Over 70 articles were published here on the Bipolar Burble blog in 2013. Some were hits and some not so much. So today I’d like to look back at two top 5 lists: the most-read bipolar blog articles of 2013 and the most talked-about bipolar blog articles of 2013.
As per the usual, I’ve been a busy little beaver. I write about five mental health articles a week for blogs as well as other articles for clients. It’s the reason why I’m up on the latest research – I pretty much have to be; I spend most of my day looking at it.
And if you just hang out on the Bipolar Burble – I love you – you might miss a lot of interesting things. So here, without further ado is what has been going on at Bipolar Bites at Healthline.com and Breaking Bipolar at HealthyPlace.com.
Bipolar Bites Blog
Bipolar Bites is a blog I started writing in February for Healthine.com. It contains what I call more “sciency” articles – those with facts and figures and study references. It’s for the mental health geek in many of us.
Recently at Bipolar Bites we’ve seen:
- Medication side effect chat – antipsychotics and brain shrinkage and the danger of dry mouth.
- A companion piece to the one I did on the biological evidence of depression – the biological evidence of bipolar disorder (part one and part two). Hint: there’s lots.
- Something I’ve mentioned before – can people with bipolar disorder properly recognize facial emotion?
- A pet peeve of mine is the notion that some people will commit suicide no matter what you do – I don’t believe that for a second.
- An important issue and the data that supports it – do antidepressants work? And do they work as well as other medications?
Breaking Bipolar Blog
Over at Breaking Bipolar I’ve got all kinds of advice for living with bipolar disorder:
- Does Mental Illness Get Better or Worse?
- How Do I Tell My Parents I Need Mental Health Help?
- Relationships Can’t Fix Bipolar Disorder
- Do We Internalize Mental Illness Stigma – Yes, and this affects recovery. Doctors can also sabotage treatment with medication.
- What to think about when you travel – Travel Tips for the Bipolar
- Why Worrying About Medication Side Effects Won’t Really Help You and What is Medication Tolerance (when medication stops working)
- Mental illness, guilt and making amends.
- Bipolar – Attack of the Body Snatcher – written at the behest of a reader
- Power to the Crazy – Why Writing Off People with a Mental Illness Hurts You and Not Us
- Depression Symptoms – Easy to Tear
- Why It’s Ignorant to Write off Psychiatry – another shot across the bow of antipsychiatry
And while you’re perusing your articles of interest you might want to check out a series I did on mental illness and stigma or my piece for Sharecare: Succeeding with Mental Illness – Slow and Steady Wins the Race.
Oh, and did I mention I got name a mental health hero? (Thanks to Chato Stewart for the drawing seen above.)
Thanks all for your continued to support. I shall continue to do what I do as long as you keep your eyeballs facing forward.
Hi all. A lot happens around these parts in six weeks. As most of you know this month I launched a new blog on Healthline.com called Bipolar Bites and, of course, I still have my blog on HealthyPlace.com called Breaking Bipolar.
Bipolar Bites and Breaking Bipolar Articles
In case you haven’t kept up with your reading, here’s the best of what you might have missed in the last couple of months from both blogs:
- A discussion on the unique mental illness therapy deep brain stimulation and bipolar disorder in two parts: New Treatment for Bipolar – What is Deep Brain Stimulation? and Does Deep Brain Stimulation Work for Bipolar Disorder?
- Bipolar Disorder and Fixing Your Circadian Rhythm – The start of several article on light, darkness and your circadian rhythm in bipolar disorder.
- Can Treatment Noncompliance be Good? – An idea that is hard to bring up without seeming to endorse treatment noncompliance. Is treatment noncompliance sometimes the right thing?
- Lack of Understanding of Mental Illness and sometimes even Hatred Towards the Bipolar Community – it’s difficult for someone without a mental illness to understand what someone with a mental illness goes through every day. Here is some of what I go through that I don’t think people understand.
- Is Bipolar a Personality Disorder? – a question that gets asked frequently along with questions about bipolar disorder and identity.
- Mental Illness as a Disability – can we handle the idea that mental illness really is a disability like any other?
- Bipolar Depression and Feeling Nothing at All – a rarely discussed part of bipolar disorder – feeling nothing at all.
- Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Psychosis – psychosis, delusions and hallucinations, isn’t just a part of schizophrenia, as many of us know too well, it’s a part of bipolar mania, and even depression, as well. Recognition of Irritation and Anxiety is also important.
- Telling Your Family You Have a Mental Illness – You’re Not OK – we all face the battle of telling others about our illness, how do we do it and what do we do if family members remain in denial anyway?
- Why Didn’t Evolution Cull Bipolar Disorder? – Bipolar Benefits – are their evolutionary benefits to having bipolar disorder?
Oh, and the mental health resources page has been updated. Check it out.
If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll see if it tickles my fancy.
Admit it – you haven’t kept up with your bipolar reading. Come on. I know it. I can barely keep up and I write the bipolar articles.
