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Have You Had ECT? Help Others and Tell Me Where

→ February 23, 2012 - 117 Comments

As many of you know I’m writing a book on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).  This book will hopefully answer all the questions a person might have before undergoing ECT  treatment as well as share with them my personal experience and the experience of others.

And I’ve decided to include, at the back of the book a list of hospitals that offer ECT to help people who want the treatment with a starting point on how to get it.

There’s just one problem – there’s no central repository on who offers ECT treatment.

[Note: I am running a survey on real patients’ experiences with, and perspectives on, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). If you’ve had ECT and want your voice heard, please take the survey here. More detailed information on the ECT survey can be found here.]

ECT-Offering Facilities

Please Help Me with the List of Hospitals that Offer ECT

So I’m asking for your help. If you know of a facility that offers ECT, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list. You’ll be helping me and helping others as well. Please include hospitals in Canada and the US.

And, of course, if you have any questions about ECT, also feel free to comment on those and I’ll make sure the answers are here and in the book.

Thanks.

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Nominate a Superior Mental Health Advocate for $10,000

→ January 27, 2012 - Comments off

The National Council is an organization I recently become involved with as they have asked me to speak at their conference in Chicago this April.

The National Council

In their words, this organization,

… is the unifying voice of America’s behavioral health organizations. Together with our 1,950 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 6 million adults and children with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to providing comprehensive, quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life.

The National Council advocates for public policies in mental and behavioral health that ensure that people who are ill can access comprehensive healthcare services. And we offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement resources so that services are efficient and effective.

From what I can tell, this organization believes in community care over hospitalization, advocates for people with a mental illness and are just one quality organization.

And they’re giving away $10,000.

Amazing right? Well, I sure think so.

The Reintegration Awards

The awards are known as the Reintegration Awards and there are nine categories. The Reintegration awards have, for 15 years,

… celebrated the achievements of those in the community who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of individuals with serious mental illnesses, and the achievements of those living with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who battle tremendous odds to improve their own lives and the lives of their peers.

And, as fun as it would be, the $10,000 is actually granted to an organization of the individual’s choice, and not the individual themselves. Most of us, though, would be thrilled to give a $10,000 cheque to a deserving organization.

So, please nominate a spectacular mental health advocate or worker here. People who work hard for us deserve our support. And act fast because nominations close on the 31st of January.

Learn more about The National Council’s initiative here.

Dopamine and Psychosis in Schizophrenia and News – 3 New Things

→ January 19, 2012 - 2 Comments

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.

Natasha Tracy Top Depression Influencer

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.)

FAQ – No one Reads my Blog! – 10 Tips to Have a Popular Blog

→ January 4, 2012 - 34 Comments

I started the Bipolar Burble eight years ago anonymously. And for the vast majority of that time, no one read my blog. Oh, sure, I had a few avid readers and a person would stumble on it now and then, but even after I started producing decent content, no one read it.

Which initially was OK by me. I didn’t write for others, I wrote for myself, so if I had one, lonely reader, then that was fine, I still felt the urge to push pixels around.

Until, of course, it wasn’t fine. Then I had to figure out why­ no one read me and figure out how to actually get people out there to know about me. And so people ask me all the time: How do I get people to read my blog? How do I find an audience?

Figure Out What Your Blog is About

Ah, you say, but I know what it’s about, it’s about me!

Well, good for you. How many people are putting your name into a search engine? Unless you’re Ashton Kutcher, I’d wager, not many. You might want to alter your focus.

Tips on Making a Blog PopularPick a topic that interests you and that you can stick to, day after day after month after year – like,  say, mental illness. And then be prepared to write on your topic and only your topic for a long time. Changing topics (like I’m doing right now) might confuse and fracture your audience.

Make the blog topic broad enough so that you can write many things but narrow enough so that you can identify a group of people who would be interested. For example, My Pet Parakeet, Pete is specific, but may not find much of an audience. Whereas Cheery Chairs is a pretty broad topic but it might be difficult to identify the segments of people deeply devoted to it. Chairs for Parakeets might be something in the middle.

Write Great Blog Content

No matter what you choose to write about, your content had better be stellar. It has to be something that connects with people so that people will want to go back to it again and again.

And make sure that content stream is constant – 2 blog posts per week at a minimum – more is better when building an audience.

Figure Out Who Cares about your Blog’s Subject

Once you’ve decided to go with a topic, figure out who cares about that topic and target them. Perhaps the National Society of Parakeets? Maybe the International Council for Chair Care? Perhaps Pets for Rest?

And then access those groups. Become a member. Participate in their events. Discuss things with other members. Get the word out that your Chairs for Parakeets blog is the very best.

