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Soft Bipolar Disorder Cyclothymia Issues: Living Against the Clock; Does Loss of Daily Rhythms Cause Obesity?

Living Against the Clock; Does Loss of Daily Rhythms Cause Obesity?

ScienceDaily (Aug. 28, 2012) — When Thomas Edison tested the first light bulb in 1879, he could never have imagined that his invention could one day contribute to a global obesity epidemic. Electric light allows us to work, rest and play at all hours of the day, and a paper published this week in Bioessays suggests that this might have serious consequences for our health and for our waistlines.

Daily or “circadian” rhythms including the sleep wake cycle, and rhythms in hormone release are controlled by a molecular clock that is present in every cell of the human body. This human clock has its own inbuilt, default rhythm of almost exactly 24 hours that allows it to stay finely tuned to the daily cycle generated by the rotation of Earth. This beautiful symmetry between the human clock and the daily cycle of Earth’s rotation is disrupted by exposure to artificial light cycles, and by irregular meal, work and sleep times. This mismatch between the natural circadian rhythms of our bodies and the environment is called “circadian desynchrony.”
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The Dysphoric mania of Bipolar l, and James Holmes

What Is Dysphoric Mania?

James HolmesTwo weeks before he killed 12 people and injured 58 during a midnight shooting rampage in a Colorado movie theater, James Holmes texted a classmate asking if she had heard of “dysphoric mania.” When she replied asking if it was something treatable, he replied, “It was,” and said she should stay away from him “because I am bad news.”

The New York Times article that broke this story says, “The psychiatric condition [dysphoric mania], a form of bipolar disorder, combines the frenetic energy of mania with the agitation, dark thoughts and in some cases paranoid delusions of major depression.” This description is vivid enough to give readers a glimpse of what might be going on in the mind of a person such as Holmes (we have to be careful about making psychiatric judgments based entirely on the observations of others). It’s a bit misleading, though. For one thing, agitation and paranoia can be symptoms of mania as well as depression.
Also, dysphoric mania isn’t a “form” of bipolar disorder. Rather, it’s a specific type of episode that has mixed features – one where mania symptoms are combined with depression symptoms like the social withdrawal described in the Times article. (See the last paragraph in part 1 of Bipolar Depression Symptoms, Social Withdrawal.)
One problem in understanding all this is the elusive definition of the term “dysphoria.” Dictionaries disagree, using terms from depression and discontent to anguish and agitation to simply “sadness.” At bottom, the definition changes depending on the context, and in this case, the dysphoria in “dysphoric mania” isn’t the same as the dysphoria in “dysphoric depression.”

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Are cats naturally bipolar disorder or do they get bipolar disorder???????

Well, cats are certainly tricksters in the world, and can’t be fully known. That is their mystery. Whether or not they are bipolar, they certainly have moods…….  Well, people do ponder “is my cat bipolar disorder”. In fact, doing a Google search of that, you’ll find many people posing the question. But, pet experts then reply that incredible shifts in mood and energy is normal. The great cats, lions and tigers spend most time sleeping, but they hunt with intensity. Domesticated cats seem to do the same, resting then going crazy (or as one writer put it, “psychotic”). Some cats turn quit aggressive: I know, I have scars on my legs form Frankenstein’s claws, who most times is resting by my side.

The shifting in moods of cats is related to the survival of their species. While difficult for humans to accept, it us just their nature, and can’t be labelled all bad.
White tigers kill their handlers
House cats run crazy at times, OR OFTEN

Cute lions kill.


For bipolar disorder too, we should be asking: when is it nature that one has bipolar traits, and when is it too destructive?  Unfortunately, treatment is geared to remind bipolar persons that “all” mood traits are bad. I have a personal friend that his psychiatrist told him 10 years ago that his loud guffaws were a trait of his bipolar disorder. Since that time, my friend has restrained all laughter and feels guilty when he does laugh. Before, he brought loud and raucous laughter to times together. Give him three shots of  espresso to relieve his depression and then laugh together.

What the psychiatrist missed was:
a. knowing this person and knowing why he laughed so loud (he came from a religiously repressive background and found his laughter was one outlet of relief)
b. spontaneous and unprovoked laughter is s symptoms of too elevated mood, and is a symptom
c. this person was depressive, and dearly needed to laugh
d. laughter is therapeutic
e. bipolar’s do get on the edge of jokes, laughing, and the profane, but depressives and soft bipolars are “self-checking” in behaviors. 

Venus the Chimera cat became big news this week with viral videos and photos. Venus is a genetic chimera, meaning having distinct genetic cells and characteristics of two or more different “populations”. There are animal, plant, and rarely, human chimeras.


