The study was based on the increasingly accepted concept that even subtle changes in early embryonic brain development can cause symptoms of mental illness that appear later in life.
The researchers took advantage of evolving technology that creates stem cells — the origin cells in embryos that evolve into all the different cells types in the body — from adults rather than taking them from embryos. This allows researchers to have access to many more stem cells and also offers the opportunity to compare the stem cells from adults with certain diseases to those without and to see differences in the way they develop.
I recently attended the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Indiana’s Criminal Justice Summit in Indianapolis, IN. The morning’s keynote speaker was Major Sam Cochran (ret.), who is nationally known for his work in developing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model in Memphis, TN.
Cochran’s message was clear: CIT is not just a law enforcement program; CIT is a community program and should be recognized as a community priority. It should involve not only law enforcement officers and dispatchers, but also prosecutors, judges, emergency room personnel, physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, therapists, the community mental health center, and other community resource centers.
At our previous National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting in Crawfordsville, IN, a couple participants mentioned that the state of Georgia provides a good model for how mental illness should be managed.
In Indiana, we don’t have a well-coordinated system in place to help people with mental illness find their way back into society from prison or homelessness. Georgia has a program called Opening Doors to Recovery that certainly seems to be what we should be striving for.
Here’s a YouTube video about the Opening Doors to Recovery program. Please watch it and post a comment to share your thoughts. Also, share any insights or information you have about similar programs in your state.
Jill Morley, director of the award-winning documentary “Fight Like a Girl,” is seeking funding to cover expenses that include licensing of footage, music, color correction, editing, and publicity, so she can bring her film to a wider audience. You can help by visiting Jill’s Fight Like a Girl Campaign on FundAnything and making a donation.
My nephew is 24 years old. He tried to kill himself. This has been going on since he was 17. Just Saturday he took 80-85 pills of antidepressant, very close call to his death but he made it. My questions is how can his mom and dad get help for him because of his age? He really needs to stay in the system, not at home, to be a better person.
Please check out Suelain Moy’s excellent interview of Dr. Fink, “Treating Bipolar Disorder: A Q & A with Dr. Candida Fink, Part 2.” Dr. Fink’s answers cover medication, therapy, self-help, and the benefits of having a strong support network. After reading the interview, please return here and let us know what you think.
Do more women than men suffer from Bipolar Disorder? At what age is it diagnosed? Can it be faked? We asked psychiatrist Dr. Candida Fink, a leading expert on Bipolar Disorder and the co-author of The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child and Bipolar Disorder for Dummies these questions and more.
Please check it out and let us know what you think.
This is Part 1 of a two-part piece. Part 2 will be more about the treatment side of bipolar disorder. Stay tuned.
60 Minutes has an interesting segment entitled “Untreated Mental Illness and Imminent Danger?” Except for some stigmatizing language, this is an excellent segment that sums up the serious consequences of replacing psychiatric treatment with incarceration.
Please watch the segment and let us know what you think.
Many of you probably already know that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was recently updated from version IV to version 5. (That’s not a mistake, the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the DSM, changed from using Roman numerals to using Arabic numerals.)
I just discovered a 19-page document online that provides an overview of the changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5: