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Explaining ‘CRS’ Disease in Bipolar and Schizophrenia

July 21, 2014 by

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My father has a phenomenal memory. Truly out of this world. For example, he remembers the 10 best meals he ever ate (Meal #1: Zalacain in Madrid, 1971, he and my mother, Young Pigeon Salad with Apple Vinegar). About 15 years ago, when I still lived in NJ, I picked him up at Newark Airport, obviously […]

Looking For: A Little Good News, If I Can Remember It

April 30, 2014 by

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You know what I like? A little good news. It doesn’t really seem like all that much to ask. You know, just not the constant drumbeat of gloom and doom. But apparently ever since T.S. Eliot had the brilliant insight that April was the cruelest month, with all those lilacs breeding out of the dead […]

Good Cognitive Remediation Studies Are Hard To Find–Unless You’re Danish

November 25, 2013 by

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So you may recall from my mentioning in previous posts – and I most certainly hope you do not – that my ECT treatments combined with my bipolar disorder (BD) have left me, well – how do I say this nicely? – not the sharpest tool in the shed. I really didn’t know that having […]

Mental Health Wellness Week, November 10-16, 2013: Just the Facts, Ma’am.

November 11, 2013 by

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So I’m running on the “better late than never” slogan here, I realize–I hope you’ll indulge me. 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 […]

Do I Disgust You? The Visual Missed Cues of Bi-Polar Patients

November 1, 2013 by

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Did you ever get the feeling that someone didn’t like you? I mean–really, really didn’t like you, perhaps even saw you as beneath contempt? And–did you get that feeling before there was any interaction between you and the aforesaid person? Just, maybe, from a look on his or her face? Are you also, by chance, […]

Why You Should Care: October 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week + Oct 10 is National Depression Screening Day

October 7, 2013 by

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I know, I know. Another Awareness week.  These things can get old fast. But behind each Awareness Day, Week or Month that we cover is an intricate tale of unmanaged suffering too painful to overlook. You might think mental illness (MI) affects only a small few–but you’d be thinking wrong. According to Kessler et al […]

After bunny massage and cocaine in birds comes a brain scan: Differentiating unipolar and bipolar depression

September 30, 2013 by

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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 thousand dollars of government money to you? Consider the National Institute of Mental Health’s study, “Octodon […]

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

September 25, 2013 by

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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 these 2 illnesses might not be as fundamentally different as we’ve come to believe? (Hint: […]

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

September 23, 2013 by

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Although there’s no reason to doubt that schizophrenia is as old as mankind, the name didn’t come into existence until 1910, when the Swiss psychiatrist Paul Eugen Bleuler termed the illness such, with the Greek words schizo (split) and phren (mind) referring to the dissociation that is common in the illness. Bleuler was merely adding the ‘finishing […]

What does it take to get to be bipolar around here?

September 9, 2013 by

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Really, if you think about it, I was one of the lucky ones. I was feeling–how can I even describe it?–not just blue or down or sad, but truly horrible, like something sick and gruesome was sucking at all the parts of me that made up me.  Its grasp was expanding, exponentially growing in both […]

Bipolar Disorder and Cognitive Impairment

September 4, 2013 by

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There’s not a lot that makes you feel better about yourself than someone flat-out telling you you’re stupid. My doctor seems to think if he gives lots of reasons for my stupidity, excusing me for being a somewhat of an idiot, I’ll feel better about it . It makes me wonder about him. My family […]

Bipolar disorder is the curse of the working class

August 26, 2013 by

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I would so like to start this post by talking about “the other people” in a slightly superior way. You know, the way people talk about schoolteachers (I was one for 9 years, so I really know), or about people who never finished college, or about people who have divorced three or more times. We […]

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