The Bipolar Spectrum: Beyond Depression, Type I & Type II

The Bipolar Spectrum: Beyond Depression, Type I & Type II

  According to "Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications", just discussing Bipolar Type I and Bipolar Type II does not adequately cover the mood spectrum!     Typically discussed: Depression, Bipolar I and Bipolar II     Depression Major Depressive Disorder is the most common and readily recognized mood disorder Dysthymia a less [...]

What’s NOT in the DSM: Manic Symptoms

What’s NOT in the DSM: Manic Symptoms

    Appetite loss While the DSM mentions the possibility of appetite loss during depression, it does not do the same for mania. I could go the entire day before realizing that I didn't have a single thing to eat! Is it just me? "Marbles" also mentioned this, so it makes me think that I'm [...]

TED TALK: Mental Disorders as Brain Disorders

TED TALK: Mental Disorders as Brain Disorders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4m65sbqbhY     38,000 suicides in U.S. per year ¬†3rd most common cause of death in 15-25 yrs. of age 2X as common as homocide 90% of suicides are related to MENTAL ILLNESS often, early in life... 1 in 5 people suffer from such a disorder in the course of their lifetime 50% onset by [...]

“Some of us are just more of a maniac than others” -NA

“Some of us are just more of a maniac than others” -NA

I tend to analyze... then overanalyze... then just go overthinking things to the point at which the main concept or simple answer is lost in the chaos.   But... I do have a question which appears easy on the surface level, but... I might just be overthinking again...     What is normal?     [...]

Is mania evolutionary adaptive?

Is mania evolutionary adaptive?

Manic symptoms seem to be like operating in an elevated state, both physiologically and psychologically. It literally feels like an overdose of "happy pills" and "study drugs"- intense happiness paired with extreme motivation and focus. Less sleep: The individual may experience a decreased need for sleep. This should not be confused with insomnia in which the [...]