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  • And it keeps going

    A Mad Reality
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    I thought I was in the all clear. I was fine during the day. But then, completely out of nowhere I started crying at dinner because my daughters wouldn’t eat. Since then I’ve cried because I dropped something, because it was taking forever for the girls to get their pajamas on, because I had to clean the cat litter. My daughters are in bed now. I don’t want to go to sleep. But I sat on the couch for about 20 minutes just doing nothing because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. So I decided to write. I don’t know what I’m going to do after. I don’t feel like concentrating on…
  • Brief Psychotic Disorder

    MedicineNet Bipolar Disorder Specialty
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Brief Psychotic DisorderCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 1/31/2005 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • Shared pathways discovered for psychiatric disorders

    Bipolar News From Medical News Today
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Nancy Buccola, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, contributed samples used in a study reporting shared genetic risk...
  • I no longer feel like a ghost now

    Bipolar Disorder News
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    … and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I spent four months in …
  • Vincent Hughes ‘in contemplation’ of U.S. Senate run against Pat Toomey

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    Josh Kruger
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Earlier this week, PoliticsPA reported the registration of a few web domain names that suggested a possible U.S. Senate run by current State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia). We’re not talking about subtlety here — we’re talking “Hughes4USSenate2016.com.” Rumor promptly began swirling about whether or not Hughes, a state legislator for nearly 30 years, was serious about trying to make the leap from Harrisburg to Washington. Today, Hughes sat down in Philadelphia Weekly‘s offices for a wide-ranging interview. When those domains came up in the…
 
 
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  • Vincent Hughes ‘in contemplation’ of U.S. Senate run against Pat Toomey

    Josh Kruger
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Earlier this week, PoliticsPA reported the registration of a few web domain names that suggested a possible U.S. Senate run by current State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia). We’re not talking about subtlety here — we’re talking “Hughes4USSenate2016.com.” Rumor promptly began swirling about whether or not Hughes, a state legislator for nearly 30 years, was serious about trying to make the leap from Harrisburg to Washington. Today, Hughes sat down in Philadelphia Weekly‘s offices for a wide-ranging interview. When those domains came up in the…
  • Report: Philadelphia home to one of the “hottest” neighborhoods nationwide

    Josh Kruger
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Earlier this month, the New York Times named Philadelphia the third top destination to visit in 2015. The Times specifically cited the city’s recent growth and friendliness to progressive changes as rationale for the auspicious recognition. The listing even led the head of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to offer a few suggestions about how the city can, more or less literally, stay on that positive track, too. The positive Philly vibes don’t stop there, though. Also this month, Philadelphians were given more evidence of the city’s newfound status:…
  • Opera Philadelphia making history with its East coast premiere of “Oscar”

    Bill Chenevert
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    You may not know it, but here in Philly, we have one of the most progressive and desirable opera companies in the country. Opera Philadelphia’s 40th anniversary season is cruising along now, and with its second production, Oscar, they’re breaking down barriers and boldly going where no opera companies have ever gone before: a same-sex love story inspired by Oscar Wilde. “Finally, finally we’re not just seeing a man and a woman onstage. To see two men on stage and in love and interacting in that way is wonderful and also huge,” Heidi Stober, a Berliner who stars as Wilde’s…
  • Jim Kenney on resigning, the mayor’s race and Chris Christie Twitter beef

    Josh Kruger
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    On Tuesday, after it became clear that the expected snowstorm would never materialize, Councilman Jim Kenney released a surprising bulletin: He was resigning from Philadelphia City Council and discussing his next moves from his office in City Hall. Journalists from across the city packed into his office, huddled together and waited for the man who’s been representing Philadelphians as a whole for 23 years. The mood was relaxed; while everyone had suspicions—even expectations—about what he was going to say, Kenney stayed true to following the law. After all, in Philadelphia, you…
  • Hot guys talk honestly about what it’s like to be handsome

    phillynowstaff
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Timaree Schmit For several weeks, I’ve been bothering innocent young men about their appearance. I introduce myself as a sexologist and writer and ask if we can talk about what it’s like to be good-looking. Being conventionally attractive leads to all sorts of benefits, from career success to the chances a jury will convict you and access to a more exclusive dating pool. There are downsides to being really, really, ridiculously good-looking, though most of them overwhelmingly affect women. Females have been denied jobs and fired for being distractingly attractive. Pretty women face…
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    Straight Talk on Managing Bipolar Disorder

  • I once again answer the critics on why this blog about bipolar disorder believes in medications for bipolar disorder!

