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12/20/00 - Review: We Heard the Angels of Madness
Kimberly reviews We Heard the Angels of Madness, by Diane and Lisa Berger. Find out why Kim thinks this book "is a fantastic resource for anyone whose life has been touched by the harsh realities of manic-depression."

12/19/00 - Review: Win the Battle
Marcia reviews Win the Battle: The 3-Step Lifesaving Formula to Conquer Depression and Bipolar Disorder, by Bob Olson with Melissa Olson. This book, she says, will give hope to anyone who is struggling to find the right medications.

12/10/00 - Redefining Childhood Bipolar Disorder
Report on Dr. Demitri Papolos' presentation at the 2000 Jean Paul Ohadi Conference (below). Childhood bipolar disorder presents so many differences from the adult condition that it needs to have its own distinct diagnostic criteria in the official psychiatric literature.

12/3/00 - Conference on Bipolar Children - Overview
Overview of the second annual Jean Paul Ohadi Conference on Children and Adolescents With Bipolar Disorders. Speakers included Demitri and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child, and George Lynn, MA, author of Survival Strategies for Parenting Children With Bipolar Disorder.

11/27/00 - Bipolar Disorder Comes to ER
Sally Field portrays the manic-depressive mother of Abby Lockhart (series regular Maura Tierney) in several episodes this season. We examine how well these shows help to educate the viewing public about bipolar disorder and other issues.

11/13/00 - St. John's Wort and BP - Unsafe
Although the popular herbal supplement St. John's Wort appears to be fairly safe and effective in the treatment of mild depression, there is a growing body of evidence that many people - including those with bipolar disorder - should not take it.

10/30/00 - What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
Everyone who is bipolar or cares for someone with manic depression has asked this question at least once. Here is a look at what present-day researchers believe to be the answer to this important question.

10/23/00 - What? ME? I'm Bipolar? - 17 Months (Part 2)
Don't try this at home! Changing medication dosages without consulting your doctor can have devastating effects.

10/17/00 - What? ME? I'm Bipolar? - 17 Months (Part 1)
As we juggle the medications to try to find the right "drug cocktail" to promote mood stability and weight loss, now the insurance company starts to interfere.

9/30/00 - Tamoxifen: Serendipity for Bipolar Disorder?
Tamoxifen has been used for years in the treatment of breast cancer, but now researchers are testing it for use in controlling bipolar mania. Kim Bailey tells about the encouraging discovery that one drug may help two very dissimilar illnesses.

9/17/00 - The "Kindling" Model in Bipolar Disorder
The theory of "kindling" was first developed for epilepsy, and later applied to manic depression. What is it, and what does it mean for people who have bipolar disorder?

8/30/00 - Self-Medication: When the Cure IS the Disease
It is generally believed that 30% to 60% of those with bipolar disorder also struggle with alcoholism or substance abuse. Researchers, as well as many of those caught in the cycle of addiction, believe the use of these substances is an attempt to alleviate symptoms or to "self-medicate."

8/16/00 - What? ME? I'm Bipolar? - 14 Months
Ride the med-induced roller coaster! The author is still optimistic about the future as she and her doctor continue to work toward finding a combination of medications that will control her moods and allow her to lose weight - though there are new restrictions on exercising.

8/2/00 - What's in a Smile?
Whether you're depressed or just feeling blah, a smile is more than just something on your face - it can help lift your spirits, and we have the research to prove it. It's so simple!

7/19/00 - Wounded
We've all felt like banging our heads against the wall ... but when someone does it to stop racing thoughts, it's no joke. Self-injury is a serious problem in today's world. Young females especially are cutting, burning or otherwise harming themselves in staggering numbers. Who are they, and why are they hurting themselves?

7/2/00 - Messengers of the Brain
Containing the illustrated story "GABAs in the 'Hood," this article explains how neurotransmitters work in easy-to-understand terms. These brain chemicals determine how you think, move and feel, and if they aren't working right, a lot else can go wrong.

6/14/00 - What? ME? I'm Bipolar? One Year (and three weeks)
After some setbacks, retrying a medication that failed before at a different dosage, and learning some new lifestyle skills, is making a dramatic improvement in our author's mood!

5/30/00 - Sex Sex Sex and More Sex
Hypersexuality is often a symptom of the manic phase of bipolar disorder. But if this escalates into an obsession, the person may have developed a potentially dangerous sexual addiction.

4/25/00 - Mental Health Issues in the Deaf Community
Are the mental health needs of the deaf community being adequately met?

4/7/00 - Why We Needed Wonderland
In spite of the controversy surrounding this quickly-cancelled television series, we believe that in fact it represented a wonderful opportunity to educate the American public about the realities of mental illness.

3/31/00 - Was Wonderland Offensive?
A television series generated outrage about stereotyping and worries that it could be dangerous to the mentally ill.

3/19/00 - Joseph Palczynski: A Case for Mandated Treatment?
As a bipolar felon holds three people hostage in Maryland, we look at the question of involuntary treatment for those whose mental illness has led to violence.

2/25/00 - What? ME? I'm Bipolar? Nine Months
Since the last medication change, significant improvement in mood has occurred, leading to some startling lifestyle changes.

2/18/00 - Oprah: "Explosive Children"
Reviewing the Oprah show's segment on children who rage due to BP, ADD/ADHD, and/or ODD, with a plea for more responsible journalism such as this.

2/3/00 - Mood Disorders and Sleep
Mood and sleep disorders go hand-in-hand. But did you know that changing the way you sleep might help control depression and/or mania?

1/15/00 - Review of The Bipolar Child
Learn why this book is a must-read for anyone who parents or works with a child who has or might have early-onset Bipolar Disorder.

1/14/00 - Criminal - Or Victim of BP?
Taking a look at Mary Kay Letourneau, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, who pled guilty to two counts of child rape but claims she and the young boy with whom she has had two children are in love.

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