Bipolar Disorder

Risk for bipolar disorder associated with faster aging

Bipolar Disorder - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:59

New King's College London research suggests that people with a family history of bipolar disorder may 'age' more rapidly than those without a history of the disease. The study, published today in Neuropsychopharmacology , also shows that bipolar patients treated with lithium -- the main medication for the illness -- have longer telomeres compared to bipolar disorder patients not treated with lithium.

Categories: Bipolar Disorder

Bi-polar disorder in youth

Bipolar Disorder - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:59

In the past few years there has been a growing recognition that bipolar disorder does not always present for the first time in adulthood. More than half of all cases of bipolar disorder begin before age 25 and for many with this condition, symptoms begin much earlier in childhood or adolescence.

Categories: Bipolar Disorder

9 Hidden Signs of Perfectionism

Mental Health - Scientific American - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:00
Are you a perfectionist? Most perfectionists don’t identify with the label. But Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen offers nine signs that might make you come out of the (perfectly...

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Children may be 'iconic targets' for terrorists, medical experts warn

Mental Health - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 01:15

And they say countries facing terror threats must prepare to deal with attacks with chemical weapons such as sarin or mustard gas, and attacks targeted at "iconic victims" such as children or emergency care responders. After Donald Trump publicly stated that he was disappointed in Jeff Sessions, his new Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, agrees in an interview that the US President 'probably' wants Sessions fired.

Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Director resigns

Mental Health - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 21:18

According to Delaware Health and Social Services, Mike Barbieri's last day as director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health was July 6. The acting director is Dr. Clay Watson who is a psychiatrist and the medical director of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker is currently doing a national search for Barbieri's replacement.

Here's How To Responsibly Talk About Mental Health In The Public Eye

Mental Health - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 16:39

Earlier this month, the American Psychoanalytic Association sent an email to its members encouraging them to offer analysis on behavior among those in the public eye if they feel inclined to do so. This lead to speculation that the organization was giving its members permission to defy the so-called "Goldwater rule" - an ethical guideline that advises mental health workers against commenting on a public figure's psychological wellbeing.

Is Complaining Good or Bad For You?

Mental Health - Scientific American - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:00
Pop psychology tells us that complaining is a sort of catharsis—that by getting our feelings out rather than bottling them up, we’ll feel better. But it turns out this is largely a myth.

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Psychiatry Group Says Members Can Comment on Trump's Mental Health

Mental Health - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:06

A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures - even the president. The statement, an email this month from the executive committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association to its 3,500 members, represents the first significant crack in the profession's decades-old united front aimed at preventing experts from discussing the psychiatric aspects of politicians' behavior.

A major psychiatry group has said its members can defy a longstanding ...

Mental Health - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:06

A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures - The statement, an email this month from the executive committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association to its 3,500 members, represents the first significant crack in the profession's decades-old united front aimed at preventing experts from discussing the psychiatric aspects of politicians' behavior. The impetus for the email was "belief in the value of psychoanalytic knowledge in explaining human behavior," said psychoanalytic association past president Dr. Prudence Gourguechon, a psychiatrist in Chicago.

Psych group lifts ban on commenting about pols' mental health

Mental Health - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 12:06

Members of the American Psychoanalytic Association have been cleared to comment about their thoughts on the President's and other officials' mental state. A national psychology organization is dropping a long-standing rule that bars its members from publicly weighing in on the mental fitness of public officials - freeing up thousands of professionals to opine on President.

Psychiatry Group Says Members Can Comment on Trump's Mental Health

Mental Health - Scientific American - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:45
The decision overturns decades-old norms

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Depression in Kids: How Should It Be Treated?

Mental Health - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:54

Parents should employ the skills of a trained child and adolescent psychiatrist or psychologist for any child with mental illness. Depression is, by most accounts, on the rise among America's children.

Psychiatrists optimistic about use of ketamine to treat depression

Mental Health - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:57

You might associate the drug ketamine, or Special K, with anaesthesia or partying - but Australian researchers say they have evidence that it can treat depression. University of New South Wales researchers at the Black Dog Institute say a pilot program has produced some "astounding" results in a small group of patients over the age of 60. Professor Colleen Loo led the pilot program treating 16 patients with low dose injections of ketamine, the findings of which were published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

'Brilliant mind, generous heart': Renowned B.C. yoga teacher dies after 'street drug' overdose

Bipolar Disorder - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 18:40

Michael Stone died earlier this month after taking a street drug his partner says may have contained fentanyl. He was married with a child and another on the way and taught wellness seminars across the country.

Categories: Bipolar Disorder

ACT mental health system in grip of 'crippling' shortage of psychiatrists

Mental Health - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 11:45

Canberra's mental health system is in the grip of a "crippling shortage" of psychiatrists, after nine left ACT health in the past 12 months and eight vacancies across the system are yet to be filled. The union representing doctors at Canberra Hospital has also raised concerns for patient safety inside the adult mental health unit, which has been forced to operate with only one psychiatrist during some shifts in recent months.

Analysis of the tortured syntax in Trump's New York Times...

Mental Health - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 02:25

Trump's interview this week with the New York Times made headlines for his revelation that he would never have chosen Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Here at STAT, however, we combed through the transcript of the Oval Office interview for something else: examples of the emotional subtexts that psychiatrists and psychologists told us offer a window into the president's mind.

Dr. A.J.: Psychiatry inches forward in mental illness diagnosis

Mental Health - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 22:12

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was created in 1952 by the American Psychiatric Association so mental health professionals in the United States would have a common language to use when diagnosing individuals with mental disorders. Whether endorsed as a gold-standard or criticized as limited in scope and utility, what cannot be ignored is the effect and the power that the DSM has exerted, and continues to exert, DSM-I contained 128 diagnoses.

Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

Mental Health - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:27

What is it that distinguishes psychoanalysis from the discipline of psychiatry? For more than fifty years in the United States, the two were joined seemingly as one, with psychiatry--long considered the red-headed stepchild of medicine--benefiting from the power and prestige then afforded to Freudian psychoanalysis. More recently, the fields have diverged, with psychoanalysis retaining a small, but still influential, wing of American psychiatry.

Sunovion's Latuda (lurasidone HCI) Receives Health Canada Approval to ...

Bipolar Disorder - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:31

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced that Health Canada approved the Supplemental New Drug Submission for Latuda for the management of the manifestations of schizophrenia in adolescents aged 15 to 17 years. LATUDA is currently indicated in Canada for the management of the manifestations of schizophrenia and the acute management of depressive episodes associated with bipolar I disorder in adults.

Categories: Bipolar Disorder

Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix's 'To the Bone'

Mental Health - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:38

As child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrists we have eagerly been awaiting Netflix's release of To The Bone. It seems intended to significantly raise awareness, educate viewers and open conversations about these severe psychiatric disorders.

Your membership & donations make this ministry possible.
If you have been helped please:

Join Us  or  Donate

Contact Us

Syndicate content