By Katherine Ponte, BA, JD, MBA, NYCPS-P, CPRP | Jan. 25, 2019 I was recently discussing coping strategies for my bipolar disorder with my psychiatrist. I was pressing him for new ways to cope. He told me that most of his other patients also tend to look for what to do—a new medication or treatment method—but it is just … Continue reading Coping With Mental Illness: What Not To Do
I have bipolar disorder. It’s as much a part of me as my left-handedness. I’ve accepted my diagnosis, but I still have to work on being mindful of my symptoms, as bipolar disorder can come with a lack of self-awareness.
Some people are afraid that taking a medication will change their personality, but most find that medication allows them to take charge of their lives. Medications for mental health conditions fall into the following major categories: Antipsychotics Antipsychotics developed in the mid-20th century are often referred to as first-generation or typical antipsychotics, while antipsychotics developed more … Continue reading Types Of Medication
Study Recruitment flyer: Longitudinal comparative effectiveness of bipolar disorder therapies People with Bipolar Disorder Aged [18-24 and 65+] We want to hear your views on the positives and negatives of taking or not taking medications for bipolar disorder. We also want to get your feedback on some of our research findings, whether you think these … Continue reading Research Opportunity: Effectiveness of Bipolar Disorder Therapies
by Michelle Dickinson-Moravek When you love someone with bipolar disorder, life can be very unpredictable. In my case, it was my mother who struggled with this illness. She was in and out of the hospital half a dozen times throughout my childhood. She was often so depressed that she couldn’t get out of bed and … Continue reading Personal Story: Growing Up With A Parent Experiencing Bipolar Disorder
Americans with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years earlier than those without. By Dhruv Khullar For the New York Times May 30, 2018 Death and Mental Illness Patients with schizophrenia are at a greater risk of dying at any given age than the population at large, and this disparity has been increasing I … Continue reading The Largest Health Disparity We Donʼt Talk About
by Robert Spencer In the light of recent events, there has been a lot of focus on mental illness and it hasn’t been positive. Studies have shown that people living with mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violent crimes than the perpetrators, but that doesn’t stop some in society … Continue reading Personal Story: Don’t Call Me Crazy
By Cheryl Cranick | Mar. 21, 2018 We do a great disservice to people diagnosed with bipolar disorder by ignoring the condition’s types. Too often I see “bipolar disorder” used alone, yet the illness actually exists on a spectrum. For most of my teenage years, I struggled with sadness, lack of energy, rapid mood cycles and suicidal thoughts without knowing … Continue reading Understanding The Spectrum Of Bipolar Disorder
I made the decision to own my story. I would confide in people I trusted. I was surprised how many people had experiences with depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses or knew someone who did. I read books on mental illness and emotional intelligence so I could recognize my symptoms while they were happening.
It’s becoming increasingly more common for Hollywood to highlight mental health conditions in films. Because mental illness affects millions of Americans, it’s an extremely relatable theme. However, there are some movies that realistically show what it’s like to experience mental illness. Here’s a list of a few movies that get it right.