Take a look, and link to Venus the Chimera’s page:

 There exists symbolism and myth of having 2 or 3 joined personas. Here is a mythological chimera, with three distinct personalities in one. The Chimera is similar to the Sphinx, and in some myth gave birth to the Sphinx.


Humans are known to have different personas. This is not to be confused with mulitiple personality disorder, which is now thought to almost be non-existant, though urban legends of it still abound.
Having two moods that are almost personality is common to most. We have naturally different moods. The problem with soft bipolar cyclothymia is that the mood is just more severe and not as transient as a typical person’s. It can impact the quality of life, mental well-being, and relationships.

Here is a “two-faced” graphic depicting two sides or even personas. Often, the darker side is seen as evil, which may be a Western Cultural interpretation of “darkness” and not shared by Eastern or African myth.

Currently, if one is two-faced, they are seen as nice at times, and cutting at others. Or, there can be a good evil story going on, like Two Face of the Batman Series.

But, this face here depicts not gossip or evil,  but true change in mood. This is “bipolarity”.

In soft bipolar disorder, cyclothymia, the two faces are often
social versus outgoing
withdrawn versus social

see our list of comparisons in the soft bipolar test here:

There are many issues with theses two soft bipolar phases. Book one, Soft Bipolar Suffering addresses this. When is the personality from shifting energy that should be treated as disorder, vs. when is the personality form something emotionally repressed (for instance, Jack goes through stages of guilt versus dating). That must be addressed because a soft bipolar person is not only disorder, but have a soul and full psychology.

Note: many soft bipolars cyclothymics have incredible guilt complexes that make them feel like a Jekyll and Hyde bad person, when they actually are not…….this varies per disorder. But, we include this photo for some bipolar l’s where some guilt should be placed. The face differences are more distinct personalities, of withdrawn, versus wild. That is addressed in our books also.
See also articles on guilt versus anosognosia in this blog. Anosognosia, lack of awareness of one’s disorder, is more common in Bipolar 1 and 11, and bipolar cases where drugs have been used. Unfortunately, the soft bipolar cyclothymics often languish in a pool of guilt and imagination of just how bad they are. Often soft bipolars or cyclothymics are misdiagnosed as Bipolar l or ll. It is important for you to know the difference. It’s possible if you are reading this blog, you are a bipolar support person or a soft bipolar with awareness of your disorder.

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Veterans, coming into battle with mental illness, leaving battle suicidal or "losing my mind"

After Combat, Victims of an Inner War

Clinton Gill
Sgt. Jacob Blaylock, seated left, one of four in his Guard unit to commit suicide, at the grave of Sgt. Brandon Wallace. More Photos >
The Deaths in the 1451st


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new brain studies: erotic/anxiety switch, altruism, touch, failure of spirituality in brain with autism.

Some people are altruistic, others not, and brain differences may explain this:

Science News

… from universities, journals, and other research organizations

Individual Differences in Altruism Explained by Brain Region Involved in Empathy

ScienceDaily (July 11, 2012) — What can explain extreme differences in altruism among individuals, from Ebenezer Scrooge to Mother Teresa? It may all come down to variation in the size and activity of a brain region involved in appreciating others’ perspectives, according to a study published in the July 12th issue of the journal Neuron. The findings also provide a neural explanation for why altruistic tendencies remain stable over time.

“This is the first study to link both brain anatomy and brain activation to human altruism,” says senior study author Ernst Fehr of the University of Zurich. “The findings suggest that the development of altruism through appropriate training or social practices might occur through changes in the brain structure and the neural activations that we identified in our study.”
Individuals who excel at understanding others’ intents and beliefs are more altruistic than those who struggle at this task. The ability to understand others’ perspectives has previously been associated with activity in a brain region known as the temporoparietal junction (TPJ). Based on these past findings, Fehr and his team reasoned that the size and activation of the TPJ would relate to individual differences in altruism.
In the new study, subjects underwent a brain imaging scan and played a game in which they had to decide how to split money between themselves and anonymous partners. Subjects who made more generous decisions had a larger TPJ in the right hemisphere of the brain compared with subjects who made stingy decisions.
Moreover, activity in the TPJ reflected each subject’s specific cutoff value for the maximal cost the subject was willing to endure to increase the partner’s payoff. Activity in the TPJ was higher during hard decisions — when the personal cost of an altruistic act was just below the cutoff value — than during easy decisions associated with a very low or very high cost.
“The structure of the TPJ strongly predicts an individual’s setpoint for altruistic behavior, while activity in this brain region predicts an individual’s acceptable cost for altruistic actions,” says study author Yosuke Morishima of the University of Zurich. “We have elucidated the relationship between the hardware and software of human altruistic behavior.”

