BiPolar Disorder

innerviewsMovement, Diet, Breath. It is up to the patient to follow thru on certain variables of life and effort. It is up to the patient to do what is possible to make the illness have as little as impact as possible. Whtat am I eating. How much movement am I exerting. How am I brething. I am taking shallow breaths. Am I eating the right foods. Am I moving and breathing and taking the right breaths. What about medications. Do I agree with the doctor. How much effort am I exerting. This is the time to make things right. This is the time to do the deeds which I can do. This is the time…..


For many people the experience of bipolar mania is a sacred, spiritual one. This video explains how and why.



The classic understanding of suicide casts it as reactionary measure against a particular event or outcome, but Kay Redfield Jamison argues that it is typically the result of the prolonged pain that comes with mental illness.


After waking up from a coma after a suicide attempt, Kay Redfield Jamison realized that medication was her only remaining choice.


Chief of Staff John M. Oldham, MD, MS, talks with actor Richard Dreyfuss about his experience living with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.



Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, author of “An Unquiet Mind,” talks about the shared responsibility of those living with mental illness and their employees. Dr. Jamison participated in The CT Forum’s “An Honest

Look at Mental Illness” with author Andrew Solomon, Dr. Hank Schwartz, and NPR’s John Dankosky on Friday, March 7, 2014.

“An Honest Look at Mental Illness” was Hosted by Hartford HealthCare, with Presenting Sponsor Wheeler Clinic.


Johns Hopkins University Provost’s Lecture Series. Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., The Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine presents, “Mood Disorders and Creativity”
at Mason Hall Auditorium on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, March 13, 2012

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, speaks about her book “Exuberance, The Passion for Life” at a conference on teacher wellness organized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Introduced by CTY’s Dr. Charles Rowins. Topics include: mental health, genius, creativity, moods and mood disorders, depression, bi-polar disorder, teaching gifted and talented children, genetics, risk-taking and the joy of teaching. As Dr. Jamison writes in “Exuberance”: “To teach well, I heard early and often, is to make a difference. To teach unusually well is to create magic.”


Big Think and the Mental Health Channel are proud to launch Big Thinkers on Mental Health, a new series dedicated to open discussion of anxiety, depression, and the many other psychological disorders that affect millions worldwide.

This week, psychiatrist Nicole Foubister delves into the world of bipolar disorder. Most people are casually familiar with bipolar disorder though few understand the colossal strain it can have on the lives of sufferers and their loved ones. It’s vital for people diagnosed as bipolar to open themselves up to treatment and for people close to them to be aware of the illness’ ramifications. What’s most important is to understand that no one chooses to be bipolar; you must learn to be calm and patient with people who suffer from it. It’s not their fault that they lack mental wellness and their behavior during manic episodes is not reflective of who they really are.


Laura Bain speaks about living with Bipolar Type II Disorder, the trials and tribulations, but also how it informs her vibrant character and wonderful sense of identity.

“Laura is a very passionate person and as a 5th year Biology student she is a lover of Science. She is an avid cyclist, a teacher, an artist and a silly dancer. She is a windsurf instructor, the former vice commodore of the UBC sailing club, and a summer landscaper. She is a friend, roommate, a well-loved daughter and baby sister to three big brothers. She is also an auntie to the cutest little niece ever. Oh, there is one more thing, she is living with Bipolar Disorder.”

November 5th, 2011. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Filmed by Craig Ross: Video edited by David Ng

How Light Affects our sleep

Lorna tells the story of her recovery from bipolar disorder. This story is part of the “Recovery stories in mental health” series, a project created by Myra Piat, PhD., recovery expert

On November 10th, 2011 CREST.BD team lead, Erin Michalak, visited The Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. Erin discussed the development and application of the Quality of Life Scale in Bipolar Disorder (QoL.BD), a disorder-specific scale that assesses physical health, mood, sleep, cognition, leisure, social, spirituality, finances, household, self-esteem, independence, identity, work and study. She explores how it can be used as a clinical tool for collaborative goal-setting between people living with bipolar disorder and their healthcare providers.


The story of Robin Mohilner, a therapist who has bipolar disorder with the sense of passion and duty to help others thrive and has created a community of support, connection and growth for people effected by bipolar disorder.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this critically important talk, clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research, including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.