The Challenge of ADHD and Bipolar
Bipolar disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have overlapping clinical symptoms. Both disorders are associated with impulsive decision making, physical hyperactivity, mood reactivity, difficulty with sustained focus, among other symptoms. The challenge of distinguishing between two conditions with similar presentations can cause delays in treatment, inaccurate diagnosis, adverse reactions to treatment, and needless suffering. Approaches to treatment are quite different for the two conditions, which highlights the importance of accurate diagnosis. In addition to overlapping symptoms, both conditions have significant variability in clinical presentation (bipolar includes bipolar 1 and 2, mixed mood symptoms, hypomania, mania, depression; and ADHD includes presentations with primarily inattentiveness or hyperactivity or both) and clinicians may be called upon to diagnose these conditions anywhere between early ... Read More
Increased Alcohol Use in US
A detailed and impressive study finds dramatically increased alcohol use disorders in the US in the past decade. Between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, regular high-risk drinking increased by almost 30%, and the number of people meeting criteria for alcohol use disorder grew by 49.4%. What else do we know about the health of Americans in the past few years? We know that there has been a startling increase in death from opioid use. Opiate deaths have gotten a great deal of attention, but what seems to be less often noted is that studies have found that this increase in opiate deaths occurs in the context of an overall increase in drug overdose deaths as well as suicide rates. Studies have suggested ... Read More
Fear of Catastrophe
How to respond to the fear of catastrophe? Many people are having trouble getting to sleep these days. Fear of catastrophe has reemerged as we contemplate the craziness of nuclear war. This seems like a good time to review what we know about situations where there is the potential for something really bad to happen but the magnitude and nature of that potential catastrophe is somewhat vague (and therefore even more ominous) and the story is receiving a great deal of attention in the news media. There are many examples of this from recent experience and some lessons to be learned. Situations like this always take me back to my experience of being in San Francisco during the last big earthquake. Sure there was ... Read More
Coming Out Proud - Disclosure
Coming Out Proud is the name of a program that was developed Patrick Corrigan to help people with a "mental illness" think through the risks and benefits of disclosure, and come up with a strategy that not only fits their values but avoids some of the many pitfalls of greater honesty about bipolar or depression. The full program takes you through a process of self exploration that will help you answer questions such as... Who should I tell that I have a mental illness? To what degree should I disclose? Should I tell the whole ugly story or just bits? How quickly should I disclose, if at all? How do I deal with inquiring people wanting to know more about ... Read More
Yoga Practice Five Reasons
Yoga can be an incredible tool in well-being and recovery, why not check out the five reasons to start a yoga practice below! 1. Stress Management Stress management is a huge factor in managing mood and well-being. Increases in stress can lead to disrupted sleep, weakened immune systems, and mood episodes. Yoga has shown to help people manage stress on the genetic level. "Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don't simply relax us; they can 'reverse' the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression...These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our ... Read More
Elon Musk is Bipolar
Elon Musk is bipolar, according to a series of articles based on an exchange on Twitter. Responding to another tweet he said, "The reality is great highs, terrible lows, and unrelenting stress..." “I’m sure there are better answers than what I do, which is just take the pain and make sure you really care about what you’re doing.” He was then asked if he was bipolar and answered simply: “Yeah.” "Maybe not medically tho [sic]. Dunno. Bad feelings correlate to bad events, so maybe real problem is getting carried away in what I sign up for.' Bipolar has increasingly entered the vocabulary as an adjective rather than a noun, and Elon says in those tweets that he has not been "diagnosed" but ... Read More

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