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Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years
Researcher calls delay a ' lost opportunity ' for treatment (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - July 26, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

Study finds average 6-year delay between onset and diagnosis of bipolar disorder
( < i > University of New South Wales < /i > ) Crucial opportunities to manage bipolar disorder early are being lost because individuals are waiting an average of almost six years after the onset of the condition before diagnosis and treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Book Review: When Someone You Know Has Depression  
We all want to help and support the people we care about in our lives — whether they’re friends, family members, or significant others. After all, they do the same for us. When one of those people is dealing with a mood disorder, however, it’s easy to feel like you’re out of your depth. You might be afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. You may worry about making the situation worse. In her book, When Someone You Know Has Depression: Words to Say and Things to Do, Susan Noonan offers concrete suggestions for caregivers attempting to support loved ones dealing with depression and bipolar disorder. Above all...
Source: Psych Central - July 24, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Julia Patt Tags: Bipolar Book Reviews Caregivers Depression Disorders Family General Psychology Treatment Bipolar Disorder books on depression Dysthymia helping with depression how to help someone with depression Major Depressive Disorder moo Source Type: news

Book Review: What Men Should Know About Women
From William Shakespeare to John Dunn, poetry has a unique ability to tug on the heart strings, stir emotions, convey deeper meanings, and even transport the reader to another time and place. In the case of Erica M. Loberg’s work What Men Should Know About Women, I experienced each of the above; however, the experience was not a positive one and I found myself in a place I never wanted to be as a reader. Loberg’s take on “what men should know about women” is divided into three loose chapters, covering the topics of self, the body, women, and the city. Her foray into examining the concept of self includes estimation...
Source: Psych Central - July 22, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Bethany Duarte Tags: Bipolar Book Reviews Disorders General Personal Stories Psychology Relationships & Love Women's Issues Bipolar Disorder book of poetry Depression Emotion erica loberg Human Sexuality Self-Esteem Sex Addiction Woman Source Type: news

4 Black Women Writers Get Honest About Mental Illness And Race
July is Minority Mental Health Month, a month to spread awareness about how mental illnesses specifically affects people of color, and to erase the stigma and misinformation that plagues POC when it comes to mental illness. One way to spread awareness is through dialogue. I had a candid conversation with three black women writers (Ashley Reese, Minaa B, and Angelica Bastien) who deal with mental illness about how our mental health ― including depression, ADHD and suicidal thoughts ― affects our lives and our work. Zeba Blay: I’ve been thinking a lot about identity. About how our identities shape the way we n...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Infection, antibiotic use linked to manic episodes in psychiatric patients
Stephen FellerBALTIMORE, July 20 (UPI) -- Researchers report in a new study that psychiatric patients are more likely to experience serious symptoms if they have an infection or are taking antibiotics. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infections, antibiotic use linked to manic episodes in people with serious mental illness
In research using patient medical records, investigators report that people with serious mental disorders who were hospitalized for mania were more likely to be on antibiotics to treat active infections than a group of people without a mental disorder. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Woman’s Viral Snapchat Story Proves You Don’t Need A Bae To Have A Perfect Date
What do you do when you get stood up? You could curl up on the couch with a pint of ice cream, berate your date for being so rude or do what Mimi Black did and treat yourself.  On July 15, the 21-year-old from Scotland tweeted screenshots from her Snapchat story detailing what she did after a date flaked. Instead of calling it quits and heading home from the bar where they’d planned to meet, Black took herself on a date.  “A boy stood me up so I decided to have the best date with myself, and it was great,” Black wrote in her tweet.  According to her Snapchat screenshots,...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Mental Illness: The New Cancer
My brother was a music student, outdoor leader, and president of his school's student union. Creative and ambitious, he dreamed of continuing our father's legacy by becoming a professional musician. Now he lives in a homeless shelter, and struggles to separate what's real from what isn't. My girlfriend was a psychology student, varsity cyclist, and member of the poetry club. Her innocence and enthusiasm for life were irresistible; you could not be near her without feeling happier, more spontaneous and free. Now she is delusional, addicted, suicidal. My friend's brother was another aspiring musician. He came from a healt...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Managing My Depression In The Midst Of Trauma
I have suffered from insidious depression for at least 39 of my nearly 54 years of living. At this point, I have lived with depression long enough to know that I am extremely sensitive to human suffering and trauma. Like many people around the world I have been deeply affected by last week's senseless and horrific murders of seven men. Let me quickly state that I was not privileged to know these men and recognize that my grief is nothing compared to that experienced by their families. That said last week's constant drum beat of murder mixed with the hate spewed across social media has left me beaten, bereft, and broken. I...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

