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

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Not Just for Mental Illness

When I was studying psychology in college, I remember having a particular distaste for the behavioral approaches of B.F. Skinner. Defining the sacred depths of being human by behavioral impulses akin to a mouse motivated by cheese was not for me. I was much more into psychoanalytic therapy and Jung. How then later did I come to embrace cognitive behavioral and related therapies that spell out that we are, essentially, just a mess of behaviors Read More

Religion & Mental Health: New Study Links Belief In ‘Punitive God’ To Emotional Problems

Many people find comfort in religious faith, but a provocative new study links certain beliefs with emotional problems. The study, published April 10 in the Journal of Religion & Health, showed that people who believe in an angry, vengeful god are more likely to suffer from social anxiety, paranoia, obsessional thinking, and compulsions. Researchers reached this conclusion after analyzing responses of 1,426 Americans to a 2010 poll on religion. Poll respondents who indicated belief in Read More

ADHD: I’m Down the Rabbithole. Again.

Ok. That’s it. I’m down the rabbithole again. The more I learn about ADHD, the more complex and interconnected everything gets. I’m totally overwhelmed by the plethora of theories, webinars, tools, and tricks of the trade. Not to mention the amazing, fascinating, infuriating, and fabulous personalities representing a myriad of contrasting, conflicting, and concurring opinions available through blogs, articles, Twitter peeps and peeping twits (including those who randomly steal and re-post my writings without so Read More

Monitor your child’s mental health

Mental illness is a broad category that encompasses many different disorders. The most common conditions include attention deficient hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder, anxiety/panic disorders, depression, bipolar and schizophrenia. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms often present themselves in childhood but continue into adulthood. The troubling symptoms permeate and cause problems at home, school, work, and in relationships. Some experts suggest that ADHD can occur in eight to 10 per Read More

President Obama’s budget a step toward improving mental health

The $235-million mental-health investment that President Obama calls for in his 2014 budget is not a panacea, but an important sign that our country is moving toward making mental health a priority. Early identification and intervention will get children and adolescents the help they need. Consider that mental illness affects one in 10 children across the United States, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Treatment can significantly reduce symptoms and greatly improve a Read More

Preteen eating disorders on the rise

The number of young children hospitalized for eating disorders is on the rise amongst preteens and children in B.C., and that’s leading to an increasing demand for more education and treatment, according to health care workers. "Girls as young as three are aware of fat and don’t want to be," says Mimi Hudson, director of community and provincial programs at Family Services of the North Shore. "In Canada, there are kids as young as seven Read More

Abuse Of Mom In Childhood And Autism Risk

The latest in the litany of “this is linked to autism” findings is abuse of the mother in childhood. Researchers publishing in JAMA Psychiatry report that women who experienced the “highest level” of abuse when they were girls had about three times the risk of non-abused women of having an autistic child. In the current work, based on data collected in the course of the large Nurses’ Health Study II, the authors looked at data Read More

CDC issues final report on 2012 state teen suicides

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a final report Monday about the rash of teenage suicides in Delaware last year. Between Jan, 1 and March 4, 2012, 11 young people in Kent and Sussex counties died by suicide. There were also 116 non-fatal suicide attempts. Last March, the state Department of Health and Social Services asked the CDC to conduct an epidemiological investigation into the then six known suicide deaths. The CDC published Read More

Finally Working Together on Mental Health

It is a lesson that we first learn in preschool; if we really want something then we must negotiate and work together. Working together and negotiating is something we continue to do for the rest of our lives. Negotiation is most visible when it comes to government. How do you think Obamacare was passed? This post is not about the art of negotiation and how to do it properly, but why we must work together Read More