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Differentiating unipolar and bipolar depression

I don’t always trust the way the government uses its funds to research on health. If you ask me why all that negativity, I turn to you: Do these  studies look like good ways of using around a couple hundred… Continue Reading

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But they TOLD me I was Bipolar: It seems the twain CAN meet, Part II

Do you remember that I told you that bipolar disorder (BD) and schizophrenia have been considered completely different illnesses for. . .well, pretty much forever? Until researchers started getting a look at people’s brains? And then it seemed possible–just possible–that… Continue Reading

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The government grooves to World Alzheimer’s Day. . .by starting over

As you my recall, either from your own font of knowledge, or from our post on the 11th (with the rather uninspiring but fairly informative title “World Alzheimer’s Month (September 2013) and Day (September 21),” in spite of the staggering numbers… Continue Reading

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Schizophrenic? Consider life in Ibadan

We’re not given choices over our suffering in life, but if I was given the option over where I would want be if I had to suffer from a mental illness, let’s just say that Kiribati would not be choice one.… Continue Reading

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The Unlettered Women Who Changed Mental Health Care Forever

Before I start, I’d like to thank Linda, for inviting us to help in kicking off XX in Health Week, an initiative of Rock Health, whose function, in its own words, is to “connect. . .and empower. . female visionaries… Continue Reading

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If it isn’t bipolar: Of Streptococcus uberis and the monkey’s oculomotor nerve

I do realize that from the way I blog people can start to think that all the research scientists put out there on the Web is for bloggers like me to synthesize on bipolar disease. I mean, if you read… Continue Reading

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One Big Not-So-Happy Family: Major Psychiatric Disorders Share a Common Genetic Link

I’m a recipient of a Google Alert on Bipolar Disorder.  This just means that Google automatically notifies me when there’s new news (as opposed to the old kind, I guess) on the web on BD. It can be from news… Continue Reading

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When the Alternative Just Looks Better: Bipolar and Medication Non-adherence

When the Alternative Just Looks Better: Bipolar and Medication Non-adherence Why would anyone choose an injection (getting to the medical office, waiting, waiting, more waiting, and then mild discomfort) over taking a daily pill? The simple answer: many folks can’t… Continue Reading

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Is America a Nation of Java Junkies?

It is fair to say that there never was such a fuss and hullabaloo surrounding a psychiatric manual as there has been about the DSM-5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition, put out by the (psychiatry… Continue Reading

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Nothing new under the sun: Little new among psych meds in decades, Part II: The antipsychotics

“The data are in, and it is clear that . . .a[n] experiment has failed: despite decades of research and billions of dollars invested, not a single mechanistically novel drug has reached the psychiatric market in more than 30 years.”… Continue Reading

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Nothing new under the sun: Little new among psych meds in decades, Part I: The antidepressants

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun –Ecclesiastes 1:9 You know, I’d say there’s a better than even chance that when King Solomon wrote those words–let’s… Continue Reading