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Sports, The Stories We Tell, And Mental Health


Participating in sports and exercise can help a person create new, positive stories about themselves and reframe the future as a positive event to look forward to.

In the social constructionist narrative approach to therapy, it’s found that most people view the future as an extension of the past.  For people with serious mental illness, this past/future narrative can lead one to feel trapped, with only defeats experienced to be repeated.

A study of men with mental illness...


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Bipolar Disorder and Celiac Disease


People with celiac disease are 17 times more likely to have bipolar disorder than those without celiac.

I had gut problems for decades.  I thought it was normal to feel like crap after I ate.  Then I was diagnosed with celiac disease and my life completely changed.

I feel great since eliminating gluten from my diet.  I have more energy, I’m not sick all the time and I’m less moody.  The moody part really intrigued me, so I looked into how celiac and bipolar relate.



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Why Drugs Cost So Much


Don’t think for a moment that the high cost of prescription medication matters less because most of the cost is paid for by insurance companies or the government.  These costs are passed along to the consumer in the form of high premiums and taxes.

So one way or another, you’re paying for it.



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You’re Not OK Just The Way You Are


Why would anyone tell someone in the grips of mania, depression or anxiety, “Don’t be hard on yourself, you’re fine just the way you are?”

Obviously, they’re not fine. They’re as far from fine as a person can get.  Yet people think this will make them feel better.



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Can Exercise Cause Mania?


Very few people with bipolar disorder get much physical activity.  78% are reported to lead sedentary lives.

For those who do exercise, little is known about the effect of exercise on this mood disorder.  And yet, some people maintain that vigorous exercise can bring on manic episodes.

Could this be true? Well, yes and no.