Get an Audience – Get Loud, Proud and Social

Popular Blogs need Social Media

Tell everyone under the sun you have a blog. Tell your family and friends and neighbours and school chums. If they don’t know about it, then they can’t support it or you. You can never tell too many people about your work.

And seriously, start social networking. Don’t roll your eyes at me – Twitter and Facebook have been the major drivers of my audience and they can be for you as well. I can’t go into all the ins and outs of social networking here, but set it up, do it, and use it for promotion every day. (But don’t be obnoxious.) (See how to write a Twitter bio here.) Also promote sharing and subscribing to your blog.

Learn About Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Yes, this one is last because if you’ve done all those other things, then blog SEO will (sort of) happen naturally. SEO keys in on keywords (subject focus), connections (networking) and quality content – things you should always be doing anyway. To get finer-grained, you’ll need to start learning about how Google works and that could take some time. For now just know that those other rules really matter.

Overall Tips on How to Have a Popular Blog

  1. Talk about what’s in the news – people are looking for commentary on it and they likely have thoughts on it too
  2. Be controversial (or not) – this always gets readers but you might not like the fall-out
  3. Answer your comments – this builds community and conversation and keeps people coming back
  4. Use headings, bullet points, paragraph breaks and images liberally – no one wants to read a large chunk of text
  5. Create solid, frequent content – oh, did I mention that one already?
  6. Keep articles to 400-600 words – people don’t have the attention span for more than that
  7. Link everything together – social networks, to blog, to homepage, etc.
  8. Guest post elsewhere
  9. Comment on other blogs or in forums where your audience hangs out
  10. Care for and about your audience

And keep in mind, becoming popular takes time. I have more than 6 times the traffic than I did a year ago, but that took a year. So be patient. If you want people to read you – they will – but it isn’t as simple as build it and they will come.

Top 10 Bipolar Burble Posts of 2011

→ January 2, 2012 - 6 Comments

Best Bipolar Burble ArticlesLast year was a great one here at the Bipolar Burble and saw a dramatic rise in audience numbers, so welcome readers, new and old. This means that debates were fast and sometimes fierce here on the Burble, and mostly, that’s OK with me. Although it did require the invocation of commenting rules, it also meant that more people had their say on mental illness topics.

So, without further ago, here is the top 10 list of articles people read in 2011:

  1. Worst Things to Say to a Person with a Mental Illness – number one with a bullet two years running is this piece which is a continuation of a piece I wrote on Breaking Bipolar. Everyone, it seems, wants to know what not to say to a person with a mental illness.
  2. Bipolar Disorder Type I: Mania and Delusions of Grandeur – this piece was written at the behest of a reader and includes readers’ experiences of delusions of grandeur during bipolar manic episodes.  This is a topic not widely deal with elsewhere.
  3. Doctors Should Treat the Mentally Ill Without Consent – this highly commented-on and contentious article outlines why I think it’s reasonable to treat the mentally ill without consent in some situations. In spite of all the controversy, I still consider this position reasonable.
  4. Self-Diagnosing Hypomania – I had no idea this article would be so popular, but people are looking for this information. This piece is about how to see hypomania coming or to know once it’s already here.
  5. Suicide Self-Assessment Scale – How Suicidal Are You? – again, I didn’t realize how many people were looking for this information. However, this article is designed to point out warning signs and track one’s own suicidal feelings. It can be hard to tell how severe suicidal feelings are and this scale is designed to help.
  6. How to Get Off Antidepressants Effexor/Pristiq (Venlafaxine/Desvenlafaxine) – this is an update to an article I had written a couple of years earlier and is a huge source of Google hits. I hate to make blanket statements about antidepressants, but it really seems like venlafaxine and desvenlafaxine (Effexor and Prisiq) are bitches to get all for almost everyone.
  7. Depression, Bipolar – Feeling Along with a Mental Illness – this is a feeling that I, and I think everyone with a mental illness, has had. This piece addresses the idea that those with a mental illness are “alone” or are “freaks.”
  8. Psychiatric Myths Dispelled by Doctor – Fighting Antipsychiatry – this is one of the most controversial posts here on the Burble due to the seeming war between those who consider themselves antipsychiatry and those who don’t. This piece earned the most comments, with almost 100 pieces of feedback on this article.
  9. Depression and Lack of Want, Desire – unfortunately, may people with depression experience anhedonia – the innability to feel pleasure. This tends to lead to a lack of want for anything. It’s a devastating condition that I have battled for years.
  10. Bipolar Terminology – The Difference Between Bipolar 1 and 2 – finally, at the number 10 spot we have a piece I wrote not long ago about the difference between bipolar I and bipolar II. This answers one of the basic questions people ask about bipolar disorder every day.

