Making A Difference In The Lives Of Young Adults

NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) online community for young adults – StrengthofUs.org – has a new look for the new spring season and is celebrating these positive changes with a #ThinkPositive social media campaign. StrengthofUs.org is an excellent initiative designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and … More Making A Difference In The Lives Of Young Adults

The Hunt For A Successor To Lithium As A Mood Stabilizer

Many of us are acutely aware of the toxicity problems and adverse side effects that result from taking lithium, the mainstay medication for treating bipolar disorder.  These negative side-effects are fostering a scientific hunt for insights into exactly how lithium works in the body — with an eye to developing a safer alternative. That’s the … More The Hunt For A Successor To Lithium As A Mood Stabilizer

Living with Bipolar Disorder: The Importance of Insight

“……………………………implore people everywhere to learn what they can about bipolar and other disorders. If people were more open to reaching out to those who need help, more people will recover. Insight is the key”. So claims Gabrielle Bryant as she reflects on her own battle with bipolar disorder as documented in her article ‘Insight is … More Living with Bipolar Disorder: The Importance of Insight

Impaired Cognition & Bipolar Disorder: A Cause for Concern?

Writing on the News-Medical website, Lucy Piper, Senior medwireNews Reporter, has summarized the results of an interesting paper recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Junghee Lee and colleagues.  The paper evaluates the impact of Bipolar Disorder on social and non-social cognition, concluding that the former remains relatively intact, whereas non-social cognition was impaired. … More Impaired Cognition & Bipolar Disorder: A Cause for Concern?

Fighting Stigma: Guidance on Mental Illness Added to Journalism Stylebook

For some time now, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in the USA has worked to have the news media abandon inaccurate, careless, or stigmatizing language or practices in reporting on mental illness. The NAMI website is now reporting that the Associated Press has included rules on mental illness in the new edition of the AP Stylebook, a … More Fighting Stigma: Guidance on Mental Illness Added to Journalism Stylebook

Bipolar Disease and Electroconvulsive Therapy

Actress Carrie Fisher had to be hospitalized last week for treatment of her bipolar disorder.  Fisher has been very open about her illness and recently discussed the fact that she has undergone electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), as part of her treatment regime. In her November 2011 book Shockaholic, Fisher made reference to undergoing ECT on a regular basis, a treatment that is … More Bipolar Disease and Electroconvulsive Therapy