The Bipolar Burble welcomes Ka Hancock, a psychiatric nurse and author of Dancing on Broken Glass, a book that delves into issues relating to bipolar disorder through a captivating story. Ka shares with us her thoughts on bipolar disorder in relationships. Leave a comment to be entered into a draw to receive a signed copy of Ka’s book.
You might remember Karen Tyrrell from her last interview wherein she talked about writing her way to mental health wellness. Well, this time Karen gives us advice on recovery and insight into the role a carer can play in bipolar disorder wellness.
Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a free ebook of Karen’s new writing.
Today on the Bipolar Burble blog I’m pleased to offer an interview with Prakash Masand, M.D., the CEO and founder of Global Medical Education (GME). Dr. Masand has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, serves on editorial and review boards for psychiatric journals and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Masand offers his view on psychiatry, mental illness and stigma.
And make sure to check out the end for your chance to win an iPad!
Hi all. I have a couple of announcements to make and a piece of schizophrenia research to share. Today’s post is about:
- Brain activity linked to delusional (psychotic) experiences in schizophrenia
- An interview with ShareCare
- Advertising on the Bipolar Burble
1. Brain Activity Linked to Psychotic Experiences in Schizophrenia
As ever, I hear from people who don’t believe that mental illness is a physical illness and no amount of research to the contrary will convince them otherwise. However, today I share contrary evidence anyway.
Dopamine and Schizophrenia
There is a thought that dopamine (a neurotransmitter) – an excess thereof – plays a big role in psychosis (delusions and hallucinations) and schizophrenia. How do we know this? Because antipsychotics reduce dopamine firing and this combats psychosis.
Overactive Dopamine Seen on Brain Scan
More than 2/3 of people with schizophrenia suffer from delusions of reference – delusions that neutral information is about them. So, for example, a person with schizophrenia might think a newspaper story or a billboard is really about them.
So researchers took people with schizophrenia and compared their brains via MRI to those of non-schizophrenic brains and sure enough, during neutral statements, people with schizophrenia identified them as being about them and also had greater activation of the parts of their brain associated with dopamine.
In other words, when suffering from a delusion, the cause appears to be organic. Read all about it here.
2. Interview with ShareCare
Some of you might recall that ShareCare recently named me the second most influential depression writer online. Well, they have followed that up by doing an interview with me. You can learn about why I called this blog the Bipolar Burble and why I have red hair in ShareCare’s piece here.
3. Advertising on the Bipolar Burble
My policy has always been to not accept advertising on the Bipolar Burble. I create this content, I host it and I designed the site; and I do it all for the people who need this information – not because of remuneration.
But that has now changed. I’m now accepting selected advertisements and sponsored links on the Bipolar Burble.
To everyone who is disappointed, know that I understand, but that this is something I agonized over and fought for a long time, but now I just have to give in. I need this place to be source of income for me. It’s just old-fashioned economics at work.
Right now there are very few ads but over time there will be more. Some text in older posts will be linked to external sites but this text will always be underlined and it will be in orange.
I hope you can understand and appreciate my needs here.
Until next week all, where I will learn more and do better.
(By the way, if you’re waiting for the third part of the antipsychiatry piece, not to worry, it’ll be here next week.)
Here is today’s interview with me, Natasha Tracy, complete with call-in questions. I think it went well. We discussed some of the negative impact bipolar has had on my life.
I talked about bipolar disorder, depression, suicide, coping and how my writings at HealthyPlace have been controversial.
See more video and audio at Breaking Bipolar at HealthyPlace.com.