linkdump: symptoms, research, weed & being.

Interesting articles for us and them – no need to be bipolar to find some of these relevant.

He’s also “not jumping on tables in the nude or anything…it just bubbles away inside of me and I know where I’m at and what I need to do to keep it in balance.”
The depression has obviously given him a more authentic emotional range, but it’s his candour and compassion which impresses the most.
Channel 7’s Winter star Matt Nable says the secret to his showbiz success is bipolar

I don’t know whether his meds are working very well, or his bipolar is at the milder end of the spectrum.  I think the next article, despite a glaring typo, is spot on and that both sufferers and muggles should read it.


Keep in mind that recognizing these symptoms correctly is important to reveal the real nature of a bipolar disease. Improper diagnosis can lead to prolong or lifetime suffering. Bipolar patients often seek advice from professionals when depression attacks them without disclosing their manic behaviors on the other end of things.  The impact is that they often do not get an accurate diagnosis and abandon medications as well during manic episodes. The patient often links their manic episodes with normalcy or happiness.
The importance of recognising bipolar symptoms

When it is more than depression – recognising bipolar symptoms in youth.


Bipolar and schizophrenia are both neurotoxic disorders.

Neuroanatomical commonalities are evident among patients with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and BD-I with working memory deficits. Reduced inferior frontal lobe volume may mediate cognitive deficits shared across the psychosis-mood spectrum.

People who call psychiatry pseudo science need to read the above research paper and then explain why they’re bleating that we ought not to be on them turrible psych meds …. well, muggles, we’d prefer to stop bits of our brains shrinking, neurotransmitters being decimated and the very real effects we can expect otherwise.

And this one, Cognitive impairments in psychotic disorders: common mechanisms and measurement.

Those two links are yet more proof that telling people like me to think positive and pull myself together, when I am already doing everything I can, is offensively absurd.


A look at better clinical trials –

On the same subject, Stanford is currently recruiting healthy control participants for the following bipolar studies:
Early Intervention Using Family Focused Therapy for Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder
Brain Connectivity and Mindfulness Training in Youth with Bipolar Disorder NOS
Effects of Group Cognitive Behavioral Intervention on Stress-Induced Inflammatory Response in Youth at High Risk for Bipolar Disorder?
Therapy for Teens with Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Neurobiologic and Immunologic Markers in Youth with Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS)
Resilience in Offspring of Parents with Mood Disorders

There is also a list of current and past research, which no longer require participants. Loads more info, requirements and contact details on the site.


cannabis might make you bipolar – or trigger existing genetic predisposition, or exacerbate symptoms.

I fail to see why there’s gender specificity in the next one.

Women reported negative illness consequences relating to stigma, loss of self-determination and changes to relationships. They employed various strategies in order to cope with illness. Barriers to strategy use and clinical recommendations are presented.
psychosis & bipolar in women

Bipolar opposites: his driving and my fasting
See Change ambassador Sarah Bredin writes about how inaccurate representation of bipolar disorder can make it much more challenging to be open

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20 thoughts on “linkdump: symptoms, research, weed & being.”

  1. Sweet, I looked up neurotoxic and got this ‘ toxic to the nerves or nervous tissue’. So what is it that is toxic to the nerves leading to BD or Sz and all? Please no offence but I really wanna know more and more each day. Thanks

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    1. I actually don’t understand enough of the biology, but I do know that bipolar attacks neurons, increases cortisol, affects various bits of the brain – when I’m feeling like less of zombie than I do now, I’ll research what that means. Great question!

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      1. Actually, depression also causes neural death.
        New research indicates (I’ll have to go find links, I don’t have them on-hand) that anti-depressants can actually re-generate brain mass.
        Which is pretty amazing, seeing as up until a couple of years ago, people still believed that brain matter could not be generated – if you lost any after birth, you would be doomed to cognitive decay.

        Anyway, as you are probably well aware, I am a tremendous supporter of cognitive and alternative therapies for bipolar and other mental disorders. Hmm, I really don’t like that term…

        You see, the thing is, there ARE (some legal and some not…) other substances out there that have also been clinically proven to grow new brain cells. Absolutely amazing, right? One of these substances is a dietary supplement and although it does have some risk, the side-effect profile is a positive puppy when compared to Lamictin, never mind Lithium or some of the other older-generation substances.
        And no, it is not plant-based. You need to have it in capsule form.

