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Mental Illness is the Leading Cause of Disability

You might think mental illness (MI) affects only a small few–but you’d be thinking wrong. According to Kessler et al in the “Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of 12-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication,” published in 2005, 26.2% of Americans… Continue Reading

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They Actually Did It: Your Mental Health Care Benefits? Same as for Physical Care. Fancy That.

The truth is that if you have a TV or radio, or you get a newspaper, you hardly need me to run through this again for you. But just in case you missed the headline news, or felt too blue… Continue Reading

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Mental Health Wellness Week, October 5-11, 2014: Just the Facts, Ma’am.

  Unlike most of the Awareness Months, Weeks, or Days I cover, Mental Health Awareness Week is a grassroots public education campaign–it wasn’t designated by the Senate, it isn’t supported by an organization that’s been around since the time of… 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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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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25 Years Early: The Possible Death Decree for the Seriously Mentally Ill

It has been ‘known’ in the way that you know things deep down, when you don’t really consciously want to know them, that seriously mentally ill people, on average, die younger than those without mental illness. But it was an ugly shock… Continue Reading

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Just the Facts, Ma’am; The Numbers Don’t Lie: Not Servicing the Mentally Ill

“New York’s Riker’s Island, Chicago’s Cook County Jail and the Los  Angeles County Jail are the largest mental health institutions in the  nation. . . 15 percent of the inmates of those three  jails are mentally ill, making penal institutions… Continue Reading

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Why DO The Texts Keep Getting Bigger?: DSM’s Tendency to Pathologize the Normal

Each subsequent publication of the DSM has gotten progressively larger. We can only imagine what sort of tote bag we’ll need for the upcoming DSM-5. Now, this doesn’t bother me for its own sake, really. I don’t go on family… Continue Reading