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Mental Health for the Whole Child

March 16th, 2014
>Children make 3 billion new connections in their brain every second. That is 3 billion opportunities for growth, or 3 billion missed connections.  With rising rates of ADHD, autism, and other mental health disorders in American children, it seems like more and more of these connections are being missed. And medications that we give our kids ...

The Connection Between OCD & Psychosis

The Connection Between OCD and PsychosisWhen my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) became severe, he was in college, fifteen hundred miles away from home. My husband and I arranged for him to see a psychiatrist near his school, who telephoned us (with our son’s permission) after ...

How Do You Grab a Naked Lady?

BOOK REVIEW.
Before they fell out of vogue, roughly 40,000 lobotomies took place in the United States. “Took place” being a rather passive, arm’s-length way of saying that, on 40,000 separate occasions, a person with an advanced medical degree decided to slice another person’s brain. Often, against their will, and sometimes, with an ice pick through the ...

Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar DisorderHaving a routine helps people with bipolar disorder maintain stability. “Unexpected stressors can lead to episodes for me so the better I can plan things, the more stable I am,” said Elaina J. Martin, who writes Being ...

Suicide Risk for Children of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’

Suicide Risk for Children of Northern Ireland's 'Troubles'Recent findings are shedding light on the link between growing up in a conflict zone and risk of suicide. Over the past few decades, Northern Ireland has overtaken England, Scotland and Wales in suicide rates. To investigate the causes, Professor ...

Psychotherapy Treatment for PTSD

Therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of PTSD.  However, since trauma symptoms are very specific, not all types of therapy are appropriate.  SAMHSA has a list of every evidenced based therapeutic program by the National Registry of Programs and Practices, 17 of which list PTSD relief as an outcome. There ...

Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists

BOOK REVIEW.
The newly revised and updated version of this superb book is 376 pages of user-friendly yet remarkably concise information for therapists, pharmacists, and anyone else working in mental health with an interest in medication. As a second year pharmacy student, I found the Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists quite readable, with compelling, brief case histories and ...

Myths & Truths about Tourette Syndrome

Myths & Truths about Tourette SyndromeMany myths and mysteries surround Tourette syndrome -- everything from how the disorder manifests to how it’s treated to what causes it in the first place. Past research has found that even physicians and psychologists hold bogus beliefs about the disorder. Described in ...

Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families

Adult Children of Dysfunctional FamiliesCharles L. Whitfield's 1987 book Healing the Child Within is aimed at adult children of dysfunctional families. The ideas he presented synced up with the 12-step recovery movements for families afflicted by alcohol and addiction (Al-Anon, Nar-Anon). It made perfect sense that ...

When Your Child’s ADHD Treatment Stops Working

When Your Child's ADHD Treatment Stops Working Your child might be having a harder time focusing on homework. His or her grades might be slipping. Or he or she might be getting into trouble more often at school or at home. In other words, your child's symptoms of attention deficit ...

Acupuncture, Anxiety & Depression

Acupuncture, Anxiety & DepressionAs our broadband speeds up and our phones get smarter, some matters regarding our health get overlooked -- especially our mental health. Tablets and smart phones have made it more convenient to be connected, but a large number of people still feel disconnected. Fortunately, ...

Depression Commonly Strikes Seniors & Other Vital Facts About Depressed Seniors

Depression Commonly Strikes Seniors & Other Vital Facts About Depressed SeniorsThere’s a common belief that depression is a normal part of aging. It’s not. But unfortunately, it is prevalent among the elderly. A 2000 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry ...

Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Light Therapy for Bipolar DisorderLight therapy for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has been studied for some time now. Usually it comes to mind with the onset of depression in winter. But more applications have been coming to the forefront. Recently, a post on Psych Central had information ...

What You Need to Know About Psychosis in Parkinson’s Disease

What You Need to Know About Psychosis in Parkinson's DiseasePsychosis doesn’t just affect individuals with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. It also affects other illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease (PD), a degenerative disorder that disturbs movement and balance. Over five million people worldwide have PD, struggling ...

10 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Bipolar Disorder

10 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Bipolar DisorderWith its swinging moods, shifting energy levels, sleep difficulties and intrusive anxiety, bipolar disorder can feel overwhelming. Managing it can feel the same. “There is so much to take care of, so there ...

Silently Seizing: Unrecognized, Frequently Missed Seizures & Autism

BOOK REVIEW.
One might suspect that, at a mere 148 pages, Caren Haines’s Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized, and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders is an easy, finish-in-one-sitting kind of book. But one would be very wrong. The book is written in a very straightforward and almost conversational tone. However, ...

Melancholy, Mania & Miracles: My Journey With Bipolar Disorder

BOOK REVIEW.
I picked up this book because I have bipolar disorder and I wondered how similar or different her story is to mine. Shortly after the book came in the mail, I had surgery and my best ferret friend died. This book sat on my desk for five weeks, glaring at me and daring me to ...

Top Relapse Triggers for Depression & How to Prevent Them

Top Relapse Triggers in Depression & How to Prevent Them“Depression is like many other common medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes,” said William R. Marchand, M.D., a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of ...

Some Ideas for Handling Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Disorder

Some Ideas for Handling Treatment-Resistant Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorder is being better understood each day. There is also ongoing research into its treatment. But successfully treating bipolar disorder can involve several medication trials, and it can take years to achieve remission. Even if remission is attained, ...

Depression Brain Changes Explored

Depression Brain Changes ExploredNew discoveries are being made about changes in the brain during depression. Dr. Mia Lindskog of the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and her team say that two separate mechanisms cause the emotional symptoms and the deficits in memory and learning seen in ...

Not Otherwise Specified: Anxiety & the Work of Dr. Robert Hudak

Not Otherwise Specified: Anxiety & the Work of Dr. Robert HudakSouthwest Pennsylvania National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held its annual conference at the beginning of April, and one of their afternoon breakout workshop presenters was Dr. Robert Hudak, assistant professor of psychiatry at Western Psychiatric ...

The Cognitive Symptoms of Depression

The Cognitive Symptoms of Depression The cognitive symptoms of depression tend to receive less attention than other symptoms of this difficult illness. Namely, symptoms such as sinking mood, fatigue and loss of interest garner more recognition. Yet cognitive symptoms are quite common. “[They] are actually significantly ...

When the First Treatment for Depression Doesn’t Work

When the First Treatment for Depression Doesn't WorkWhen the first treatment you try for your depression doesn’t work, it can feel utterly painful. As it is, depression makes you feel hopeless and helpless. An ineffective intervention might feel like the final ...