There’s a world of difference between “taking drugs” and “drugging people.” Best know which one you’re doing.

unquietpirate: ritavonbees: unquietpirate: maymay: A comment of mine, cross-posted from Facebook, replying to a friend who shared a link to this HealthyPlace.com article about Bipolar Disorder: So, as a person diagnosed first with unipolar depression, then a slew of “social anxiety” labels, and finally bipolar disorder, first at the age of 12 and then continually …

Helen Fisher discusses love, proving the naturalness of polyamory

I recently discovered TEDTalks, a fantastic web site that shares the lectures and presentations at the Technology Entertainment and Design conference in Monterey, California. I just watched Helen Fisher’s talk, which the TED web site describes like this: Helen Fisher is an anthropologist with Rutgers University, specializing in gender differences and the evolution of human …

Belief is the Most Powerful and Dangerous Tool Humans Have

As my friendly, neighborhood Spiderman is fond of recalling, With great power comes great responsibility. What is missing from this statement is the fact that everyone has great power and thus everyone has an enormous responsibility to use that power wisely. For better and for worse, you can make the impossible possible.

On Working with Doctors

Joining discussion groups about bipolar disorder has really inspired a lot of thoughts on the matter. Frankly, I don’t know why I didn’t bother to do it sooner. And on that note, here are some more thoughts. This time they’re about working with doctors when the desire to experiment with meds strikes. Of course, the …

Thoughts on Medicine Cocktails and Quality of Life

I was lucky; my first prescriptions for treating bipolar disorder was a mix of Depakote and Zyprexa (whose clinical name is actually Olanzapine, but is marketed in a variety of different ways). That didn’t work for me. I gained over 60 pounds in 60 days, and ended up ballooning from 110 pounds to 177 pounds …

Prozac and Bipolar Disorder

I have a visceral dislike of Prozac when employed to treat bipolar disorder. Not once can I recall a single time when I corresponded with someone who has said that it has worked for them. The only situations where it did not cause extraneous problems is when it was used as part of a massive …

Lithium as a Mood Stabilizer

So just the other day I was asked about my experiences with litium. Lithium is a mood stabilizer. That’s precisely what my experience has been. For me, it was frighteningly effective. “Numb” was a mild word to use what I felt after taking a high dose. More luke, “dead,” imho. That’s one reason why I …