Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer and speaker living with bipolar disorder. She has written more than 1000 articles on mental health and is considered a subject matter expert in bipolar disorder.
Formerly known as manic depression, it’s a lifelong, chronic illness that currently affects over 12 million people in the US and as many as 60 million people worldwide. The economic cost of the disorder in the US alone has been estimated at $45 billion each year. It is characterized by severe and unpredictable mood swings; sufferers of bipolar disorder alternate between mania—feeling euphoric and revved up or irritable—and depression—feeling down and hopeless. Those suffering from the disorder have greater than a 6 percent risk of attempting suicide over 20 years, while 30-40 percent of sufferers report self-harm.
A new study has found that adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders if they have lower gray matter volume in the brain.
While coincidence did lead to one of psychiatry’s most effective drugs—this line of research might allow scientists to take the opposite approach.
A University of Manchester study which looked at more than thirty years of research into bipolar, found that people with the disorder are 2.63 times more likely to have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse as children than the general population.
A conference convened in Amsterdam to once and for all answer the question of whether van Gogh suffered from some sort of medical problem or mental disorder, such as bipolar disorder, during his lifetime.
Structured group psychoeducation sessions could be more successful in treating patients in the early stages of bipolar disorder than standard peer-support offered by the NHS and the voluntary sector, research has found.
A mood-stabilizing drug prescribed to many patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may decrease negative symptoms for people with a certain variant of the COMT gene, say researchers.
Researchers have discovered a possible link between bipolar disorder and certain blood markers.
Low levels of the stress hormone cortisol are linked to obesity, high levels of fat in the blood and metabolic syndrome among patients with recurrent depressions or bipolar disorder, according to a new study.
When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in Kenya, in 2008, at the age of 24, all I wanted to know was whether I would be fine. It was the first time I had ever heard about the condition, and many people around me simply believed I was cursed.
Many of the tone-deaf comments Maria hears regarding her life with Bipolar Disorder (“Actually, I’m Bipolar II,” she tells her life coach, to which her life coach replies, “Right, which means you’re twice as hard to stay friends with.”) are played for laughs. But the humor is that much sharper for its proximity to truth.
I think the hardest thing about baring your soul on a piece of paper is doing just that, baring it on a piece of paper, but the hardest thing about baring your soul to the internet community is (and essentially, the world) is that there is a very real possibility that nobody will care.
Treating mood disorders in adolescents is a tricky business. Industry has developed some drugs that can blunt some of the serious chemical imbalances linked to depression, but it’s unclear how those medications can affect developing brains.
Mental illnesses and mood disorders are more common in urban areas partly due to reduced access to nature, say researchers at the University of Washington. “There’s an enormous amount of disease largely tied to our removal from the natural environment,” said Peter Kahn, Professor at the University.
A thorough understanding of depression and bipolar disorder is necessary for paramedics to differentiate medical from psychiatric causes of presenting symptoms, to use therapeutic communication techniques for crisis mitigation and to determine whether a patient is competent to decide on their care.
Paton Blough has two labels he will have to bear for the rest of his life: “bipolar” and “convicted felon.” Blough uses his experiences to help train police officers in crisis management when dealing with the mentally ill.
Glenn Billingsley sat in his beat-up Grand Marquis on the side of the highway, somewhere past Weatherford, overwhelmed by the present, scared of the future and drawn to his past.
The reality of bipolar disorder is hard to fathom: five and a half million Americans have been diagnosed with the disorder and yet so little is known about how the illness manifests itself in our brains.
Lithium, the standard treatment for bipolar disorder, does not calm this hypersensitivity in some patients, the researchers found.
Nearly six million people nationwide are coping with bipolar disorder, which is a mental illness that can take years to correctly diagnose. March 30 is World Bipolar Day and the University of Texas Health system hosted a community forum at the UT Harris County Psychiatric Center to try to eliminate the stigma related to the Read more
Three types of symptoms emerged as powerful predictors of whether a youth with one parent with bipolar disorder will go on to develop the disorder, according to a study of 391 at-risk youth.
Recent photos that have surfaced on social media of former NBA player Delonte West wandering around shoeless in a hospital gown outside a Houston-area Jack in the Box appear to be a somber reminder of the downward spiral many celebrities publically embark on when their mental illness goes untreated.
You know that one friend who tells you depression shouldn’t be treated with medication, because you could just cut out gluten or eat more kale? Touched with Fire is 110 minutes of that friend, and it’s just as insufferable as you’d expect.
Is there anything wrong with being a euphoric visionary artist? That question cuts to the essence of “Touched With Fire,” Paul Dalio’s extraordinarily sensitive, nonjudgmental exploration of bipolar disorder and creativity.
Making the choice to have children is an important process even when the parents are healthy. Choosing to have a child when you or your partner has a mental illness like bipolar disorder provides specific moral and practical challenges.