As I’ve said, I consider 2011 to have been a break-out year for the Bipolar Burble and I thank you all for being a part of it.

And don’t forget, if you have questions or if there are subjects you would like addressed here at the Burble, you are welcome to contact me anytime or leave a comment. I am at your service.

More Natasha Tracy, Possibly Near You

→ January 1, 2012 - 10 Comments

Recently I announced there are great things happening for me personally and for me at the Bipolar Burble. Well, there was so much good news I couldn’t announce it all at once. I was waiting for contracts to be signed and confirmations to come through. These things have now happened, so I have two pieces of news:

  1. I will be speaking at the National Council on Mental Health and Addictions Conference
  2. I will be writing for Healthline.com

Natasha Tracy at the National Council on Mental Health and Addictions Conference

I’m honored to have been asked to speak at the National Council on Mental Health and Addictions Conference. I will be doing a “Lunch ‘n Learn” session where people can join me for an interactive conversation over lunch. No PowerPoint presentations, no speeches, just information and interaction.

My session will be on “To Blog or Not to Blog?” and will discuss the benefits, pitfalls and ramifications of healthcare blogging. The conference is April 15-17 in Chicago. If you’re curious, there are all sorts of amazing sessions available at the conference and you can find out more here. More information on my session will be available shortly.

Natasha Tracy's Good NewsBlogging for Healthline.com

The kind people at Healthline.com have asked me to start a health expert blog with them. Healthline hosts a series of health blogs on topics ranging from Heart Smart Living to Crohn’s disease and now bipolar disorder. This blog will be launching in mid-January and I will have more information about it for you then.

And to be clear, I will still be blogging for HealthyPlace, this is just another place to share my writing. I intend for this new blog to focus more on mental healthcare news while HealthyPlace will continue to explore more personal issues. However, as the blog has not launched yet, specific perspective is still under discussion.

The Bipolar Burble Health Blog of the Year

Unfortunately, signing this contract means I am no longer eligible for Health Blog of the Year on their site. While I would certainly love that title (and the prize money) a chance to work with them is well worth withdrawing.

Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I hope you’ll continue to support me and my work in the future.

Other Tidbits about the Burble

I have additional good news, but no, I can’t share it right now. All I can say is that the end of 2011 was very good to me and I hope to continue this roll into 2012.

Breaking Bipolar Reading Round-Up

→ December 23, 2011 - Comments off

Best in Breaking Bipolar by Natasha TracyHappy holidays all.

I’m a pretty busy gal right now, so not a lot of time to write new material. I promise I’ll try to get to something new next week.

However, while you’re waiting, have you caught up on all your Breaking Bipolar articles? No? I didn’t think so. Here’s a run-down on some of what I’ve been doing over at HealthyPlace:

  1. Last Minute Holiday Tips for the Bipolar – just published today. Here are four things you should know before you get any deeper into the holidays.
  2. What 2011 Taught us About Mental Illness – a wrap-up of the top ten things research taught us about mental illness last year including: bipolar misdiagnosis, bipolar treatment success predictor, mania treatment comparison and antipsychotic information. Part one and part two.
  3. You’re Narcissistic! Getting Over Insults – How one reader got to me even though I knew they shouldn’t have.
  4. Celebrating Mental Health News – on why we should celebrate the good moments in mental illness.
  5. How to Choose a Good Psychiatrist – one I’ve touched on here but in more detail.
  6. Bipolar Disorder Thought Types – have you ever considered the odd types of thoughts you have a person with a mental illness? I have.
  7. The Importance of Self-Care in Bipolar Disorder – tips on self-care plus a video.
  8. Sexual Health and Bipolar Disorder – the sexual concerns of people with mental illness.

Active Placebos, Depression Influencers and Depression Prognosis – 3 New Things

→ December 14, 2011 - Comments off

Time to learn another three new things about mental health. This week we have:

  • Further discussion on Antidepressant Effectiveness (vs. Placebos)
  • Infographic on influential depression information sources
  • Depression prognosis over 10 years

1. Antidepressants: Lifesavers—or Active Placebos?

Monday I discussed the rate at which people with depression respond to placebos (pills that do nothing). My point was not that antidepressants don’t work – far from it – it’s that some people do respond to sugar pills as if they were real medication.

Some people may have mistaken this for me suggesting that antidepressants aren’t effective, however. And it just so happens that the Psychiatric Times was considering this subject just as I was, so please check out Antidepressants: Lifesavers—or Active Placebos? for all the details on this subject.

