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Personality may play role in number of prescribed medications

bp Magazine
July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014, BOSTON, MA—Certain personality traits appear to play a role in how many psychiatric medications people with bipolar disorder are put on, new research suggests.American and British researchers said most people with bipolar are prescribed multiple psychiatric medications to take concurrently. They set out to discover what personality traits are associated with complex...

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Are Generic-Drugs Failing Peers With Bipolar?

Chato Stewart
March 12, 2014

In The News: Generic-Drug Failures Spur Concern as FDA Steps Up Action “U.S. regulators are mobilizing to shore up confidence in America’s generic-drug supply as alarm grows over the quality of products made in India, and the head of the largest U.S.-based maker of the medicines predicted more trouble lies ahead.“ For my Mental Health...

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Pharmacists: The Most Underutilized Mental Health Resource Available

Melody Moezzi
December 2, 2013

Nearly every time I speak with a pharmacist about my medication, I learn something new and useful. So do yourself a favor and take the time to meet your pharmacist if you haven’t already. It’s not easy to become a pharmacist. It requires just as much schooling as becoming a medical doctor in the US,...

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Just Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder?

Julie A. Fast
August 1, 2013

Here’s my perspective: 1. You may never, ever get used to having bipolar disorder. It’s always there. Like a lost leg. No, I’m not being melodramatic- it’s an illness. Self awareness is a positive- the more you respect the illness, the easier it is to manage! 2. Everyone changes as they get older. You will...

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A woman in a mental health hospital seems unsure as she sets opposite a psychiatrist who is making notes.

Don’t Be Afraid To Get A Second (Or Third) Opinion

Melody Moezzi
July 1, 2013

Most psychiatrists don’t specialize in a single disorder, and as such, they aren’t necessarily up to date on recent advancements or in some cases, even the most basic signs and symptoms of every illness. So don’t be afraid to get a second opinion! My mother has worked as a pathologist for over twenty years, during...

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Safety and Knowledge is Key When Weaning off Meds

Beth Brownsberger Mader
January 12, 2013

With the full knowledge and approval of my psychiatrist, I am slowly weaning off a medication I have been on since my bipolar diagnosis in 2005—a benzodiazepine, clonazepam.  This drug is used primarily to treat anxiety, assist with sleep and help bring down mania until mood stabilizers can take effect.  I decided that other drugs...

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Pt 2 Bipolar Disorder Medications and the Lovely Stomach Flu!

Julie A. Fast
January 3, 2013

Click here to read Pt 1 of this blog. The topic: how to keep medications in your body when your body isn’t cooperating! Here are two of the strategies I used to keep my meds on track for the four days I had the flu:  1. I put my day’s meds on the counter.  If...

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Bipolar Disorder Medications: Two Sides of a Miracle

Julie A. Fast
December 13, 2012

My depression is better. My life has changed for the better, but it has also changed for the worst. Guess why! Medication side effects. I’ve begged for relief from my depression for over ten years. As you may know from my posts, it has been a constant and scary companion. Then I found the right...

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Medication Empowerment

Beth Brownsberger Mader
August 25, 2012

Since being diagnosed with BPII in 2004/PTSD in 2006, I’d say I’ve been prescribed at least 15 psychotropic medications to treat my disorders.  During the 20-odd years prior, having been misdiagnosed with unipolar depression and sleep disorders, I can add another 4 or 5 medications to the list. I can hear some of you chuckle,...

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Finding the Right Therapy & Doctor for Your Child

Family Matters Panel
July 1, 2012

Therapy plays an important role in a child’s treatment. How do you look for a good therapist? How do you know if therapy is working for your loved one? Julie’s Answer: As consumers, we spend countless hours researching which vehicle or home we want that will fit our needs. As parents, isn’t the person you...

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What a Difference in Crossing a County Line

Beth Brownsberger Mader
June 30, 2012

I’ve made no secret of my displeasure with my mental health care in the past—that, frankly, I believe treatment bordered on incompetence. Having just completed the intake process in my new county, the difference is remarkable, and I am pleased and hopeful that my individual wellness seems to be a tangible thing to my new...

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Teens, Mania and STDs Part Two

Julie A. Fast
March 29, 2012

It’s extremely important to talk about hypersexuality––mania’s sensitive side effect––and STD prevention with teens. Laura’s conversation with her dad continues…. He has just reminded her of the time she spent $500 online with her mom’s card. Laura: That was before I was diagnosed dad. I haven’t done that again. I’m so embarrassed about that. Dad: ...

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Is My Lithium Dose Correct?

Julie A. Fast
February 2, 2012

I started lithium three months ago. It worked for 10 days and then it stopped. I called my co-author Dr. John Preston for help. I told him about my intense side effects and the returning depression. I explained I was having a lot of trouble with… Memory All day lethargy Lack of focus Extreme hunger.  (Not fun!)...

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Ask The Doctor: My New Doctor Doesn’t Know I Have Bipolar

Jane Mountain, MD
January 1, 2012

Being completely honest and finding the right psychiatric fit for you is crucial for your recovery Is it true that my psychiatric diagnosis is important to my physical health? Yes, because your psychiatric diagnosis affects your physical health—and vice versa. It’s great that you’re taking care of your body. Sometimes we get so focused on...

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So, Now What?

Beth Brownsberger Mader
August 27, 2011

I will lose my State assisted health coverage on August 31. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting last minute things lookedat, receiving final follow-ups and blood work done. I reviewed medswith non-psych docs, to confirm their impact on my cardiac and othermedical concerns.  I cannot get talk-therapy anymore, nor mental health hospitalization. And...

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What is Circumstantial Depression?

Julie A. Fast
August 18, 2011

My father, who was in the navy when I was growing up has never been depressed except once in his life. He told me this story, “I was the golden boy in submarines.  People always told me how great I was and I went through the ranks quickly.  I loved being in the sea and...

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Why is Bipolar Depression So Hard to Treat?

Melody Moezzi
August 8, 2011

Despite all the attention mania gets, most of us with bipolar know that depression is far more common. Despite all the attention mania gets, most of us with bipolar know all too well that depression is far more common than either mania or hypomania. It’s a particularly annoying misconception that people with “bipolar I” experience...

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How a Deadly Diagnosis Brings Me Peace

Beth Brownsberger Mader
August 6, 2011

In some of my blogs I alluded to medical issues I manage beyond mental illness.  I haven’t been hiding anything.  It’s taken me time to process and understand before sharing. This spring I was diagnosed with a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm.  In lay terms, it means the primary blood tube leaving my heart has a...

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I chose lithium. I chose life.

Bruce Goldstein
July 26, 2011

Last week I blogged about stopping my lithium. There was a mistake in a mail-order, and I ran out of the miracle salt while I was waiting. I figured what’s a few days? So I didn’t bother calling my doctor. I felt a little depressed one day and then very excited another. I told myself...

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Delusional Docs

Melody Moezzi
June 27, 2011

As part of my research for my next book, I recently ordered all of my psychiatric medical records. Last week, I received the records from a hospital where I stayed for nearly a week following my first bout with psychotic mania. After going through all the records, what I found most appalling was the following...

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