man with a really addictive personality mood disorder with hands over his face at a table with pills and alcohol

Is There a Really Addictive Personality?

We have all heard that some people are prone to addiction, and there seem to be plenty of real-world examples to illustrate the truth of this adage. But is it accurate to say that someone who has suffered through multiple addictions has a really addictive personality? Or is this an overly simplistic explanation for a…

woman shaking her head dealing with treatment-resistant bipolar disorder

What Is Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder?

Treatment-resistant depression (also called treatment-refractory depression) is a thoroughly researched topic and widely recognized clinical challenge. In many cases, mood-stabilizing medication can help control the symptoms of depression, although first-line treatments are often ineffective. Less than 40% of individuals achieve remission with the first treatment administered and often many different medications and approaches are tried…

young man half happy half angry showing history of bipolar disorder

A History of Bipolar Disorder

‘Bipolar disorder’ is the general term for a group of mental health conditions known officially as bipolar and related disorders. Today, these illnesses are recognized by mental health experts in the U.S. and throughout the world. However, not too long ago, things were very different. In fact, use of the term ‘bipolar disorder’ only dates…