To quote the article:

. . . the treatment of depression is an art that requires many tools—from family support, to CBT, to medication.

“We will not save lives by dismissing any of the tools we have today just because they are not effective for everyone,” he said. “But we should not be limited in the future by current treatments.”

2. Top 10 Online Influencers Making a Difference in Depression

Natasha Tracy Top Depression InfluencerThis week ShareCare announced their list of the Top 10 Online Influencers Making a Difference in the World of Depression. ShareCare isn’t a site with which I’m overly familiar but among other things, they have subject matter experts that answer your questions on health topics.

Their top 10 depression influencers list is presented as an infographic and you can see it here. Yes, I’m at number two in a list of incredible people working for major organizations. I’m honored to have made their list.

3. Depression Prognosis Over 10 Years

I can tell you that about 75% of people respond successfully to appropriate depression treatment.* I can tell you that if you work with a doctor and a therapist you will likely experience meaningful symptom remission over time.

What I cannot tell you, however, is whether you will be depressed again in the future. It depends on a lot of variables but even knowing all of those, it’s still difficult to predict.

This study, though, followed people from the start of their treatment for major depression for 10 years. And here’s what they found:

  • 77% of the follow-up months were spent non-depressed (euthymic)
  • 16% of the follow-up months were spent in a sub-threshold depression (some depressive symptoms but not rising to the level of clinical depression)
  • 7% in major depression

Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the full text, but the data, nonetheless, is interesting. I think knowing that you are statistically likely to spend three-quarters of your life symptom-free is a hopeful positive.

Thanks all. I’ll let you know when I learn more and do better.

* I was asked where this comes from. It is a widely-accepted number; you’ll note it’s used here.


What’s up at the Bipolar Burble? Good News

→ December 6, 2011 - 14 Comments

I don’t like to write too many self-referential posts because I’m pretty sure masturbatory navel-gazing isn’t why people come here. However, now and then people like to know what’s up.

And right now there are exciting things afoot at the Bipolar Burble and for me as well so I thought I’d let you know about them.

Natasha Tracy Nominated for Health Activist of the Year

WegoHealth is awarding health activists of the year. They have categories for:

  • Best in show
  • Rookie of the year
  • Paperboy award
  • Health activist hero
  • Advocating for another
  • TMI award
  • Hilarious health activist
  • Offline crusader
  • Best affirmation post
  • Best kept secret

Natasha Tracy as Health Activist of the YearThese awards are for people who, “moved you, inspired you, and made a real difference in how you think about healthcare and living well.”

And I am honored to be nominated for Best in Show. And while I suppose everyone says “it’s an honor just to be nominated,” I do mean that. People have said such kind things about me and that’s the fuel that keeps the fires here at the Burble lit.

Have Your Say on Health Activists

Want to have your say? Contact WegoHealth to tell them what you think of me or nominate someone else! (They are also looking for people for their judging panel.)

Bipolar Burble Nominated for Best Health Blog 2011

Yes, in the string of self-congratulations, I must also say that the Bipolar Burble has been nominated for Best Health Blog of 2011 at HealthLine.com.

Natasha Tracy and Bipolar Burble Best Health BlogBut only you can help me win.

This, alas, is a bit of a popularity contest, so I must ask you to vote for me now and as often as possible (you can vote once a day) in order for me to win. I appreciate every one of your votes and I hope you’ll forgive me for prodding you about it over the next six weeks.

Off Label – An Unbalanced Look at a Bipolar Life – Memoir

You might have noticed that I published an excerpt from my memoir, Off Label, months ago. This was to get some public feedback and to generally let people know what is happening. But the memoir has sort of sat in a bottom folder on my hard drive collecting dust for quite some time. It’s not that I don’t care about getting it published – I do, but because of the way the publishing industry works right now, I have to prove my popularity before an agent will be interested in me.

And recently I’ve managed to do that.

Over the last few days two agents have shown interest in representing me and I’m hoping one of them will sign me as a client.

Now, publishing is still a far off dream, but I’ve taken another big step forward.

And in case you were wondering, a tip of the hat goes to Natalie Jeanne Champagne as she spurred me forward in this endeavour.

Sharing the Good News

So that’s the good news around here. It’s nice to take a break from the medical stuff and bring it to you. Thanks for a wonderful year of support. If you keep it up, I promise to keep working hard and bringing you quality, well-researched information on mental illness.

You all rock.

Mental Illness Words You Can’t Say

→ November 14, 2011 - 52 Comments

Mental Illness Words You Can’t Say

As a writer I take claim to any and all words. They are mine and I do with them as I please. This includes mental illness / mental health terms. However, some people would argue that as a mental health writer and advocate, it is my responsibility to promote certain language and verbiage.

