Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Jane Pauley and Bipolar Disorder
Watch the video clip of former Dateline NBC cohost Jane Pauley who shares her struggle with bipolar disorder in an interview with Today’s Matt Lauer .
In the link below you can read an excerpt from Jane Pauley’s book Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue where she describes her experience of living with bipolar disorder. Just scroll below the video clip to read her own words.
I thought it was much more interesting than the interview above, it gives a detailed view of an adult living with hypomania brought on by her steroid and antidepressant use, both that are known to bring out symptoms of bipolar disorder if taken without a mood stabilizer. And just to clarify, steroids and antidepressants don’t cause bipolar disorder, instead they just bring out the symptoms of the disease that is already present. That’s why it’s so important to get a second opinion when being prescribed an antidepressant. For those with bipolar disorder, this drug taken without a mood stabilizer can bring on intense mood swings, including the crash that follows that can potentially lead to suicidal behavior.
Check out her book excerpt!
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updated 9/4/2004 12:56:08 AM ET