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Beating the Homework Blues

Is your child, tween, or teen struggling with homework in addition to other challenges, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, or ADHD? If so, then maybe it’s time to say, […]

Me and @MarkOneinFour on BBC Radio – Ouch: Disability Talk, Let’s talk about mental health … but then what?

Hello! You can listen to me and the lovely @MarkOneinFour talk mental health, Prince Harry and inappropriate dancing on the BBC Ouch podcast this week. Let me know what you think! under: Mental health

Keep On Keepin’ On

Well, we survived the move without either of us going into a manic episode, which is great news, don’t you think? I LOVE my new house! It’s a log cabin house, with exposed rafters and hardwood floors and everything. It’s so “country” looking, and I feel so at home in it. Show More Summary

Evening all

Hello everyone who came from Blurt! And thank you Blurt for the hat tip-check out that link for more excellent mental health blogs.  Sorry there’s no TOP QUALITY BLOGGY GOODNESS here. That’s because I’ve been really busy. I returned to work after being signed off for two months so I’ve been pretty exhausted. I also have […]

Bipolar disorder: New method predicts who will respond to lithium therapy

For roughly one-third of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, lithium is a miracle drug, effectively treating both their mania and depression. Now a new develop tool has been developed to gauge success of preferred treatment for bipolar disorder.

Bipolar II or Bipolar Too ??

The challenges of accurate symptom identificaiton for those newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as fpr BP-diagnosed individuals who also struggle with emotional reactiity

Overcoming the Inertia of Depression with the Tiniest of Steps

A common refrain I hear from my patients’ loved ones — and especially from parents of teenagers with depression — is that if their child or spouse would just get […]

I Hope I NEVER Have to Do This Again!

I just got done moving into a new house, and I sincerely hope I NEVER have to do this again! What am I saying, just got done? I’m not sure I’m EVER gonna be done! I had gotten the kitchen all put together, but then my husband brought...Show More Summary

Housing benefit scrapped for 18-21 year olds 

At 21 I was mentally ill, couldn’t work, had a dead alcoholic dad and my mum on benefits across the sea.  I would have been homeless without housing benefit. It’s not just a room or a roof, it’s a base, a safe space. Without that I never would have recovered enough to be able to […]

Bipolar Medication Mindfulness

Living with bipolar disorder often means taking medications regularly. That alone is a tough pill to swallow. Finding the right medicine “cocktail” often involves a month (or longer) journey of […]

Sleeping Better with Bipolar Disorder

Sleep is restorative. It heals us. It grants our brains and bodies needed downtime for recovery from the stress and demands of our waking hours. Our circadian rhythms (our sleep/wake […]

Childhood Bipolar? Parenting Advice

When you have a child with bipolar, parenting advice is never in short supply and is understandably not very welcome. However, in my practice, I spend far more time undiagnosing […]

Zapping between channels in the retina

Visual information is processed long before it reaches the brain. As early as in the retina, numerous types of cells are responsible for decomposing images into their diverse components, and for feeding these to the brain on several parallel channels. Show More Summary

My Blog is 10 Years Old! Hooray!

Happy 10th birthday to this blog! If it were a person, it’d be in its last year of primary school. Bloody hell.  When I wrote my first entry, I was newly dispatched from a psychiatric hospital, newly having just-lost-my-dad, and trying to find my way in the world through a fugue of medications and grief. […]

Area of brain linked to bipolar disorder pinpointed

A volume decrease in specific parts of the brain's hippocampus -- long identified as a hub of mood and memory processing -- was linked to bipolar disorder in a new study.

House Hunting

We got a wonderful surprise the other night. Bill’s mom took us out to dinner and delivered some awesome news about a decision she made that would affect Bill and me. Since Bill’s brother died at Thanksgiving, that meant that the money...Show More Summary

Goodbye Carrie Fisher, drowned in moonlight,  strangled by her own bra. 

?I generally dislike the snowflake especial, self aggrandisement of bipolar disorder, where it’s treated like some sort of wonderful gift or quirky personality trait.  It’s usually a thing that men do because famous men have so very much less to lose by being open about mental illness and bipolar disorder gets them their, “Tortured genius” […]

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Well, I’ve been getting ready for the holidays, and trying to stay stress-free and out of an episode, like I do every year. I’ve also been trying to keep everyone around me from going into an episode as well. See, my husband’s brother,...Show More Summary

Take the Bad Days with the Good

When you have bipolar disorder, you have to take the bad days with the good (which is true for life in general, but especially true when it comes to this disorder). You can’t take it to the extreme, however. What am I talking about?Show More Summary

Sorry for the silence… 

… I’ve not been very well over the past few months,  unsurprising given its autumn and I’m always ravaged by depression at this time of year. I don’t really know why I ever hope it’ll be different.  In the last few years I’ve had round the clock anxiety too which has been lots of fun. […]

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