Category Archives: Manic Depression

Sometimes Life Happens, Part One: Death.

My grandfather died in August. At the end, it was not unexpected. It gets that way when someone passes the 90-year mark, and he was 92-years old. I held his hand a few days before he stopped breathing. He was … Continue reading

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Still salted but without the lithium

I forgot how vivid my dreams can be when I’m not taking the lithium. I’ve been off for almost four months now. For ten years lithium carbonate kept me sane. It gave me the base on which to build my … Continue reading

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Even more studies into the biology of manic depression, schizophrenia and diabetes

“…recent studies have shown that genes linked to mental illness are also involved in the generation of circadian rhythms and sleep, while some clock genes have also been shown to influence the development of certain specific mental illnesses. This new … Continue reading

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Some studies into the biology of manic depression and schizophrenia

“Certain brain regions in people with major depression are smaller and less dense than those of their healthy counterparts. Now, researchers have traced the genetic reasons for this shrinkage. “Brain-imaging studies, post-mortem examinations of human brains and animal studies have … Continue reading

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Moving.

“When I moved from Ottawa to Toronto [in 1998] I had two bags of clothes, some books and a [10-year old] radio. Four or five years later, when I moved [back] I had two bags of clothes, a few more … Continue reading

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Neuroplasticity: it’d be so much easier if our brains were made from Play-doh

I’m poor. Constantly broke. I’ve lived in poverty my entire life. I was raised, first by a political collective of people who believed poverty was a virtue and an ideal, and then by a single mother who had no support … Continue reading

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