Monthly Archives: September 2016

Treatment

What are the basics of bipolar disorder treatment? Principle A: Maximize Non-Medication Approaches Principle B: Medications — use evidence-based Mood Stabilizers Principle C:  Beware of Antidepressants Which mood stabilizer should I start with? What should I do with my antidepressant? … Continue reading

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The Bipolar Spectrum Diagnostic Scale

Used by permission of Dr. Nassir Ghaemi and developer Dr. Ron Pies The BSDS is a test for subtle versions of bipolar disorder. Before you start this test, you should know that it will not give you a “yes or no” … Continue reading

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Diagnosis

The “bottom line” of diagnosis What happened to “manic-depressive”? What’s “Bipolar II”?  What is the “mood spectrum?”  What do “bipolar variations” look like? Non-manic markers of bipolarity? Even with no hypomania at all? Anxious depression could be “bipolar”? Yes, in … Continue reading

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Bipolar Diagnosis: Spectrum or Yes/No?

What’s with this “spectrum” talk? The DSM is the official rule book of diagnoses, right? “Spectrum” is not radical More evidence that the DSM-only view is changing Double depression, bipolarity-style Conclusion Bottom line:  The “bipolar spectrum” view used to be … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Manage Weight Gain on Psychiatric Medications By Therese Borchard

Weight gain is one of the main reasons that people diagnosed with depression and other mood disorders stop taking their medication. Some people gain as much as seven percent of their body weight — or more — from psychiatric meds. In a study funded … Continue reading

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How Faith Helps Depression

By Therese Borchard A substantial amount of research points to the benefits of faith to mitigate symptoms of depression. In one study, for example, researchers at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, found that belief in God was associated with better … Continue reading

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Improve Visualization Positive Affirmations

Present Tense Affirmations I am improving my visualization skills I am able to visualize in high detail I have total control over my visualizations Sight, sound, taste and smell are all things that I can easily visualize My mind is … Continue reading

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Patient Refuses to Acknowledge Bipolar Disorder. Now What?

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✔ What is Your Mental Disorder?

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Feeling, thinking, and creativity in bipolar disorder: Terence Ketter at TEDxConstitutionDrive

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