dumping links again

Fresh links about bipolar disorder, plucked from the tree of knowledge … eh. Links. Read ‘em, don’t read ‘em.

Mexican women with psychosocial disabilities are suffering systematic abuse of their sexual and reproductive rights, according to a new study.

Singapore: high court suspends activist lawyer M. Ravi from practise due to bipolar hypomania.

Canada: The psychiatrist, his bipolar patient and their hair salon enterprise. “It is inappropriate to enter into a joint business venture with a patient … and it’s never OK to hug a patient, and this is particularly true for psychiatrists, even if it is intended as a gesture of support.”

Australia: Clive Palmer suggests Prime Minister Tony Abbott ‘commit suicide’. He once refered to former Queensland premier Campbell Newman as “a nice little fellow with a bipolar condition (who) sometimes doesn’t take his medication”.


I really, really want to read this book:
Dr. Perry Baird died at the age of 56 from complications after he was given a lobotomy. Four decades later, a remarkable chapter in his life’s story arrived on his daughter, Mimi’s, door-step. It was in the form of a manuscript he’d written in 1944 during one of his stays at Westborough State Hospital. The manuscript became the foundation for a book Mimi has written about her father’s career and illness. It’s called, “He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him.”

If there’s a blip on the radar, it’s bipolar disorder. Shrinks have suspected a connection between IQ and bipolarity for some time, but the data hasn’t really been there. In 2005, though, a Finnish study reported that high math scores on IQ tests in early adulthood correlated with later diagnosis as bipolar, and a recent large-scale study of Swedish records found that kids with excellent high school grades were much more more likely to be diagnosed as bipolar in adulthood.
Are smart people more likely to be depressed?

Royal Pharmaceutical Society: Atypical antipsychotics: overrated and overprescribed.

Bipolar risk boosted by accumulation of rare versions of genes: People with bipolar disorder are more likely than others to have several rare versions of genes that control how much nerve cells fire. Future research will need to explain what role these brain changes play in bipolar disorder.

Focus Psychiatry Online special bipolar issue – (download PDFs):


JE, who has been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, also known as manic depression, has been in therapy since she was 14 years old. This is one of seven interviews with young professionals about their experiences with therapy and its costs.


Thou shalt not diagnose thyself – how to distinguish between bipolar and everything else.

… if your mood switches, and is reactive to external stressors, multiple times throughout a single day, this is likely not bipolar disorder.
Is bipolar really the cause of your mood swings?

Ask the Doctor: Is It ADHD or Bipolar — or Both. An accurate diagnosis is an essential first step in the treatment plan because what is effective for one disorder may be quite the opposite for the other.

Cyclothymia is in the same family as bipolar disorder, but the symptoms don’t always meet the criteria for full-blown hypomania or depression—in other words, the highs aren’t always as high and the lows as low. The fluctuations are also more frequent than bipolar fluctuations: lots of little mood swings.


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