Bipolar Treatment

The Defeatist Inertia of Bipolar Disorder

I have a lot of ideas.  Some of them good ones.  I’ll get started down the path to developing one, maybe even turning it into a thriving business, and somewhere get derailed and left in a gully beside the path sure that some competing idea is better, or the original idea had some philosophical flaw making it of little positive benefit to the people I wished to serve.

I’m experiencing that right now.


Older Workers are at a Disadvantage in the Workplace

Employers aren’t supposed to ask your age on a job application.  If you have 30 years of work experience, it’s your choice to only detail part of that; recent experience that applies to the job you seek.  That’s all that really matters to the employer anyway. There’s no need to list all of those irrelevant jobs you held when you were younger.

After all, you don’t want to look too old.


The Mindful Addict

Perhaps, in breaking an addiction, we should first consider the positive things the addict gets from the drug.

Although the mindfulness methods I practice are firmly set in the meditative tradition, it’s refreshing to encounter an approach to mindfulness not grounded in positioning meditation as the only route to the benefits of mindfulness.

I found this in Ellen Langer’s book, Mindfulness.  Langer’s comments about ageing, education, creativity and work are original and thought provoking, with little mention of meditation.  I’d like to point out some ideas she brings to the treatment of substance abuse.


Amazon is Developing a Wearable Device That Can Read Your Emotions

When I was a kid we used to get mood rings at the arcade on the boardwalk.  We boys would give them to the girls we liked, stand close to them, and hope the rings would turn violet.  Violet meant passion.  If the ring turned blue, for cool and calm, we didn’t stand a chance.

The rings would change colors for a few days, prompted by changes in body temperature.  Eventually they would just go black.  We tossed them into the trash.

Now the word is out that Amazon is working on a 21stcentury mood ring.

Bipolar Treatment

Informed Consent is a Myth

We ask people with impaired reason to consent to treatment to try to re-establish their sanity.  Are they even capable of making such a decision?

I was psychotically manic, suicidal, and engaging in self-injury when my doctor decided I needed electro-convulsive therapy.  I got it. I received a couple dozen treatments that messed with my memory but did stop the episode that nearly killed me.

Somehow, at this time in my life when I was a raving lunatic, I was asked to consent to treatment and, apparently, I did.

Bipolar Treatment

ECT Really Does Cause Significant Memory Loss

There’s a three-year hole in my life in which I remember almost nothing.  Toward the end of that period I had a course of 21 Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) treatments administered over five months.

I lived in Phoenix and I couldn’t even tell you where my apartment was.  I was married during that time, and the few pictures I have fire no recognition.