Demi Lovato is quite possible Disney’s most inspirational alum. She’s talented, strong and sensitive. The fact that she’s been so open about her troubles makes her a better role model than if she’d never struggled with addiction, mental illness, … More
Topic: mood disorders
According to the results of a new study, most people diagnosed with clinical depression in America probably shouldn’t be.
Oh, Drew Barrymore, way to make super generalist statements about women. I love you and I even really liked Whip It, but really? Men are just as moody as women are, you know—but yawn—I guess you didn’t get the stereotype memo, huh?
Catherine Zeta-Jones has returned to treatment for her bipolar II disorder, her rep tells People. Although she’s said in the past that she never wanted to be the “poster child” for bipolar disorder, I’m glad she’s continuing her honesty and openness about her mental health.
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
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
There is no doubt about whether or not bipolar disorder is highly stigmatized. There have been infinite episodes of television shows using bipolar as a cheap motive for character development, often making the person unstable, unreliable and malicious until he … More
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
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
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 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
Depression was once thought of as more of a temperament than an illness—its causes unknown and inexplicable, or else resulting from mysterious things like ‘humors,’ moral conflict, artistic inclinations or repressed memories. Soon, it may be something diagnosed with a simple blood test. More
The war on depression is getting mighty weird these days. Last week, scientists said psilocybin, the active ingredient in ‘magic’ mushrooms, could be useful in treating depression. This week? Beat the blues with ketamine! The drug—also known as ‘Special K’—can lift even suicidal depression in just a few hours, researchers say. More