In The Battle Against Mental Health, One Doctor Conquers Her Demons
This article is not about praising one individual. The purpose is to recognize that cultural misconceptions about mental health can become oppressive, and create a sense of shame and denial for those who suffer from these diseases. This makes it significantly harder for people in need of treatment to seek help. Dr. Z is living proof that even the most accomplished of individuals can suffer from a mental illness--and overcome it. I know some people will think Dr. Z is unqualified to care for sick patients, but nothing could be further from the truth. Because of her struggles, she is able to deliver better care for those w...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Stressful trigger events associated with risk of violent crime
Trigger events, including exposure to violence, were associated with increased risk of violent crime in the week following exposure among patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and among individuals without psychiatric diagnoses who were included for comparison, report investigators at the conclusion of their study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Links between antipsychotics in pregnancy and harmful outcomes for baby may be influenced by mother's lifestyle
This NIHR funded study found that antipsychotic use during pregnancy was not associated with worse child outcomes after poorer health and riskier lifestyles were taken into account. For pregnant women these were things like other medications, obesity, smoking, alcohol and taking illicit drugs. The study also provides further evidence against the use of valproate during pregnancy for epilepsy, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia because of the increased risk of poor outcomes for the child. The risk was double that of taking the alternatives, lamotrigine or carbamazapine during pregnancy. Mental health problems can become wors...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Links between antipsychotics in pregnancy and harmful outcomes for baby may be influenced by mother ' s lifestyle
This NIHR funded study found that antipsychotic use during pregnancy was not associated with worse child outcomes after poorer health and riskier lifestyles were taken into account. For pregnant women these were things like other medications, obesity, smoking, alcohol and taking illicit drugs. The study also provides further evidence against the use of valproate during pregnancy for epilepsy, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia because of the increased risk of poor outcomes for the child. The risk was double that of taking the alternatives, lamotrigine or carbamazapine during pregnancy. Mental health problems can become wo...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Managing mental health in the workplace
Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today, causing over 70 million working days to be lost each year1. This include everything from the most commonly experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety, right through to more complex mental health conditions, such as depression, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. As well as having a huge impact on individual employees, poor mental health has severe repercussions for employers – including increased staff turnover, sickness absence due to debilitating depression, burnout and exhaustion, decreased motivation and lost productivity. But whi...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impact of additive alcohol and substance use disorders on the mortality of people with schizophrenia and mood disorders
Excess mortality has been well described among people with severe mental illness (SMI) or substance use disorders (SUDs) in various settings.1 However, research about how SUDs impact mortality for people with SMI is scarce.2 To further address the issues on the potential contribution of SUDs on elevated mortality in people with SMI (defined as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and unipolar depression), studies evaluating mortality in SMI cohorts in relation to SUDs are warranted. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists link bipolar disorder to unexpected brain region
For the first time, researchers show that ensembles of genes within the striatum could be deeply involved in bipolar disorder. Most modern studies of bipolar disorder have concentrated on the brain's cortex, the largest part of the brain in humans, associated with higher-level thought and action. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scripps Florida scientists link bipolar disorder to unexpected brain region
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have shown for the first time that ensembles of genes within the striatum could be deeply involved in bipolar disorder. Most modern studies of bipolar disorder have concentrated on the brain's cortex, the largest part of the brain in humans, associated with higher-level thought and action. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Safety of hormonal contraception and intrauterine devices among women with depressive and bipolar disorders: a systematic review - Pagano HP, Zapata LB, Berry-Bibee EN, Nanda K, Curtis KM.
BACKGROUND: Women with depressive or bipolar disorders are at an increased risk for unintended pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: To examine the safety of hormonal contraception among women with depressive and bipolar disorders. METHODS: We searched for... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Ten-year outcomes in first episode psychotic major depression patients compared with schizophrenia and bipolar patients - Heslin M, Lappin JM, Donoghue K, Lomas B, Reininghaus U, Onyejiaka A, Croudace T, Jones PB, Murray RM, Fearon P, Doody GA, Dazzan P, Craig TJ, Morgan C.
We aimed to investigate long-term outcomes in psychotic major depression patients compared to schizophrenia and bipolar/manic psychosis patients, in an incidence sample, while accounting for diagnostic change. Based on Aetiology and Ethnicity in Schizophre... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Some People Just Suck
Carefully maneuvering my way through the airport to grab the third plane of the day, I reached the line to board. Dressed in royal blue, the gate agent made his first announcement. "Anyone who needs assistance, extra time, or has a disability may board now. I approached the front of the line. "Pardon me." I said to the older fella next to me. He wore a bright white tee, black khaki shorts, black socks, and a perplexed look upon his face. While I was well in ear shot he aggressively proclaimed, "You're not even dragging a leg...that ain't right!" Pre board rules are clear, if you have a disability, or need extra time, (like...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

