Bipolar You

Bipolar You

Bipolar You addresses the challenges faced by young adults trying to deal with the realities of living with this disorder.

Parental Dilemmas In Relation to Bipolar Adult Children

Parental Dilemmas In Relation to Bipolar Adult Children

1) Parents and adult children with bipolar disorder need to be able to have constructive communication about the dilemmas they’re faced with. In addition to issues of autonomy, the adult child may be in denial about his or her bipolarity, or worse, may not have the capacity to recognize the illness due to impairment of insight and self-observation.

The Battle to Define Autism

The Battle to Define Autism

Her work with the new taskforce led to the APA replacing infantile autism with autistic disorder and expanding the definition to a lifelong condition rather than a rare childhood occurrence in the DSM-III-R.

Can Some Kids Outgrow Autism?

Can Some Kids Outgrow Autism?

"Global developmental delays , language delays and separation anxiety in 18- to 24-month-old children can look like an ASD," said Connell, who was not involved in the study.

What Adult ADHD Looks Like

What Adult ADHD Looks Like

An intriguing study by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom found that ADHD may be caused by “structural differences in the brain’s gray matter.” After providing both healthy volunteers and patients with ADHD medication that is known to increase dopamine levels, they found that the drug improved both groups’ ability to concentrate.

9 ways to support your child with ADHD without singling them out

9 ways to support your child with ADHD without singling them out

Collaborative problem solving helps students with ADHD develop greater self-awareness and improves their planning and problem-solving skills, which over time strengthens their self-regulation capacity.” But there are also other ways that parents and education professionals can support these children in the classroom without singling them out, as follows: 1.

Raising Children After Anorexia

Raising Children After Anorexia

The amount of meal prep and planning involved in feeding a family of 6 is mind-boggling, and I certainly struggled early in recovery with feeling my entire day was spent planning, purchasing, preparing, or eating food (and clearing up the ridiculous amount of mess children produce at mealtimes).

Children Who Won't Follow the Rules: A Parent's Field Guide

Children Who Won't Follow the Rules: A Parent's Field Guide

A child who is clinically diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional as oppositional, Conduct-Disordered, or even antisocial is simply not like the vast majority of other children. Children who present the type of problem behaviors discussed in this article need an intensive level of mental health treatment.

Meet the women who believe they've been pregnant for years

Meet the women who believe they've been pregnant for years

I don't want it anymore." The evidence just isn't there Dr Phil offered Zona and another woman who believed she was carrying a cryptic pregnancy to undergo an examination and ultrasound with an experienced obstetrician-gynaecologist.

Why Praise Is a Problem for Those With Social Anxiety

Why Praise Is a Problem for Those With Social Anxiety

What was particularly interesting about these findings was that the authors could track the decrease over time in the recall that the healthy control and SAD participants had when they received favorable feedback ratings.

'My six-year-old has tried to take his own life twice and I'm terrified'

'My six-year-old has tried to take his own life twice and I'm terrified'

Amy’s* six-year-old son Noah* has tried to take his own life twice and threatens every day to do it again. It's estimated 1 in 7 school-age children has a mental health problem, like anxiety, depression and behaviour problems, but only 1 in 4 gets the help they need.

Why Marvel Comics Revealed a Superhero to Be Bipolar

Why Marvel Comics Revealed a Superhero to Be Bipolar

(A text piece at the end of each issue highlights a different real-world female scientist.) But The Unstoppable Wasp covers more serious issues as well, as seen in issues #4 and #5, in which writer Jeremy Whitley and artist Gurihiru, in conjunction with editor Alanna Smith, explore another legacy that Hank Pym passed on to his daughter — his mental illness.

Can Borderline Personality be Treated Through Relationships?

Can Borderline Personality be Treated Through Relationships?

One variant of this approach involves family skills training in methods shown to work for individuals with BPD in traditional therapy, but there are no empirical studies demonstrating its effectiveness.

Dissociative Identity: Disorder or Literalized Metaphor?

Dissociative Identity: Disorder or Literalized Metaphor?

McHugh, M.D., Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry and former psychiatrist-in-chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital No diagnosis in the history of psychiatry has provoked more controversy—both inside and outside of the field—as dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.

Is This Really a Crisis?

Is This Really a Crisis?

Ever since I began working with clients with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders over thirty years ago, it has been clear that they spend a great deal of time reacting to situations they perceive as crises that are really internal upsets projected onto others.

New Medication for Depression Approaching Approval

New Medication for Depression Approaching Approval

This week an advisory committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended the approval of a new type of medication for treatment-resistant depression. The FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for this new medication, specifically for treatment-resistant depression and major depressive disorder with imminent risk for suicide.

