Bipolar Disorder

Assessing Trump: Is the president fit for office?

Mental Health - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:25

From pundits to US Senators and former officials, many have expressed concern that US President Donald Trump is mentally unfit for office. But the profession most capable of making this judgement - psychiatric and mental health experts and practitioners - have remained largely silent.

World Mental Health Day to be observed on Oct. 10

Mental Health - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 18:27

GB Health Services officials announced plans for World Mental Health Day during a press conference on Thursday October 5 at the Rand Memorial Hospital. Pictured from left are Clarence Hield, Hospital Social Worker; Michelle Lundy, co-chair; Dr.Daphne Adderley-Sands, Acting Consultant Psychiatrist; Dr.Leroy Laing, Senior House Officer and Dr.Reddy,Diah Ward.

When Your Child Needs Psychiatric Medication

Mental Health - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:53

An anti-psychiatry movement has argued for years that children are over-medicated, that psychiatric drugs are dangerous, that diet and exercise can cure mental health problems, and even that mental illness isn't real. Parents who live with children who have mental health issues know otherwise.

#3: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

Mental Health - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 03:10

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Arthur Janov, 'Primal scream' psychologist, was 93

Mental Health - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:21

Arthur Janov, the psychologist who created, practiced and preached primal therapy, a sensation of the 1970s in which patients were coached to let out sobs or screams as they relived childhood trauma in a quest to overcome neurosis, died Oct. 1 at his home in Malibu. He was 93. Through his treatment of celebrities - among them entertainers John Lennon, Yoko Ono and James Earl Jones - Dr. Janov became a celebrity in his own right beginning in the 1970s.

'Absolutely urgent' to tackle student mental health, university co-ordinator says

Mental Health - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:12

A research study at all 16 universities in the Atlantic region will assess what students need in the way of mental health services, says Elizabeth Cawley. With a shortage of counsellors, East Coast universities have to find a way to ensure anxious, stressed-out students get the mental health services they need, says the specialist appointed to co-ordinate services.

Is President Trump Mentally Healthy? The Pros Weigh In

Mental Health - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:05

Much has been written and discussed of late regarding the mental health status of President Trump . And controversy exists regarding whether or not mental health professionals should even comment on any speculated diagnoses for Mr. Trump citing the Goldwater Rule .

The Myth of Dissociation

Mental Health - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:54

Of all evasions of responsibility employed by psychiatric patients in the form of "symptoms," none is more blatant than patients who claim to "dissociate" and lose control or memory of their behavior, rendering them unaccountable for their actions. Sometimes this takes the form of the patient claiming to have "alters" or "multiple personalities."

Lack of on-call psychiatrists a 'recruiting challenge,' says P.E.I. health minister

Mental Health - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:43

P.E.I.'s Minister of Health and Wellness Robert Henderson says government is focusing on recruiting more psychiatrists. The P.E.I. government unveiled a plan on Tuesday to fix the problems surrounding psychiatric care in emergency rooms across the province.

Mohamed Ramadan's Gonna Go Crazyyy

Mental Health - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 15:23

The actor is again under fire by his Instagram followers for showing-off a plane with the letters "MR" imbued-an acronym his followers took to mean "Mohammed Ramadan." Fans were angry: angry that he is rich, angry that he is successful, angry that he shows-off his wealth and success.

'Extremely shorthanded:' P.E.I. lacks psychiatrists for ER care

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:23

Dr. Heather Keizer, the chief of mental health and addictions, listens during the presentation to the province's health and wellness committee. Prince Edward Island doesn't have adequate psychiatric care, the chief of mental health and addictions told the province's health and wellness committee Tuesday.

Keizer says shortage of psychiatrists in P.E.I. ERs is 'extremely onerus'

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:23

Chief mental health and addictions officer Dr. Heather Keizer and Health Minister Robert Henderson provided update Tuesday on the province's mental health and addictions strategy to the legislative health committee.

People diagnosed with the same mental illness can be quite different, and research must address this

Bipolar Disorder - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:49

It's commonly accepted that symptoms in psychiatric conditions like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia present differently between different people. That is, one person with a given diagnosis can be entirely different, symptomatically speaking, from another with the same diagnosis.

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'Mental,' 'Gorilla And The Bird': Two Starkly Different Accounts Of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:48

It's a good line, and one that has the added benefit of being true. Zack McDermott should know; he's been through a few stints at mental institutions as a consequence of his bipolar disorder, which he chronicles, with an affable and often rueful wit, in Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love .

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Sleep deprivation might ease the blues

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:41

Sleep deprivation might offer a new treatment for depression. An analysis of 36 years of studies by the University of Pennsylvania suggests temporarily depriving patients of sleep can be effective in the short-term.

Fascinating: Schools are using brain science to guide edtech decisions

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 04:00

What happens when a school district uses the latest in brain science to inform its edtech purchasing decisions? Students become more engaged and test scores go up, according to school district officials who shared their experiences at a brain science conference. "Brain Futures" was a two-day event that attracted high-profile neurologists, psychiatrists, and researchers from all over the country.

Minds Behind the MIND Lecture Series

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:19

Beginning in October, the UC Davis MIND Institute will host Minds Behind the MIND, a lecture series featuring leading researchers and clinicians who will present their current research and new treatment findings. Lectures will be held Wednesday evenings in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento beginning Oct. 4. The first lecture, "Navigating a New Autism Spectrum Diagnosis," will be presented by MIND Institute program coordinators Catharine Mikitka and Elizabeth Morgan, child life specialist Erin Roseborough and Aubyn Stahmer, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Hidden danger of happy pills as risk of death soars

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:19

The drugs - among the most commonly prescribed in the UK - do more harm than good, researchers claim, and their use should be severely curtailed. Psychiatrists disputed the latest findings, arguing that they have been safely used for years and offer a lifeline for depressed people.

Micronutrients help children with ADHD, new research shows

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:07

At the age of 9, Isaiaha Godfrey was unable to tie his shoe laces and brush his teeth. He had been expelled from six preschools and several schools because of his severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder .

Can your personality torpedo your career?

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:45

We all have private dark closets that hide parts of our personality - parts that we are not particularly pleased with. Psychiatrists call these "the dark triad"- narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.

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