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Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - July 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Link between stress hormone, obesity in depressed, bipolar patients
Low levels of the stress hormone cortisol are linked to obesity, high levels of fat in the blood and metabolic syndrome among patients with recurrent depressions or bipolar disorder, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

8 Controversies in Bipolar Disorder Addressed8 Controversies in Bipolar Disorder Addressed
Drs Ghaemi and Strakowski discuss eight controversies surrounding the diagnosis and management of bipolar disorder. Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - June 30, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry Expert Column Source Type: news

AUDIO: New bipolar disorder algorithm changes ranking of first-line therapies
WASHINGTON – In 2015, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration published clinical guidelines for numerous psychiatric conditions, including bipolar disorder, demoting several first-line... (Source: Family Practice News)
Source: Family Practice News - June 30, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Increased suicidal ideation in patients with co-occurring bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder - Carter JM, Arentsen TJ, Cordova MJ, Ruzek J, Reiser R, Suppes T, Ostacher MJ.
OBJECTIVES: Suicide risk increases for those with Bipolar Disorder or PTSD, however little research has focused on risk for co-occurring Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. The aim of this paper was to evaluate increased suicide risk in co-occurring disorders, and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Gene hunters find rare inherited mutations linked to bipolar disorder
Using so-called next-generation genome sequencing, researchers have identified 84 potential inherited gene mutations that may contribute to the most severe forms of bipolar disorder. About 5.6 million Americans are estimated to have bipolar disorder, say the authors of a new report. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Gene hunters find rare inherited mutations linked to bipolar disorder
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Using so-called next-generation genome sequencing, researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified 84 potential inherited gene mutations that may contribute to the most severe forms of bipolar disorder. About 5.6 million Americans are estimated to have bipolar disorder. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Psychotic spectrum symptoms across the lifespan are related to lifetime suicidality among 147 patients with bipolar I or major depressive disorder - Gesi C, Carmassi C, Miniati M, Benvenuti A, Massimetti G, Dell'osso L.
BACKGROUND: Conflicting evidence exists about the relationship between psychotic symptoms and suicidality in mood disorders. We aimed to investigate the lifetime suicidality and its relationship with dimensions of the psychotic spectrum over the lifespan a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Nocturnal wakefulness is associated with next-day suicidal ideation in major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder - Ballard ED, Vande Voort JL, Bernert RA, Luckenbaugh DA, Richards EM, Niciu MJ, Furey ML, Duncan WC, Zarate CA.
OBJECTIVE: Self-reported sleep disturbances may confer elevated risk for suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and death. However, limited research has evaluated polysomnographically determined sleep disturbance as an acute physiologic risk factor for suici... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Differential melatonin alterations in cerebrospinal fluid and serum of patients with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder - Bumb JM, Enning F, Mueller JK, van der List T, Rohleder C, Findeisen P, Noelte I, Schwarz E, Leweke FM.
Background Melatonin, which plays an important role for regulation of circadian rhythms and the sleep/wake cycle has been linked to the pathophysiology of major depressive and bipolar disorder. Here we investigated melatonin levels in cerebrospinal fluid ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 25, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

