About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.  Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.

Bipolar disorder often develops in a person’s late teens or early adult years. At least half of all cases start before age 25.1 Some people have their first symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.

Bipolar disorder is not easy to spot when it starts. The symptoms may seem like separate problems, not recognized as parts of a larger problem. Some people suffer for years before they are properly diagnosed and treated. Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person’s life.

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About Autism

From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition

A. Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

1. marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction

2. failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level

3. a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g. by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)

4. lack of social or emotional reciprocity

B. Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

1. encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus

2. apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals

3. stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)

4. persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

C. The disturbance causes clinically significant impairments in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning

D. There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years)

E. There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood

F. Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia


Psychotherapy.net’s in-depth interview with Joe about shame, narcissism, and the art of empathy. April 2019 edition.

Joe explains the appropriate and healthy role of shame in child-rearing on the Feed Play Love podcast. March 5, 2019.

On her podcast Low Tox Life, host Alexx Stuart talks with Joe about his new book. February 17, 2019.

Joe writes about “How to Deal with Shame in the Workplace” for the UK’s Balance Media. February 11, 2019.

An interview with Lynne Malcolm of Australia’s “All in the Mind” syndicated program on ABC. January 27, 2019.

Health & Fitness magazine’s January 2019 edition has an article about my new book and the value of shame in helping us to grow.

An excerpt from SHAME in Eden magazine’s January edition.

The Sun newspaper (UK) reviews SHAME. January 11, 2019. SUN_043_1GM_11jan_343773257

Writing for The Malestrom in the UK, Joe discusses MANSHAME. January 9, 2019.

Joe describes how to manage and combat shame for Wellness Daily (Australia). December 18, 2018.

Joe’s interview with Ryk Goddard on ABC Radio (approximately 5 minutes from beginning). November 21, 2018.

A book review of SHAME for Brisbane’s West End Magazine. November 21, 2018.

Joe’s article about how facing shame helps teens to grow, in the Daily Telephone (widely syndicated). November 20, 2018.

Deborah Hill Cone of the New Zealand Herald talks with Joe about the usefulness of shame. November 19. 2018

Joe explains why you should allow your children to feel shame for the Australian Financial Review. November 9, 2018.

Joe appears on Australian national television to discuss his new book. November 5, 2018.

For Ten Daily (Australia), Joe describes how shame can be good for us. October 28, 2018.

A 20-minute radio interview with Joe about the release of his new book in Australia. November 23, 2018.

Advice from Joe about how to cope with a narcissist for Health.com. April 23, 2018.

More from Joe about the four types of shame, this time in The Independent. April 4, 2018.

Another article from Business Insider, this one focused on Joe’s views on the four different types of shame. April 3, 2018.

Joe discusses shame and narcissism with Business Insider. March 20, 2018.

Joe appears on NPR’s Weekend Edition, discussing public shaming and the #metoo movement with Lulu Garcia-Navarro (at about the 4-minute mark). February 18, 2018.

Business Insider (India) relies on Joe’s book to describe 5 traits most narcissists have in common. December 15, 2017.

An editorial in The Federalist makes extensive use of Joe’s article in the Washington Post. November 21, 2017.

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Joe discusses the social value of public shaming in connection with the #metoo movement. November 17, 2017.

On PsychCentral, Peg Streep discusses ten signs that help you to recognize a narcissist, making use of Joe’s book. August 24, 2017.

In an audio interview with HowStuffWorks, Joe discusses the difference between anger and hatred, as well as the role shame plays in triggering them. March 22, 2017.

Peg Streep of PsychCentral profiles Joe’s book in her article about the Vindictive Narcissist. February 8, 2017.

Joe discusses how to break up with a narcissist with Anthea Levi of Health.com. January 2, 2017.

The University Herald discusses Joe’s insights in regarding to the signs that you might be a narcissist. December 13, 2016.

Business Insider includes Joe’s insight in its round-up article on 22 Signs You Might be a Narcissist. December 9, 2016.

The Sun newspaper in the United Kingdom refers to Joe’s recent video interview with Business Insider, discussing how and why the eldest child may often be the most successful.

CNN.com features Joe’s advice for how to survive the holidays with a narcissist. November 21, 2016.

In her latest for PsychCentral, Peg Streep relies on Joe’s book for guidance on ways to spot a narcissist. November 15, 2016.

Jessica Migala of Health.com includes Joe’s advice on five ways to deal with a narcissist. November 3, 2016

Peg Streep of PsychCentral discusses narcissistic behavior, reviewing several books including Joe’s latest. September 13, 2016.

The Global Times refers to Joe’s book in an article focused on how to deal with a narcissistic boss. August 16, 2016.

The Houston Chronicle discusses Joe’s book and ways to identify Extreme Narcissists. July 19, 2016.

Jane Brody of the New York Times discusses Joe’s book at length for the Well column. July 18, 2016.

YouTube Video of Joe’s one-hour presentation at the OffshoreAlert conference in Miami: The Donald Trump Phenomenon, a Psychological Analysis. May 3, 2016.

Joe discusses 10 signs that you might be a narcissist with MSN.com. April 15, 2016.

Alison Patton of Huffington Post discusses Joe’s book in connection with Donald Trump’s narcissistic personality. April 8, 2016.

