Mental Health

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Category archives for Mental Health

When SSRIs Are Not Your Friends

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907). Oil and gold on canvas by Gustav Klimt. [larger view]. I have not been writing much recently because I’ve been quite ill and haven’t even managed to leave my apartment for the past week to locate a stable wireless connection.

tags: hypomania, bipolar disorder, manic depression, mood disorders, mental health, psychology Image: Michael Witte/NYTimes [larger view]. Have you ever met a person who seems to be on a perpetual caffeine high, without all the shaking? You know the type, those few hyperactive extroverts who are always doing things or meeting people, who have an expansive…

tags: encephalon, brain, behavior, cognition, neurobiology, neuroscience, blog carnival The last frontier: The brain. Image: Orphaned. Contact me so I can provide credit and linkage. Welcome to Encephalon! This is the blogosphere’s neuroscience blog carnival that focuses specifically upon the brain, neuroscience, perception and behavior. If you sent me an essay or video about the…

tags: bipolar disorder, manic depression, mental illness, psychiatry, psychology, children Image: Myself43. If you are like me and suffered from unrecognized bipolar disorder as a child only to later have this mood disorder diagnosed upon reaching young adulthood, you might be pleased to learn that current research suggests bipolar disorder is increasingly being diagnosed as…

Moron Sarah Palin’s Crazy Beliefs

tags: Sarah Palin, religion, The Rapture, Keith Olberman, streaming video Keith Olberman reports on the peculiar situation where Sarah Palin’s pastor, whom Palin gives partial credit for making her the governer of Alaska (does this qualify as cheating?), was involved in chasing an innocent woman out of her home after accusing her of being a…

The Bi | Polar Puzzle

tags: bipolar disorder, manic-depression, mental health, mental illness, behavior Image: Gerald Slota, The New York Times Magazine. A couple days ago, I heard an interview with Jennifer Egan on WNYC about her upcoming article in tomorrow’s New York Magazine about bipolar disorder, often known as manic-depressive illness, “The Bi | Polar Puzzle.” It’s long but…

The Voices of Bipolar Disorder

tags: bipolar disorder, manic depression, mental illness, psychiatry, suicide, audioblog Image: Myself43. A friend sent me this interesting link to an audio piece that recently appeared in the NYTimes about bipolar disorder. This piece may help those with the disorder to feel less alone and help those who love someone with the disorder to get…

Anthropologists on Mars

tags: Anthropologists on Mars, autism, mental health, documentary, streaming video This streaming video is a short documentary that explores notions of happiness within the autistic spectrum. [4:56].

On (Not) Talking About It

tags: researchblogging.org, psychology, trauma, emotions, 9-11, psychological health To talk or not to talk, apparently that is the question, especially after a collective catastrophe, such as 9-11 or the Virginia Tech University shootings. A paper that will be published in the June issue of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology reveals that — contrary to…

tags: researchblogging.org, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, mental illness, mood disorder, functional genomics, blood test, biomarkers Image: Florida Department of Law Enforcement. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, serious mental illnesses affect approximately 44 million Americans. Serious mental illnesses include mood disorders; depression and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, correctly diagnosing mental illnesses,…