Archives for October, 2010

Anger

When Anger is Mistaken for Mania

From Kate:

On a recent admission to hospital I felt more anger than mania. I felt angry over an involuntary admission. As I vented my feelings of anger, they were perceived as symptomatic of a manic episode. Where does that "fine line" exist? Please tell.

We expect that situations like these occur more often than most professionals would like to admit. Although therapists often point out that "Nobody can make you...
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Sleep

Shorter Sleep Duration Linked to Mental Distress

We all know how important sleep is in maintaining mental health and mood stability. Results from a recent study confirm this and serve as a caution to parents and mental health professionals alike not to overlook sleep anomalies as early warning signs of depression, bipolar, or anxiety disorders in teenagers and young adults.

The lead author of the study is Nick Glozier, MBBS, MRCPsych, PhD, associate professor of psychological medicine at...
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Bipolar Stories

Bipolar Stories

Sorry we haven't posted this week. I've been swamped with other projects and Dr. Fink has been busy with her practice. I did want to take some time to let you know that a couple individuals have recently shared their bipolar stories on our original blog, Bipolar Blog.

We rarely post on Bipolar Blog anymore, investing more effort right here, but we continue to maintain the stories and...
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Blood Test for Bipolar Disorder Research

October 13, 2010, Wall of the Indianapolis Business Journal posted an article entitled "IU Shrink explores mental health blood tests." According to Wall:
"Dr. Alexander B. Niculescu, a psychiatrist at the IU School of Medicine, has won a five-year, $ million grant from the National Institutes of Health to hunt for the presence of certain proteins in the blood that would indicate that a person suffers from a mood disorder, which afflicts one in five Americans."
A blood test for bipolar disorder is one...
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Advocacy

“No Kidding Me 2,” Documentary on Mental Illness

Over the weekend, my wife and I watched actor/filmmaker Joe Pantoliano's documentary on mental illness No Kidding, Me 2! He made the documentary as a way to help fight the stigma and shame of mental illness (mental dis-ease, as it's described in the film). His belief, and the belief of many others, is that the more people know about and understand these brain conditions, the more understanding and...
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Bipolar Medication

AACAP Releases Parents’ Medication Guide for Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents

On August 4, 2010, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) released its new Parents' Medication Guide for Bipolar Disorder in Children & Adolescents.
"Medication decisions for children with bipolar disorder are complex and difficult for many parents. AACAP's Parents' Medication Guide for Bipolar Disorder in Children & Adolescents compiles the very best information and helps parents decipher the daunting decision-making process. I consider it required reading for any...
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