This Bipolar Life: News You Can Use

Here are a few items that I found interesting and wanted to pass along. I hope you find them so as well. Feel free to post your thoughts in the Comments section. I’d love to know what you think!


News: How These 4 Illegal Drugs Are Treating Mental Illness (Refinery29.com)

For many, antidepressants are a way of life — both essential to normal human functioning and still not quite good enough. But, a new wave of research suggests that psychedelic drugs, unlike traditional antidepressants, may be able to provide long-lasting relief quickly for those dealing with some of our most common mental illnesses.

Blog: I Don’t Want To Be A Girl – by Henrietta Ross (Int’l Bipolar Foundation)

What does it mean to be a girl?

This question seemed to scratch incessantly at the forefront of my mind growing up. I was never sure, never had any definite answers to cling to and the answers I did have were discouraging. I didn’t realise that I was merely seeing gender stereotypes writ large, a carefully constructed set of norms that each sex must follow to be accepted into the pack. Instead, I just felt inadequate and confused.

News: Mars and Venus in Mental Health (Huff Post)

“We are two different people, but we have a lot of similarities. We are the same age and race. We were both diagnosed with bipolar disorder in our teens. Both of us are overachievers who were highly involved in high school and not necessarily on anyone’s radar for developing bipolar disorder. Our biggest difference is our gender.“

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