Is a gnetic cause of bipolar and creativityin these chromosomes?
I used to think – only half seriously — that there was a genetic link between bipolar and creativity. One element of the theory made my friends with biology training laugh out loud.
My idea was that so many people with bipolar are also very creative, and bipolar is a genetic disease. So creativity must be nature’s way of helping some people with the bipolar gene live long enough to reproduce. “Live long enough to reproduce” is what made biologists laugh, an essential principle in biology absurdly applied.
Continue reading Are Bipolar and Creativity Caused or Linked by Our Genes? Part 2 of 2
Editor’s note This blog ,by Diane Engster, was first posted August 18, 2012, without documentation. As editor, I take full responsibility for the oversight, which several readers called to our attention. We are updating the blog now, with documentation.
Whenever possible, WellnessWordworks.com embeds our documentation as links in the in the text, not a list of references at the end. This enables the reader to click on the link, and look at the reference, without leaving the original page of the blog entry. In this video, Wellness Wordworks founder and creative director Corinna West discusses the importance of documenting all claims
Continue reading UPDATE: Why So Many People Are Ignorant About Psych Meds They Take
My daughter is really struggling, how can I help her?
Many, many parents find their children having emotional stuggles. They might have a story like CeeJai on the SAMHSA Stakeholder input forum:
I have a daughter [labeled with] paranoid schizophrenia who refuses to go to a hospital or take medication, because according to her— there is nothing wrong with her. My daughter has been homeless, without food and too afraid to let anyone know where she was located. She walked out of her apartment in the middle of December —-because she believed the people who were living in the apartment above
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by Ken Braiterman
Medicating troubled teens did not exist when I was one.
Far too often, doctors and school officials present medicating troubled teens and younger children to parents as relatively risk free, the only option, not one of many. Both those statements are demonstrably false, though many children are helped by medicine in the short term.
Medicating troubled teens and younger children has gone on long enough to study long-term outcomes, which look increasingly disturbing.
Outcomes of Medicating Troubled Teens
In the award-winning Anatomy of An Epidemic (2010), Robert Whitaker says, “Twelve of 15 studies of SSRI’s, a
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