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Blog posts : "bipolar"

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s mood disorder treatment: Not an option for many in need

July 14, 2012

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for a mood disorder. There are depressive, bipolar, and substance induced mood disorders, making Jackson’s revelation so vague it seems more harmful than helpful. It leaves too much room for speculation although, we love to speculate. 

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Protests, passion, and change: Do your emotions rule you or fuel you?

May 22, 2012

Historically, both small and significant changes have started with anger or outrage over an injustice, or a need unmet. People use channels available to them, such as protests, to make their sentiments heard and felt. If that does not work and people know of no other recourse, violence can e…

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Mental health month: Too many people are diagnosed, or are they?

May 19, 2012

The fact that almost any behavior outside normal (whatever that is) can be given a diagnosis is either appalling or ridiculous. So many having a diagnosis would not be as alarming except a plethora of people are being medicated, children included, in numbers that defy good sense.

Or, is all…

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Mental health in plain sight: May is mental health month

May 5, 2012

May is Mental Health Month and this year Mental Health America is advocating two significant themes. One is Do More for 1 in 4. The second is Healing Trauma’s Invisible Wounds.

Do More for 1 in 4 refers to the one in four adults in the U.S. who have a diagnosable and treatable mental health con…

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WWDC: Widening world of digital counseling; treating depression in children and adolescents

April 28, 2012

It was bound to happen sooner or later. There is a 3D computer fantasy game that teaches good thinking habits as effectively as biological therapist units can. The game, designed for children and adolescents, is called SPARX (not to be confused with SPANX which are women’s undergarments). …

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Tax deadline spotlights procrastination: Nuisance habit or problem?

April 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2012 - Some of us remember one or both parents hovering over tax forms, a pencil in their mouth, madly punching numbers into a mechanical calculator. Somehow, they managed to stuff the IRS envelope and make it to the post office before midnight on April 15th, year after…

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Things get better: Let your heart know depression will pass

April 9, 2012

The sun shines on everyone. It is no respecter of persons. None of us receive light because we deserve it, but because we are in the path of the sun’s rays. That is rather humbling when you consider it. Individuals may become as special or important as they can, and the sun will not grant th…

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March madness and mental health

March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2012 – Imagine a college band performing at half time during a football game.

The band members miraculously play their instruments while carrying out a choreographed march, forming interesting patterns on the field. If, in the middle of their song, the bass drums starting …

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Empathy for our genes: No longer our body’s CEO

March 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2012—All of us are intimately connected to our environment. Day to day it appears as if we are beings walking through a movie set that is separate from ourselves. That separation is an illusion, and you do not have to be Buddhist to realize this. 

Some researchers have be…

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Mental Illness and Diabetes

February 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2012 - There is a significant link between type 2 diabetes and mental illness. Does one illness set the stage for the other? Maybe the brain’s chemistry during the ups and downs of bipolar swings invites diabetes. Perhaps changes in the brain from abnormal glucose levels…

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Being bipolar: Hyper-hare or slo-mo tortoise

January 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, January, 27, 2012 - Martin is in his late thirties and depressed. He is fatigued, can’t concentrate, or make decisions. His mood is sad and irritable, and he thinks about suicide. “I know how I screwed up my life a few months ago,” said Martin, “But it seems like it was someone else …

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