Mental Health

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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I am so frustrated. Today is, in effect, another day wasted at the hospital, trying to get my meds. Except today, they informed me that they want a bazillion pieces of paper from me so they know how to “stabilize my fee scale.” Of course, this required me to wait for hours in many many…

You may not remember this, but one year ago today, I was discharged from the nuthouse after being hospitalized for a little longer than four months. What a long journey it’s been since that day, one year ago. I was intensely lonely and barely functional for oh so many months, and the doctors were constantly…

tags: researchblogging.org, treatment-emergent suicidal ideation, suicide, citalopram, celexa, SSRI, black box warning Despite what the news might have you believe, it is quite rare for a depressed person to exhibit increased suicidal thinking after they have begun treatment with an SSRI, such as citalopram (celexa). According to the statistics, so-called “treatment-emergent suicidal ideation” occurs only…

tags: encephalon, brain, behavior, cognition, neurobiology, blog carnival The last frontier: The brain. Orphaned Image. Contact me so I can provide credit and linkage. Several months ago, I was invited to host Encephalon, probably because I send so many submissions to this blog carnival and possibly also because I am fairly good at sending traffic…

A couple days ago, I mentioned that I, along with several other blog writers, had been invited to participate in a conference call-interview with several experts who were going to discuss the topic of bipolar disorder with us so we could write about it on our blogs. Well, thanks to a friend here in NYC,…

Running Your Blues Away

tags: researchblogging.org, mental health, depression, major depressive disorder, MDD, exercise, James A. Blumenthal Image: Lucozade Sport. “A lot of people know from their own experience that when they exercise, they feel better,” observed James A. Blumenthal, a professor of psychology at Duke University and lead author of a newly published study that examined the relationship…

tags: online mental health fair, bipolar disorder, manic-depressive illness, manic depression, Revolution Health It has come to my attention that Revolution Health is currently running an Online Mental Health Fair, with a special focus on reaching college students and their parents. College is a particularly challenging time for students struggling with depression or bipolar disorder…

tags: researchblogging.org, bipolar disorder, manic-depressive illness, unipolar depressive disorder, clinical depression, seasonal affective disorder, SAD, circadian clock, light therapy “Starry Night” (1889) is an oil painting by Dutch post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh. It was added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City in 1941. [wallpaper size].…

Best of the Blogs Award

tags: Bipolar disorder, manic-depressive illness, mental health, blog awards Wow, my blog was given another award! This time, Living the Scientific Life was recognized by Psych Central as being one of the top ten blogs to go to to read about bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness. The top ten list for bipolar disorder…

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

tags: suicide, world suicide prevention day, mental health, depression, bipolar disorder Suicide is a major public health issue and accounts for nearly 3% of all deaths worldwide — around the world, one million people will die by suicide this year. But suicide is a taboo subject that many people, regardless of age, sex, socioeconomic status…