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Living with Schizophrenia

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Living with SchizophreniaI’m sitting in a coffee shop at 7:53 a.m. and I’m minding my own business but I hear barely audible chatter and laughter from the baristas behind the bar and I can only think that there’s something about the way I’m sitting here on my computer writing that’s making them laugh at me.

I wonder if I look OK, if the way my hoodie sits on my shoulders looks funny or if I said something and sounded weird or if the way I’m typing with only the middle fingers on both of my hands warrants some kind of ridicule.

The truth is, I know they’re not laughing at me but every waking hour of every day I’m plagued by the notion that I’m an object of ostracism.

Treating Teen Bipolar Disorder with Medication

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Treating Teen Bipolar Disorder with MedicationIf your child has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you might have already had a discussion with his or her psychiatrist about medication. However, using psychotropic medication, although growing as a choice for treating psychological disorders, continues to carry a stigma. Often, those who take medication for their mental health are judged or looked down upon.

Despite this, research shows that the combination of medication and individual therapy are quite effective for treating most mood disorders. For bipolar disorder, specifically, medication can manage the wide swing of changing moods from depression to mania. This article will address the various forms of medication that might be used in teen bipolar disorder treatment.

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Elaina J. Martin

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Elaina J. MartinHere’s a message we don’t hear nearly enough: Even though living with mental illness is hard — really hard — many people are successfully managing their conditions and savoring satisfying, healthy lives.

Here’s another message we need to hear more: How they do it.  

That’s why we’ve created this new interview series. Every month we’ll talk with people about everything from how they overcome the toughest challenges of their mental illness to how they’ve found treatment to their favorite resources.

In our first interview, Elaina J. Martin, who writes the popular Psych Central blog Being Beautifully Bipolar, shares her story. She reveals how she received her diagnosis along with powerful and inspiring insights into managing bipolar disorder, the importance of honesty, how loved ones can help and much, much more.

Antidepressants: Is That All You’ve Got?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Antidepressants: Is That All You've Got?Antidepressants do have their place in treating depression.

But new evidence indicates a worrying trend: Antidepressants — which impact your brain chemistry — are increasingly a first resort and being prescribed at an ever-increasing rate.

Latuda: A New Treatment Option for Bipolar Depression

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Latuda: A New Treatment Option for Bipolar DepressionThe depressive episodes that accompany bipolar disorder have often perplexed both people who have bipolar disorder and the professionals who want to help treat them. People with ordinary clinical depression — at one time called unipolar depression — often have a few treatment options to choose from, usually starting with psychotherapy or antidepressants.

But using antidepressants in the treatment of depression of someone who has bipolar disorder can have unexpected — and unwanted — effects. Studies of antidepressant use in bipolar disorder have been decidedly mixed.

So it’s always welcome news when a new medication — or a new use for an existing medication — has been approved. Such is the case with Latuda (lurasidone).

8 Medications that You Didn’t Know May Contribute to Depression

Monday, January 6th, 2014

8 Medications that You Didn't Know May Contribute to DepressionAwhile back, a review in the journal “Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience” highlighted certain medications that may contribute to depression.

These medications may cause depression by altering levels of neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Or they can trigger depression indirectly, by causing fatigue, diminished appetite, sedation, or other side effects, leading to subsequent frustration, demoralization, or a full depressive episode.

So what’s on the list?

Videos: Antidepressants — Not a Quick Fix

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Videos: Antidepressants -- Not a Quick FixIn a series of heartfelt videos compiled online by healthtalkonline.org alongside research conducted by the University of Nottingham and Oxford University, 30 individuals share that antidepressant medications are not a ‘quick fix.’

Contrary to popular opinion, neither are they ‘happy pills.’

The individuals discuss the impact of depression and antidepressant medications on their lives. They also talk about the emotional difficulties they faced with side effects and finding a prescription that finally helped them manage their depression.

They’re worth checking out to hear of people’s real-life experiences with one of the most commonly-prescribed classes of medications today.

Do I Need to Go Back on Psychiatric Medication?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Do I Need to Go Back on Psychiatric Medication?It’s not the first time I have pushed it. This time, it was my (new) son.

After being on a number of different medications for different diagnoses for the past 10 years, I went off my medicine two months into my first pregnancy.

I haven’t known life without medication in 10 years. Except that one time. And let’s just say I was put on a medical leave from university, sent 4,000 miles back to my parents — and it wasn’t pretty. And that’s putting it lightly.

When Should You Go to the Hospital for Severe Depression?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

When Should You Go to the Hospital for Severe Depression?Knowing when to commit yourself or a loved one to the hospital to be treated for severe depression can be a very gray area. I wish there were a set of directions much like those when you are in labor: if contractions come within five minutes of each other and last a minute, pack your bags.

Some physicians will make the decision for you, but usually it is up to you. Here are a few guidelines.

3 Reasons Why Not All Mental Health Professionals are Created Equal

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

3 Reasons Why Not All Mental Health Professionals are Created EqualThe biggest regret of those who have lived through a depressive or bipolar disorder episode is that they didn’t obtain a rigorous diagnosis and treatment plan early enough.

Lora Inman is one such person, interviewed in my book Back From The Brink. A long-time depression sufferer and passionate mental health advocate, she went for decades without a proper diagnosis or treatment, which prolonged her suffering and made postpartum depression even harder to manage.

Lora’s story perfectly illustrates three very good reasons why you need a trusted mental health professional.

7 Things a Depressed Parent Can Say to a Child

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

7 Things a Depressed Parent Can Say to a ChildI’m usually pretty good at hiding my tears from my kids, but lately I’ve been busted a few times because they come so frequently and don’t go away.

How do I respond when my grade-schoolers ask me why I’ve been crying? How do I explain this insidious illness to them?

Two years ago I wrote a children’s book devoted to these questions. It’s called, What Does Depressed Mean? A Guidebook for Children with a Depressed Loved One.

Excerpted from the book, here are seven things that you can say to your child when you’re depressed.

What One Clinician Learned about Coping with Loss

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

What One Clinician Learned about Coping with LossClinical psychologist Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD, has experienced many losses in her life. When she was 10, her grandfather died. When she was 18, her 8-year-old sister died of cancer.

She experienced the hardest loss when her closest sister and brother-in-law died just two months apart. He died of skin cancer. She died after drinking and taking too many Tylenol.

Around that time Hibbert also lost her aunt to a rare brain disease. Her husband lost his grandmother, both grandfathers and his dad in the span of two years.

“[I]t has been a lot of death for my family. But loss is about so much more than death.”

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