nudge nudge link link

I suppose that one of the benefits of bipolar being such a popular disorder *eyes rolling mightily* is that there’s a sizeable flow of content pouring into cyberspace every single day. As a result, my brain is a little fuller and my linkdumps are as long as a… idk. I should probably start splitting them, or just plain shortening them. I shall ponder.

Spotlight on…

The acronym formerly known as co-morbid disorders…

Researchers identify new spectrum disorder called ALPIM syndrome.
A = Anxiety disorder (mostly panic disorder);
L = Ligamentous laxity (joint hypermobility syndrome, scoliosis, double-jointedness, mitral valve prolapse, easy bruising);
P = Pain (fibromyalgia, migraine and chronic daily headache, irritable bowel syndrome, prostatitis/cystitis);
I = Immune disorders (hypothyroidism, asthma, nasal allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome); and
M = Mood disorders (major depression, Bipolar II and Bipolar III disorder, tachyphylaxis. Two thirds of patients in the study with mood disorder had diagnosable bipolar disorder and most of those patients had lost response to antidepressants).

(Bipolar III? Whut?)



“… between 2 and 3 per cent of the 1,924 people who died last year by euthanasia were psychiatric patients. Bipolar disorder was the majority diagnosis.” What happens when you euthanase the mentally ill?
Belgium euthanases one person with psychological issues per week.

Are you feeling bipolarlingual?


/Q/ In your opinion, what is the Hispanic community’s attitude towards mental illness such as bipolar disorder and depression?
A// There’s more tolerance and knowledge but there’s also still a lot of work to be done. Lot’s of stigma, little support.
A Spanglish Q&A With Penelope Kirk – Latina Writer & Blogger

I have no idea whether French band Bipolar Gang use bipolar in a negative, neutral or positive way, but I do like the sound of this…


3 tips for navigating pregnancy with bipolar disorder.

Research roundup…

“Robert Burton the neurologist calls for a new “quantum theory” of sorts for our study of the mind. In his view, the brain scientists, psychologists looking at the mind, and even the rare Szasz follower are failing to see an overall structure and function that perhaps, like quantum physics, goes beyond structure and function. And, like in quantum mechanics, the first step is knowing that you have no idea what you’re looking at.” Brain confusion: Why it’s so difficult to find cures for mental disorders
The Psychiatric Dangers of New Designer Drug ‘Flakka’
Smoking could cause mental illness.
Fluctuating capacity and advance decision-making in Bipolar Affective Disorder — Self-binding directives and self-determination.

More culture than yoghurt…


Loneliness of mental illness leads to ambitious plan to set 100 statues on Anchorage mudflats.
UK: the music industry needs to wake up and support artists with mental health problems.

Questions, answers…

For bipolar II we experience hypomania, which I like to call mania-light. All the crazy with half the impairment. (Natasha Tracy) The definitive explanation is here, it’s well worth reading.
Why do women have higher rates of ptsd than men?
Can smoking cause psychosis?

Change needed…


“Researchers are now discovering more about what puts someone at risk of developing schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Some of it has to do with people’s circumstances, such as where and how they live. Combined with cognitive tests and family medical histories, such information should make it possible to intervene earlier. John Kane of Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in New York has shown that people who receive proper treatment as soon as their symptoms appear recover more quickly and have a less fraught relationship with their doctors. And they can be treated with far lower doses of antipsychotic medicine than traditionally prescribed. That matters because some of these drugs have unpleasant side-effects, including weight gain, that discourage people from taking them.” Making cruel unusual: The treatment of severe mental illness used to be barbaric. Sometimes it still is.
India: An endless road to reintegration for mental health patients
Racial Disparity in Mental Illness: Advice for Clinicians (video and transcript)

Who you gonna call? Stigmabusters!


“… to help reduce the stigmatization and discrimination surrounding mental health, I have only one solution to propose which is to STOP BEING IGNORANT ALREADY!Addressing Global Stigmatization of Mental Health, Time for a New Face for MentalHealth.
New Mental Health Television PSAs: NAMI Launches “Hope Starts with You” Campaign
Semicolon movement wants to bring mental illness out of the shadows.
Stigma Towards Mental Health: Stigma Impacts Vocation
Open Minds Quarterly is calling for writing submissions, after the 1st of August 2015. We are seeking submissions that are insightful, intelligent and creative, because we know that’s what mental health consumers are. Our mission is to eliminate stigma by showcasing the work of mental health consumers. Your writing needn’t cover mental health issues if you are submitting poetry or fiction; however, first-person accounts, essays, reviews and open letters should relate to your experience with mental illness.
No shame in mental health problems.
From athlete to activist – WNBA star shares her struggle with bipolar disorder in new documentary.

Celebrities: sense and nonsensibility…

Catherine Zeta Jones Mini Dress Stuns At Michael Douglas ‘Ant-Man’ Film As She Talks Fitness & Bipolar (zomg mini dress! PS bipolar.)“In addition to working out at the gym, Zeta-Jones loves to hula-hoop and swim. “I’m obsessed with Hula-Hooping,” confessed Catherine. “I do it 20 minutes a day. I don’t use the old-fashioned hollow plastic kind we had when we were kids, but I discovered a new one at Danskin that’s smaller and weighted.”” WOW! Srs bsns!
UK: Tell the boss or not? Ruby waxes lyrical (but misguided) on mental health disclosure.
Another reaction: Should you tell your boss about mental illness? Absolutely.