    Julie Fast
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    I continually receive comments, posts on social media and direct emails trying to ‘open my eyes’ to the dangers of psychiatric medications. If you look below to the post under this one, you will see a post on Lamictal (lamotrigine) from a few years ago. I re-posted the entry so that you could see the comments I receive from those who for some reason feel that a balanced blog that stresses management skills with medications when needed would be open to the idea that NO ONE with bipolar disorder should take medications.  I guess they think I just love putting these toxic things in…
  • Reader Question on Lamictal (lamotrigine) Side Effects

    Julie Fast
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    Lamictal is a mood stabilizer used to treat bipolar disorder depression. The generic name is lamotrigine.  The basic dose is 200 mg, though the dose can vary greatly depending on the person. It usually has very low side effects, but there can certainly be some that interfere with life! Here is a question from a reader (Jon) about Lamictal side effects. Hi Julie, I’m taking 800mg of lamictal a day for epilepsy, and Ive had a problem with my throat for the past 2 years (almost since Ive been on the medicine. Primarily continual clearing of my throat and a sensation of something stuck in…
  • My Bp Magazine Blog Post: Does My Teenager Have Bipolar Disorder?

    Julie Fast
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
      It’s hard to know if your teenager has bipolar disorder simply because teenagers are emotional creatures!   How are parents supposed to figure out what is typical and what is a possible bipolar disorder symptom when so many teenage behaviors seems to mimic the ups and downs of bipolar disorder? I address this question in my latest blog for Bp Magazine.       After years of working with parents who ask me this exact question, I came up with a quick tool all parents can use to at least determine if a teenager needs an evaluation from a health care professional.  It…
  • Do You Care About Someone with Bipolar Disorder Who Refuses Help for Bipolar Disorder?

    Julie Fast
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:43 am
    You are not alone! Many people with bipolar disorder can’t see they are ill and many know they have the illness, but stubbornly refuse help! Here are three tips to ease your loved one into future treatment:  1. If the person refuses to say the words bipolar disorder, don’t try to force the issue…yet. Instead, talk about feeling good, feeling down, feeling upset or feeling angry. 2. Focus on sleep. Many people with untreated mood disorders are open to getting help for sleep. Talk about sleep studies, small doses of melatonin four hours before midnight and talking to a…
  • Do You Have A Helping of Chronic Pain and Inflammation Along with Your Bipolar Disorder?

    Julie Fast
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    I do! I’m currently eating a Paleo diet with the autoimmune protocol (no nightshades, dairy, etc) to deal with an intense back and hip injury from a  biking accident.   When I say I’m eating a Paleo diet, I means I’m working it, but I haven’t reached a point of following it completely. The Paleo concept isn’t complicated. Many of the foods we eat today are so new our bodies are not always able to digest the foods in a natural way.  This way of eating isn’t about losing  weight, it’s about ending physical problems. The basics:  You eat nutrient…
 
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    The Last Degree

  • Profitable actions to kick start Pinterest for Business

    Lisa Devereaux
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    The Last Degree For the past year I barely touched my Pinterest account. I knew it was a source of traffic generation for blogging but had trouble understanding how I could leverage Pinterest for Business. In the past when I was renovating my house I started a few boards on images that inspired me for kitchen and bathroom renovations. As a mother of twins I loved images of multiples and articles of parenting twins. Then as I got engaged in January I started to search and save pins of weddings at the beach and variations of colours of orange and blue. But that was where my experience to…
  • My Beach Destination Wedding Invitation Recommendations

    Lisa Devereaux
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    The Last Degree In less than 3 months I am getting married. Eeeeeeek! Cant believe how fast the last 12 months have crept up and I am wondering if maybe we should have pushed it back a bit further. But no, the date is confirmed, the flights are booked and the invitations out. No cold feet now and to top it off we decided on a destination wedding. Why a destination wedding? Lots of people have asked us this question and to be fair I try to come up with legitimate reasons besides well because we wanted too… LOL  First reason no one was of course I have been dreaming of visiting the Cook…
  • It’s your Year with a Leonie Dawson workbook

