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A-typical

Bipolar patients can be SAD too.

Around 5% of the population is thought to deal with SAD on a regular basis. Prevalence increases as you head north. The sun sleeps in and goes to bed early. It’s cold. The kind of cold that freezes the inside of your nose and makes you think you will never be warm again. Part of your brain hails back to its hibernating brethren. You pack on the winter poundage and hibernate. Except you can’t, because you’re human and humans tend to have responsibilities that can’t go on hold for several months at a time. Just talking about it is depressing. Take it to a clinical level and it will get you to what it feels like to have SAD. Keep reading... --> In case you’ve been trapped under a snow bank, you know that, lately, New England has been pelted with numerous, horrible snow storms. While others are seeing hints of spring-to-come, in the north it seems like winter is here to stay. I actually find it a bit jarring when I see photos and there’s grass. Real live grass! Basically, up here, it’s still prime real estate for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Around 5% of the population is thought to deal with SAD on a regular basis. Prevalence increases as you head north. The sun sleeps in and goes to bed early. It’s cold. The kind of cold that freezes the inside of your nose and makes you think you will never be warm again. Part of your brain hails back to its hibernating brethren. You pack on the winter poundage and hibernate. Except you can’t, because you’re human and humans tend to have responsibilities that can’t go on hold for several months at a time. Just talking about it is depressing. Take it to a clinical level and it will get you to what it feels like to have SAD. Keep reading...
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General

A Tribute to Dr. Oliver Sacks

In his stories we are not just case studies. We are lives with narratives of our own that need to be told. His impending death will be a loss that not only impacts me, but will impact the many admirers, authors and scientists that have had the pleasure to experience what he has given the world of psychiatry and neurology. Keep reading... --> “I am also an honorary Asperger. And I’m an honorary bipolar. I suspect we all have a bit of everything.” I recently read a letter from Dr. Oliver Sacks. At 81 years-old he has been diagnosed with metastasized ocular cancer and has only a few months left of his life. Now, I realize that 81 is not young. He has outlived the average age and all of my grandparents, but I feel like I will lose a scientific grandparent of sorts. My grandfather always told wonderful stories. He was invested in his characters and captured our attention with his exquisite detail and commitment. This is what Dr. Sacks has done telling the stories of his patients and encounters with those who have mental illness. In his stories we are not just case studies. We are lives with narratives of our own that need to be told. His impending death will be a loss that not only impacts me, but will impact the many admirers, authors and scientists that have had the pleasure to experience what he has given the world of psychiatry and neurology. Keep reading...
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Coping with Bipolar

Let me introduce myself.

Hello, everybody and welcome to the blog about all things bipolar! I’m LaRae and I’ll be leading you on adventures of dealing with bipolar disorder on a personal level. You may have noticed, I don’t have the letters M.D., Ph.D., PsyD or anything inferring that I’m a psychological professional. That’s because I’m not. So what gives me the authority to talk about bipolar disorder? I have bipolar disorder. It’s as simple as that. The name “Bipolar Out Loud” is a tribute to the biggest goal I have for this blog. I don’t want it to be a bad word, whispered behind backs as a pejorative. I want it to be face to face, unabashed “I have bipolar disorder.” Getting rid of the fear will be a huge step in treating not just bipolar disorder, but mental illness in general. Am I going to fly my bipolar flag high and super-hero away the stigma throughout the world? No. I have no ideas that resemble anything that grandiose. I just want to do my part and offer a leg-up for anyone that needs one. Keep reading...
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