This Bipolar Life: Weekly Wrap Up

I hope you’ve all had a great week. Here’s a collection of interesting articles I’ve come across in the past week. I hope you find them informative and helpful. Have a fantastic weekend!

What We Are Not Being Told About Suicide And Depression (

For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely told Americans that mental illness is associated with a chemical brain imbalance, but the truth is that mental illness and suicidality are associated with poverty, unemployment, and mass incarceration. And the truth is that American society has now become so especially oppressive for young people that an embarrassingly large number of American teenagers and young adults are suicidal and depressed.

Big strides for mental-health reform, but work remains (Seattle Times)

The well-documented problems of Washington’s mental-health system are not completely about funding. A $90-million cut during the Great Recession widened existing gaps in access to treatment. But the system for years has been confusing and fragmented, often thwarting well-intended families from getting critical care for sick loved ones.

9 Ways to Cope with Having a Mental Illness (

The world is pretty much in the Stone Age when it comes to psychiatry. This makes it hard for people with any degree of mental illness. It’s especially hard if you’re not quite able to function like other people but you do well enough so that your problems don’t show every day.

No Longer Wanting to Die (NY Times)

I fit the demographic profile of the American suicide — white, male and entering middle age with a history of depression. Suicide runs in families, research tells us, and it ran in mine. My father killed himself at age 49 in April 1990. A generation before, an aunt of his took her life; before her, there were others.

The Sticky Stigma of Mental Illness (HuffPost)

Mental illness strikes close to home, both yours and mine. According to the National Association of Mental Illness, the number of people in our society grappling with these diseases is truly staggering. One in four adults in the United States will experience mental illness in a given year. 20% of youth ages 13-18 will also experience severe mental disorders. 1.1% of American adults live with schizophrenia, 2.6% live with bipolar disorder, 6.7% live with depression, and 18.1% face anxiety disorders. Serious mental illness costs our nation $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. 

Comment: Some people with bipolar struggle to communicate, here’s why (SBS News)

Every day we are confronted with information that stimulates many of our senses at the same time, but we don’t perceive this information in its component parts. Rather, we perceive it as a whole without being conscious of doing so. But people with bipolar disorder struggle with this integration process, and this might make it hard for them to communicate.

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