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White House Reveals Obama Has Bipolar Disorder, Has Entered Depressive Phase

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White House officials admit Obama's extreme confidence and total euphoria over "hope" and "change" were symptoms of a prolonged manic episode. He has since recovered and now is depressed -- just like the rest of the country. [2:30]

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Pure Hypomanics: Living Zippedy Doo Dah Lives?

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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 and optimistic mood yet are easily irritated, and who have an overactive libido or who enjoy really risky pastimes, like jumping out of airplanes or climbing buildings. According to some reading I've been doing, these are apparently those few lucky people who are "pure hypomanics": they have emotional "highs" without experiencing the outrageous slings and arrows of extreme mood fluctuations that a typical person with bipolar disorder suffers.

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Research Suggests Bipolar Children Likely to become Bipolar Adults

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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 beginning in childhood. As a result, these bipolar kids are more likely to receive proper treatment and support such that they, their families and friends will suffer fewer of the deep emotional and social scars that can result from untreated bipolar disorder.

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The Bi | Polar Puzzle

Sep 13 2008 Published by under Bipolar Disorder, Mental Health

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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 well-written and definitely worth reading. In this touching and informative piece, Egan primarily addresses several questions; whether bipolar disorder exists in children, what it looks like and whether children with undiagnosed/untreated bipolar disorder will grow up to be bipolar adults. I've summarized it here, along with a few of my own comments, for those of you who cannot access it.

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The Voices of Bipolar Disorder

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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 a better understanding of what it is like to live with it. It's not very long, and it's well worth listening to.

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Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder from a Blood Sample

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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, such as bipolar disorder, appears to be a sort of voodoo science that depends upon the skill of the mental health professional making the diagnosis and the patient's willingness to accurately describe their symptoms. But a research paper was just published that describes a blood test that was designed to identify bipolar disorder and thus, this test could provide an objective method for diagnosis.

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After One Year of Freedom: Thanks To My Peeps

Dec 08 2007 Published by under Bipolar Disorder, Mental Health

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 worried and wished to send me back to the hospital (they even made housecalls), but I managed to maintain my freedom and to survive. I still experience many rough days and many setbacks, and I am still working on getting my feet under me and "regaining functionality" even today. But through everything, you were there for me.
I just want to thank you all, my dear readers and my fellow SciBlings, for being so supportive and generous to me throughout this year. I am grateful and so very pleased that you appreciate my writings and thoughts enough to acknowledge me as you have in your own special ways.

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More About That Conference Call Regarding Bipolar Disorder

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, who lent me his cell phone so I could make that call without using more of my severely limited daytime minutes, I did get to participate in this discussion. Even though I was not sure what to expect, I found it to be fascinating. I have not yet received the recording of the phone call, but I look forward to that and will be using that information to write an essay about bipolar disorder for you to read and learn from.

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Online Mental Health Fair and Conference Call with the Experts Regarding Bipolar Disorder

Sep 18 2007 Published by under Bipolar Disorder, Mental Health

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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 because students' mood disorders are complicated by being away from home and family for the first time. Thus, Revolution Health's goal is both to raise awareness on college campuses and to help raise money for the organizations who are leading the fight. Revolution Health is making a donation to the organizations for every visitor to their virtual "booths" at their online mental health fair. So be sure to go there and click around!
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Shedding Some Light on Bipolar Disorder

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According to a "NewsFocus" article that appeared in last Friday's Science, there is a move afoot to use light therapy and sleep deprivation to help the body's circadian clock reset and maintain itself in those people who suffer from bipolar disorder. This treatment option has already been used with people who suffer from depression, especially depression that occurs in the autumn and winter months, when daylength is growing shorter. This form of depression is known as "Seasonal Affective Disorder" or SAD.

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