Deceptive Hypomania: Energies Bop, Inhibitions Drop, Ideas Pop
NAMI recently partnered with HealthCentral.com to bring you relevant information from their Web site. The following is a blog entry by John McManamy from HeathCentral.com’s bipolar site .
No one wants to be depressed. Everyone, on the other hand, wants to be hypomanic. Think of hypomania as “mania lite,” for the time being, an elevated mood state that is better than any recreational drug high. Energies bop, inhibitions drop, ideas pop. This is the kind of personality makeover we all pray will happen to us – salesperson of the month productivity combined with life-of-party sociability. Read More...
Updated Edition of Classic Work Now Available
E. Fuller Torrey, MD, has fully revised and completely updated his classic book, Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Patients, and Providers. This indispensable guide, first published in 1983, examines the nature, causes, symptoms, and history of schizophrenia.
The fifth edition of this definitive work includes the latest research findings on schizophrenia as well as the newest treatments available. New sections added in this edition include, “The Recovery Model,” “Herbal Treatments,” and “The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry on Prescribing Patterns”.
NAMI is pleased to provide our readers with the following excerpt from the latest edition of Dr. Torrey’s book.
NAMI Honors Exemplary Psychiatrists
NAMI honored 16 physicians with "Exemplary Psychiatrists Awards" at the international American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting held in Toronto, Canada in May.
The 2006 awards focused on psychiatrists who have made substantial contributions to state or local NAMI activities, and who demonstrated exemplary commitment and expertise in the area of disaster psychiatry, and post traumatic stress disorder. Read More...
Sufficient Grace, by Darnell Arnoult, is a Southern novel that explores themes of faith, family, love, and redemption. It’s sensitive, at times humorous. It’s also about schizophrenia, inspired by the mother of the author.
The book opens with Gracie Homan drawing a life-size picture of Jesus on the walls of her house to watch over the family she is about to leave -- in response to commands from spiritual voices. She wanders and is discovered miles away -- mute and incapacitated -- by two women.
No one sees her as mentally ill. The only doctor in town who still makes house calls confirms she has no physical injury. “She may have a condition not so readily diagnosed,” he observes. Read More...