Tag Archives: bipolar

Redefining family

It’s been hard having to deal with a diagnosed mental health challenge for most of my life. Every day I have to be aware of where my emotions are heading, how low is “too low” and the difference between seriously … Continue reading Redefining family

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But you don’t act like you’re [insert mental health diagnosis here]

I have bipolar disorder. After years of struggling to find an appropriate diagnosis, years of misleading, suggested and “not otherwise specified” attempts to pin down what was “wrong” with me, I finally feel satisfied with the diagnosis I’ve been given. … Continue reading But you don’t act like you’re [insert mental health diagnosis here]

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Where did the bipolar go?

When she was four years old, my daughter received a diagnosis of mood disorder, and when she was six, a new psychiatrist diagnosed her with bipolar disorder. I will never know whether she received this diagnosis because I took her … Continue reading Where did the bipolar go?

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Bipolar no more?

Any new diagnosis proposed by the DSM 5 needs to send a clear signal to insurers, schools and the general public that bipolar in children is very real and very serious. Parents already know this. Continue reading

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Yolanda and her law

If Yolanda were alive today she would be wowing us all.  She was articulate, engaging, moving, smart and courageous.  And she, like many other young people, battled an illness that can bring formidable challenges. There are many other young people who are … Continue reading Yolanda and her law

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