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Diagnosis: Harmful, or Beneficial?

I was at a Halloween party last week, mingling with the women faction.

A mother was discussing her suspicion that her teenage son has autism spectrum disorder.

“My relative, who is a school counselor, told me to avoid a diagnosis.”

The school counselor’s opinion is simple—if he is not diagnosed, he will not be limited in life.

It really...
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Bipolar Disorder and Introversion

On my website Kat Galaxy Blog,I publish a monthly poll about topics and issues surrounding bipolar disorder and mental health.

The June Poll of the Month asked readers, “Would you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?”

This is no Gallup Poll, but the readers that responded consider themselves primarily introverted—about 82% of respondents (so far).

I created this poll because I consider myself an introvert. I was curious to see how many around me with bipolar...
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Our Bipolar Brains

One of the greatest ways to fight stigma is to teach our loved ones about bipolar disorder’s biological basis.

Some people do not know that bipolar disorder is truly a medical illness that has been documented in imaging studies.

I continue to research medical evidence behind the illness to help explain bipolar to the people in my life, because overall, it makes my...
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Brian Williams and Why We Still Don’t Understand Mental Illness

Every weekday evening, Americans tune into NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in search of a well-informed perspective on the world’s top stories.

If you don’t think you know which Brian Williams I’m talking about—no, you do.

If you watch television, you see him all the time.

He has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Unfortunately, last Thursday night,...
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Books About Bipolar Part II: More Summer Reading Suggestions

Before summer comes to a close, I would like to share part two of two of my summer reading suggestions for those that are interested in reading about bipolar disorder.

These books, and the books in part one of my summer suggestions, are interesting and educating views about bipolar disorder, from fiction to nonfiction to self-help.

Finish out the summer with one of these books and let me know what you...
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