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Forget 1 in 4: Everyone Has Mental Health Concerns

A few weeks ago, I got a call from an older male family member asking me about panic attacks and anxiety. Turns out he has been experiencing them for the first time in his life and was confused and concerned. One of the first things he told me was that he has no history of mental illness. He’s family and I can assure you that he is correct; he doesn’t have a severe and persistent mental illness. So how can we explain...


Mental Health Advocacy

Let’s Discuss Narcissism: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Good Morning Dr. Ramani Durvasula! First, I'd like to introduce you to our readers, then talk about how narcissism intersects with bipolar disorder, and then finally discuss your new book "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Let's get started:

Please introduce yourself.

(My name is) Dr. Ramani Durvasula, Professor of Psychology at California State University Los Angeles, licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, CA, author of two books and numerous peer reviewer journal articles and book chapters, and...


Anxiety

Guest Blog: I Am More Than Anxiety

Guest Blog By: Sarah Fader

I started experiencing panic attacks as a teenager. I was 15-years-old scared and alone. When I had my first panic attack, I was in my apartment with my mom. I remember reading a comic called "Books of Magic" where these characters who were supposed to be eternal ended up dying. It freaked me out, and I started to hyperventilate. My
breathing was labored and my heart was racing uncontrollably. I was scared that one day I would die. I began to feel small and...


Bipolar

Behind the Bipolar Blog: The “Real” Gabe Howard

As 2015 comes to a close, I sit here and reflect on everything that I achieved in the past year. Living with bipolar disorder and anxiety colors how I feel about those achievements, which wrote about earlier this month in a blog called “Bipolar Disorder and Stinking Thinking,” but I am aware that I had a lot of personal and professional success.

And I owe all of it to you. Literally you.

By reading this blog, you are helping me realize my dream of...


General

3 Common Psychiatric Medication Side Effects No One Talks About

When it comes to psychiatric medications, certain side effects get all the publicity. Everyone discusses the sexual side effects and the increased likelihood of suicide in teenagers. Weight gain (or even the less common weight loss) is another side effect that is often discussed.

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of other possible side effects. If you count the...