        Then there are other substances, which work in much the same “method” as anti-depressants, but in a much, much higher dosage. Per current standards of Western medicine, providing you with these substances in what are actually sub-therapeutic doses is considered safe and prudent. What it actually does, is require long term use. The substances I speak of were used by psychiatrists for years, with great success and insignificant side effects. If you are interested, have a look at the book “Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story”. You may also be really interested in research currently under-way by MAPS.

        Those who obstinately stick to the “just be positive” mantra are insulting, yes, but they are only partially, not wholly, misinformed…
        There is a difference between someone who is in acute crisis (i.e. requires hospitalization at the time) and someone who is either recovering from acute crisis, or experiencing danger signs for acute crisis.

        The brain is a little bit like a forest.
        The more you walk a particular path, the more worn it gets – and as such, it becomes easier for anyone who travel there, to default to the worn path.
        Eventually, once enough people travel through there, it becomes a regional tarred road.
        And, as this becomes too busy, eventually a super-highway.
        Repetitive negative thoughts cause actual physiological changes in the brain.
        If someone refuses cognitive behaviour (or similar) therapy (with the same purpose, if not the same method), they will never recover.
        Although, for acute cases, it may not be enough, sleep hygiene should be investigated and adopted. It should be in place by the time acute symptoms subside and can help prevent relapse.
        Just like sometimes thoughts on their own are not enough, neither are pills – on their own.

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        1. (Laughing to myself, you write posts under comments sometimes too? ;) Might be a good blog post to write, as I am often wont to do after posting comments) Annnyway all this to say, interesting comments and worth pursuing…

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          1. I actually did write a blog post about the topic not too long ago, if you would like to check it out :)

            But yes, this link has been included in my draft box – it will quite likely be expanded into a full-fledged post before too long…

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  2. Another intriguing assortment from “The Link Whisperer”. (Sorry to be uber-cheesy, but I haven’t been well so I’m going to use that for an excuse!)

    I live near Stanford and I always check out what their current bipolar-related studies are, but right now I don’t qualify for anything. A few years ago I attended their Mood Disorders Day and they had some interesting speakers. Here’s a link to the 8th Annual Mood Disorders Day for the heck of it!

    A few years ago I met with Stanford bipolar expert Dr. Tricia Suppes, who is on the board of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. That was when I was tapering off benzos as I had become a hard-core benzo addict. I wanted to pick her brain about how to do it the best way, especially in light of my bipolar disorder, and I somehow qualified to see her for free. Our meeting didn’t go so well, though – benzo addiction is not her area of expertise, but I thought it was worth a shot.

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      1. Benzos numb our sorrow, theoretically they make us feel better, but they do that because they are depressants :( How to get off them I don’t know, but I was able to apply aa to a lot of my addictions. There are programs out there too for people who can’t handle the God thing.

        It is really horrid being stuck :( I feel like I am being sucked into the vortext myself, just too tired to fight. Do have counseling Wed., and tomor. nite doing something fun (see blog) Onward, even if I don’t want to.

        prayers for you!

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  3. I should say that second article has more than one typo. Must have been the editor’s day off because entire sentences make no sense.

    Right now I feel so wrung out that I am planning to call my family doc tomorrow (today was a holiday). I can’t tell if it is depression, anxiety or exhaustion after a year of poor sleep. I wish these articles would answer my questions because I have lost my ability to find in myself the idea that I will ever be well again. Ring any bells with your research, link mistress?


    1. Wax on, wax off.

      Alternatively, perhaps your circumstances and the unfortunate series of events preceding it, have smacked you further down than you usually go. Plus, anxiety has that cumulative effect where, like bee stings, you can handle the pain for ages, and then one last stressor/straw/sting is one too much and hits you harder than ever before. You seem conflicted about writing about your transition; maybe some buried monsters are emerging. A year of poor sleep would make even the most typical of neurotypicals struggle.

      And of that any use to you?

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      1. Any/all of that might make sense. I guess at the back of my mind is the fear of developing a chronic fatigue condition. Of course I have never been very patient with the lows. I also find that I am not eating as well as usual – more junk, less quality. Suddenly everything is so expensive and I have no money. My cupboard has never been as empty as it is right now. I think I may have felt like this last fall but I easily forget.

        As for the writing, well it is an ongoing struggle to find the right way to express what I want to say plus the real life challenges of coming out again in the real world.

        Thanks for the feedback.


        1. Depression encourages me to eat comfort food too (bah).

          Hope the doctor can help, hope you don’t end up with chronic fatigue. Hope hope hope it all improves for you.

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