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Marijuana and Bipolar Disorder

As cannabis has become legal for medical and recreational purposes in many states, discussing risks and benefits of cannabis in relationship to health and illness has become part of routine medical care. Physicians are fielding questions about marijuana prescriptions for many different illnesses. Products containing the cannabidiol (CBD) component of cannabis, have exploded onto commercial platforms as over-the-counter products with claims of health benefits for every type of symptom. Our job as physicians is to try to present treatment options and balance the risks and benefits. Unfortunately, for now, too little information is available about the effectiveness of "medical" marijuana for me to offer an opinion informed by any scientific evidence in these areas.



Anxiety

Tune Out the Bad News

I was recently interviewed by Meredith Carroll for her article in Redbook, "My 6-Year-Old Is Obsessed with National Tragedies — and I Doubt She's Alone," which is based on the author's experience that "it's practically impossible to go outside, online, open a newspaper, or turn on the TV and not have to pick your jaw up off the floor over an international crisis, natural disaster, or a national tragedy." The article specifically discusses how to talk to young children about tragedy or disaster...


Anxiety

Beating the Homework Blues

Is your child, tween, or teen struggling with homework in addition to other challenges, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, or ADHD? If so, then maybe it's time to say, "Enough is enough." In my practice, I often see frazzled children and their frazzled...


Bipolar Medication

Bipolar Medication Mindfulness

Living with bipolar disorder often means taking medications regularly. That alone is a tough pill to swallow. Finding the right medicine "cocktail" often involves a month (or longer) journey of trials and adjustments. But once you find the right medicine and dose(s), taking your medication every day, as prescribed, drives the recovery and mood maintenance engines. Missing medicine or taking it at wildly different times each day makes it hard for the medicine to do its job and for you and your doctor to get a clear picture of what's working, what's not, and which medication may be causing undesirable side effects.