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Arrest

Psychiatric Medications in Prison

About ten years ago, I was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder I. To qualify for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder I, you must have experienced at least one manic episode that was not triggered by medication or substance abuse. Most people with bipolar I experience depression, as well, but depression is not required for a diagnosis of bipolar I.

I have been in a Federal Detention Center (FDC) for the past five months. In accordance with my attorney's advice, I cannot discuss any details of the case. Recently, I have started corresponding with Joe Kraynak, coauthor of Bipolar Disorder For Dummies. He requested that I share my insights from inside the criminal justice system regarding the way medications are prescribed and administered.
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Anxiety

Bipolar Story: Dealing with Bipolar II in College

Candida and I also host , where people share their stories of living with bipolar disorder. Visitors can post comments on each story. Recently, Maddie posted her comeback story, sharing her experience of living with Bipolar II in college, being diagnosed, and successfully returning to her studies.

Maddie's tale is very inspirational and well-written. Definitely recommended reading for any college students who suffer melt-downs, which unfortunately is all too common. We encourage you to read Maddie's story,...
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Bipolar Stories

Wishful Drinking

Last night my wife and I watched Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking – the HBO film version of her solo Broadway performance based on her book of the same title. In Wishful Drinking, Fisher recounts the emotional ups and downs of her childhood and career and her struggles with depression and mania, all in a very humorous way.

One thing that struck me, and I've noticed this in other situations, is that families are often pretty screwed up and sometimes it's the most "normal" person in the family, the one who seems to really have it all together, takes the hit and ends up with the bipolar label. Then the family treats that person as the crazy one – the problem. I can't claim that this is usually how it plays out, but I've observed it in a couple cases.
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Bipolar Stories

New Bipolar Stories

Just posted three new bipolar stories on our Bipolar Blog. I encourage you to check them out and post comments, especially on Rachel's story. Sounds like she could really use some support and suggestions.

Also, if you have an intimate relationship with someone who has bipolar disorder, I suggest that you read "Dealing with a Lack of Intimacy," which provides a unique perspective on...
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Alternative Treatments

How’s That Working for You?

A contributor to our Bipolar Blog recently shared her story of living with Bipolar II and how a vegan diet along with 5-HTP and exercise helps her maintain mood stability. That got me thinking that it might be interesting and helpful to hear from others about what works (and what hasn't) for them.

We're all on a bipolar journey, and everyone travels a different path. Hearing what works and what doesn't can often keep...
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Bipolar Stories

New Bipolar Story Posted

We rarely post on our original blog, Bipolar Blog, anymore; we maintain it primarily as a place where people can share their stories and insights of living with bipolar or with a bipolar loved one. I just posted a new story from Steve about his journey in rebuilding his life after receiving his diagnosis.

Check out Steve's Story or visit our
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Bipolar Stories

Biggest Misconception about Bipolar Disorder

The December 20 issue of TIME magazine has ten questions with writer-actress Carrie Fisher, author of Wishful Drinking. One of the questions, from Gary Bebout of Los Angeles, asks:

What is the biggest misconception about bipolar disorder?

Fisher responds:
The big thing happening now that seems bizarre is that they're diagnosing everyone with it. Anyone with a mood: Oh, they're bipolar. We're probably the most medicated society in the world. But...
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Bipolar Stories

The Unwelcome Gift

Did you ever have a teacher you loathed but came to appreciate, respect, and even love over time? I've had a few.

These were people who saw my real potential and pushed relentlessly, making it impossible to slack off and take short cuts. They brought out the best in me.

Oddly enough, the same can be said of Manic Depression. For me it has been a hard, even cruel teacher; however, without it, my most important emotional and spiritual growth would never have taken place.

Today I know who I am and I enjoy being myself, indeed, there is no one on earth I would rather be. I lead a balanced, fulfilling, and highly productive life. This peace of mind and sense of purpose are largely the result of my relationship with Manic Depression, which has evolved from mere survival to mastery.
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Bipolar Stories

Bipolar Stories

Sorry we haven't posted this week. I've been swamped with other projects and Dr. Fink has been busy with her practice. I did want to take some time to let you know that a couple individuals have recently shared their bipolar stories on our original blog, Bipolar Blog.

We rarely post on Bipolar Blog anymore, investing more effort right here, but we continue to maintain the stories and...
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