Archives for July, 2011

Opinion

What Does Recovery Mean to You?

People often have a different idea of what "recovery" means in relation to bipolar disorder.

Some think of it as no longer needing to take medication or see a doctor or therapist. Others may think of it as regaining control of their lives with medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and/or other approaches. Some people don't view bipolar as an illness (they may even view it as a gift) and seek lifestyle changes as a way of...
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Antidepressant

NSAIDs May Reduce Effectiveness of SSRIs

If you're taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (an SSRI antidepressant) that doesn't seem to be working very well and you take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, to relieve pain, that NSAID may be the reason why your SSRI isn't working.

Recently Paul Greengard PhD published a report in an online journal that strongly suggests that treatment with NSAIDs may reduce the...
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Crisis Management

What To Do in a Psychiatric Crisis

NAMI Indiana has some very valuable information about what to do in a psychiatric crisis in Indiana. It actually publishes a small book called What To Do in a Psychiatric Crisis in Indiana.

Along with that, you can go online at , click What to do in a crisis, and click your county to find out which Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) to contact, the number to call for police, whether the police...
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Get Help

Be Prepared

When you're experiencing a major mood episode, having key information available is essential to ensure that everyone on your treatment team is brought into the loop and the doctor on call has detailed information about your medications.

If everything's on an even keel right now, you probably don't want to think about the possibility of a future crisis, but a period of relative calm is the best time to prepare.

Prepare an information sheet that...
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Advocacy

Bipolar Disorder Q&A: How Should Parents Help Child with Serious Problems and Multiple Diagnoses and Meds?

Cathi


My friend's 9 year old has had severe behavioral problems and several alternating diagnoses. The Dr. has prescribed Focalin, Trileptal, Lamictal, and Seroquel. She has no concentration, violent outbursts, hallucinations, etc. She has been diagnosed, at present, with ADHD, Bipolar, ODD, and PDD. She will not do work at school; instead, she sits and picks at her skin. She has been violent and tried to choke other individuals....
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Bipolar Research

Biological vs. Psychological Basis of Bipolar Disorder

A new report from the British Psychological Society entitled "Understanding Bipolar Disorder" suggests that viewing bipolar disorder solely as an illness with a biological basis may not be the most effective approach. The report seeks to re-establish a balance of biological and behavioral. Here's a summary:
This report provides an overview of the current state of knowledge about why some people tend to experience periods of extreme mood and what can help. Much has...
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Diagnosis

Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Can Long-Term Acute Pain Lead to Bipolar Disorder?

Chris


Can long term (decade+) acute pain from an artery joining a vein directly in the spine that causes legs to not work very well lead to bipolar? Person has master degree in Mech Engineering and a MBA. Started to make poorer decisions which led to job loss, went on disability, divorce, severe ruminating, depression, possible suicidal thoughts, inability to think things through, sense of being lost...
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Bipolar Research

Harvard Psychiatrists Punished over Drug Company Money

According the NPR health blog "Shots," three psychiatrists at Harvard University who were leaders in research on bipolar disorder in children were punished over not disclosing payments from drug companies for research and other activities totaling more than $ million dollars. (See "Harvard Punishes 3 Psychiatrists Over Undisclosed Industry Pay," by Richard Knox.) The psychiatrists cannot accept any payments from industry for one year and must...
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