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Divorcing While Bipolar
Divorcing While Bipolar
Divorce is almost always a wrenching and emotionally challenging life experience.  When one of the spouses has a disability, such as a diagnosis of major depression or bipolar, the questions to be addressed can be complex and difficult to settle. We are not attorneys and this post should not be understood as legal advice, but we do want to suggest a few areas that folks with bipolar and depression need to be aware of. Consult an attorney for specifics of your situation in your state. Spousal support If your diagnosis occurred during the marriage, your spouse may have greater responsibility for your support after the divorce.  This will vary depending on your employment history before the marriage and before the ... Read More
Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care Persist Despite Federal Legislation
Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care Persist Despite Federal Legislation
MoodSurfing celebrated the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008, when it was first passed.  We again celebrated in 2013 when the Obama administration issued guidelines for the implementation of the legislation, including parity in payments made to mental and physical health practitioners; parity in limitations in coverage (for example the number of days of treatment that may be covered); and parity of in-network access for mental health conditions compared to physical conditions. Now, a report by the non-partisan Research Triangle Institute shows that severe disparities in access to mental health care are found across almost all states, and many major insurers continue to find and exploit loopholes in the legislation to deny coverage ... Read More
Resources for the Integration of Behavioral Health Care
Resources for the Integration of Behavioral Health Care
To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released a series of resources for primary health care physicians and other practitioners to improve the integration of behavioral health care into primary care practices. Heavily emphasized in all the resources is training for health care practices at all levels in reducing stigma and prejudice around mental health needs of patients. Since the issue of stigma is always close to our hearts here at MoodSurfing, we celebrate the release of these useful resources. Here are the links: Compendium of Behavioral Health Integration Resources “...to achieve the goal of enabling timely access to optimal, equitable, whole-person care.” Suicide prevention guide to treat at-risk patients “...practical strategies, actionable steps and ... Read More
Mood Waves: Mania to Depression or Depression to Mania?
Mood Waves: Mania to Depression or Depression to Mania?
We use the image of “surfing” your moods to describe the experience of bipolar’s ups and downs, but we don’t mean this to imply that the mood waves of bipolar are chaotic and completely unpredictable. On the contrary, people who keep a careful log of their moods over time find clear patterns to their ups and downs. However, these patterns are different from person to person. For some, depression slowly ramps down, at first you may not even be aware of being on a downswing. Then, after some time in the depressive phase, a rapid shift occurs and you find yourself in a manic or hypomanic phase. For others, the opposite is true: mania slowly builds to a crescendo, which ... Read More
Default Network Mode
Default Network Mode
Doing nothing?  Daydreaming?  Your brain is still working away Neuroscientists have discovered that brain activity occurs in “networks”: a coherent interaction of different brain regions. The networks are activated harmoniously or cooperatively, depending on what you are doing. One network, connecting several different brain regions, becomes activated when we are at rest, doing “nothing” or just daydreaming. This has been dubbed the “default mode network.” Another, called the “salience network,” detects when something in the environment requires our attention. Then it comes “online,” which causes the default network to back off temporarily. Later, when nothing important is going on, the salience network steps back, and the brain goes back into default mode. Scientists have begun to identify other networks in ... Read More
Sleepwave
Sleepwave
Another interesting entry in the Sleep App market!  Sleepwave promises a completely different approach to insomnia:  focusing on the wakeup time instead of bedtime. This aligns with what we have said about changing when you sleep - focus on setting an appropriate wakeup time rather than trying to go to sleep earlier. According to the company, a regular alarm, whether a clock or cell phone, goes off at a set time, which may not be the best time for your body.  Throughout the night, we move naturally from deeper to lighter sleep. You may have had the experience of waking from a deep sleep because of an insistent alarm. When that happens, it can affect how you feel for many ... Read More

About MoodSurfing

Welcome to MoodSurfing.com, the site that highlights strategies for living creatively with moods and coping with depression. This site is for people with bipolar, depression, cyclothymia, and others who experience powerful moods and want to figure out how to integrate these experiences into successful lives.

Although most of us are mental health clinicians of one kind or another, this site is not about providing people with medical or clinical advice (see below). We hope that we can help you cope with depression, maybe even allow you to live well with moods. 

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We have done a series of interviews with people who have interesting things to say about different aspects of living creatively with moods. You can find those under the heading “Conversations.

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