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.

5 Steps to Reduce Stigma About Mental Illness

5 Steps to Reduce Stigma About Mental Illness

Unless your score is zero, you have had thoughts, feelings, or behaviors which can contribute to increased stigma toward people with mental illness. 3. Don’t use disrespectful terms for people with mental illness.

'I kicked my sister out of my reception because of her speech'

'I kicked my sister out of my reception because of her speech'

Mental health: How to talk about it with someone who needs help 00:17:26 Wedding faux pas, we're all aware of them, we've all seen them once or twice in the wild and there's a good chance we've all made one at one time or another.

Can My Dentist Cure Depression?

Can My Dentist Cure Depression?

As chronic gum disease (and other inflammatory conditions) lead to a significant and prolonged general increase in inflammatory markers throughout the body, treating them should give us a better chance for mental health.

We Need More Housing for People with Mental Illness

We Need More Housing for People with Mental Illness

This process requires an experienced mental health attorney to not only successfully petition the court, but also guide loved ones through any necessary follow up, such as discharge planning, supportive services and other legal proceedings, and crucially, housing placement, otherwise he or she just ends up back home again… until the next time symptoms surface.

The Illusory Link Between Vaccinations and Autism

The Illusory Link Between Vaccinations and Autism

In recent years, a large increase in the number of parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children has resulted in less protection against diseases like the measles not only for the unvaccinated children, but also for infants like mine who are still too young to receive vaccinations like the MMR.

At Peak RSV Season, Do You Know What to Watch For?

At Peak RSV Season, Do You Know What to Watch For?

Children who are at highest risk for severe illness from RSV include those who: "For those very high-risk kids, there is a preventive drug called palivizumab (Synagis)," says Janet Englund, MD, a professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital.

Are Colleges Failing Students with Mental Illness?

Are Colleges Failing Students with Mental Illness?

Visibly disappointed, he told me that the dean had agreed with him that he seemed to be in great shape, but it was a general unwritten policy of the school to make students who had taken a break for mental health reasons sit out for an extra semester just to make sure that they were truly stable.

To Prevent Mass Shootings, Believe the Women

To Prevent Mass Shootings, Believe the Women

Hence the mantra of the movement: “Believe the Women.” Preventing mass shootings requires much of our society: early intervention and proactive measures concerning those with mental illness in both schools and workplaces; a better understanding of legal options available to authoritative figures when red flags surface; more funding for mental health programs, especially community-based housing options; and an easing of state and federal privacy laws that keep families from participating in treatment and discharge plans and processes.

Parenting With Chronic Illness

Parenting With Chronic Illness

Sometimes things just happen and we don’t know why.” Involving Other People in Caregiving Having a network of caring adults in a child’s life is always important but takes on additional meaning when a parent lives with chronic illness.

Do You Know the Early Signs of Schizophrenia?

Do You Know the Early Signs of Schizophrenia?

There are steps you can take to delay schizophrenia even if it is bound to come, writes Herbert Meltzer, a psychiatrist and professor at Northwestern University If mental illness runs in the family, consider a candid conversation with all your children: They need to know that experimenting with drugs is more dangerous for them than for other people.

Help for the Psychiatric Ward

Help for the Psychiatric Ward

(An IMD is defined as an inpatient facility, with more than 16 beds, in which the majority of patients are diagnosed with a severe mental illness.) In other words, if a Medicaid-eligible person with serious mental illness is treated in a community outpatient setting, or in a nursing home, the state receives federal matching funds to help pay for their care.

Girl left blind and disfigured after mystery illness caught on cruise ship

Girl left blind and disfigured after mystery illness caught on cruise ship

Jordyn was released from hospital on New Year’s Eve. Her family said they were hoping to plan a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for “further testing.” The brave teen is determined not to let the illness destroy her.

Is Loneliness Making You Sick?

Is Loneliness Making You Sick?

And on the other, the kind of friendship that can help make us feel better is not exactly what most of us think of when we use the word “friend.” In a blog on the subject, my PT colleague Sophia Dembling writes, “We know loneliness may or may not be related to being alone.

AFM Has Doctors, Families Trying 'Whatever Works'

AFM Has Doctors, Families Trying 'Whatever Works'

“We don’t have good consensus or good data on the best therapies for AFM at this point,” says Samuel Dominguez, MD, PhD, a pediatric infectious disease expert with Children’s Hospital Colorado who has helped treat more than 20 AFM patients.

Is Universal Screening for Depression a Good Idea?

Is Universal Screening for Depression a Good Idea?

Due to the some evidence linking  screening to better mental health outcomes, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends this practice for all primary care providers. Mass screening for depression in primary care is a component of accomplishing better outcomes for people with depression.

Have We Been Getting Schizophrenia Wrong?

Have We Been Getting Schizophrenia Wrong?

As recounted by psychologist and researcher Patrick Corrigan in The Stigma Effect, a longitudinal study he and others conducted found that schizophrenia operates by a rough rule of thirds: Around one-third of people with the diagnosis seem to recover after receiving intensive short-term care.

The College Student Mental Health Crisis (Update)

The College Student Mental Health Crisis (Update)

In sum, there are a number of data pointing to actual increases in rates of mental illness/distress. This massive rise is likely a function of both more accepting attitudes about reporting distress and seeking and receiving treatment, and actual increases in stress, anxiety, and depression and other related problems.

Post natal depression and sleep deprivation go hand in hand

Post natal depression and sleep deprivation go hand in hand

The effects of prolonged sleep deprivation appear very similar to the symptoms of perinatal depression and anxiety such as feeling despondent, sad, or crying for no reason as well as having sudden mood swings.

Hate Is Not a Mental Illness

Hate Is Not a Mental Illness

Having ”mental health issues” like getting in fights at school, beating your spouse, or being a loner who spends too much time on internet hate sites is different from having a mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. To prevent mass shootings, we need to stop focusing on mental illness as the culprit.