“I have Bipolar disorder” …say 5.7 million Americans. These patients have been labeled, categorized, and offered an understanding of themselves as diseased, sick, and permanently broken. Considered one of the more severe mental illnesses, perhaps because it presents almost as an amalgamation of psychosis and depression in particularly volatile form. In my training, I was
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Kahlil Gibran The American Way Productivity. Certainty. Predictability. Consistency. These words feel like a cozy blanket to our minds. And, at least since the Industrial Revolution, it has been a shared agreement that these values amplify and support
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvOnXnPWxmQ When the Madness Started “I’ve spent a lot of my life feeling sick with no real diagnosis. I have always been small, and was as a kid. My stomach always ached. I had diarrhea constantly. But it wasn’t until my episode in college that everything went downhill.” Reilly, now a 42 year old woman,
“Depression is a serious medical condition that may be due to a chemical imbalance, and Zoloft works to correct this imbalance.” Ad for Zoloft Herein lies the Serotonin Myth As one of only two countries in the world that permits direct to consumer advertising, you have undoubtedly been subjected to promotion of the “cause of
This post first appeared on GreenMedInfo.com. To sleep, perchance to dream. Many of us have a love hate relationship with sleep – making the time for it, honoring it, needing it, losing it, wanting it, partaking too much. A highly ritualized behavior, sleep also exemplifies the complexity of physiologic processes that feel beyond our control.