July 19, 2020

What to Watch: Life with Bipolar Disorder, OCPD vs. OCD, & More

by | Jul 19, 2020 | MedCircle Digest

This week, learn a common myth about depression, the difference between OCD and OCPD, how a group of physicians are lending support to their communities, plus much more.

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The Myth of Using ‘Depression’ as an Excuse

Board-certified psychiatrist and APA fellow Dr. Sue Varma has diagnosed hundreds of patients with depression—so she knows better than most that there’s a common misconception that some people “use depression as an excuse.” *In this interview, she walks through the reasons this is such an unfounded belief. You can use this education to better understand your depression—or become a more empathetic supporter of someone with depression.

*Taken from “Debunking Depression: Harness Your Hardwired Nature to Be Happy”


Understand the Behaviors of OCPD vs. OCD

Have you ever heard the expression, “that’s so OCD?” This idea is misguided; those who use this phrase are unknowingly referring to an underdiagnosed and misunderstood condition known as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). It’s the most common personality disorder, yet more often than not, it’s mistaken for OCD. Learn the key differences from leading clinical psychologist and personality disorders expert, Dr. Ramani Durvasula.

*Taken from “Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder”


Here’s What Life Looks like with Bipolar Disorder

The first step in understanding stigmatized mental health conditions like bipolar disorder is having empathy for someone living with the condition. *In this eye-opening video, double board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Dom Sportelli walks through what life may look like with undiagnosed bipolar disorder—and what patients and supporters alike need to know to successfully navigate the mental health care system.

*Taken from “Bipolar Disorder: Foundational Tools for Long-Term Wellness”


“A condition like BPD deserves the same level of support.”

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be difficult to live with—but so can most other mental health issues. So, why is BPD so overly-stigmatized? *Watch clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula provide an eye-opening example of the ways in which BPD is treated differently from most other conditions. Plus, understand how loved ones of those with BPD can effectively adapt their support strategies accordingly.

*Taken from “Borderline Personality Disorder: The Family Guide to Healing”


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