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Having a diagnosis of mental illness doesn’t mean you’ll be a bad mother.

No matter what they tell you, for years. I’m often too knackered/too busy/too dispirited by the world to blog, so you can often find me on Twitter instead. Here’s a series of tweets I wrote tonight on the topic of mental health and motherhood. Come and find me and say hello. (Click on the tweet […]

Allowing the Emotional Painfulness of the Bipolar Diagnosis

A discussion of the importance of allowing the emotional pain that may accompany the bipolar diagnosis.

Too Tired to Function

This morning my husband had an appointment at the doctor’s, and I was going to go with him (I usually do). The problem was, he was too tired to drive (he does all the driving, as I hate to drive). Actually, he was too tired to function at all! See, he only got two hours […] The post Too Tired to Function appeared first on Bipolar Survivor.

Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and the Microbes Inside You

Can the bacterial community that lives in your gut actually be related to psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder? Research on the human microbiome and its effects on […]

Having Good Bipolar Supporters

Thank God for good bipolar supporters. I know I appreciate my husband, who is my primary supporter, in more ways than one. But as a supporter, he helps me keep on my toes regarding my bipolar disorder. Having a supporter is like having a check and balance system. You may not necessarily be able to […] The post Having Good Bipolar Supporters appeared first on Bipolar Survivor.

Global bipolar disorder study reveals thinning of gray matter in brain regions responsible for inhibition and emotion

In the largest MRI study on patients with bipolar disorder to date, a global consortium published new research showing that people with the condition have differences in the brain regions that control inhibition and emotion.

Consistency is the Key

Life is all about change. There was a time in my life when change itself was enough to throw me into manic episode after manic episode because I was so ill-prepared to cope with those changes. However, with time and therapy, and learning how to manage my bipolar disorder, I have been able to deal […] The post Consistency is the Key appeared first on Bipolar Survivor.

Manic or Hyperactive: What’s the Difference?

Helen, a 22 year old young lady, leans forward toward me — she is sitting in the chair I usually occupy during our sessions — and spills out details of […]

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!  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p050rhtpFiled 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 […]

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