Bipolar Disorder

'Treated like animals': Woman describes mental health unit seclusion

Mental Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 02:25

A Riverina woman has described in a public submission how she was stripped of her clothes, drugged to a dangerous level and unfairly isolated at a Wagga Wagga mental health unit. One patient ended his life in the hospital's emergency department in 2007, while another died when on leave from the Wagga Wagga Mental Health Unit in 2011.

Is Trump Mentally Ill? Or Is America? Psychiatrists Weigh in

Mental Health - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 13:04

THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President By Bandy X. Lee . Thomas Dunne Books.

Baltimore psychologist heads effort to 'warn' about Trump's mental health

Mental Health - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 08:38

Put psychologist John Gartner on a couch and ask him about his childhood and one of the first stories he will recall is about his mom, Diana, and a touchstone moment in the fight for women's rights. In 1969, Diana Gartner and other leaders of the relatively new National Organization for Women made a reservation at the Oak Room Bar in New York under the name "Dr. Gartner."

Hamilton Center selected as 1 of 5 new Indiana opioid treatment programs

Mental Health - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:05

Tribune-Star file/Austen LeakeWorking together: Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, spoke to the media with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, right, and Hamilton Center CEO Mel Burks, center, in June about the national opioid epidemic after touring Hamilton Center corporate office and in-patient facility to learn about its efforts Tribune-Star file/Austen LeakeWorking together: Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, spoke to the media with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, right, and Hamilton Center CEO Mel Burks, center, in June about the national opioid epidemic after touring Hamilton Center corporate office and in-patient facility to learn about its efforts For the past 45 years, Hamilton Center has been changing lives for thousands of adults, children and families in the Wabash Valley and beyond.

Asheville agencies address complexities of opioid addiction and treatment

Mental Health - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 17:24

STUNNING REVERSAL: Jesse Smathers of Vaya Health, right, shows Gov. Roy Cooper how to assemble a Narcan kit during Cooper's recent visit to the agency's administrative office. Narcan reverses the effects of opiate overdose.

Life Story: A lifetime of compassion from Pirkko Verrier Jones

Mental Health - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:14

OBITUARY: A doctor in a rural African village, a psychiatrist, a language buff and an art history graduate - Pirkkoa Pauliinaa Verrier Jones was a woman of varied talents who spread her wisdom across three continents, several hospitals and her nine grandchildren. The eldest of three siblings, Pirkko, known as Pauliina, was born during a harsh Finnish winter on December 21, 1926.

Narrow networks get even tighter when shopping for mental health specialists

Mental Health - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:29

If you've got a plan offered on the federal health law's insurance marketplace and you're looking for a therapist, you may have to look really hard: The average provider network includes only 11 percent of all the mental health care providers in a given market, according to a recent study . An average marketplace plan's network, the study added, includes just under a quarter of all psychiatrists and 10 percent of all non-physician mental health care providers.

Dem to join mental health group advocating Trump's removal

Mental Health - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:41

A House Democrat is slated to appear next month at a gathering of mental health professionals who are questioning President Trump's fitness for office, adding to a line of lawmakers openly suggesting he is not psychologically able to serve. A spokeswoman confirmed that Rep. Jamie Raskin is scheduled to speak at a town hall organized by Duty to Warn, a group of mental health professionals calling for Trump's removal from office under the Constitution's 25th Amendment because they think he is not psychologically fit.

A Dedicated Epilepsy Unit Opens at NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn

Mental Health - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:28

Newswise - NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn recently opened a new unit specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, the fourth most common neurological illness and one that is newly diagnosed in more than 2 million individuals annually in the U.S. "The need for epilepsy care in the community is immense. To facilitate access at NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn we have opened a dedicated epilepsy monitoring unit," says Blanca Vazquez, MD , director of clinical trials in the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone Health and head of the epilepsy program in Brooklyn.

To Drive or Not to Drive: That Is the Question

Mental Health - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:03

A colleague recently came to see me to talk about his 83-year old mother. After catching up, I asked him what the issue was.

Epilepsy drug's safety reviewed over pregnancy risk

Bipolar Disorder - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:03

Women whose children have been harmed by the epilepsy drug sodium valproate will give evidence to a European-wide safety review in London next week. About 20,000 babies in the UK alone have been left with disabilities since valproate was introduced in the 1970s.

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Teen Dies from 'Rapunzel Syndrome': Why Do People Eat Their Hair?

Mental Health - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:13

A 16-year-old girl in England died from an extremely rare condition called Rapunzel syndrome, according to news reports. The teen lost consciousness on Sept.

Brazil judge rules homosexuality a disease, approves - conversion therapy'

Mental Health - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:21

The Gazette is Colorado Springs's most trusted source for breaking news, sports, weather, obituaries, politics, business, art, entertainment, blogs, video, photos. What to watch on TV for the week of September 17 - A new Seinfeld special, 'Gotham' and 'The Good Place' return, and much more A federal judge in Brazil ruled last week that psychologists could consider homosexuality a disease that could be treated with sexual orientation conversion therapies, raising concerns from LGBTQ and mental health advocates.

McGill University scales back its eating disorder program, fails to tell students

Mental Health - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:24

McGill administrator Martine Gauthier said she wants to reassure students they will still receive treatment for eating disorders despite changes made to the university's eating disorder program. McGill University is slashing resources for its eating disorder program, which has been a recruiting tool and a support network for students struggling with all forms of eating disorders since 2009.

LN: Places popular among Czech suicides to be checked

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 23:03

Czech psychiatrists are going to analyse data on suicides in the country in order to reveal places in which suicides are often committed and propose measures to decrease the popularity of the suicide hotspots, daily Lidove noviny wrote on Monday. Fences may be built in these places, camera systems may be installed there or guards may monitor them, the paper writes.

OCOP: He's been there, so he can help struggling kids

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:06

When you talk to Dr. Matt Chow, you don't get the sense the psychiatrist is immersed in Freudian theory who will pronounce obscure diagnoses, citing arcane references. "It is a more modern approach, but it's part of my personal style to be very straight-forward with people."

On My Mind: Questioning assumptions of modern psychiatry

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:12

Every summer Harvard brings some of the great teachers in psychiatry to Martha's Vineyard. Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, a psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist at Tufts and Harvard, author of "A First-Rate Madness," and a frequent Vineyard visitor, has taught classes on the Island for mental health professionals for several of the past summers.

What Makes Trump So Dangerous?

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:21

A lot of questions have been raised about Donald Trump's mental health. I have said that we need to talk about it not only because he is dangerous, but because the topic has been shrouded in secrecy, which only reinforces the stigma.

Antidepressants found to be "death pills" that dramatically raise the risk of early death

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 03:44

The researchers analyzed data from 17 previous studies involving almost 380,000 people. The studies showed that people who took antidepressants acquired a greater risk of death by suicide or via other life-threatening issues.

Experts gathered in Tauranga for psychiatry conference

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 01:28

Stress and the brain, living to 100 and the mental health of transgender people are just some of the topics to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists New Zealand Conference. The Kia Kotahi ai ng A Ara or Uniting Pathways Conference will be held from 25 - 27 September at the Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga.

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