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Self-Diagnosis With SynAPPS®

Self-Diagnosis With SynAPPS®

Sooner or later we are all tormented by that nagging, unnerving question. You know the one. Am I wearing my underwear over my clothes? Is my cheese slipping off the cracker? Am I marching to the beat of a different didgeridoo? Is the diploma in my den from Whassamatta U?

Like a pebble wedged firmly in your shoe the uncertainty refuses to leave, taunting and mocking until thinking of anything else is impossible.

I’ve been troubled by these moments of existential meltdown for decades, which is why I was so excited when my friends at Kronko told me about self-diagnosis with SynAPPS® – the latest in “smart” applications for iPhones, iPads, and ay caramba. Here’s how it works. As an intelligent application, SynAPPS® records your online activities in order to build, and regularly update, a psychodynamic knowledge base enabling it to gauge your sanity quotient on demand.

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When is Bipolar Disorder Not Bipolar Disorder?

When is Bipolar Disorder Not Bipolar Disorder?

By now we know the symptoms of bipolar disorder – wild mood swings from euphoria (mania or hypomania) to depression. We know that bipolar disorder comes in lots of variants, bipolar 1, bipolar 2, cyclothmia, rapid-cycling and so forth.

But when are the symptoms of bipolar disorder not bipolar disorder? Are there other illnesses that can account for bipolar symptoms?

When is bipolar disorder not bipolar disorder?

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Megan Fox and the Myth of the Month

While I would recommend being open about one’s own struggles as a way to fight stigma, which is usually due to ignorance, openness is not for everyone. Ultimately, each person has to decide for himself or herself what is right. I understand the reasons for keeping quiet about a diagnosis, especially some of the more misunderstood ones. Yet the only way we can hope to get rid of stigma is by education, and education begins with openness.

Megan Fox and the Myth of the Month

Normally I don’t dignify absurdities with coverage, but this one deals with an issue we all face: stigma.

Actress/model Megan Fox recently announced she is having her tattoo of Marilyn Monroe removed due to Monroe’s alleged psychiatric diagnoses. “It’s a negative character, as she suffered from personality disorders and was bipolar,” Fox told an Italian magazine. “I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life.” (It has been speculated that Marilyn Monroe suffered from borderline personality disorder, although that was never officially diagnosed.)

Note to Ms. Fox: you can’t catch a personality disorder–or any other kind of mental illness–from a tattoo. The belief that mental illness is contagious is a founding member of the Myth of the Month Club.

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Mental Illness and Relationships: It’s Complicated

Mental Illness and Relationships: It’s Complicated

When cruising Facebook profiles, many times under “relationship status,” you’ll find someone wrote “it’s complicated.” As a matter of fact, you’ll find the phrase on so many profiles, it’s become sort of a joke. What’s no laughing matter is that for many with a mental illness, relationships can be complicated.

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Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate by Age

Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate by Age

As young people seeking help for our mental health issues, sometimes we face unique challenges. I occasionally get criticism from older people telling me that I am just taking myself too seriously. They say I don’t really have a mental illness or addiction, but insist that I am just young or immature and I will grow out of it. This was especially troubling when it came to my alcoholism.

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Mental Health Recovery and Supportive Relationships

Mental Health Recovery and Supportive Relationships

Supportive relationships are important to your mental health recovery. Whether family or friends, it's good to know who you can count on--and who you can't.

I am blessed with fantastic and supportive relationships in my family. When I was twelve years old and in the children’s psychiatric hospital, my parents and siblings would visit whenever they could.  They brought me chocolate and teddy bears, tears and promises that I would be home soon. But bipolar disorder, or any mental illness really, can either destroy relationships or enhance them. And that’s okay. Let some relationships go, and make sure you keep the supportive relationships.

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About Laurie Dupar, Author of Living with Adult ADHD Blog

About Laurie Dupar, Author of Living with Adult ADHD Blog

Thirteen years ago, I was a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by day and the mother of a son newly diagnosed with ADHD by night. Despite my experience and education in the psychiatric field, I felt helpless as to how to help him manage and overcome his challenges. Little did I realize just how much ADHD would impact his life, my personal life and professional life. In the years to come, I would discover ADHD Coaching and see what a difference it made to help him overcome his struggles. I would learn that my husband and older son also struggled with the disorder and that I myself, although never officially diagnosed, had many ADD/ADHD tendencies, characteristics and traits.

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Don’t Say Child Abuse Causes Dissociative Identity Disorder

Don’t Say Child Abuse Causes Dissociative Identity Disorder

All of the misconceptions about Dissociative Identity Disorder bother me because they create barriers to diagnosis, treatment, and support. But there’s one myth that bothers me for more personal and, up until today, private reasons. And that’s the assumption that child abuse causes Dissociative Identity Disorder.

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Earlier Detection in Mental Illness: Possible?

Earlier Detection in Mental Illness: Possible?

Thomas Insel, NIMH
Thomas Insel, NIMH

Let’s hope so. Let’s hope earlier detection is possible. Why? Because it’s essential.  At the NAMI Convention in Chicago a few weeks ago, Dr. Thomas Insel of NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) said that more research dollars are spent on tooth decay than on mental illness. Really? Wow!

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The Dangers of Verbal Abuse

The Dangers of Verbal Abuse

What are the dangers of verbal abuse? What life are you sacrificing in order to live with your abuser? What do you have to look forward to if you stay?

Abusers who have not yet turned to physical violence could be “time bombs” with fuses of unknown length. If your abuser feels that his “normal” verbally abusive techniques are not working, he will probably move into physical abuse to maintain his control.

Abuse escalates over time. Time spent in abusive situations and relationships cause you to feel beaten down and devastated – but it is never too late to get help.

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