book cover: The Ups and Downs - A Bipolar Picture Book by Kat Owens
Book reviews

Book Review: The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book

The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book by Kat Owens is an adult-oriented picture book, although there's no "adult" content and it would be very appropriate to help younger people understand bipolar disorder. The author aims to show the ups and downs of everyday life with bipolar. She herself lives with bipolar II.… Continue reading Book Review: The Ups and Downs – A Bipolar Picture Book

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Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Emma (Mental Health Matters)

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.This post is by Emma from Mental… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Emma (Mental Health Matters)

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blogging community, Mental health

Working On Us week 17 – S.A.D.

It's week 17 of the Working On Us mental health prompt series from Beckie at Beckie's Mental Mess.  Please see her post for guidelines on participating.  Feel free to join in and link back to her post.   Prompt #1 Questions: Do you suffer from SAD?  I don't have a strong seasonal component to my depression. … Continue reading Working On Us week 17 – S.A.D.

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Mental health

What Does the Research Say on Cannabis and Mental Illness?

Cannabis.  It's a plant that's well known for getting people high, but it's also become increasingly accepted for medicinal purposes, particularly for pain and nausea.  But what do we know about the interaction between cannabis and mental illness? There's been a clearly established link between cannabis use and triggering the onset of psychotic illness in… Continue reading What Does the Research Say on Cannabis and Mental Illness?

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Mental health, What is... psychology series

What is… Ultra Rapid Cycling

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is ultra rapid cycling in bipolar disorder. Rapid cycling and the DSM-5 Rapid cycling describes the frequency of switching between mania/hypomania and depression in bipolar disorder.  The current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders… Continue reading What is… Ultra Rapid Cycling

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Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Clive

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Clive from… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Clive

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Emerging blogger, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Elizabeth

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This week, we have two emerging… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Elizabeth

Book cover: Bipolar Me by Janet Coburn
Book reviews

Book review: Bipolar Me

Bipolar Me by Janet Coburn explores her journey with bipolar II disorder.  The book is made up of blog posts, which are divided into chapters based on theme.  The chapters cover topics like the symptoms of bipolar disorder, the "med-go-round", times of struggling, dealing with social situations, and broader societal issues.  Each post is pretty… Continue reading Book review: Bipolar Me

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Book reviews, Mindfulness, gratitude & compassion

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. Much of the book would also be applicable to other mood disorders.  I believe mindfulness can be a really helpful thing… Continue reading Book review: Mindfulness For Bipolar Disorder