    Lisa Devereaux
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    The Last Degree Well I probably should be starting my Leonie Dawson Workbook early in the morning with a fresh start but as we have it, it is late at night, kids asleep as I settle down with a late night coffee listening to music as I open my first pages. If you have not seen it but the 2015 Create Your Shining Year life workbook and calendar is an incredibly popular & useful tool to help you plan out & make happen your most incredible year in life or business (or both!). What is apparent is fellow Queenslander (although I hear now moving to Tasmania) Leonie Dawson is an amazing…
  • New Year new space balanced life

    Lisa Devereaux
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    The Last Degree 2015 and already it feels like a very good year. For once I have had no need to read through magazines and newspapers of lofty predictions of what they foresee of your average Aries girl. As I already know it will be a good year. This year routines are changing as the girls start school, we are learning new things like the piano, my work online continues to open up new opportunities and I am getting married. Unfortunately we are starting to grow out of our little blank canvas house. My office had a great spring clean this week to freshen up for the new year but our bedrooms…
  • Happy Mum Tips

    Lisa Devereaux
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The Last Degree It is the holidays and as a busy mum it is a great time to be home with the kids. It is also a good opportunity to pause and reflect. Are you a happy mim? If yes, great! If not, read some special tips below. Look at your kids Well, they are a blessing. Shopping for them or moving around with them is a blessing. Don’t turn it into a curse by not recognizing it. Make a diary Well, making a note of special or funny things they say will make you happy even years after it actually happened. So, make a note of it. If you do not have a dairy, place an order for it today. You can…
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  • 31 days of bipolar: day 11

    blahpolar
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:18 pm
    31 days of bipolar meme 11. What resources do you recommend and why? (Books, documentaries, websites etc … anything at all.) I’ve reviewed all of the books and documentaries I’ve read and watched, the info and links are all on my blog pages (eyes aloft, kids). These are a few of my favourite things: Books: Anything by Marya Hornbacher (memoir & novel) Ditto Miriam Toews (biography & novels) Too Bright to Hear too Loud to See – Juliann Garey (novel) Marbles – Ellen Forney (graphic novel) Documentaries: Boy Interrupted (trigger: suicide of teenager) Madness…
  • Am I Controlling?

    silcnce
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Hey, so I had therapy today, and I must say, the session got really intense.  I didn’t like it, but I guess there was something that needed to be said.  I really don’t trust people and I’m one of the most independent people I know.  My therapist said I was filled with pride and that it was admirable. However, she tried to get to the root of why I didn’t trust people, and I didn’t want to tell her.  I just didn’t see the need to.  She also said that I seemed to need to have a control of some situations, and it bothered me. I mean, me?  Controlling?
  • Ugh

    twofingerstwocubes
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:37 pm
    I am mentally exhausted. I hate it when people say that you can only understand something if you have experienced it, I think that, generally speaking, is bullshit but with this I actually think there is truth to it. So often I’ve been accused of laziness and there is a difference between being lazy and mentally being in a place where there is just this wall of exhaustion between you and what you need to do. When I’m lazy I’m fine, I just don’t want to do it. When I’m like this either I would like to do it or I’m in this place where desire doesn’t…
  • Journal | Conversations with Death

    Organic Advocate
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    It is not easy having face to face conversations with the grim reaper. When you look at him up close
  • Scissors and Pencils

    Ramblings From The Mentally Ill
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I then found myself inside a go-go dancing cage. The atmosphere was pumping with electrifying industrial music and I was soaring above the heavens. For a moment the buzzing thoughts were dull due to alcohol consumption. I was never wasted, I just needed to take the edge off. My mind was flooded with desires of sexual endeavors with strangers. Yet, I never ever have been the type to ever think about such things. I felt like a goddess among subjects that were unworthy. I had this notion that I had all the answers and that I could use this to manipulate my surroundings. Nothing anyone else said…
 
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    The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive

  • Have a disability and/or MH condition and want a career in hospitality? Channel 4 want you!

