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Bipolar Treatment

A Downside to Mindfulness


I teach so much about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness that I have to fess up when I come across a study that reveals negative effects.

This hasn’t been too taxing because there are so few resources painting mindfulness as having any deleterious effects at all. But research out of Georgetown University does just that.

It turns out that mindfulness can inhibit implicit learning and memory.



Bipolar Treatment

We Sure Don’t Expect Much of Crazy People


Society has tragically low expectations of people with mental illness. These diminished expectations can keep us from getting well.

Certainly, the people closest to us want what’s best for us. They want us to be safe, secure, and, if possible, happy. Sometimes they want these things for us even more than we want them for ourselves.

This is loving, caring, and compassionate. And it can be a burden that holds us back from our true potential.



Aging

Bipolar Disorder and the Elderly


I’d like to present the research about how to treat bipolar disorder in the elderly. Unfortunately, there isn’t any.

In 10% of patients with bipolar disorder, the illness develops after age 50, and 5% of all admissions to geropsychiatric inpatient units are for bipolar disorder.

But when doctors seek guidance on how to treat geriatric patients with BP, whether the patients have had the disorder for years or are newly diagnosed, they find that no treatment algorithms specific to the elderly have been devised.



Aging

Why Can’t I Get Life Insurance?


If I die tomorrow, my family is going to face some financial hardship. Oh, I tried to get life insurance. I wasn’t able to.

I have a long history with bipolar disorder. I’ve been well, high functioning and without any episodes that required hospitalization, or even medication changes, for years. I’m married with a child, and can hold a job and pay my bills. I’ve never smoked, am not over weight, and do well in my annual physicals. Life insurance should be a cinch.

But in the past I was a mess.