What To Do When Your Adult Child Lies To You

What To Do When Your Adult Child Lies To You

Adult children who have patterns of lying are often likely deceptive because of they want to hide their struggles. Gaining a solid understanding of why your adult child lies is crucial to learning how to effectively respond.

When Your Child Experiences Anxiety

When Your Child Experiences Anxiety

Be sure to find a mental health provider who has significant experience with anxious youth, who has training in evidence-based therapies in anxiety for children and adolescents, and who you and your child feel comfortable talking with during your first session.

What We Get Wrong About Psychopaths

What We Get Wrong About Psychopaths

Six myths about psychopaths Researchers like Jennifer Skeem and colleagues argue that psychopathy is widely misunderstood. The mythical psychopath snake Source: Jocie Juritz, used with permission Myth 1: Psychopathy is synonymous with violence. Myth 3: Psychopathy is synonymous with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD).

Debate Over Gaming Disorder Is Not All Fun and Games

Debate Over Gaming Disorder Is Not All Fun and Games

Gaming disorder, a diagnosis for individuals who excessively play video games, is now included in the substance use and addictive behavior disorders section of the manual.

Why We Shouldn't Ignore Oversleeping

Why We Shouldn't Ignore Oversleeping

A number of medications can cause hypersomnia, including: How to deal with an oversleeping issue It’s important to talk with your doctor if you’re sleeping excessively or feeling very tired during the day regardless of how much you sleep.

Are Psychiatric Disorders Related to Each Other?

Are Psychiatric Disorders Related to Each Other?

If further data support the concept of a p factor underlying the risk of a large variety of psychiatric disorders, what are the implications regarding diagnostic criteria for individual illnesses?

The Imprinted Brain Theory in a Thousand Words

The Imprinted Brain Theory in a Thousand Words

Another class of genes which are also subject to highly asymmetric selection and expression in mammals are X chromosome ones thanks to the fact that females have two Xs but males only one.

Can We Better Predict Whether an Antidepressant Will Work?

Can We Better Predict Whether an Antidepressant Will Work?

A new study , published in the November issue of Behavioural Brain Research , suggests that positive changes in cognition (i.e., thinking and processing of information) may predict antidepressant responsiveness. Cognitive changes as predictive of antidepressant responsiveness Why might improvements in thinking processes occur before ones involving emotions and mood?

Specific Gene Variants May Increase Risk of Bipolar Disorder

Specific Gene Variants May Increase Risk of Bipolar Disorder

What makes this MIT study significant is that researchers have identified (for the first time) how specific mutations of the SYNE1 gene may undermine the expression of CPG2 in ways that might disrupt the connectivity of neural circuits and appear to be correlated with a higher risk of bipolar disorder.

The Two Types of Psychopath

The Two Types of Psychopath

Narcissistic personality disorder is, of course, named for the Greek myth of Narcissus, of which there are several versions. After being rejected by him, poor Echo had no self and no being outside of Narcissus, and "slowly withered away until there was nothing left of her but her voice." On another level, the myth is a warning against vanity and self-love.

New Blood Test Helps Predict (and Prevent?) Bipolar Disorder

New Blood Test Helps Predict (and Prevent?) Bipolar Disorder

Uric Acid and Bipolar Disorder In this new study , scientists observed that people hospitalized with major depressive disorder who also happened to have higher levels of uric acid in their blood were more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the next eight to eleven years.

When Nightmares Disturb More Than Sleep

When Nightmares Disturb More Than Sleep

The Garden of Earthly Delights Source: Hieronymus Bosch [Public domain] Several years ago, while visiting Madrid, I had the opportunity to visit the Prado Museum , one of the finest art museums in the world.

What Happens in a Borderline Man's Brain When He Gets Mad?

What Happens in a Borderline Man's Brain When He Gets Mad?

Furthermore, the experimental manipulation involved comparing congruent and incongruent responses to happy or angry faces without determining the actual moods of the participants in the study at the time.

Antipsychotics Tied to Higher Risk of Death in Children

Antipsychotics Tied to Higher Risk of Death in Children

Of the three groups studied, it determined that the one receiving a higher dose of antipsychotic medication had a “ significantly increased risk of unexpected death compared with the group that received control medication.” Children taking a high dose of antipsychotics were found to be “1.8 times more likely to die of any cause,” medical reporter Peter Simons extrapolated, “3.5 times more likely to die of unexpected causes (not including overdose), and 4.29 times more likely to die of cardiovascular or metabolic problems.” The findings are certain to raise concern about continued off-label prescribing for children and teens.

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