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Two For: Memories of a Manic Father

September 12th, 2014
A shopping spree. Retail therapy. The high of a manic episode. Call it what you will, an out-of-control buying binge, especially one with a credit card in hand, is a very dangerous thing. My father was what we then called "manic-depressive.’" ...

Obsessions and Addiction

Obsessions and Addiction This article isn’t meant to address obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which is a mental disorder affecting one percent of adults. It starts in childhood and is believed to have a genetic component. OCD may include only obsessions. Usually, the themes are about: Fear of contamination or ...

Helping ADHD Children Make Friends

Helping ADHD Children Make FriendsAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as defined by the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is “a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, presenting in two or more settings, and ...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following a Single Event

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following a Single EventFollowing is an example of how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a single traumatic incident. Tony had a somewhat stable childhood. Though his parents divorced when he was 8, he, his mother and siblings stayed in the same house ...

How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy & Sorrow

BOOK REVIEW.
“I see you.” These three little words have remarkable power to change how you think, feel, and live. Author Toni Bernhard visited Paris back in 2001 one and came down with a viral illness that has left her chronically ill and at times confined in her home on bed rest. She had been a law professor ...

Happy Mother’s Day to Moms with Kids with Special Needs

Happy Mother's Day to Moms with Kids with Special NeedsA recent TV ad says it all. It follows a mom through her day with a little boy who appears to have some kind of developmental delay. The voice-over tells us ...

Occupational Therapy and Mental Health

Occupational Therapy and Mental HealthThe mental health treatment journey requires a collaborative effort by many people -- the individual, his or her caregivers, support providers, doctors, nurses, teachers, aides, counselors, therapists, and social workers. This collaborative process allows everyone to work together to reach a specific ...

Learning to Live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Learning to Live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome “In the evening, I like to watch the news. That’s when my ‘visitors’ most likely appear,” she said with a little laugh, glancing at her daughter. And then back to me: “I know ...

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: The Mind Plays Tricks with Low Vision Patients

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: The Mind Plays Tricks with Low Vision PatientsFried eggs draped over the objects on the desk. Smaller-than-life-sized people in ancient Roman dress streaming out of the television during the morning weather report. Colorful birds flying through the bathroom, roosting on the shower curtain. ...

Heart Failure May Trigger Forgetfulness

Heart failure has been linked to detrimental changes in the brain, says new research published recently in the European Heart Journal. The condition may occur due to ischemic heart disease or high blood pressure, and affects about three percent of all adults. As heart failure has been linked to depression and cognitive impairment, Professor Osvaldo ...

Why Friends Disappear When Crisis Turns Chronic

Why Friends Disappear When Crisis Turns ChronicIt’s a common experience: Something goes wrong in a family. A child is diagnosed with a chronic illness or a disability. Maybe he or she gets into serious trouble. You'd think friends would draw closer ...

Success in College Despite Learning Disabilities

Success in College Despite Learning DisabilitiesIt happens every semester. A freshman shyly approaches me after the first class with the form from the advising center stating that the student has a documented learning disability and needs reasonable accommodations. I always ask to meet with the ...

Howard Andrew Knox: Pioneer of Intelligence Testing at Ellis Island

BOOK REVIEW.
When many people think of immigrants disembarking at Ellis Island a century ago, they imagine swarms of recent arrivals being examined for infectious diseases and many being quarantined or turned away because they were deemed a threat to public health. But in Howard Andrew Knox: Pioneer of Intelligence Testing at Ellis Island, the British scholar ...

Before The World Intruded: Conquering The Past And Creating The Future

BOOK REVIEW.
Michele Rosenthal’s memoir, Before The World Intruded, is the story of her struggle with a life-threatening illness and the trauma it created. Rosenthal shares her battle with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), leading us from her diagnosis at age 13 through 24 subsequent years of psychological repercussions. Rosenthal recounts the story of how she fought for years ...

Can You Benefit from EMDR Therapy?

Can You Benefit from EMDR Therapy?EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy has been declared an effective form of trauma treatment by a wide range of organizations. In the United States these include the American Psychiatric Association, the International Society for ...

Revisiting a School Program that Rescued ‘Losers’

Revisiting a School Program that Rescued LosersA few years ago, I read Dr. Bob Brooks’ monthly article which focused on one of his favorite themes: schools that can turn around failing students by identifying their areas of competence and creating innovative approaches that build on these ...

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

BOOK REVIEW.
Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks, the authors of Bright Not Broken, and the contributor, Temple Grandin, all have a combination of personal and professional experience with learning and developmental disabilities. Kennedy and Banks are mothers, as well as professionals who previously collaborated on the book The ADHD-Autism Connection, and each has multiple children who ...

OCD and College Accommodations

OCD and College AccommodationsAn interesting article recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. “A Serious Illness or an Excuse” is worth reading and talks about what is happening on college campuses across the country: The number of students requesting accommodations has skyrocketed, and more of ...

8 Tips for Working from Home with Mental Illness

8 Tips for Working from Home with Mental IllnessPeople with mental illness struggle with the same time management troubles, distraction dilemmas and isolation issues as others without mental illness. With no time clock to punch and no boss monitoring your comings and goings, starting the day ...

The Challenge of Children with Special Needs

The Challenge of Children with Special Needs Labels abound, some of them distasteful, some inaccurate, some just in vogue, others useful to understanding and planning. I am speaking about children who have substantial special needs. They may be diagnosed with complex disorders such as Autism, Asperger’s, ...

Dispelling Myths about Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dispelling Myths about Dissociative Identity Disorder Dissociative identity disorder (DID), known previously as multiple personality disorder, is not a real disorder. At least, that’s what you might’ve heard in the media, and even from some mental health professionals. DID is arguably one of the most misunderstood ...

Is Using Technology To Treat OCD a Good Idea?

Is Using Technology To Treat OCD a Good Idea?For people who are suffering for any reason, the Internet can offer ready-made support. Those with OCD, for example, can visit blogs, forums, mental health sites, and individual health care provider sites dedicated to their disorder. Now it ...

The Quest for Mental Health

BOOK REVIEW.
One thing about getting older is that history feels more relevant. I grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Cognitive-behavioral therapy was in its infancy, and dialectical behavior therapy had not yet been devised. Psychoanalysis was the go-to mental health intervention, though most people couldn’t afford its hefty cost or time commitment. Doctors ...
 
 
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