Mood spectrum controversies

An interesting lecture from Nassir Ghaemi on the bipolar spectrum concept. According to him unipolar and bipolar used to both be encapsulated under the phrase “Manic Depression”. “Manic Depression” meant someone who either experienced severe depression or mania. “Bipolar disorder” is defined by an individual having both depression and mania/hypomania. The two phrases differ only…

Does a bipolar spectrum exist?

Is there such a thing as a “bipolar spectrum”? I am undecided on this question and welcome any new perspective. Joel Paris, a personality disorder expert, had written a book on the topic in 2012 and tried to make the case that much of what falls in the “bipolar spectrum” is really a problem with…

CBT: a questionable form of therapy for depression

CBT is a therapy based on the belief that one’s negative illogical thoughts can cause depression and correcting them can treat the depression. CBT therapy is usually performed with a therapist however now computer programs are being created to help depressed individuals. While CBT therapy is endorsed by psychiatry it has a number of problems.…

Fish intake might improve antidepressant response

Approximately half of the people suffering with depression don’t respond to SSRIs. Recently a group of Dutch researchers discovered that adding fish oil to antidepressants increases the response rate. According to a lead researcher they saw that depressed patients had an altered metabolism of fatty acids, and this altered metabolism was affected by stress hormones.…