Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Are You Successful, But a Real Jerk? - Fortune Small Business

The discussion of manic depression and "mania" takes many forms. This is an interesting review of a book on Hypomania and the business/entrepreneur environment.

Answer Central - Are You Successful, But a Real Jerk? - FORTUNE SMALL BUSINESS:

"We've read about them over and over again. An entrepreneur founds a wildly successful business and then is forced out, because he's alienated those who work with him. The common explanation is that these companies get too big for the entrepreneurs to run. They're not managers; they're idea guys. But John Gartner, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, has another theory: It's not that they just haven't been trained as managers, but they're not wired to be managers - they're hypomanics.

Gartner, who studied successful businesspeople in his recent book, "The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between A Little Craziness and A Lot of Success in America" (Simon & Schuster, $26), says that the most successful entrepreneurs are somewhat manic in their single mindedness. 'They have an offbeat idea, which they believe with messianic fervor will change everything,' he says. 'And their evangelical zeal gets other people on board.'"

The Albuquerque Tribune: Bipolar Disorder can be treated

The Albuquerque Tribune: Science: "Affecting more than 1 percent of adults worldwide, bipolar disorder usually begins during the teenage years or in adulthood but in rare instances can begin during childhood. It is unknown how common bipolar disorder is in children, but it is more common in children with a parent who suffers from the disorder. People with bipolar disorder often have relatives diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder or substance abuse. "

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Out of the darkness -

An interesting review of a new novel that has mental illness as a primary focal point.

Out of the darkness - "They are on the streets of cities large and small. They are in every neighborhood, in every community, sometimes out in the open, sometimes hidden from view.
'They' are people with mental illnesses, and in Bebe Moore Campbell's new novel, '72 Hour Hold,' she attempts to drag the problem out from the shadows. "

Bipolar disorder-stigma a major fear

This from an Irish publication - Bipolar Disorder knows no geographical boundaries.

Bipolar disorder-stigma a major fear: "The majority of people with bipolar disorder believe that the public are unaware of and do not understand the condition. As a result, as many as one in four do not tell family or friends they have it for fear of social stigma, the results of a major new survey have revealed."

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Valley biotech firm to study bipolar disorder

Valley biotech firm to study bipolar disorder - 2005-07-14: "Perlegen Sciences Inc. is collaborating with the Pritzker Neuropsychiatric Disorders Research Consortium (PNDRC) to study bipolar disorder. This study combines the resources of the commercial, academic, federal and philanthropic worlds and will focus on finding causes of psychiatric disorders, finding new treatments that are more targeted to individual illness and discovering better ways to diagnose diseases. "

Friday, July 08, 2005

Are genius and madness related?

Psychatric Times - Mental Health InfoSource: "The idea that creativity and psychopathology are somehow linked goes way back to antiquity--to the time of Aristotle. Centuries later, this belief was developed and expanded by various psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and psychologists. For instance, Cesare Lombroso, M.D., argued toward the end of the 19th century that genius and madness were closely connected manifestations of an underlying degenerative neurological disorder. To be sure, this idea has not gone without challenge. On the contrary, humanistic psychologists were inclined to associate creativity with mental health. Nevertheless, the prevailing view appears to be that psychopathology and creativity are positively associated."

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

NIMH Patient Recruitment at the NIH Clinical Center

NIMH Patient Recruitment at the NIH Clinical Center: "The staff of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) welcomes you to our patient recruitment and information web site. We conduct a large number of research studies with patients who have mental health disorders. Our studies are performed at the NIH Clinical Center (CC), a hospital dedicated to the highest quality research. The NIH CC (picture shown on the right) is located in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. "