    Mentally Interesting
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    Posting this for my friend, who’s making this programme. She is fantastic, sensitive and clever and can vouch for her being good people. See below and please direct all questions yonder… Are you struggling to find a job? Would you love a career in the hospitality industry? Do you have a physical, sensory or other impairment or a long term condition? Twofour, one of the UK’s most respected TV Companies, is producing a ground-breaking series for Channel 4 Television Corporation. We are looking for disabled people or those with a variety of conditions, who want to seize the…
  • My Big Fat Bipolar Pregnancy- feat. the perinatal psychiatry team and The Fear

    Mentally Interesting
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Mental illness isn’t the bogeyman. I’ve been quite quiet here. It’s not as though I haven’t been trying. See? Those drafts were mostly interrupted by bouts of exhaustion and blankness. I’d tried to write something funny and light, but it felt quite forced. What’s prompting me to write today is the heartbreaking death of Charlotte Bevan and her four day old daughter, Zaani.  What’s known is that Charlotte had a history of mental health issues- namely schizophrenia and depression, according to her family- was severely sleep deprived and had stopped…
  • Insert blog about bipolar and pregnancy here

    Mentally Interesting
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    It’s in progress. I will post more soon. I am really struggling at the moment.  I’m sorry.Filed under: Mental health
  • Pregnant, Mental and Fat

    Mentally Interesting
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Bloody hell. It’s taken me 18 weeks to write this post. I imagined a dam would burst when we told everyone at week 12. And I, who diarises everything and have done since I was a child. Anyway- better late than never. This is my news… Whomp whomp whomp she says I found out I was pregnant on the day Rik Mayall died. My already not inconsiderable boobs seemed to have become zeppelins of ache, so I decided to grab a pregnancy test on my way to work to  wee upon in the peaceful surroundings of the disabled toilet. I yawned as I waited for the results, expecting it to be negative like…
  • On being lonely

    Mentally Interesting
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    I’ve written about pissing into bottles when I’ve been depressed, and yet to me, this is a blog  whose responses I fear the most. Because admitting that you’re lonely seems to be the most shaming thing you can do. We’re meant to be glitzy! Instagramming! Vineing our awesome lives! And this will sound like one long self pitying tract, which it is, really. All I want from it is to get some thoughts out of my system. It is not a plea for contact because as I will explain I must do those things on my own terms and not be forced into them or feel obligated because I find…
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    A Mad Reality

  • And it keeps going

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    I thought I was in the all clear. I was fine during the day. But then, completely out of nowhere I started crying at dinner because my daughters wouldn’t eat. Since then I’ve cried because I dropped something, because it was taking forever for the girls to get their pajamas on, because I had to clean the cat litter. My daughters are in bed now. I don’t want to go to sleep. But I sat on the couch for about 20 minutes just doing nothing because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. So I decided to write. I don’t know what I’m going to do after. I don’t feel like concentrating on…
  • Still in an episode

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    I’m still in an episode. Yesterday I woke up and couldn’t get out of bed. I spent an hour trying to move. Finally I was able to sit up, but as soon as I did I started crying. I struggled most of the day but really pushed myself. In the evening I started feeling better. I exercised, then spent a few hours on the couch watching TV. Around midnight I had an overwhelming urge to wash all our floors. I knew doing so wasn’t good. But thinking about not washing the floors made me start to cry. I went to bed and with the help of my husband and some rain sounds I got on Youtube I fell…
  • Ready to pull my hair out

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    My mind is so all over the place right now. My emotions have gone haywire. I want to cry, I want to laugh, I want to scream. I want to sleep, I want to do things. I’m just a mess right now.I’m really pushing myself. I’m doing everything I can to keep myself balanced. When I just want to curl up in bed and sleep, I keep myself busy with small, simple tasks. When I feel like I need to do a thousand things at once I’m holding back and trying to do one small thing at a time. It’s a lot harder than it sounds.I was depressed most of yesterday, around 4pm I flipped and suddenly had to…
  • I'm depressed

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I’m depressed. It started yesterday. Throughout the day I had little patience. Got frustrated easily. I was very teary by the end of the day. Had no energy to do anything. Fell asleep in a messy house, in my gross exercise clothes. When I woke up this morning I didn’t want to move a muscle. I wanted to stay right where I was. It was too hard. I had a hard time, still having a hard time, thinking about today and what I need to do. I need to bring my daughters to school and pick them up. I should shower at some point. I’ll need to make lunch and dinner. I should do some cleaning. Seems…
  • My experience with psychosis

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    “I ate the laughing bagel. I didn’t want it to talk and laugh anymore. So I thought eating it would shut it up. But now it’s laughing at me in my stomach”.I found this in one of my journals from the fall of 2006. That was the entire entry. Once I read it I could vaguely remember that day. I remember going to a near-by shop and buying a bagel and bringing it back home. I remember being in the kitchen and thinking that I couldn’t eat it for some reason. I remember spending a long time sitting at the kitchen table with that bagel in front of me. Then I remember being in my bedroom…
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