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.…

Why is bipolar disorder so popular?

One person in a Facebook group asked why is it popular to have bipolar disorder and other mental disorders among the young today? One possible answer is that bipolar disorder has been associated with an unusual amount of creativity,intelligence and wealth. Kay Jamison is partly responsible for this romantic notion. Other studies on the topic seem…

Certain factors predict bipolar disorder

A recent study found that there are a number of factors that increase the chance of having bipolar disorder. Having at least four previous depressive episodes, suicidal acts, cyclothymic temperament, family history of bipolar disorder, substance abuse, younger age at onset and male gender all significantly and independently differentiated bipolar from unipolar disorders in the study…

Psychosis increases risk of bipolar disorder

Danish researchers have identified characteristics in people with psychotic depression that predict an increased risk for conversion to bipolar disorder. The researchers analyzed data from several Danish registries to identify conversion to bipolar disorder among patients with an initial diagnosis of unipolar psychotic depression between January 1995 and December 2007. Among the 8588 patients included…

Is Bipolar disorder over diagnosed?

Joanna Moncrieff believes that psychiatrists are over diagnosing Bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder used to consist of extreme mood swings, hallucinations, bizarre beliefs and dramatic changes in energy which all occurred over weeks to months but now many “normal” people are receiving the label. The manufacturers of rare antipsychotic medication have set about changing the meaning…