The Perils Of Polypharmacy
Polypharmacy was once the exception in psychiatry, now it seems to have become the rule. Patients frequently are taking 3,4, even 5 psych meds at one time. And often it's primary care doctors, not psychiatrists, who are doing the prescribing -- usually without adequate training in psychiatry. Some polypharmacy is rational -- e.g., a patient with bipolar disorder who receives the combination of antidepressant and mood stabilizer. But most polypharmacy is irrational -- the result of carelessly adding meds without ever subtracting them; of treating each individual symptom separately; of chasing side effects; of too many doc...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

An Open Letter to My Former Psychiatrist: On Being Right
Dear Dr. Right, You were right. Ten years ago this August, I left your office with my husband, round belly bulging with my nearly full-term first child, cursing your name. It was our first appointment together and you basically told me I was going to fail. When I explained to you that I had been off meds and symptom-free from my bipolar disorder for almost a year and that I wanted to stay off medication to breastfeed, you nodded with a sympathetic smile on your face, scribbled in your notebook and simply said we needed to have a plan. A plan for which hospital I'd go to when I became manic to the point of needing that le...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

How I Went Off Antidepressants After a Decade of Medication
By: Julia Bowyer One woman shares how to treat depression naturally using mindfulness, meditation and a healthy lifestyle as part of her plan to get off of antidepressants. At age 13, I started feeling overwhelmed by a seemingly inexplicable sadness. My family had problems, as most families do, but nothing that could easily account for my loss of interest in eating or choice to spend most of my free time sleeping. Things that normally would have made me excited, like getting the lead role in a school musical or being invited to the movies by my crush, were instead met with blatant apathy. I was lucky that my family didn...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Correlation between expression of peripheral IL-17 protein and aggression of bipolar mania - Li HZ, Hong W, Wang ZW, Yuan CM, Li ZZ, Huang J, Zhang C, Li NN, Lin ZG, Fang YR.
OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlation between the interleukin-17 (IL-17) level of peripheral blood and aggression of bipolar mania. METHODS: Thirty-six patients of bipolar mania were selected as experimental group by DSM-IV-TR and received treatmen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Was shooter's ex-wife right about 'bipolar'?
Bipolar is how the ex-wife of Omar Mateen described the Florida man who shot to death 49 people early Sunday in a gay nightclub in Orlando. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SpineGuard wins FDA nod for PediGuard threaded DSG device.
SpineGuard  (EPA:ALSGD) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its PediGuard threaded Dynamic Surgical Guidance device designed for pedicle screw insertion. The PediGuard device is available in various designs, the company said, to accommodate both surgeon’s preferences and patient anatomies. “We are very excited by the clearance of our PediGuard Threaded device, which brings a new generation of DSG-enabled probes to the US market, offering spine surgeons the added clinical benefit of reducing surgical steps in fusion surgery. This clearance allows our network of agents to initiate the commercial phase of ...
Source: Mass Device - June 16, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Spinal SpineGuard Source Type: news

Mother with bipolar disorder lost her entire life savings in manic spending sprees
Lynn Hodges, 54, from Kent, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after the breakdown of her marriage. She went on manic spending sprees and spent £90,000 in four years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HR 2646: The Families Of The 4 Percent Speak Out
An L-shaped scar extends from Anthony Hernandez's right eye to his earlobe. Anthony got the scar when his then 19-year-old son, Aaron, who had untreated schizophrenia, attacked him and his wife in September of 2014. The attack came after nine failed attempts to get his sick son help -- failure caused by a shortage of psychiatric beds, his son's refusal to comply with any treatment including talk therapy, and red tape within mental health laws. Hernandez laments, "We don't wait for people to get to stage four before we treat cancer, but we wait until a person is a danger to himself or others before we can treat him for psyc...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

