alert. If you haven’t finished watching the first season of Showtime’s Homeland, be forewarned. There be spoilers here. OK, I’m the first to admit when I heard there was a show on the air about a Bipolar CIA agent, I completely dismissed it. Last week an article …

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Walking the Fine Line of Remission

Welcome to 2012. [I despise New Years.  The sentimental reflection, the faux cheer, the drunken parties.  New Years, like Christmas, is rife with insincerity.  I despise all of it and everything it stands for.  Except for the fireworks.  Who doesn’t love to blow shit up?] The ending week of my …

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Manic Muses Turns One

It’s hard to believe Manic Muses has been up and running for a year now.  Thanks to all the readership – lurkers and commenter alike – for making the blog a success.  Happy Holidays and here’s to a successful 2012 for us all.

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Could acute postpartum blues signal bipolar disorder?

Here is a topic that’s been making headlines with major news outlets all this week.  In a new study from Denmark, researchers found that women treated for severe psychiatric conditions including major depression shortly after giving birth were more likely to be diagnosed as bipolar later in life compared to …

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