Which Symptoms of Depression Most Hamper Parenting?

Researchers at the University of Exeter have identified the symptoms of depression that are most likely linked to poor parenting. Although the link between depression and poor parenting has already been identified, this is the first time that researchers have reviewed a variety of studies in order to identify the reasons behind parenting difficulties. “We have looked at a wide range of research studies and identified multiple factors that link depression in adults to difficulties 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

Parents: sibling fights can lead to mental health problems

As a pediatrician, I haven’t made a big deal about fights between siblings. Because of a study just released, I have decided to make a bigger deal about it. Brothers and sisters fight–it’s pretty universal. I don’t think I’ve ever met a family with more than one kid where the kids didn’t fight, sometimes a lot. So over the years, when families have told me about sibling fights, what I’ve done is a.make sure there Read More

People With Borderline Personality Disorder May Misinterpret Facial Emotions

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder often mimic traits of other psychiatric disorders, complicating diagnosis and treatment. But researchers in Canada say they have identified a characteristic that may be unique to borderline personality disorder: a tendency to misinterpret emotions expressed by the face.   “They have difficulty processing facial emotions and will see a negative emotion on a neutral face,” said Anthony Ruocco, a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. “This Read More