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Porn-Brain Study: Erotic Movies Make Brain Regions ‘Shut Down’

Posted: 04/19/2012 8:03 am Updated: 04/19/2012 2:43 pm

Human Brain

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
Published: 04/18/2012 02:25 PM EDT on LiveScience

Watching pornography would seem to be a vision-intensive task. But new research finds that looking at erotic movies can actually quiet the part of the brain that processes visual stimuli.
Most of the time, watching movies or conducting any other visual task sends extra blood flow to this brain region. Not so when the movies are explicit, the researchers found. Instead, the brain seems to shunt blood — and therefore energy — elsewhere, perhaps to regions of the brain responsible for sexual arousal.
Turns out, the brain may not need to take in all the visual details of a sex scene, said study researcher Gert Holstege, a uroneurologist at the University of Groningen Medical Center in the Netherlands.
“If you look, for example, at your computer and you have to write something or whatever, then you have to look specifically and carefully at what you’re doing because if you don’t, it means you make mistakes,” Holstege told LiveScience. “But the moment you are watching explicit sexual movies, that’s not necessary, because you know exactly what’s going on. It’s not important that the door is green or yellow.”
Anxiety vs. arousal
The brain can either be anxious or aroused (or neither), Holstege said, but not both. During orgasm, he has found, activity in brain regions associated with anxiety plummets. This phenomenon may explain why women with low levels of sexual desire often have high levels of anxiety, Holstege said. It makes sense; if you’re looking around, focusing on visual details, scanning for danger, it may not be so easy to focus on arousal, he said. [The Sex Quiz: Myths, Taboos and Bizarre Facts]
“If you yourself are in a very dangerous situation, whatever the reason, you don’t have sexual feelings, because you have to survive for yourself, not survive for the species,” Holstege said.
Brain-scan research had previously turned up hints that explicit sexual images might quiet a brain area called Brodmann’s area 17, also called the primary visual cortex, a region that does the first processing of incoming visual information in the brain. The data was spotty, however, and no one had looked into the question in women’s brains.
As part of a broader series of brain-scanning studies, Holstege examined the primary visual cortexes of 12 healthy heterosexual premenopausal women. All of the women were on hormonal birth control, smoothing out any menstrual-cycle related changes in sexual desire or arousal.

Each woman watched three videos while having her brain imaged by positron emission tomography, better known as a PET scan. These scans detect minute changes in radioactivity in the brain that correspond to the amount of blood flowing to any given region. Regions with more blood flowing to them are considered more active.
One of the videos used in the study was a simple nature documentary about marine life in the Caribbean. The other two were selections from “women-friendly” pornographic movies, one depicting only foreplay and manual stimulation and the other depicting oral sex and vaginal intercourse. Earlier studies had shown that the higher-intensity video showing intercourse produced stronger physical arousal in women than the foreplay-focused movie clip. [6 Great Things Sex Can Do For You]
Safe sex
The scan results revealed that the high-intensity erotic video — and only the high-intensity erotic video — resulted in far less blood being sent to the primary visual cortex. The region is still active, just much less so. Usually, that effect is only seen when people are asked to conduct a nonvisual task, like remembering words, while also watching some sort of visual stimuli.
To Holstege, those results suggest that the brain is focusing on sexual arousal as more important than visual processing during these erotic films.
“You have to realize that the brain wants to spare as much energy as possible, so if some part of the brain is not necessary at a high level of functioning, it immediately goes down,” Holstege said.
The findings have implications for sexual dysfunction, Holstege said, as they paint a picture of the brain in which safety is paramount and anxiety is a libido-killer.
“If you want to have sex, as a man, you need to produce a safe situation for the woman,” Holstege said. “That is what you want, that is the most important thing.”
Holstege reported his results online April 10 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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Were you born into trauma? Did this open up early childhood bipolar?

This article accompanies the prior article on impacts of trauma and bullying and the brain. In that group of excerpts, being “born” into stress from parents in stress or trauma was covered. You can actually be born with predisposition to ptsd and have the “alertness” hormones active at birth. These articles discuss what is transmitted from the view point of Holocaust victims and soldiers both. War trauma can be passed on to children, transgenerational trauma, but further, studies show the trauma moves down generations to include three full generations.

This poses interesting questions: if a child of stress grandparents is born with both the physical and mental predisposition of ptsd, can it show up early, even if the parents and home are currently stable, and then could that then open up bipolar mood disorder very early. Personally, I think that is plausible and an explanation for very young children where a chaotic bipolar disorder has opened up early.
Charles Bunch, Ph.D.
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