Archives for September, 2012

Bipolar I

Genetics and Inheriting a Mental Illness From….?


There’re just too many


What gene did I come from?

Who had it?

Twenty centuries ago?

I often wonder who passed along my Bipolar gene.  Generations ago, a lot of people didn’t think mental illness was inherited, and even now, some families still don’t.  Understanding the source of your illness can be challenging when family members have different attitudes and trepidations surrounding the idea of a bloodline carrying a mental illness.  Fear, denial, and ignorance can take center stage.

Especially when it comes to the word: Inherited.

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Bipolar I

The Politics of Mental Illness: Inpatient Psych Wards Revealed

The current state of our treatment of the mentally ill in some inpatient psych wards is not acceptable. And those that “whistle blow” on pertinent issues and concerns surrounding our treatment of the mentally ill, and get disciplined for it, point to a real problem:  What are they hiding?

Today I'm going to address three significant issues I witnessed in acute inpatient psych wards:

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Bipolar I

Bullying in the Work Place – You’re the boss of YOU!

With our current economy, none of us are in a position to lose our job.  So - what - does this mean we have to put up with endless psychological nightmares at work?  When does bullying in the workplace become worse than waking up with no job?

The current economy puts us in a situation of being victims at our job, and in our lives.  This is a terrible situation that demands attention and guidance.

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Bipolar I

Sexting 101 – The Do’s and Don’t So Help Me God!

Back in the day we didn’t have texts. Now, sexting is a colloquialism in our culture that can cause an endless amount of trauma and confusion in relationships.

When a sextext is discovered, the mental torture begins; we may find ourselves dissecting every word, analyzing every sentence, and frantically searching for the details about when it happened and the length of time it took our partner to reply. Everything turns into a mental nightmare as we slowly lose our common sense and ability to see clearly.

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Bipolar I

Bullying and Early Onset of Mental Illness

I think bullying is a crime.  What kind of crime is up for discussion: Is it a misdemeanor, a felony, involuntary manslaughter?  Once the severity of the bullying is determined, and the circumstances and outcome are considered, it should be handled as one of the three crimes mentioned above. We especially need to consider the many children with mental illness that are bullied.

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Bipolar II

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Specificity in Communication

A Quote by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

In the truly great poets... there is a reason assignable, not only for every word, but for the position of every word. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a poet that was known to be Bipolar II – A Chronic Hypo Manic.  His disease led him to pay acute attention to his diction in his writing and reflected his condition.

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