In: Hypomania

Mood Spectrum
September 23, 2017

Author and psychiatrist James Phelps presented a thought provoking presentation about the notion of a mood spectrum (from very unipolar to…

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How High is High?
August 30, 2017

We met a few days ago with one of our favorite people. She’s a writer and an artist and she has…

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Impatience Warning
July 8, 2017

Sometimes I wish that my depressed patients had more impatience. Eagerness for change when you have been depressed for a long…

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Mindfulness: No Gain without Pain?
June 1, 2017

Mindfulness is one of those practices that seems to, quite perversely, be most important to practice at times when it is most…

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Impulsivity – Gina
April 28, 2017

Impulsivity is something everyone has experienced. We have all had moments when we have said something impulsively that we regret or…

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Bipolar Type 4
April 23, 2017

We’ve recently been re-reading some of the works of Hagop Akiskal, one of the most important writers about Bipolar of the…

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Early Intervention Can Prevent Episodes
April 14, 2017

Early intervention can prevent episodes of depression or hypomania or mania. This is not always the case but most of the…

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Mania Warning Signs in the Eyes – Gina
April 5, 2017

Recognizing Mania Warning Signs, Even in the Eyes Knowing and understanding warning signs of depression, hypomania and mania can be crucial…

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Pace Yourself for More Manageable Moods
April 3, 2017

I have been doing a lot of thinking about how to pace yourself so that you can capture some of the…

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Hamster Brain
November 20, 2016

A young woman who has been making good progress tackling the problem of severe depressive episodes suddenly is having trouble managing…

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Hypomania and Success
May 13, 2015

During the 1990s clinical psychologist John Gartner was planning on writing a book about religious movements started by manic profits, but he…

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Through the Looking Glass 4 – a result
January 19, 2015

…The Becks Questionnaire II business continues. What brings it alive are the questions that Dr. Black continues to ask me throughout…

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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: 2 – Depression Assessment
January 18, 2015

…I’m returning to do the test suggested by my therapist in our previous meeting – the Beck Depression Inventory II….

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Memory and Cognitive Problems
July 24, 2014

Memory and/or cognitive problems are the rule rather than the exception in people with mood disorders1. There are a number of…

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How Mood Can Influence Events
July 8, 2014

What I do for a living often involves asking dumb questions. For example, we all know our moods are usually affected…

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Hypomania and Sensory Experience
June 12, 2014

More than a decade ago, Dr. Suzanne Black, who occasionally writes posts on this blog, got me interested in the sensory…

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Spring into Summer: Light and Sleep Changes
June 3, 2014

Many people have been noticing the very long days of late Spring and early Summer. There is more energy to get…

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Mood Swings – What Causes Them?
May 9, 2014

What causes mood swings? What do we think about when someone says their mood has been “up and down?”Among the most common…

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Mood Effects of Diet
March 7, 2014

One of our readers wrote to ask – Have you observed an impact of diet on mood? I feel that less…

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But Hypomania is Great!
September 28, 2013

Sometimes I feel like the Grinch. This past week I found myself in the uncomfortable position of suggesting that it might…

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