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Are You an Informed Patient?

Melody Moezzi
June 13, 2011

I’m obsessed with being an informed patient. I don’t take any meds without reading at least a handful of relevant clinical studies–even if I do have to look up half of the words in them. Until recently, I always accepted that these studies (particularly the ones that led to FDA approval) were conducted in good...

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You’re not alone. And neither is that guy over there.

Bruce Goldstein
May 24, 2011

You know those mornings when you feel like you’re the only one that’s depressed and can’t get out of bed, or how about those times when your anxiety is so bad, you think you’re the only one having a heart attack? Well, I have news for you: You’re not. Back in the day, when my...

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Pediatric Puzzles: Seeking a Bipolar Diagnosis in Children

Donna Jackel
February 1, 2010

Although it has become much more common, diagnosing bipolar disorder in children and teens poses special challenges, including misdiagnosis due to other conditions that share the same symptoms. By Donna Jackel   In less than a generation, childhood bipolar disorder has morphed from an extremely rare diagnosis to one very much on the radar of...

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Bipolar & Medication Compliance: Sticking with it

Laura Dolan
November 8, 2007

There are plenty of excuses to go off meds, and Laura Dolan has heard them all. The refusal to take medications is one of the biggest roadblocks to controlling one’s bipolar disorder and, ultimately, to becoming stable and healthy. “Medication compliance,” as it’s known in psychiatric circles, has never been a huge problem for me....

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My Experience in Finding the Right Psychiatrist

Lizzie
August 1, 2007

Respect is the one word you need to remember when searching for the right psychiatrist. By Lizzie   It can take awhile to find the right relationship with the right mental health-care provider. At long last, I think I have found my partner in my primary care physician who agreed to manage my bipolar disorder,...

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SoundOFF! Medication Compliance

bp Magazine Readers
August 8, 2005

Many people with bipolar disorder have stopped taking their prescribed medication at one time or another. If this describes you, what was your experience? Shortly after I was diagnosed, I stopped taking my anti-epileptic drug and went into a period of denial regarding my illness. As a result of my not taking my medications properly,...

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Dr. Jane Mountain: Navigating The Peaks & Valleys of BP

Brenda Alesii
May 22, 2005

Jane’s journey from hypomanic to healing   By Brenda Alesii   With a distinctive surname and an address in the heart of the Rockies, Jane F. Mountain, MD, knows a thing or two about peaks and valleys. In her 56 years, Jane, a family physician, has taken a circuitous route to her current role as...

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