Luckily for you, I like you a lot, and I’m happy to give you a little cheat sheet on what’s been getting attention at Breaking Bipolar. We’ve got mental illness and higher education, mental illness and physical pain, how to tell if it’s a med side effect and oh so much more.
Articles Breaking Bipolar Over at HealthyPlace
- Is it a Med Side Effect? – What is a medication side effect and what isn’t a med side effect? How can you tell?
- Temperature Dysregulation – Or Why I’m So Cold – Speaking of side effects – did you know psychiatric meds can change how your body temperature feels?
- Yes, You Can Get a Higher Degree With Bipolar Disorder – So many people have written me to say how successful they have been in school. Read this for inspiration and hope. Some people have taken 10 years to get their degree – but they got it. Article includes tips on being successful at school.
- Mental Illness Means Physical Pain Too – People think mental illness is “just” in your head. They would be wrong about that.
- Is It Really Never the Psychiatrist’s Fault? – I’m tired of doctors acting like they never make a mistake.
- Being Thankful Even When Anhedonic – Even when I can’t feel pleasure I can feel grateful for the things that go right in my life.
- How to Keep Going When Medication Doesn’t Work – And for your final dose of hope and encouragement, here are some tips on continuing mental illness treatment even when everything is going wrong.
Popular Articles at the Bipolar Burble
And just in case you haven’t been glued to the Bipolar Burble, here are a few things you should read here:
- Questioning the Evidence of the Efficacy of Therapy for Depression – Interesting information on how evidence-based therapy for depression really is. Less so than I would have thought. And do you think CBT is intellectual and analytical? I do, but a commenter disagrees.
- When to Get Off Antidepressants if You’re Bipolar – The first in a three-part series on getting off of antidepressants.
- Important Safety Warnings for St. John’s Wort – Please read if you’re on or thinking about trying St John’s wort.
- Cutting Supplemental Security Income Hurts Mentally Ill Children – A guest post by Allison Gamble that garnered a lot of reads.
- Psychiatric Myths Dispelled by Doctor – Fighting Antipsychiatry – Have you read this article yet? It garnered more comments than any other at the Burble. It’s always a hot topic.
As most of you know, in addition to the Bipolar Burble I also author Breaking Bipolar on HealthyPlace.com. I write a column there twice a week as well as produce one bipolar-themed video and two audio files per month. It’s a fairly well-received bipolar blog often with much discussion, feedback and sharing.
Recent Breaking Bipolar Blog Highlights
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Breaking Bipolar lately, here are a few of the highlights:
- How to Help Someone with a Mental Illness – A new piece yesterday in response to someone’s query about helping their newly-diagnosed loved one with bipolar disorder. Helping someone with a mental illness is a huge challenge but these tips seem to be striking a chord with people.
- Mental Illness Treatment and Risk Tolerance – I like this writing a lot. The article talks about how some people are willing to accept greater risk in their chosen treatment of mental illness. It’s about respect and choice.
- Bipolar Disorder and Treatment Stigma – Yes, I was talking about electroconvulsive therapy here but don’t reference ECT directly. I don’t like to bring the hugely contentious issues or opinions onto Breaking Bipolar due to the wide audience and huge amount of (likely negative) reaction it will receive. I do, however, think it’s important to discuss the issues around bipolar/depression/mental illness treatment whether specific or not.
- Mental Illness is Only a Problem when Mental Illness is a Problem – This is essentially in response to people saying every behavior is being labelled a “disorder.” My point is that people only get help when their issues rise to the level of a problem.
- Why Don’t we Shower When we’re Sick – A popular article on the question of forgoing showers when extremely ill. I present four reasons.
- Zealotry and Rules for Debating Mental Illness – I wrote this article in response to the people who insist on making mental illness discussion into nasty, name-calling, unscientific, overly-emotional fighting. Really drives me bonkers.
- Shame and Electroconvulsive Therapy – When I got electroconvulsive therapy I experienced a lot of shame. This really is unnecessary and illogical but has to do with the massive stigma on receiving ECT treatments. (Excellent comment about stigma and ECT treatment here.)
- Minimizing Mental Illness – The Worst Things to Say – Most popular overall article with over 20,000 reads. I added a bonus worst thing to say so someone with a mental illness here on the Bipolar Burble as well.
Upcoming Bipolar Burble Articles
I’m sure that’s more than enough for now. Upcoming pieces on the Bipolar Burble will likely be about hypomania and delusions and possibly regarding the black box warning on antidepressants actually increasing suicides (you can yell at me about that after I write it). There will probably be a piece about my own ECT experience as well as that’s not really covered here (I wrote quite a bit about it on another blog.)
If you’d like to see a topic covered on the Bipolar Burble or Breaking Bipolar or have a question you can always contact Natasha Tracy. I can’t promise I’ll respond but I’ll do my best.
New Mental Health Resources Added
The bipolar and mental health resources page has also been updated. These are good resources you should know about.