Monday, December 8, 2014

Latest Updates and Research on Bi Polar

New research have opened scientific understanding and clinical management of bipolar disorder. Recent advances in bipolar disease research are described in this month's special issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry.
 Some of the new research includes:

  •  The role of white matter disease. 
  • Stress and HPA axis function. 
  • Effectiveness of lithium. 
  •  Functional remediation. 

 More information: Harvard Review of Psychiatry,

Monday, September 23, 2013

More evidence for bi polar battle of the sexes

Men and women handle bipolar disorders differently. That may not sound earth shattering to anybody, but now we're getting specific. Bipolar men were more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than women. Bipolar women were more likely to have a co-morbid phobia or eating disorder Women were more likely to have metabolic issues (obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes) Men were more likely to develop neurological disorders For the more info on the study that was conducted with 1000 subjects visit the Scienedirect page.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Exploding Bi Polar Disorders

When celebrities 'come out' about their bi polar disorders chances are it wasn't by choice. Typically there's a very very public breakdown that goes viral. Carrier Fisher would be a recent example. People did a bit on her recent episode on a cruise ship. Culturally, consumers will eat up anything that is even mildly controversial, or that displays the demise of a once beloved celebrity. I'd love to see these individuals get help before it goes public. Public breakdowns sensationalize a real problem. It's not that the public can't handle the grisly reality some face, but it pushes those who struggle further to the margins.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

It's one thing to have bipolar

It's quite another to think you have bipolar disorder but really you were misdiagnosed. There is a spike in reported cases, and it's coming to light that many times that's a result of misdiagnosis.

"From 1993-2004, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children increased by 40 fold  (Moreno, et al 2007 The extent misdiagnosis happens is up to wild debate. But that doesn't 'stop more and more studies from coming out, and stats being released, to confirm there's an upward trend.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Something's Fishy....

Stats show that the United States has the highest rate of bipolar disorder in the world. 4.4% of the nation's population has been diagnosed with BPD at some point in their lives. These high numbers are not restricted only to the U.S., in fact, many developed and high-income countries present similar statistics. When compared with other stats around the world, this number is particularly curious, and researchers are on the hunt to discover why there is such a discrepancy between the U.S. at 4.4%, and Japan at a low 0.7%.

The answer, obviously, is fish oil. An article I read on the topic hypothesizes that the percentage of bipolar disorders may correlate directly to the amount of fish and omega 3s that a person consumes. Sounds pretty legit. I mean, all of those countries with lower numbers generally eat more fish. That must the answer. Never mind that these nations may have social stigmas attached to mental health disorders, and therefore may have a largely undiagnosed population (or the US an overdiagnosed population...but that's a later blog post). What about tighter social networks in these countries with lower rates of BPD? Americans are more distanced from their families than people in other countries who live in the same household.
A professor from John Hopkins has suggested higher rates of BPD in the US may also be due immigration. He says that the risk taking associated with coming to America, starting a new life, business, etc., may result in increased stress and something he calls "Hypomania". He says there is a certain "suspension of belief" that makes these newcomers certain they can succeed at achieving the American dream. These grandiose ideas can result in a type of mania, and perhaps lead to a form of BPD.

The purpose of this post is to point out that we just don't know what causes BPD. It could be a 10 things, could be nothing. Could be that we don't eat enough fish. I think there's more to the equation, and suggesting anything else is limiting the scope of the disorder and limiting the potential to uncover real solutions for people. Sure, fish oil is good for you. There's probably a million reasons why we should all eat more fish. But I highly doubt that BPD is going to be prevented by slapping salmon on your plate for every meal.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Contaminated Drinking Water Causes BPD?

What?! Water now? A new study had shown there to be a link between exposure to to tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE), a common byproduct of the textile industry, in drinking water early in life and bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and schizophrenia later in life. PCE is a colorless organic liquid that is used in dry cleaning and is also used to clean metals. EPA has set an enforceable regulation for tetrachloroethylene (a maximum contaminant level [MCL]) of 0.005 mg/L or 5 ppb (parts per billion). Is nothing safe? Or is this another one of those fear studies? In the last we can safely assume that any toxic chemical isn't going to do wonders on your health. SOURCES: Aschengrau A, Weinberg JM Janulewicz PA, Romano ME, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Martin BR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, White RF, Ozonoff DM. Occurrence of mental illness following prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study. Environmental Health 2012; 11:2 EPA

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tale to Anonymous

Post i found, can't find author thought....
.... I found out who Anonymous really is. Anonymous is not an individual, but is, rather, a family. The patriarch is John Doe; the matriarch is Jane Doe. For years, they have been able to hide the fact that they are brother and sister, not husband and wife. As is usually the case with incestuous hook-ups, their offspring are transmogrifying into drooling swamp things, freelance racists, misogynists, homophobes and brownshirts in clerical collars.

Until the day before yesterday, I had a post on this blog about one of my clients. Then Anonymous visited three times and threatened both my client and me because of the content of the post. I'm not very worried about myself because if you try to get something from someone who has nothing, that's pretty much what you get. I would never intentionally cause problems for any of my clients however, so I took the post down.

My client is a religious organization. (Don't ask which one; if I told you, it would out Anonymous. Don't ask who Anonymous is; if I told you, they wouldn't be anonymous anymore, now would they?) Anonymous has a theological bone to pick with my client (and with me for that matter). Anonymous's theology happens to be all about "correct" belief and "correct" practice, whatever "correct" means. I guess Anonymous doesn't think it would be politic, polite or practical to discuss those differences in public, so they hide behind the curtain of nondisclosure and, well, anonymity.

Their theology of right belief and practice is a hard, judgmental and unforgiving one. That kind of theology is our form of incest in these times. It is our idolatry and our insanity. Legalism is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, but I will anyway, that by "legalism" I mean a theology that puts itself above Christ and above the principles of love of God and neighbor. Legalism is not a loving interest in the body of Christ that is concerned with everyone’s spiritual and physical welfare; it is an overriding obsession with its own power over other people. Just as the love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s own theology that is not part of one’s love for the body of Christ is not love, but is, rather, idolatry.

An anonymous collective, left to its own devices, quickly builds a theology out of rage and hate. Those who oppose this theology will be eliminated. Enemies of this theology are to be dealt with swiftly and severely. Anonymous does not forgive. Anonymous does not forget. Anonymous is devoid of humanity, morality, pity and mercy. Anonymous works as one, because none of us are as cruel as all of us. Anonymous cannot be harmed, no matter how many Anonymous may fall in battle. Anonymous is a hydra, constantly moving, constantly changing. Remove one head, and ten replace it. Anonymous reinforces its ranks exponentially at need.

Anonymous is legion.