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Sometimes it’s hard to tell a hospital from a jail

Caleb just spent a couple weeks in a county psych unit.  He had been getting more and more ill, out of balance, then manic, not sleeping…and finally suicidal.  We both lost sight of when the mania ended and he disappeared … Continue reading

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Found on www.jamplay.com by Mark Lincoln

Bi-polar Disorder and the Healing Power of Music By Mark LincolnPublished on Mar 31st, 2010 Manic depression is touching my soul I know what I want but I just don’t know How to, go about gettin’ it Feeling sweet feeling, … Continue reading

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When an ill boy goes to jail

We have a lot of work to do in this country, to manage mental illness constructively. When my son Caleb was 16, he was admitted to a psych hospital for treatment, which only lasted 10 days. Then he was transferred … Continue reading

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Maintaining a flexible attitude about life

I have had to change plans this weekend. My son has been doing well, and I had made plans to go to reunion of 30 year friendships in another city, where we gather and talk and cry together, pray and … Continue reading

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Bipolar Love: A Match Made in Heaven?

Bipolar Love…A Match Made in Heaven? It Takes More than Good Intentions to Navigate the Challenges of Romantic Relationships in the Face of Mental Illness How’s your love life?  Going as smoothly as you’d like? These days, romance is more … Continue reading

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When One Bipolar Marries Another: An Interview with Shannon Flynn

This article, by Therese Bouchard, was posted on http://www.psychcentral.com: When One Bipolar Marries Another: An Interview with Shannon Flynn By THERESE BORCHARD Today I have the honor of interviewing Shannon Flynn, who works at the National Institute of Mental Health … Continue reading

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Bipolar Disorder and the Americans with Disabilities Act

The following article, by Linda McCullough, is posted from http://www.psychcentral.com: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was amended in 2008 to include bipolar disorder as a covered condition. The original 1988 law was designed to protect people with disabilities from … Continue reading

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