So much happened this week in the mental health world. Here are a few articles (and a webinar!) about bipolar and other conditions. Each article has been carefully reviewed and I offer a brief summary and opinion for you to see them through my lens as well.

Please take a look and comment below about what spoke to you, what was familiar, what did you learn? Anything along those lines would be great. Let’s keep the conversation going!

When Postpartum Packs a Punch

This article contains a detailed approach to the unique mental health challenges involved in postnatal care. One interesting fact mentioned is although suicide is not the leading cause of death among new mothers, it is the second. Unfortunately, that statistic doesn’t surprise me. As someone who struggled mightily with mental health issues with each pregnancy and birth I can attest to the emotional whirlwind of intrusive thoughts and big feelings. It IS possible to make it through the darkness but it requires a strong network of support, something the author addresses near the end.

RATING: 4 of 5

~ 3 min read


Study Discovers Brain Adapts to Biological Risk of Bipolar Disorder

It seems we are learning new things every day about our brains, how it functions, why it functions the way it does, and finally, how to harness it to help move our understanding of the human intricacies forward. This article covers the latest research in using new “functional MRI” or fMRI cameras to watch brains *while* we’re awake and, well, functional. This studies everything that goes on in our brain, at least those things we know how to measure, and allows new insights into the possibilities of rewiring the brain to improve emotional regulation and reactive v. responsive in people with bipolar disorder.

RATING: 3 of 5

~ 2 min read


Living with bipolar: ‘I felt elated, super-pumped … and then walked onto a motorway’

It took some time for him to feel normal again. It wasn’t until after the crash. The inevitable crash that comes once the mania leaves. This man shares his story, that of his care circle, and of his journey as well as a couple of tips for managing some of the symptoms of ramping up or falling down. It’s worth the read.

RATING: 4 of 5

~ 3 min read


Managing Bipolar Disorder in the Elderly

Having bipolar when you’re young is hard enough, when your body is able to withstand the onslaught of chemicals necessary for stability but what happens when you start to age? Medical professionals are starting to focus on this issue as our country inches toward the retirement of a generation, of whom 2.6% or 5.7 million people will have bipolar disorder. Treatments that worked earlier may start to wane in their effectiveness in large part due to built-up tolerances that require evaluations and possible changes. This webinar has a lot of offer and is worth the watch.

RATING: 4 of 5

~ 4 min read

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