In: hypomania

Travel Preparation for Bipolar
June 4, 2017

Travel and mood are very much related. Often a trip is associated with a significant change in mood. This can be…

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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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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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Dangers of Mania
January 26, 2017

A cheerful young woman comes in for a consultation and soon we come to a topic that can be remarkably frustrating…

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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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Tricked by Mania – Bipolar Hope
August 23, 2016

I have been fortunate this past month to have been working at the Bipolar Clinic at UCSF. Chief of the clinic,…

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Poor Health Predicts Bipolar Outcomes
November 21, 2015

John has not been doing well. He used to be optimistic about all challenges and, although he had ups and downs,…

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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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Travel and Mood
February 15, 2015

Travel and mood are very much related. Often a trip is associated with a significant change in mood. This can be…

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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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Fall Mania
October 15, 2013

I had been gearing up to write my usual set of posts about seasonal affective disorder, and then this afternoon I…

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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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Talking to Yourself
November 20, 2012

Sometimes talking to yourself is a sign of health. Those of you who have been following this blog for a while,…

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What’s the Hurry
November 20, 2012

It’s been a very busy week for mental health professionals in the Bay Area. The holidays are ramping up. And it…

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Magic
September 28, 2012

It’s hard not to believe in magic when you have the experience of mood shifts. What can be more extraordinary and…

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Mood and Reality: Mood’s Ability to Shape Perception and Interactions
August 24, 2012

We have been thinking for a while about how mood powerfully creates our reality. And how hard it is to hold…

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Bipolar Brains
August 12, 2012

After years of trying, a group of researchers down at UCLA (led by Lori Altshuler) may have succeeded in identifying important…

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