Health and Wellness

Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101

Denise Krochta

Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101 – Robin Williams, Depression and Addiction

This week Denise is replaying a show from last summer on the relationship between depression and addiction to help others sort out some thoughts about the death of Robin Williams this month.  There is a connection and it is real.
Denise interviews a panel from the International Bipolar Foundation in San Diego. Many people have questions about the term “dual diagnosis” and what that might mean when they hear that their loved ones are being treated at a rehab facility for this.    Dr. Tom Jensen, the medical director of the International Bipolar Foundation, along with the president and creator, Muffy Walker and member Lynn Hart Muto join Denise this week to discuss what Bipolar Disease is and how it can be related to addiction. They try to answer many of the questions brought up by loved ones about mental illness and addiction. David Sheff, the author of “Beautiful Boy” and the new book “Clean” has recently become an honorary member of this organization. Both he and his son Nic have been diagnosed with bipolar disease.
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