Archives for January, 2012
Today I stumbled upon a terrific resource on mood disorders and anxiety. I was so enthralled as I checked out all the different areas, and I kept saying to myself, "I have to put this up on the blog!" So here it is and some of my comments about it. www.psycheducation.org First, this is written by a psychiatrist, Dr James Phelps of Corvallis, Oregon. I can tell just by reading a number of pages that he is personally writing everything. He references many research articles and other websites as he goes along. This not only adds credence and support for his writing, but it also gives you another resource for your own use. He seems to try to make everything read as good, "plain English." He uses medical terms where necessary, but there's a nice personal touch to it. Second, there is a LOT of great information here. The front page gives several avenues for you to explore, including a a great deal on bipolar and mood swings, panic disorder, brain chemistry and images, hormones and mood (nothing on post-partum depression, but a lot on PMS and PMDD), social anxiety, and other general resources.
No matter how rosy the memories, nobody has a truly perfect childhood. Grandparents die, tragedies happen, families have problems, and so on. One researcher suggests that the most stressful times can affect us throughout our entire lives. That's a pretty strong statement, but there's a lot of truth to it. Many girls who grow up without involved dads have trouble with romantic relationships or men in general. Kids who live have trauma or abuse often have chronic emotional difficulties. And addiction issues can often be traced back to problems or key relationships from childhood. The expert, Dr Rajita Sinha, explained that the social nature of humans was a huge protective factor against ongoing stress from this vulnerable time. She also named education, optimism, and emotional regulation as other important factors.