Blog

Dirty Dyl (Art Therapy)

Dirty Dyl (Art Therapy) I.Dirty Dyl, known for his ostentatious attitude(typical of a manic persona)wants to have a rap battlein the middleof the TV room. Dirty Dyl, who lostphone privileges on his first nightdialing 911:I’m being heldhostage at South OaksHospital, he said& then screamed &shouted & started to cry — I ask him if poetry … Read More

Happy World Bipolar Day!

I am bipolar type 1. 🎭 That is the most severe form of bipolar disorder. (Bipolar 2 can have very severe depression, but because it doesn’t have severe mania it doesn’t progress along the same course. Something like that.) I’ve been inpatient 18 times, and I’ve been discharged from the ER a few additional times … Read More

Rebranding psychiatry

A lot of people with conditions that are defined in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) disagree with what their condition is called. In this post, I’m going to muse over changing the names of psychiatric disorders. Manic Depression -> Bipolar Disorder -> Manic Depression When the DSM-III was published, the DSM … Read More

What does hyperactivity look like in adults?

I had always thought I had ADHD inattentive type. However, when I recently asked my psychiatrist (out of curiosity) she chuckled and said that, in her clinical opinion, I have the combined type. Part of my perception may come from that fact that, due to my mild cerebral palsy, I move at a much slower … Read More

After a suicide attempt

Caution: this post contains explicit discussion of suicide Two days ago (on September 10th) was World Suicide Prevention Day. Although it is important to address prevention of suicide attempts, the strongest predictor of a fatal (or “completed”) suicide is a history of previous, non-fatal suicide attempts. The risk factors for suicide attempts are more diverse … Read More

Bipolar disorder and media consumption

Recently, on Twitter, I confessed that I had not been able to complete reading NeuroTribes (a very interesting book, and also a lengthy one). The other person insisted that a PhD student should be able to read a book and accused me of lacking academic integrity — basically, that I am lazy and don’t deserve … Read More

Anxiety and mania

Recently, The Mighty published an article about the differences between anxiety and hypomania. However, I wanted to complicate the discussion by bringing up something that breaks the juxtaposition of anxiety and mania: primarily anxious mania, which is most likely a mixed episode associated with bipolar type 1. The author describes how her anxiety leaves her … Read More

One bipolar person’s drug regimen

Currently, I take 8 medications for psychiatric reasons. I’ve also been on many others — including most of the atypical antipsychotics, several anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and more. These are my current drugs ranked in terms of how essential they are (if, for example, I could only get some of them, perhaps due to a catastrophe): Lithium … Read More

Loading…

Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.


Follow BipolarCoaster Blog

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.