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

Project ECHO: Can We Teach Physicians to Better Diagnose Mental Disorders?

I’m conflicted about the announcement of Project ECHO’s expansion last week. The ECHO Institute was founded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the GE Foundation and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to help primary care physicians do a better job with common, chronic condition diagnosis and treatment via Project ECHO. On Friday, they announced a new initiative focusing on mental health treatment. The new effort will involve having academics train primary-care physicians Read More

THE NEW CRITERIA FOR MENTAL DISORDERS

In 1959, Dr. Julian Lasky decided to conduct an experiment: How well could psychiatrists and hospital staff at a V.A. general-medicine and surgical hospital use individual patient interviews to predict post-hospital adjustments among their psychiatric patients? Once a month over a period of six months, Lasky gathered predictions on factors such as rehospitalization, work, family, and health adjustment. He then correlated those predictions, along with a number of other possible predictive factors, with actual readjustment Read More

Drugs don’t help ADHD in little kids

Most preschool-age children with moderate-to-severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, continue to experience severe symptoms years after their diagnosis despite treatment, a study shows. Six years after their diagnosis, about 90 per cent of the 186 children followed by researchers still had difficulties with symptoms such as over-activity, impulse control or inattentiveness, according to a study released this week by the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adult Psychiatry. ADHD affects three Read More