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Archives for December, 2010

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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Movies

Black Swan

MAY CONTAIN A SPOILER
I recently had the pleasure of seeing the new film Black Swan. It is the best movie I have seen this year, and I believe is the best artistic depiction of a psychotic break that I have ever witnessed.
I do NOT recommend it for those who are currently in a fragile mental state or those who are easily upset. The film is VERY...
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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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Diagnosis

Bipolar Disorder Misdiagnosed?

Carla


My son was in nursing school, age 27, and working as a graduate assistant at the same time. He was going without sleep, but feeling sleep deprived, so he was drinking caffeine energy drinks. He passed a big test, went out with the guys, and overdid the drinking. The next day, he played in a flag football game and got a head injury that required stitches. After the injury, he was sleeping...
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Antidepressant

Motion Sickness Drug Scopolamine Effective in Treating Bipolar Depression?

As we have noted in several posts, the depressive pole of bipolar disorder is often the more challenging to treat. In most cases, conventional antidepressants may require three to four weeks or even longer to become effective. In addition, most if not all of the most effective antidepressants may push a person with bipolar disorder from a depressive cycle into a mania.

For these reasons and others, researchers are constantly...
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Bipolar Medication

Galantamine as Potential Treatment for Cognitive Deficits in Bipolar Disorder

It is well known that some people with bipolar disorder experience a variety of neuro-cognitive deficits (problems in areas such as attention, learning, and memory) in addition to their emotional and behavioral symptoms.

Because many of the medications used to treat bipolar disorder can cause cognitive problems as a side effect, psychiatrists have often debated whether these problems with learning and thinking are due to medications or are related to the underlying...
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Childhood Bipolar

Childhood Bipolar or Something Else?

On Tuesday, November 30, NIMH posted a Science Update entitled "Most Children with Rapidly Shifting Moods Don’t Have Bipolar Disorder." The update references an NIMH-funded study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry on October 5, 2010.

Based on results from the study, researchers concluded that "Relatively few children with rapidly shifting moods and high energy have bipolar disorder, though such symptoms are commonly associated with the disorder. Instead,...
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