Healthy Kids: Recognizing mood disorders in children and adolescents

As an adult, you probably know someone – or know someone who knows someone – who suffers from major depression or bipolar disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 20.9 million American adults, or 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, have a mood disorder. Recently, what had been considered an “adult only” concern has become more common in the pediatric population. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Read More

Therapy Changes Paper Sheds New Light on Diagnosis, Treatment of Grief and Depression

The relationship between grief and depression following bereavement has generated much debate in the psychological community and public media. A new article by Rochelle Perper, Ph.D., “Grief, Depression and the DSM-5,” sheds new light on the subject, and can help both clinicians and the general public achieve a greater understanding of the clinical challenges and options for treating these conditions. “The experience of grief following the loss of a loved one shares several symptoms of 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

Six SmartPhone Tips for People with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition where a person has problems paying attention or concentrating. Following directions is difficult and patients are easily bored or frustrated with tasks. Although it is most often diagnosed in children, adults have it too, wreaking havoc on both our professional and personal lives. Adults with ADHD have trouble with time management, organizational skills, goal setting and employment. They may also have problems with personal relationships, self-esteem and addictions. 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

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

12 Ways Your Pet Can Improve Your Mental Health!

When I am feeling down and weary, and I can barely lift myself off the couch, my dog comes to my rescue. She cuddles with me, then motivates me to get up, dressed, and out the door for a walk or some play time. Somehow my fur-baby even gets me to smile, no matter how miserable or stressed I feel. I am not alone. It turns out that all pets, not just therapy pets, can Read More