Brain Imaging Identifies Bipolar Disorder Risk

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

Surviving Bipolar Disorder: Advice for Relatives

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

Investigating Bipolar In Children & Adolescents

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

Defending Mental Health Care From Medical Dominance

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

Scandalous! Mental Health & Life Expectancy

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

Bipolar Disorder & Despotism: Is There A Link?

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?