As both a mental health patient and an advocate, I hear a lot of complaints from patients about providers. Each side sees things from their perspective and a power struggle often emerges. There are many things I wish psychiatric practitioners understood about living with mental illness. Much of this, however, is taught in medical school […]
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent have a candid discussion about narcissists with Ramani Durvasula, PhD. In this information-packed interview, she gives the harsh truth about narcissists, including addressing the questions: What’s the difference between narcissism and self-confidence? Can women be narcissists? Are there more narcissists today than in the past? What […]
I am very excited to interview Suzy Favor Hamilton, a former Olympian who lives with bipolar disorder. She has been featured on multiple news shows, including 20/20. She is an amazing advocate, a really cool person, and it was nice to meet her. From her bio: Fast Girl – A Life Spent Running From Madness […]
When it comes to psychiatric medications, certain side effects get all the publicity. Everyone discusses the sexual side effects and the increased likelihood of suicide in teenagers. Weight gain (or even the less common weight loss) is another side effect that is often discussed. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of other possible side […]
From time to time I allow guest articles on my site — generally covering points of views that I may disagree with or don’t understand. It’s important to me that all sides of mental illness is covered; not just my point of view. This is one of those guest posts by Maggie Hammond. (views and […]
As 2015 comes to a close, I sit here and reflect on everything that I achieved in the past year. Living with bipolar disorder and anxiety colors how I feel about those achievements, which wrote about earlier this month in a blog called “Bipolar Disorder and Stinking Thinking,” but I am aware that I had […]
A few weeks ago, I got a call from an older male family member asking me about panic attacks and anxiety. Turns out he has been experiencing them for the first time in his life and was confused and concerned. One of the first things he told me was that he has no history of […]
When individuals are fighting depression, simply getting out of bed can be a difficult task. But just because they are dealing with depression doesn’t mean that their physical health needs don’t need to be addressed. However, people are having an issue simply moving from the bedroom to the living room, suggesting that they go for […]
Of all the mental illness symptoms that exist, the one that is the most understood and misunderstood is depression. On one hand, depression and sadness share similar traits, like feeling down, low, or a loss of energy. Everyone, at one point or another, has experienced this. One should also consider that depression, as a word, […]
I’m a mental health advocate who also lives with mental illness. I experience the symptoms of bipolar disorder just like anyone else would. Bipolar and anxiety disorders cause me to feel depressed, manic, anxious, and a host of other less-than-fantastic symptoms. Because of my status as an advocate, I almost never discuss the negative aspects […]
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