Weight a Minute! Banning Body Shaming

This past weekend my young adult daughters (25 and 21) and I took a short vacation together. As women who live in the world, our conversations often touch on women's health, weight stigma, and body shaming. We decided to experiment with a "contract" with each other to ban negative talk about our bodies, weight, and appearance. Over the first day or two we caught each other, gently, many times. By the end of three days, we were able to catch ourselves as the thoughts bubbled up and before we unthinkingly expressed them. "My face is so chubby in that picture, I look terrible" — noted and tossed from conversation. "I look so fat in these shorts" — jettisoned. "Hat hair makes me look disgusting" — handed a similar fate. Our very small, thoroughly unscientific, but personally meaningful experiment succeeded; we became far more aware of how often we said negative things...
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Interviewed for MedShadow’s Bipolar Disorder Q&A

Do more women than men suffer from Bipolar Disorder? At what age is it diagnosed? Can it be faked? Recently, I was asked these questions and more by writer Suelain Moy for an article entitled "Bipolar Disorder: A Q&A with Dr. Candida Fink" published by MedShadow Foundation. To read the answers, please check out the article, and then return here to let me know what you think. This is Part 1 of a two-part piece. Part 2 will be more about the treatment side of bipolar disorder. Stay tuned....
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Possible Genetic Link to Bipolar Disorder

Psych Central's Senior News Editor Rick Nauert recently posted a piece entitled "Genetic Variant Heightens Risk for Bipolar Disorder." In it, he calls attention to a recent study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics that's "based on a relatively new technique for the study of the genetics of bipolar disorder" termed genome-wide association studies (GWAS). We invite you to check out the post, especially if you're interested in keeping up on the latest breakthroughs in identifying the genetic component of bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). Although it may be years before these genetic studies translate into any sort of gene therapy, if that's even possible, they deliver an immediate benefit in three important ways:
  • The genetic link adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that proves bipolar disorder to be a genuine illness and not a personality flaw or behavioral disorder.
  • As we get closer to identifying...
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