Joe discusses why we develop bad habits and how to break them with Nanci Hellmich of AARP’s StayingSharp

CNS Business News announces Joe’s upcoming presentation on Donald Trump at the OffshoreAlert Conference in Miami. April 1, 2016.

Peg Streep reviews The Narcissist You Know for PsychCentral. March 18, 2016.

Health.com talks with Joe about the main features of narcissism and how to identify them. January 27, 2016.

The San Mateo Daily Journal relies on Joe’s book in clarifying the difference between narcissism and health self-esteem. January 27, 2016.

Peg Streep of Psychology Today reviews Craig Malkin’s book and Joe’s book about narcissism. January 20, 2016.

Le Journal de Montreal (french language) discusses Joe’s new book, making special reference to the earlier article about him in the Business Insider. January 19, 2016.

Joe makes his third radio appearance on the Bryan Crabtree Show out of Atlanta, talking about Madonna, and why we idealize our politicians. January 18, 2016.

Marie Claire magazine discusses guilt and shame with Joe. January 11, 2016.

Latin Trends Magazine interviews Joe about his new book. November 2015.

As a follow-up to its earlier piece, Business Insider spotlights Joe and his thoughts about the single most important sign that you might be a narcissist. The article was later featured on Yahoo News. October 15, 2015.

Appearing on The Morning Show, Australia’s nationally-televised equivalent of The Today Show, Joe discusses prominent narcissists with co-hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur. October 14, 2015.

Business Insider profiles national experts on narcissism, including Joe, in discussing the “21 signs you’re a narcissist.” October 9, 2015.

Following the release of Joe’s book in Australian and New Zealand, the Australian website News.com.au discusses the 8 types of narcissist readers might recognize. October 9, 2015.

James Tehrani of Workforce explores the concept of Extreme Narcissism during a lengthy “conversation” with Joe. October 8, 2015.

Fox News Health profiles Joe’s new book, with an in-depth exploration of his concept of Extreme Narcissism. October 8, 2015.

As keynote speaker, Joe kicks off Project Resilience at the Ridgefield Public Library in Connecticut, discussing the challenges of parenting in this Golden Age of Narcissism. October 1, 2015.

Late in September 2015, surrounding the launch of his new book, Joe appeared on 20 or so radio programs around the country. His interview with Barry Vogel of Radio Curious stands out for the depth and length of the interview.

Joe reads at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. September 29, 2015.

Joe offers tips on coping with Extreme Narcissists for ABC News Online. September 28, 2015.

Appearing on WCBS Channel 2 in New York, Joe discusses narcissism and the rise of “selfish selfies.” September 23, 2015.

Joe’s book is reviewed in the Sunday Book Review in The New York Times. September 22, 2015.

On Glamour.com, Joe gives advice about dating and breaking up with a narcissist. September 18, 2015.

Joe offers more advice about narcissists in the workplace, this time for CNBC.com. September 18, 2015.

Carolyn Gregoire of the Huffington Post consults Joe on the issue of Donald Trump’s narcissism. September 16, 2015.

The September issue of The Hampton Sheet gives The Narcissist You Know a glowing review, saying it is “highly recommended.”

Writing for Fortune.com, Joe discusses five different types of workplace narcissist and what to do about them. September 14, 2015.

Joe appears live on THE LAST WORD with Lawrence O’Donnell airing on MSNBC. Along with Jeffrey Kluger of TIME magazine, Joe discusses Donald Trump’s Extreme Narcissism and his appeal to disaffected and frightened voters. August 18, 2015.

Psychology Today features Joe’s article about “The Populist Appeal of Trump’s Narcissism.” August 14, 2015.

The Skype Blog profiles Joe and his practice of online psychotherapy. August 14, 2015.

As consultant to the “Ask Annie” column at Fortune.com, Joe gives advice on how to cope with a vindictive narcissist in the workplace. August 7, 2015.

Joe discusses the physiological aspects of shame with Natalie Matthews of Elle.com. July 28, 2015.

With co-author Anastasia Piatakhina Gire, Joe writes about his experience of Skype clients who connect from their beds. On psychotherapy.net. July 28, 2015.

On San Francisco radio station 910 AM, Joe talks about narcissistic parenting with host Gil Gross. July 27, 2015.

Time.com features Joe’s article about how to cope with the Donald Trump in your workplace. July 24, 2015.

At CNN.com, Joe discusses the dangers and pitfalls of narcissistic parenting. July 24, 2015.

At PBS-affiliate nextavenue.org, Joe identifies who the emotional characters would be in an “Inside Out” Pixar-style movie about a person at midlife. July 20, 2015.

Joe discusses Extreme Narcissism and Donald Trump with radio host Tommy Schnurmacher out of Montreal (CJAD 800 AM). July 16, 2015.

Commenting in the New York Daily News, Joe discusses the winner-loser dynamic in romantic breakups and why people post revenge photos on Facebook to triumph over an ex. July 16, 2015.

Three more interviews on July 9, 2015, with Joe discussing Donald Trump and the concept of Extreme Narcissism. July 9, 2015.

The Bryan Crabtree Show – WAFS-AM Atlanta

The Jordana Green Show – WCCO-AM Minneapolis (CBS Radio)

      Dan York Show News Talk - 630 WPRO

On the Mark and Dave Show out of Portland, Oregon, Joe discusses Donald Trump in connection with his new book. July 9, 2015.

      Mark and Dave Show

Kathy Caprino of