According to an article posted in Science Daily: ‘Researchers from the Black Dog Institute and University of NSW (in Australia) have used brain imaging technology to show that young people with a known genetic risk of bipolar but no clinical signs of the condition have clear and quantifiable differences in brain activity when compared to … More Brain Imaging Identifies Bipolar Disorder Risk
Award winning novelist and registered nurse Alicia Singleton, has written a very insightful piece on www.technorati.com entitled ‘Forgiving Insanity: The Key to Surviving Bipolar Disorder.‘ In the article Singleton draws on her personal experience of dealing with her aunt as she struggles with bipolar and the attendant disruption to her life and well-being. Singleton very helpfully reproduces … More Surviving Bipolar Disorder: Advice for Relatives
Diagnosing children with Bipolar Disorder is controversial. Identifying discrete periods of mania and depression is complicated by the fact that there are often co-occurring disorders, such as ADHD and other behavioural conditions. And even when a diagnosis is made, the issue of treatment becomes an issue, especially since little is known of the pharmacodynamics of … More Investigating Bipolar In Children & Adolescents
Those of us who live with mental illness are very much aware that medical intervention is only one, albeit very important, part of the equation with respect to effective care. However, the recent trend, at least as far as is reflected in the experience of many, is to concentrate most effort into psychiatry. Occupational therapy, … More Defending Mental Health Care From Medical Dominance
The shocking truth is that people with severe mental illness, like bipolar and schizophrenia, die, on average, 20 years younger than the rest of the population of the UK. You may reasonably think that this is a direct result of suicide, which is significantly higher in these groups that in the general population. But it isn’t. … More Scandalous! Mental Health & Life Expectancy
Although published some eighteen years ago, A Brotherhood of Tyrants: Manic Depression & Absolute Power by D. Jablow Hershman and Julian Lieb is a book that has only recently come to my attention. I was initially very much intrigued by the central thesis of the book, namely that the unholy trinity of Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin … More Bipolar Disorder & Despotism: Is There A Link?
Support groups can be much needed places of safety, support and empathy for people dealing with a diagnosis of bipolar and beyond. Bipolar is a condition that can make the sufferer feel isolated and misunderstood; to meet with others who have the same struggles can be liberating and a catalyst for positive action. In this … More The Benefits Of Support Groups
Many people with severe mental health problems miss out on the care they should receive for physical illnesses according to researchers writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry and reported on the BBC News website. The research paper found that those living with severe mental illness were less likely to get drugs for ‘physical’ conditions such … More Medication And Mental Health
A link between high IQ and bipolar disorder has been postulated for a number of years, but the scientific evidence has so far been lacking. However, relatively recent research published in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry, has provided strong evidence for a link between intelligence and bipolar disorder. Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, … More Intelligence And Bipolar Disorder: Is There A Link?