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Sherrie Mcgregor, Ph.D.

Articles by Sherrie Mcgregor, Ph.D.:

  • Defeating Depression’s Funk-to-Fat Cycle
    17 May 2016

    For many depressed people, exercise is excruciating. But it may be what they need to recover. As many depression sufferers can attest, feeling down is likely to lead to slowing […]

  • The Home Environment for the Bipolar Child
    17 May 2016

    Parents of bipolar children often change their home environment to make their child’s life — and the whole family’s life — easier. It’s one of those things that moms and […]

  • Alternative Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Many people have tried at least one form of alternative medical treatment for one ailment or another, such as saw palmetto extract for prostate problems or avoiding wheat products to […]

  • A Guide to Alternative Therapy Practitioners
    17 May 2016

    Acupuncture Ayurvedic and other traditional medicine Chiropractic Massage and bodywork Naturopathy Holistic psychology Homeopathy Nutrition-based therapies Orthomolecular medicine Osteopathy Alternative treatments may be suggested by your family doctor or psychiatrist, […]

  • Bipolar and Starting College or Work
    17 May 2016

    The main goal of transition planning is the same for all students, regardless of their abilities or goals: preparation for the world of work. For most students, high school graduation […]

  • Housing Options for the Disabled
    17 May 2016

    Some disabled people in the US are eligible for financial assistance with housing, and for housing preference programs through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, such as the Section 8 […]

  • Legal and Financial Planning for Your Children
    17 May 2016

    If you or a grandparent plan to help your child financially, before or after death, you’ll have to make special arrangements. Because of the laws surrounding public disability benefits — […]

  • Building on the Strengths of a Bipolar Child
    17 May 2016

    Many brain disorders bring with them built-in limits. Bipolar disorders do not. Some would even argue that they may equip the affected person with certain strengths: a high energy level, […]

  • Dual Diagnosis and Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    When mental health professionals use the term, “dual diagnosis,” they are almost always referring to a person who has a mental illness and a substance abuse problem. Drug and alcohol […]

  • Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    According to the most recent literature on substance abuse and bipolar disorder, these two problems occur together so frequently that all young people with a bipolar diagnosis should also be […]

  • Psychotherapy and Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    This article describes the types of psychotherapy that appear to be most useful for people with bipolar disorders, and mentions which kinds of patients are most likely to benefit from […]

  • Other Types of Treatment for the Bipolar Child
    17 May 2016

    A variety of approaches to bipolar disorders that are therapeutic but that do not rely on talk as the primary principle. These include bodywork, light therapy, and other interventions that […]

  • Detoxing from Drugs and Alcohol
    17 May 2016

    When a young person has a dual diagnosis of chemical dependency and a bipolar disorder, most doctors choose to treat both conditions at once. This can be difficult unless the […]

  • Structure for the Bipolar Child
    17 May 2016

    You can structure your family life and community support system in ways that provide the best possible environment for a child or adolescent with a bipolar disorder. Some of these […]

  • Dyslexia: Improving Reading and Writing Skills
    17 May 2016

    How can a person improve their reading and writing skills when they have dyslexia? The following tips may be of help: Try using a computer when you write things. Programs […]

  • Identifying Irrational Thoughts
    17 May 2016

    One of the most common components of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) is identifying and answering irrational thoughts. Once you can label and dissect an irrational thought, you take away some of […]

  • Even Positive Changes Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
    17 May 2016

    The beginning or end of a relationship is always a time of tension and turmoil. Likewise, any change in your life can cause stress: a new job, starting college, even […]

  • The Ghosts of Holidays Past
    17 May 2016

    An adult daughter searches for the joy in the season, despite memories of distressing family scenes. I love the holidays. I really do. Give me cold weather outdoors, a crackling […]

  • Cubicle Love Connection
    17 May 2016

    What to keep in mind when things heat up at the watercooler. One of my best friends is a social worker at a community mental health center. She took the […]

  • Holiday Stress: A Resourceful Survivor’s Guide
    17 May 2016

    Here’s your chance to enjoy a serene Christmas—or Ramadan or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah The holidays are supposed to be joyous occasions marked by meaningful traditions, family connections, spiritual rejuvenation and […]

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Aging
    17 May 2016

    Q. Is it true that people’s mental abilities inevitably decline as they get older? A. For many years, researchers believed that mental functioning declined with age, slowly at first, then […]

  • Facts About Aging
    17 May 2016

    The overall difference in life expectancy at birth in the United States is about 7 years (i.e.72 for men vs. 79 for women); and at every age women, on average, […]

  • Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    17 May 2016

    People who experience obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often turn to medications first for treatment (since they often turn to their primary care physician first for a diagnosis as well). However, decades’ […]

  • Stressing Out about Stress
    17 May 2016

    Stress is all around us, every day, and we have all devised a variety of ways — some effective, some less so — for dealing with it. Some of us […]

  • Alternatives to Health Insurance
    17 May 2016

    No matter where you live, there are alternatives to expensive medical care. Those who don’t have insurance, or whose insurance is inadequate, will want to investigate these resources. In some […]

  • Financial Help with Medications
    17 May 2016

    Low-income patients may be able to get their medications for free by providing documentation to charitable programs run by pharmaceutical companies. In the US, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association publishes a […]

  • Resources for Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    Advocacy and support groups Books and publications Web sites Related conditions and symptoms Special needs parenting Sibling issues Special education Healthcare and insurance General medical information Medications Alternative medicine resources […]

  • Children and Bipolar Disorder
    17 May 2016

    It is very rare for a child to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a preschooler. However, if your child falls into this category, or if she has another disabling […]

  • Tips for Coping with Some of Life’s Problems
    17 May 2016

    As we grow older, we experience change in nearly every part of our lives. Negative life experiences can be stressful and this stress can affect our mental health. These experiences […]