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21 thoughts on “nudge nudge link link”

  1. My understanding of the proposed condition Bipolar III is that it’s anyone who magically becomes bipolar on an antidepressant as monotherapy. Which is sort of ridiculous — the antidepressant isn’t making anyone bipolar. It’s just identifying some of those who are by dint of a common knowledge fact, being that one with bipolar should avoid having an antidepressant as a monotherapy because it can cause rapid cycling. So in short, it’s a disorder that I don’t agree exists and takes away from classifying people properly into existing categories. Not that I’m adverse to expanding categories and their definitions, especially considering how skint the ICD-10 is on defining and explaining classes of bipolar, but anyways.

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    1. Thanks Rae, how ridiculous to create a category out of a potential negative reaction to a class of meds. I’ve been on a whole list of antidepressants, one of them triggered mania. Iwas rapid cycling before that though. Maybe I need to get my didiagnosis of Bipolar 1 altered to bipolar 1.5

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  2. OOOOh dragons…Light my cigarette, Toothless. Did toothless breathe fire? IDK.

    As for bipolar lll…I learned of its existence after I had the spawn and the replacement for my awesome doctor stepped in for my mental health care. He was an osteopath who specialized in psychiatry yet felt only Lithium and Zoloft should be on the formulary for meds (as all meds are exactly alike and people are not individuals who need options.) He decided because I’d just had a baby the depression was post partum, and my moods cycled too quickly to be bipolar one or two…Thus he pegged me cyclothymic, bipolar lll, Milder, not as serious, et al. When my depression lasted seven months, he still insisted it was the postnatal thing. When he refused to change me from Zoloft even though it was making me suicidal, he said, “You just don’t want the Zoloft t work.”
    Idiotic, but I don’t disagree with cyclothymic mood shifts. Most of the time, that’s blamed on borderline personality disorder ( which I am still not convinced exists because it mimics bipolar so closely and has become label de jour for anyone with mood swings). I think the primary difference in his (idiotic) diagnosis and the others sticking to bipolar two is that while my daily moods do seem to fluctuate quickly…My depressions are anything but brief and fleeting. Idiopath would have known that had he looked at my file.
    I’m to the point where I don’t even claim a diagnosis anymore. The DSM will just change it in the next edition. Probably boil down to having ovaries and being histrionic, prescribe orgasms. Ha ha ha ha, the meds have made that non existent.
    Really, how much progress has been made other than the increase in medication options for anti depressants. The mood stabilizer category is still pretty thin. (Fuck their atypicals with a barb wire dildo.)
    Sorry for the rant, but well…I have a uterus so obviously I am stark raving mad.

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    1. Idk about Toothless, I haven’t seen httyd. You can borrow the Smaug Smoke Igniter™ if you like though. Since bipolar is a cluster(fuck) of symptoms, they may as well just say bipolar, followed by a checklist of the other symptoms. What’s the point of trying to give each permutation a name, it’s not like any of the meds work for all of the symptoms. No progress, morgue, none. 500 years ago, lithium was used to treat manic depression, the FDA approved it for use in…. 19fucking70.

      I guess I have a uterus too.


  3. LOL! love the comments! I also have said uterus…although many with bipolar are said uterus..
    Hmmm..I fit bipolar III, have never heard of it…*silently waiting now for crazy person, sorry whoever they may send in as said P-DOC* (I said P-DOC just for you B.) to come in and say I have that…

    I just think Big Pharma gets to decide which meds fit the dx….but that is me at this point..I agree with most comments..bipolar is not one size fits all..

    B. you have so many links…I hit them all though…*smiles*…I think it is great though…you give so much information…anyone could find anything here….in fact, I think that may be why I am psychotic…smoking….actually, I become psychotic when I don’t smoke…I admit I did not hit that link…I am just commenting because this was a great post and I love you…

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    1. Sorry, that should have said…Big Pharma gets to decide the Dx…
      so they can fit what medication they want to use at the moment…

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    2. ALL of them!? Good grief woman, are you manic as well as smokeless psychotic? Heheheh. And yeah, well, the smoking thing… I figure I already have mental illnesses, so there’s no point worrying about it being the cause. For you too, we’ve got all the fun of genetics and trauma to take care of things *lights up*

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      1. *lights up with you*
        I made that comment after only being up an hour and only five cups of coffee, too..yay me! OK, one correction needed…anddd..probably could have waited..but what the hell.. hehe


  4. Always great links, Blah. Especially liked the ALPIM syndrome research. Describes my son & husband, actually. Euthanizing a 24-year-old. NO! Far too young to have tried all psychiatric options. Her brain is newly adult. Read & shared many, many, many…

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  5. I will need to read this when I can sit still for more than three minutes. This ALPIM thing and this Bipolar III thing and just… hey, at least it’s new information that can explain wtf*ckery to so many people. In knowledge we have power.

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