Archive for November, 2010

The Unwelcome Gift

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Without my battle with manic depression I would still be that fear-driven little boy, unable to truly give, or receive, love. Manic Depression was a gift….


Bipolar Disorder QA: SSRI Induced or True Bipolar?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Maura asks…

can bipolar be SSRI induced?Hi Dr. Fink. My husband of 30 years has just been diagnosed “possible Lexapro-induced hypomania/possible true BPD” After a very difficult and abusive childhood with alcoholic parents, he has been seasonally depressed as long as I have known him. Usually starting around November, and not clearing until late spring.

Although fully functional, he was having somatic complaints and once, an episode of chest pain severe enough to take himself to the hospital for evaluation. Two years ago, he agreed to begin treatment with our family PMD for his depression and did EXTREMELY well mentally on Zoloft 150 mg. He stayed on Zoloft for a year but reluctantly changed to Lexapro 20 mg. qd, due to severe, unremitting heartburn with the Zoloft.


Book Review: Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

… Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg… a captivating novel is his autobiographical account of surviving his third major manic episode.


Antidepressant Use in Bipolar Disorder: The Ongoing Debate

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

bipolar and antidepressantsIn a letter to the editor of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association , printed November 2010, Alan Eppel, M.B., F.R.C.P.C. cites an article published in the July 2010 issue of the journal that examined the use of antidepressants in bipolar II disorder. Mr. Eppel questions the clinical significance of the results of the study and claims the study adds “more fuel to the three-decades old debate between those who advocate minimal use of antidepressants in the treatment of bipolar disorder and those who favor maximal usage.”

Debate continues to swirl among psychiatrists about the risks/benefits of antidepressant use in bipolar. The July article suggests people with bipolar II who take antidepressants as opposed to lithium or placebo have a longer interval before relapsing into a depressive episode.


Book Review: Bi-Polar Expedition by Neil Walton

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Bi-Polar Expedition Cover ImageI just finished reading Bi-Polar Expedition by Neil Walton (Chipmunka Publishing, 2007), and I must admit it was a very gripping read for me. I found it astounding that the paranoid delusions and hallucinations that Mr. Walton experienced during his manic highs so closely resembled my own imaginings.

After reading other bipolar memoirs and descriptions of people’s manic experiences, I guess these are recurring themes. How odd though, I think, that people from such different walks of life, education and socio-economic backgrounds, even gender (male or female) should experience the same types of far-fetched fantasies in our hyped-up minds.


Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation Competing to Win Pepsi Grant

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

a pepsi grant for bipolar programsThe Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) has asked us to spread the word about its campaign for votes to win the Pepsi Refresh Project and a $250,000 grant to aid families and children living with bipolar disorder and depression. CABF has been chosen to compete for the top grant in November, 2010. Winners are decided by total votes cast via Internet and text messages throughout the month.

If selected by popular vote, CABF will use an innovative social media awareness effort to:


Recruiting Participants for Bipolar Research

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

participating in bipolar researchEver wonder how to participate in one of the many bipolar research studies you often read or hear about? Well, it’s about to become a whole lot easier to find out about these studies.

The University of Michigan Depression Center and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance have announced a partnership to create an information clearinghouse that will help connect individuals who have mood disorders to research opportunities.


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