Topic: mood disorders

Anonymous Mom: An Open Letter To My Bipolar Husband

Anonymous Mom: An Open Letter To My Bipolar Husband

You’re never going to stop being bipolar, and I’m never going to be able to wear a bikini without looking like a lumpy loaf of white bread. That’s how I see your problem, as just another part of you. You look past my weight, even appreciate it at times, and I spend very little of my day worrying about the fact that you have a chemical imbalance. You watched all the gruesome and disgusting things that happened to my body when it pushed out your child. Why is it so bad that I see you sob? You don’t scare me. More »

Why I Love Football…Despite My Worries About Football Injuries And Violence

Why I Love Football...Despite My Worries About Football Injuries And Violence

The Super Bowl is approaching, and, despite a tragic shortage of chicken wings, fans are rallying around the biggest day for the game they love. And while I’m excited, because I’m a football fan to my core, I’m also conflicted–and not just because my team didn’t make it. I’m conflicted because, between hoaxy girlfriends, the never-ending push to play with an injury, the brain damage, and the legacy of sexism, violence, and abuse, there are about a million reasons why football, as a professional sport and as an institution of higher education, should be decried by feminists, parents, concerned citizens, and generally moral human beings. More »

Everything You Need To Know About Light Therapy (Including That It’s Not Just For S.A.D.)

Everything You Need To Know About Light Therapy (Including That It's Not Just For S.A.D.)

Light therapy gets rave reviews from doctors, people with seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) and depression and also people without these issues who still find it gives them a winter mood or energy levels boost. We’ve written various things about light therapy and choosing a light therapy box in the past, but since it’s the season for dark days (and the seasonal depression that accompanies), I put together this all-in-one guide to basic questions like what is light therapy, how does it work, who should try it and what to look for in a light therapy box.  More »

Depressed? Here’s Where You Can Get Free Depression Screenings Today

Depressed? Here's Where You Can Get Free Depression Screenings Today

Post-traumatic stress disorder and depression haunt the lives of millions of American adults–many of whom don’t realize there’s something to be done. Because while treatment is costly and complicated, for those who are uninsured, or just don’t know what’s the matter with them, just getting screened can be a difficult step. But today, if you or someone you know may be suffering from depression or PTSD, you might be able to get evaluated for free. More »

Why It Matters That Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Bipolar II, Not Bipolar I

Why It Matters That Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Bipolar II, Not Bipolar I

The news that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for bipolar disorder has been making the rounds, after the Mayo Clinic of Minnesota — where Jackson is being treated — released a statement about it Monday. What’s interesting to me is how little has been made of the distinction between bipolar I, which is what most people think of as bipolar disorder, and bipolar II, which Jackson has. For a politician who ever wants reelected, the difference between the two could be crucial. More »

Sarah Silverman Says She Would Adopt To Avoid Passing Depression On To Her Kids

Sarah Silverman Says She Would Adopt To Avoid Passing Depression On To Her Kids

Sarah Silverman is known for her blunt comedy, and apparently that straight-forwardness doesn’t end with her humor. On Amanda DeCadenet‘s amazing show The Conversation, Silverman spoke about her battles with depression. The discussion wasn’t new for Sarah, as she spoke candidly about her mental health issues in her book The Bedwetter, but it was the first time that I’ve known her to discuss the illnesses impact on her future path to motherhood.

Quite simply, Silverman would rather adopt than risk passing depression on to her future children. More »