Should bipolar people look to get off medication? How would you do so and what treatment do you advise? Yes, I would recommend that. But I would not suggest that you take a decision about this in a hurry, because even with medication many people remain quite symptom free and stable. However, medicines have side … Continue reading Getting off medication for Bipolar
What are the chances that a schizophrenic patient will lead a normal life, while continuing medication? There is no psychiatric medication that does not have side effects. So no matter what you say, some lingering residual effect is always going to be there. Here is what i have gathered from another source for you to … Continue reading ‘Normal life’ with medication?
Finding willing research informants is a concern for every doctoral researcher, thank god for it! What a contradictory sentence this may seem. But had I not known the component I have highlighted, I would have thought it is only me (and moped about 'poor me'!). In a sense, it is great to have a mentor … Continue reading Capricious or tight lipped?
People do not realize how their social environment impacts them- which is often adverse. To think that one is behaving in a manner which is not 'proper' in day-to-day life is to believe that we are automatons, or living in cocoons unaffected by the world around, which is never the case. Even if we are … Continue reading Anxiety : a ‘symptom’ of the times
I was recently reading an article by Neely Myers titled, A Fragile Recovery in the United States, in the book, Our Most Troubling Madness. The book chapter is a storied account of how the researcher (who is an anthropologist working on her doctoral thesis) engages with the central character of the chapter, a woman she refers … Continue reading Valuing research informants
alI am amused and surprised about the number of people who meet me and DO NOT ASK for directions. Of course nobody is an idiot to offer help without being asked for it! Certainly not me at 45 years! Yes, meeting someone who is recovered is an encouragement to most and they see, in person, … Continue reading Pave the way or ask for directions?
"my 19 years old older brother is suffering from bipolar disorder….we have already started his medication with psychiatrist…. …..mam can u suggest me some good treatment of this illness…." Since I have been repeatedly receiving queries of this sort, from someone with a loved one with a bipolar diagnosis, I am writing this post as … Continue reading ‘Treatment’ for Bipolar
There are may ways to support people with bipolar. One of the key things is to understand the relationship you are in with them. As well as your proximity. There can be two different outcomes from bipolar support- one which produces a recovery, and one which creates a life long dependence and disability. You have … Continue reading Support in bipolar
Several of the posts on this blog are going to be blog entries from my other blogs, which I have written in the past. Since this blog is meant to be a collective of all threads I have on the subject of mental illness, I intend re-posting them from wherever they are scattered in cyberspace, for … Continue reading Understand the roots of your suffering
If you have been given a diagnosis of bipolar or schizophrenia and you do not wish to take the medical road, you are not alone. There are many who take that path. However, that does not mean you should not create a plan for yourself. What is seen as bipolar is basically distress and suffering … Continue reading Not wanting to be treated for ‘bipolar’