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God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness

This disturbing documentary tells the story of Linda Bishop, and her death after being released from a state psychiatric hospital. The film includes readings from Linda's journal, and commentary from people who knew her, including her sister and her daughter.  Their words powerfully captured the pain and frustration of a family seeing their loved one … Continue reading God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness

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Evidence-based treatment of bipolar disorder: The CANMAT/ISBD guidelines

In 2013 the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments combed through the scientific literature and put together these guidelines for the pharmacological treatment of bipolar disorder.  Treatments are classified as 1st, 2nd, or 3rd line based on the strength of existing evidence to support their effectiveness.  Also … Continue reading Evidence-based treatment of bipolar disorder: The CANMAT/ISBD guidelines

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TED Talks: A Mental Health Hodgepodge

  Here are a few great TED Talks I've found on a variety of topics related to mental illness.   Eleanor Longden: The Voices in My Head https://embed.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head A psychiatrist once told Eleanor Longden that she would be better off having cancer than a psychotic illness, because it would be more curable.  Having the voice … Continue reading TED Talks: A Mental Health Hodgepodge

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Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder

Mindfulness for Bipolar Disorder: How Mindfulness and Neuroscience Can Help You Manage Your Bipolar Symptoms by Dr. William R. Marchand lays out specific areas for mindfulness practices that be useful in managing bipolar disorder symptoms (and most if the book is also applicable to other mood disorders).  I believe mindfulness can be a really helpful thing … Continue reading Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder

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Book review: Birth of a new Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder

Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder chronicles author Dyane Harwood’s journey with postpartum onset bipolar disorder.  The story’s rich, vivid descriptions draw the reader along on the intense roller coaster ride of the author's illness experience.  Many elements of her story will be hauntingly familiar to those whose lives have been … Continue reading Book review: Birth of a new Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder