Sue Bergeson, Patient Expert

Sue wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Bipolar Disorder.

Everything Has Its Season

For the past several months, I’ve been unconsciously singing a song called “Corner of the Sky” from the musical Pippin. I’m not sure anyone remembers this song, but some of the lyrics read: Everything has its season;Everything has its time.Show me a ...
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When the Bird and the Book Disagree...

“When the bird and the book disagree, always believe the bird.” –James Audubon (1785-1851) I was on a phone meeting the other day (I know you’re shocked to hear this it seems to be all I do) and found myself being confronted by a well-meaning health ...
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Seven Common Mistakes When Filing for SSDI

I thought this article about filing for SSDI was so important that I wanted to run a copy of it as my blog this week. It’s from Allsup, a leading nationwide provider of financial and health care related services to people with disabilities; they help ...
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FLIGHTY - A New Way to Identify Hypomania

Recently, I talked about an article in Current Psychiatry that I found frustrating. This week, I want to highlight one I thought was interesting and has some value to us as consumers. In the June 2007 issue of Current Psychiatry, Dr. David L. Wagner ...
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Mental Health First Aid

I’ve been interested in watching the concept of mental health “first aid” developed in Australia move through the mental health community. The Australian website, www.mhfa.com.au, explains that it is a “12-hour course…designed to give members of the ...
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Rebuilding Relationships

Lost jobs, lost homes, lost families. As I travel the country and talk with my peers, I sometimes become overwhelmed by the amazing things people have lost-and the things we have survived. One young man told me about selling all of his possessions, g...
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Famous People

What is it about famous people with our illnesses? It’s always amazing to me how reassuring we seem to find it when we can hold up a list of famous people and say "See, they have it too." Somehow, we feel more "normal"… more &qu...
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