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A Shot to Cure Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

I recently came across an article about a Chicago doctor who claims to be able to cure PTSD through an injection — a procedure referred to as stellate-ganglion block (SGB). After poking around a little, I discovered that this is old news. Back in December, 2011, Katie Drummond published an excellent article about it in Wired magazine entitled "Navy Gives Neck Injections A Shot At Curing PTSD."

Granted, this is off-topic on a...
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“Unlisted” Impressions

Last Thursday, my wife and I attended a viewing of Dr. Delaney Ruston's documentary film Unlisted followed by a panel discussion. The film and panel discussion focused primarily on schizophrenia, but individuals with bipolar disorder and their families face similar struggles.

I was very impressed by the keynote speaker, Dr. Alan Breier, MD, who passionately and compassionately described the struggles of people living with schizophrenia. He called schizophrenia the "quintessential human experience," because it affects the two qualities most responsible for making a person feel human:

The ability to work
The ability to love

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How Were You Diagnosed?

In Bipolar Disorder For Dummies, we point out that as part of the initial work up for bipolar disorder you really should have a complete physical first to rule out any potential medical issues. Other possible diagnoses that may be considered by your doctor include the following:

Thyroid malfunction
Hormone imbalances
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Cushing’s Syndrome
Rheumatoid arthritis
Medication or other substances that could have triggered symptoms

Sometimes we wonder whether doctors, including psychiatrists, follow the proper protocol in...
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Part II of How’s That Working for You?

Part II of How's That Working for You?

Tuesday's post asked those with bipolar to weigh in on what works and what doesn't. This week, family and friends of those with bipolar get their chance to weigh in on the same question in a different context. As a friend or loved one of someone who has bipolar disorder, what has helped you deal best with the situation in terms of helping yourself and your loved one?

I'll kick off the discussion of what has and hasn't worked for me in the past.
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College Campuses Experiencing More Mental Health Needs

In an article in The New York Times entitled "Mental Health Needs Seen Growing at Colleges," Trip Gabriel explores the increasing demand for mental health services on college campuses across the country.

The college years have always been vulnerable to mental health issues – partially due to the stresses of academic demands and the transition to living more independently and partially because late adolescence/early adulthood is the most common time to see full blown first breaks of major mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

But in recent years it has become clear that more and more students are coming to campus with previously diagnosed psychiatric conditions and taking medications. While this may be a sign of over-diagnosed and over-medicated youth, I see it in a more positive light for three possible reasons:
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Manic Christmas

My wife experienced a manic episode on Christmas Eve and ended up in the hospital near my home town of Chicago. Every day, she has been getting better.

Current plans are to pick her up tomorrow and bring her back home to Indiana. Please send...
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