The Wrong Pill Can Play With Your Mind
By JAIME LOWESEPT. 30, 2017
WHEN I was 16, I was admitted to U.C.L.A.’s neuropsychiatric institute. I’d been suffering from increasing paranoia (I thought war was imminent; I thought I would be called into battle) and lack of sleep (I paced our staircase into the early hours of morning). Most profoundly, I thought my parents were actually secret agents, …
Depakote D.R. (for delayed release)
Depakote E.R. (for extended release).
One study led by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found that 58 percent of people who were prescribed a psychotropic medication within the study group of roughly five million had no psychiatric diagnosis.
Laura Bain speaks about living with Bipolar Type II Disorder, the trials and tribulations, but also how it informs her vibrant character and wonderful sense of identity.
“Laura is a very passionate person and as a 5th year Biology student she is a lover of Science. She is an avid cyclist, a teacher, an artist and a silly dancer. She is a windsurf instructor, the former vice commodore of the UBC sailing club, and a summer landscaper. She is a friend, roommate, a well-loved daughter and baby sister to three big brothers. She is also an auntie to the cutest little niece ever. Oh, there is one more thing, she is living with Bipolar Disorder.”
Tracked my mood/feelings (higher energy/lower energy; transition days) on my calendar: arrows
persistent upward arrows for about two weeks
Kaity is a writer, a daughter, friend, etc. Among other things, she is a survivor of mental illness. Listen to her talk about her experiences, the stigma surrounding the word “mental illness,” and learning to live and rise above her disorders.
The Benefits of Restlesness
I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds
One way to understand these states is called “mixed states”. Bipolar disorder is an unfortunate name, as it implies a North/South Pole experience. A better picture looks like this graph …
Both manic symptoms and depressive symptoms at the same time? Sure enough. Not intuitive, if you think North/South pole. But these symptoms can vary independently or occur together
Mixed states in bipolar disorder
Manic with mixed features
Recognition and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Normal and abnormal mood states
Psychotic and nonpsychotic bipolar mixed states