The prevalence and correlates of self-harm in pregnant women with psychotic disorder and bipolar disorder - Taylor CL, van Ravesteyn LM, van denBerg MP, Stewart RJ, Howard LM.
This study aimed to investigate the pr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Suicide attempts and clinical features of bipolar patients - Berkol TD, İslam S, Kırlı E, Pınarbaşı R, Ozyildirim I.
This study included bipolar patients who were treated in the Psychiatry Department, Haseki Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Bodies Removed as Nation Mourns Orlando Terror Attack
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The last of the bodies were removed from an Orlando gay nightclub overnight as investigators dug into the background of the gunman, who called 911 to profess allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack that left 49 victims dead. "We will not be defined by the act of a cowardly hater," Mayor Buddy Dyer vowed on Monday, a day after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The killer, who died in a gun battle with a SWAT team early Sunday, was identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American-born Muslim. FBI officials said they had investigated him in 2013 and 2014 on suspi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 13, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Major Incidents Source Type: news

Pediatric mania: the controversy between euphoria and irritability - Serra G, Uchida M, Battaglia C, Casini MP, De Chiara L, Biederman J, Vicari S, Wozniak J.
Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a highly morbid pediatric psychiatric disease, consistently associated with family psychiatric history of mood disorders and associated with high levels of morbidity and disability and with a great risk of suicide. While ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

135 Couples Told Scientists How Depression Affects Their Relationships
(Photo: Neil Bradfield) By Melissa Dahl Depression can feel isolating, like it's you -- and only you -- against your own mind. And yet, the mental illness affects the people closest to you too; this is perhaps especially true if you're in a long-term romantic relationship. In a new study, highlighted today by BPS Research Digest, a team of psychologists consider the impact the mental illness can have on a relationship, by doing something novel: asking couples about it. Related: Kristen Bell Writes About Her Experience With Depression Previous studies, as it turns out, focused on individuals, but for this report, three ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Most antidepressants ineffective for children
Study reveals some drugs cause harmRelated items from OnMedicaCBT and some antidepressants equally good for depressionAntidepressants double the risk of aggression and suicide in children Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescentsDoctors debate long-term use of psychiatric drugsLithium safe and effective in children with bipolar disorder (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 9, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

How I Learned to Be Happy: Past, Present, Future
When dealing with the unknown of the future and harsh realities of the past, how are we able to obtain true happiness today? I used to spend countless hours being envious of the world around me. Everyone seemed to have more of everything that I wanted: money, love, good physical health, a house, a family -- you name it, someone else had it, and I wanted it. I spent so much time in everyone else's life that I didn't realize mine was passing me by, but not in a bad sense; I simply wasn't appreciating and enjoying everything that was happening around me. Instead of living in the moment, my thoughts were consumed by plans fo...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Young Men With MS at Higher Risk for Psychiatric IllnessYoung Men With MS at Higher Risk for Psychiatric Illness
Multiple sclerosis could act as a 'final trigger' in those who are susceptible to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, researchers say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - June 7, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Study of 81,000 Adults Examines Mental Illness, Gun Violence and Suicide
Contact: Samiha Khanna Phone: 919-419-5069 Email: samiha.khanna@duke.edu https://www.dukehealth.org EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE until 4 p.m. (ET) on MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016 DURHAM, N.C. -- People with serious mental illnesses who use guns to commit suicide are often legally eligible to purchase guns, despite having a past record of an involuntary mental health examination and brief hospitalization, according to a new Duke Health analysis. The study, released in the June issue of Health Affairs, looked at gun use, violent crime and suicide among 81,704 people diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression in Flo...
Source: DukeHealth.org: Duke Health Features - June 7, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Duke Medicine Source Type: news

The Challenges of Bipolar Disorder & Delusions
Being bipolar can be challenging. For me it’s partly because my mind refuses to shut off. When I’m not doing much and just being around the house, I find myself doing the one thing that makes most people break into anxiety: overthinking. It’s one of the quickest ways to find yourself in depression. I spend so much time pressing out the thoughts that I have forgotten what an impossible task this is. Ironically, I wind up having to take medication to help my brain press out the thoughts now causing anxiety. Fortunately for me, normally they work. However, sometimes the thoughts become so overwhelming that n...
Source: Psych Central - June 6, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tosha Maaks Tags: Antipsychotics Bipolar Disorders Family General Medications Personal Stories Psychiatry Relationships & Love Self-Help Treatment Anxiety Bipolar Disorder Delusion Delusional Thoughts Depression Overthinking overwhelm Pa Source Type: news