5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment

Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Hormones are changing, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided. When parents are busy working, or a natural separation from family occurs, teens may turn to friends instead of parents. Peer support can be helpful for certain issues. But when the symptoms of a mental illness are present, more than a good friend is needed. The problem Read More

Personality may be key to genetics of bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder vary significantly from their unaffected relatives, and from healthy controls, on several measures of personality, a study shows. Furthermore, genetic analysis revealed suggestive linkage peaks for those traits that were heritable, potentially proving useful for the identification of genes underlying susceptibility to bipolar disorder. “The results of our analyses suggest that personality dimensions may have utility in dissecting the genetic architecture of BD [bipolar disorder],” the researchers write in the Journal Read More

Bipolar Disorder: 6 Ways To Distinguish Between Yourself & Your Illness

“The problem with bipolar disorder is that it takes away our ability to see ourselves,” said Julie A. Fast, a bestselling author of books on bipolar disorder, including Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder. For instance, you might question whether the feelings you’re feeling are really you or the illness, said Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, a psychotherapist and author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder. Family and Read More

‘MasterChef’ finalist who allegedly attacked police: ‘I have bipolar disorder’

“MasterChef” season three finalist Joshua Marks is facing charges stemming from a bizarre incident last week in which he was arrested for allegedly attacking a police officer at a University of Chicago apartment complex. Those in contact with the 7-foot-2 reality TV contestant say Marks’ actions were completely out of character for him and are likely the result of a mental illness. A video shot in February to promote the Make a Sound Project supports Read More

‘MasterChef’ finalist who allegedly attacked police: ‘I have bipolar disorder’

"MasterChef" season three finalist Joshua Marks is facing charges stemming from a bizarre incident last week in which he was arrested for allegedly attacking a police officer at a University of Chicago apartment complex. Those in contact with the 7-foot-2 reality TV contestant say Marks’ actions were completely out of character for him and are likely the result of a mental illness. A video shot in February to promote the Make a Sound Project supports Read More

How to recognize bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

This is the first in a two-part series on bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This week will look at how these mental health disorders are diagnosed and the second part will look at treatments. Two of the more severe mental disorders — bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — may go undiagnosed for years. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 10 million Americans have bipolar disorder. Because of its irregular patterns, bipolar disorder is Read More

When Bipolar Disorder Leads to Extreme Shopping

For some people, overspending might mean ordering the lobster or splurging on an extra pair of shoes at Macy’s. For Julie Fast it’s different. The Portland, Oregon, author woke up one day and decided to go on a trip to China. She obtained a visa, hopped on a flight, enrolled in language school and was conversing in Mandarin within weeks. Along the way, she blew through around $10,000. Shortly after that, and partly as a Read More

Antidepressants in Bipolar Disorder: No Benefit, Possible Harm

Antidepressant use in patients hospitalized with bipolar depression (BD) is ineffective at best, and at worst may be harmful to some patients, new research suggests. Investigators at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, found there was no difference in hospital readmission rates among patients who received antidepressants and those who did not. Furthermore, they found that in patients with BD, when controlling for comorbid anxiety, one antidepressant — venlafaxine — was associated with a 3-fold Read More

Bipolar Disorder: What a Family (Or Friend) Might See and What a Family Can Do

Nearly 1 percent of people suffer from bipolar disorder (sometimes referred to as “manic depression”). Bipolar disorder is a mental illness major mood swings of mania (bipolar I) or hypomania (a less intense form of mania called bipolar II) and depression. We see in the press that Catherine Zeta-Jones has admitted herself to a hospital for treatment of what has been identified as bipolar II: This form of bipolar disorder can produce considerable distress as Read More

Where is the Self in Treatment of Mental Disorders?

A lot of treatment for mental health concerns is focused on the disorder. Medications for the symptoms, cognitive-behavioral therapy for the irrational thoughts. Professionals always asking “How’re you doing?” “How’s the week been?” “How’s your depressive mood this week?” They look at your eye contact, monitor your lithium levels. The focus for most treatment professionals is on a patient’s symptoms and the alleviation of symptoms. Few professionals delve into how a disorder — like bipolar disorder Read More