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Is Your Unipolar Depression Really Bipolar Waiting to Happen?

In a recent post, I traced the history of our understanding of bipolar disorder. This has tremendous implications for those of you who suffer from unipolar depression. This is because back in the past, what we used to call manic-depression also inclu...

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Is Your True Diagnosis Bipolar? Questions You Need to Be Asking

Think of this post as a coda to the piece I published a day or two ago, on whether or not your unipolar depression may be bipolar waiting to happen. The piece drew from Goodwin and Jamison’s 2007 “Manic-Depressive Illness,” which identified a class o...

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7 Famous People with Depression

This list is populated with those who achieved greatness or celebrity despite – or in some cases because of – their crushing burdens. But the real lesson is that depression can bring down even the strongest in our midst. We may celebrate victory, but ...

A Brief History of Bipolar Disorder

A Brief History of Bipolar Disorder

I’m hard at work right now on a book on bipolar. This would supplant the one that came out nearly nine years ago, based on a manuscript I turned in ten years ago.

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A Rough Valentine's Day? Here's to a Great One Next Year ...

If any of you ate chocolate this Valentine’s day, most likely it wasn’t in the company of a loved one. The odds hardly favor us being in long-term loving relationships, and a lot of us have just given up. After all, we can be rather challenging to ge...

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Happy Birthday, Abe and Charlie - A Glance at Brilliance and Depression

This day in 1809 witnessed the birth of both Lincoln and Darwin. “The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail, whenever I gaze at it, makes me sick” Darwin wrote. What was going on in Darwin’s mind was this: Natural selection should have favored birds ...

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Bipolar Quiz: How Well Do You Know Up?

How well do you understand ‘up’? Diagnostic psychiatry, with its emphasis on symptom checklists, gives us the impression that mania and hypomania are objectively quantifiable states. In reality, context is everything. To prove the point, here is a li...

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A Funny Thing Happened To Me While Depressed

I have no explanation for this " Last week, I spun into a depression. I have as many names for my depressions as an Eskimo has for snow. Let’s call this one my dark-matter-of-the-universe depression. On a quantum level, my Higgs boson simply was...

Finding Support for Mental Illness

Finding Support for Mental Illness

Alone, depressed and suicidal, Gabe Howard wasn’t sure he’d ever find the help he needed for bipolar disorder. Here’s how he was able to change his life.

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Reporting Live From My Depression

I will keep this brief. The last three days have been rough. I have been weathering a fierce depression. My way of dealing with it has been to submit, to burrow under the covers and let it wash over me until it loses its force. In a day or two, I exp...