I did not agree to that.

I agreed to be a writer. I agreed to be opinionated. I agreed to be passionate. I agreed to be well-researched. I agreed to be intelligent. I did not agree to push a political agenda.

Mental Illness Words You Can’t Say

Nevertheless, people still insist that I not use the following words / phrases:

  • Whackjob
  • Nutjob
  • Nutbar
  • Crazy
  • Bonkers
  • Off his rocker
  • Mentally unstable
  • “The mentally ill”
  • Bipolars
  • “I’m bipolar”

And about a million other things. The politically correct people have told me I’m not allowed to refer to anyone’s mental capacity in anything but the most politically correct way. Which is, in case you were wondering, a person with a mental illness or a person with bipolar disorder, etc.

Again, not to flog a horse that happens to be dead, but I have poetic license which means I get to do whatever I want with words.

I’m Bipolar. I’m Crazy. Sue Me.

I’ve talked about saying I’m bipolar before. I do not consider this to be belittling or stigmatizing and I’m sorry that you do, but that’s really not my problem. It’s a proper English statement with actual English words and if you don’t like it, feel free to take it up with Funk and Wagnells.

This is similar to the statement of I’m crazy. I am. It’s just the way it is. It’s reality. I’m using the words in a proper English fashion. Sue me.

Creative Terms for Crazy

And given all the political correctness in the world I certainly can’t use a term like whackjob or nutbar. Except, of course, that I do. I don’t use the terms liberally, I don’t apply them to the mentally ill, but I do use them. Because they’re words and I need words in order to express what I’m trying to say.

(In the case of something like bonkers I’m referring to someone with a tenuous grasp on logic, reason and sanity, which is not to say mentally ill. The most mentally well person can be nutbar – trust me.)

Words You Aren't Allowed to Say Mental Illness

But I’m Offended!

Sorry to hear that. But perhaps you could respect a writer’s right to actually use words for self-expression. When I start using actual mental health terminology in a degrading way you can call me on it. Until then, I’m not terribly interested.

I’m Passionate. I Eschew Political Correctness.

One of the things people like (or perhaps loathe) about me is that I am passionate. That I am insanely (yes) attached to ideas and concepts and am willing to say so in a way that makes sense for me. And that doesn’t fall within the bounds of political correctness. Art never does. Poetry never does. Shakespeare never did. Political correctness forces tepidity. I have no intention of being tepid.

Fine Then, I Don’t Respect You

I’m sorry to hear that. But that’s OK by me. If you read more than a smattering of my work then you’ll know who I am – virulently defendant of me and my kind. And if that isn’t enough for you to respect, because you don’t approve of the letters that make up a sentence, that’s your prerogative. But I’m not going to stop because the political winds blow. I have no desire to offend but I do have desire to describe. And I’m going to do that in the best ways I know how.

More Personal Experiences and Stories of Mental Health

→ October 24, 2011 - 4 Comments

Some of you may recall I did a reader survey a while back on the Bipolar Burble. The vast majority of the feedback was incredibly generous and positive. I appreciate all the feedback.

However, one of the things that came up multiple times was the desire to have more personal mental health stories represented here. People valued the in-depth information but wanted it balanced with life stories of real people with mental illness.

OK. I can do that.

Calling Guest Authors

To that end I’ve been soliciting guest authors and we’ll be seeing subjects like:

Writers Wanted for the Bipolar BlogPersonal Experiences of Mental Illness

I think it’s important people hear from others with mental illness because it puts a real face on the disease. And as much as people can relate to what I write, more people can relate to more kinds of stories.  After all, not everyone is me. And that’s a good thing.

Do You Have a Personal Mental Health Story You’d Like to Share?

Would you like to guest post here? Do you have a personal story of mental illness involving yourself or a loved one? I’d love to hear from friends, family members and significant others as well. They too have invaluable stories to share.

If you’d like to get in touch, leave a comment or find me on Facebook, Google+, Twitter or contact me here.

Your piece can be anonymous if you choose. This is about what you want to talk about and in the way you want to talk about it.

Dealing with Grief with Mental Illness

The first personal experience story is about dealing with the grief of death while dealing with a mental illness coming up later this week.

Breaking Bipolar Articles You Should Read

→ September 20, 2011 - 10 Comments

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.

Breaking Bipolar at HealthyPlace by Natasha Tracy

Articles Breaking Bipolar Over at HealthyPlace

Here is a sampling of recent articles written for Breaking Bipolar at HealthyPlace to which people have positively responded:

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:

Let me know what you think and of course feel free to suggest topics any time.
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