Angela Mari
Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Neuroscience

Hyperthymic Novelty—On Generosity: An Enhancement

“What will happen to life when science identifies the genetic basis of happiness? Who will own the patent? Do we dare revise our own temperaments?…” I once met a physics teacher who immediately recognized me as the main character in the play he was nearly finished writing. “Absolutely EVERYTHING I remember is real. Lithium just added […]

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Validated Criteria for Clinician-Rated Trait Hyperthymia (Primary Psychology, 2004)
Neuroscience

Hyperthymia Criteria

Validated Criteria for Clinician-Rated Trait Hyperthymia. Primary Psychology (2004) Hyperthymia is characterized by four or more of the following attributes, which are not episode-bound, and constitute part of the habitual long-term functioning of the individual Upbeat and exuberant Articulate and jocular Over-optimistic and carefree Over-confident and boastful High energy level, full of plans and improvident activities Versatile, […]

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Neuroscience

Molly on the Hyperthymic Temperament

The Hyperthymic Temperament Posted on 18 December, 2011, Read more at Molly.com… The Thymus Gland is located by the breastbone in the nook between our throat and shoulders. A small gland, at risk as our sensitive neck and spine adjust to the ever-shifting weight of our skulls. The Thymus, throughout history, has been a bit […]

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Angela Glass SxSW 2009 (Photo Credit @JayZombie)
Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Neuroscience

Hyperthymia != Bipolar

It was the use and consequential paradoxical effects of Clonazepam—suffering from drug induced episodes of hypomania—which lead to the discovery that I am what they call “a hyperthymic temperament”. While it is true that patients who experience hypomania as a side effect of Clonazepam may prove to have a form of bipolar disorder that has previously gone unrecognized, drug-induced […]

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Neuroscience, Writing

The Happy Hypomanic’s Handbook

“Intense creative episodes are, in many instances, indistinguishable from hypomania” — Kay Jamison Besides the birth control pill, I’d only ever had two prescriptions, but those two were the dyna-combo to do me in—I suffered paradoxical effects from Clonazepam, and Ambien was no joke. It took me until 2011 to make the connection. Clonazepam induced hypomania, […]

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Culture

I Googled Gidget and Windansea

I accidentally left my diary on the internet. pic.twitter.com/GJNAuhKpFi — Angela Marié Glass (@Ang) December 8, 2015 Are You There God? It’s Me, Gidget. “Nobody knows I’m a real person — they think “Gidget” is Sandra Dee or Sally Field.”—Kathy Kohner Zuckerman @Ori would remember the night I walked and told him of all the creepy sites […]

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The Happy Hypomanic’s Handbook

The How To of Happy Hypomania   Hypomania (literally, “below mania”) is a mood state characterized by persistent and pervasive elevated or irritable mood, and thoughts and behaviors that are consistent with such a mood state.   Mania vs. Hypomania People experiencing hypomanic symptoms typically have a flight of ideas, a decreased need for sleep and/or rest, are extremely outgoing and […]

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Define:SpunkyGidget

How do you Define SpunkyGidget? spirited; plucky, having or showing courage or spirit in trying circumstances, senses & feels far more than can understand or put into words…  And when you look up the definition of “Hyperthymia” on the internet, you find molly.com and me. I think I’m producing the “#MOopetsRUs” Moopet Show, but not one […]

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Neuroscience

My Momma: Arlene Jean Schaadt Baxley

I was talking with my momma this morning about orthomolecular medicine, and all the work she’s done to help people achieve better health over the years. Most often when I’m thinking about my momma in this regard, I think of how it is that she’s responsible for bringing life to families struggling to have children. […]

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Neuroscience, Psychology

A First Rate Madness

Everyone Needs Therapy Sometimes in this business you are called upon to treat a madman, or a madwoman, someone seemingly psychotic, talking way over your head, out there, but still oriented times three (person, place, time).   You sense genius. You feel that this person is smarter than you are, or at least as smart. You recognize, […]

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Neuroscience

Clonazepam Side Effects: Hypomania, a study from 48 people by eHealthMe.com

Found eHealthMe—”FDA and Social Media personalized”—with a report on Clonazepam and Hypomania. “22,881 people reported to have side effects when taking Clonazepam. Among them, 48 people (0.21%) have Hypomania.” See: Clonazepam Side Effects: Hypomania, a study from 48 people by eHealthMe.com Hypomania (literally, below mania) is a mood state characterized by persistent and pervasive elevated […]

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Neuroscience, Psychology

Obama too Sane to be Kennedy

Sky Dancers: Obama too Sane to be Kennedy.  “Many people who experience traumas [like terrorism or war] don’t develop PTSD or other illnesses. So the question is, what keeps those people from getting sick? What creates resilience? The psychological research suggests that personality is a major factor. Resilience seems to be associated with mild manic […]

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Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Neuroscience

The Colbert Report—Nassir Ghaemi

Psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi believes that mental illness can foster great leadership, but the Republican presidential candidates are too “normal.” (06:54) The Colbert Report Excerpt Quotes Ghaemi: “Mild manic symptoms through-out ones life psychiatrists call ‘hyperthymic personality’.” Colbert: “Sounds like a mad scientist. Ghaemi: “One of the things about mania is that it does cause a person to […]

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Neuroscience, Technology

If we ask the right questions, maybe we can come up with the right answers.

Hagop Akiskal MD of UCSD, favors the term, “hyperthymic,” a temperament opposite to “depressive.” Dr Akiskal views temperament as coexisting on the same spectrum with illness, ranging from advantageous to pathological. The DSM views hypomania as an “episode” that is part of bipolar disorder, but, unlike depression, it is not considered an illness in its […]

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Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Neuroscience

my family: persistently more happy and optimistic than normal.

Hyperthymic Personality Disorder – General Practice Notebook Individuals with a hyperthymic personality disorders are persistently more happy and optimistic than normal. They have marked enthusiasm for life but on the other hand tend to be rash and show poor judgement.

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