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The Bipolar Road Less Traveled: Beyond Lithium, Part II

Who didn’t read “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost in some high school English class? Perhaps you aren’t all privy, as I am as an undergraduate English major, to certain fascinating facts about it– Frost said of his own poem, “it’s a tricky poem – very tricky!” Each stanza follows an a b a […]

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The Bipolar Road Less Traveled: Beyond Lithium, Part I

Once upon a time, if you were diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you were treated with lithium. And, once upon a time, it worked. According to the Report of the Surgeon General, “Success rates of 80 to 90 percent were once expected with lithium for the acute phase treatment of mania (e.g., Schou, 1989); however, lithium […]

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Did You Know? Random Facts About Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Thought you had put in your time, and knew all there was to know about depression and/or bipolar disorder? Think again; there are some truly unusual–and even bizarre–facts you might have missed. DID YOU KNOW. . . . That depression is experienced as anxiety 65 percent of the time? That a study at the University […]

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Knitting up “the raveled sleave of care”: Sleep and Bipolar Disorder

Sleep. I, for one, am a huge fan. I love that feeling of drifting off, right before my consciousness checks out, and I adore that well-rested feeling I have when I first open my eyes after a productively-slept night. [Those nights are becoming fewer and farther between as I age, but that’s just another one […]

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