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Bipolar Disorder and Excessive Spending


No one can blow through money quite like a person in a manic episode.  I’ve flown across the country to buy an expensive piece of art.  I’ve pulled into a car dealership and bought an Acura with my American Express card.

Years later, when my executive job was gone and I missed two payments, Amex cancelled the card.  If only I’d locked it away.



Anxiety

Bipolar Disorder Is Overdiagnosed


The young man jumped up and yelled, “You’re not bipolar! Look at you, you’re fine! My sister is bipolar and right now she’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt!”

If I told him that I spent a day in the ICU after my own suicide attempt and had been hospitalized six times, went through a period when I couldn’t work, emptied every bank account I ever had and wrecked a bunch of relationships it wouldn’t have made any difference.

His experience with his sister’s bipolar disorder was present, and desperate.



Anxiety

Anger About Things You Can’t Accept And Mindfulness Meditation


One of the doctrines of modern mindfulness meditation, especially some Buddhist inspired meditation taught by teachers with only a tangential understanding of Buddhism, is radical acceptance.

Often misunderstood, at its root lies the need to experience things as they are; things not bound by judgment, opinion, or our desire to change things to better suit our expectations.

But we are always judging.  We must make decisions to survive.



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Your Doctor is Burned Out


Burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged stress. 79% of primary care physicians suffer from it.

It’s bad for specialists, too.  According to an InCrowd study, 57% of them feel burned out and strain under a heavy workload.



Aging

A Suicide in the Neighborhood


A man from around the corner walked to the end of the block and shot himself Friday night.  Someone called the police and said an older man had a gun and was threatening to hurt himself, and boy did the police respond.

There were patrol cars and officers everywhere.  When they entered the man's apartment and found he wasn’t there, they fanned out in every direction.



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Confronting Violence and Mental Illness


Commentators on mass shooters always turn to the killers' mental health, as if mental illness alone can explain such hate and violence.

People who manage mental illness well and never resort to violence, by far most people with mental illness, bear a responsibility to stand as models of what positive treatment can achieve.  This may bring more people, even those with a risk toward violence, into treatment.

This post first appeared after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.  It's tragic that since then nothing has changed.

Here it is:



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What Does It Mean To Age Successfully?


One can feel old, or one can feel vital, but society has a difficult time defining what it means to age well.

Since the largest share of healthcare expenditures goes to treating people over age 65, it’s easy to view old age from a medical perspective.  But this does a great disservice to the elderly and their sense of self-worth.