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GP who blogged about her battle with bipolar disorder 'was found hanged'
Dr Wendy Potts, 46, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, had suffered manic episodes and suicide attempts before she was found hanged in her family home by her partner. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study shows high engagement with digital therapy for schizophrenia spectrum disorders
Pear Therapeutics, a Boston and San Francisco-based developer of digital strategies to address a broad range of mental health conditions, has released results of a study showing promising engagement with its program Thrive, which uses a smartphone app along with medication to treat patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - August 25, 2016 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

MRI scan may help diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, UCLA researchers report
UCLA doctors have found what may be an earlier and easier way to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a disorder that is thought to affect some former football players and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Using a new software tool for analyzing MRI scans, the researchers detected the shrinkage of several key brain regions in a former football player with cognitive problems. The same pattern of brain changes is commonly seen in CTE cases that have been confirmed by autopsies after a person’s death. While the findings from this single case report are preliminary, they raise the possibility th...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 24, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Speculating About Candidate Health Is Mudslinging, Not Medicine
Hey everyone. How are you? Just checking in because this doozy of an election cycle is starting to show. We’re all a little punch drunk and some of us aren’t making much sense anymore.  Case in point? Dr. Drew Pinsky. The medical doctor and media personality went on KABC’s McIntyre in the Morning this week and made some unfounded statements about Hillary Clinton’s wellbeing, stating he was “gravely concerned” about the democratic nominee’s health and health care. Here’s the full clip: Pinsky is a board-certified internist. And his legitimate medical creden...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Researchers Uncover Brain Region Associated With Generosity
A tiny chunk of brain may partly determine whether someone is generous or stingy, new research suggests. This particular brain region seems to makes some people quicker to learn empathy for others, the study found. “A specific part of the brain called the subgenual anterior cingulate cortex was the only part of the brain that was activated when [the person was] learning to help other people,” study co-author Patricia Lockwood, an experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford in England, said in a statement. “The subgenual anterior cingulate seems to be especially tuned to benefiting other people.&...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Well: Antipsychotics During Pregnancy Not Tied to Birth Defects
Drugs used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses were not linked to an increase in the risk for birth defects. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Birth Defects Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Mental Health and Disorders Pregnancy and Childbirth Family Featured Source Type: news

Mental Illness Affects Presidents, Too
Perhaps it isn’t surprising, given the intense rhetoric of this year’s presidential election, that politicians have started throwing around accusations of insanity.    In early August, California Rep. Karen Bass, a Democrat, launched the hashtag #DiagnoseTrump and started a change.org petition claiming the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, meets the diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Not long after, Trump called Hillary Clinton “unstable,” and at a rally in New Hampshire said, “She’s got problems.” The candidates’ verbal volley highlights a p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Antipsychotic Meds Pose Little Danger to Fetus, Study Finds
Researchers report no significant rise in defects for babies exposed during first trimester Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Bipolar Disorder, Pregnancy and Medicines, Schizophrenia (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain study confirms gene mutation link to psychiatric disorders
Brain scans have revealed how a genetic mutation linked to major psychiatric disorders affects the structure, function and chemistry of the brain. The study offers further clues about how the mutation increases the risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Federal Register: Premarket Notification Submissions for Bipolar Electrosurgical Vessel Sealers for General Surgery; Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability
The FDA is announcing the availability of the guidance ``Premarket Notification (510(k)) Submissions for Bipolar Electrosurgical Vessel Sealers for General Surgery.'' FDA has developed this guidance document to assist industry in preparing premarket no... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - August 15, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

Brain study confirms gene mutation link to psychiatric disorders
(University of Edinburgh) Brain scans have revealed how a genetic mutation linked to major psychiatric disorders affects the structure, function and chemistry of the brain. The University of Edinburgh study offers further clues about how the mutation increases the risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Distinct resting-state perfusion patterns underlie psychomotor retardation in unipolar vs. bipolar depression - Cantisani A, Stegmayer K, Bracht T, Federspiel A, Wiest R, Horn H, M üller TJ, Schneider C, Höfle O, Strik W, Walther S.
OBJECTIVE: Psychomotor abnormalities characterize both unipolar (UP) depression and bipolar (BP) depression. We aimed to assess their neurobiological correlates in terms of motor activity (AL) and resting-state cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and investigate th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Premarket Notification (510(k)) Submissions for Bipolar Electrosurgical Vessel Sealers for General Surgery - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff
FDA has developed this guidance document to assist industry in preparing premarket notification (510(k)) submissions for bipolar electrosurgical vessel sealers intended for use in general surgery. These devices are designed to seal isolated blood and... (Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - August 12, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Source Type: news

New Film By Ethiopian Nurse Combats Mental Health Stigmas In Africa
Ledet Muleta is well-acquainted with the damaging stigmas around mental illness in Africa.  Muleta, a 37-year-old Ethiopian-born nurse who now lives in Washington, D.C., has travelled across the African diaspora to tackle the disparities in mental health care and worked to combat the stigmas that surround it. Her work eventually inspired her to launch the non-profit organization Medixaa Health Services, which aims to fight against the stigmatization of mental illness across the continent. Through her organization, Muleta created “Chula,” a film project that chronicles one young Ethiopian woman’s...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?
McLean Hospital Guest Blogger Michael R. Hollander, PhD Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once. The age of onset often occurs in early adolescence, between the ages of 11 and 14. While self-harm is of serious concern for parents, families, and teachers, it's important to know that when the right approach and treatment is provided in a timely manner, this behavior is highly treatable. But kids who self-harm need treatment right away. Giving in to pleas for more time and delayin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

What Uncle Kevin's Lived Expertise Taught Me
Kevin Joseph Ryan was many things. To many in the San Francisco Bay area, he was a lifesaver. To my family, he was the one who brightened our days. To me, he was Uncle Kev. Uncle Kevin embodied a collection of men in my family who had been dealt a difficult hand in life. For 30 years, he lived with the disease that is substance use. For the next 30 years, he was in recovery. During that time, he became a true humanitarian, reaching out to those experiencing his disease and many other disorders. Reaching out to me. I have a brain disease called bipolar disorder. I attempted to die by suicide by jumping off the Golden Ga...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

UNM HSC lands $2.4 million to use 'big data' in quest for better health care
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has been awarded almost $2.4 million to chronicle the impact of commonly prescribed drugs on Americans with bipolar disorder. "Using big data analytics we can guide better treatment options for patients," said Christophe Lambert, the study’s principal investigator and associate professor at the UNM Center for Global Health in the UNM School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine. He says the money is being us ed to fund the collection… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 9, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marissa Higdon Source Type: news

UNM HSC lands $2.4 million to use 'big data' in quest for better health care
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has been awarded almost $2.4 million to chronicle the impact of commonly prescribed drugs on Americans with bipolar disorder. "Using big data analytics we can guide better treatment options for patients," said Christophe Lambert, the study’s principal investigator and associate professor at the UNM Center for Global Health in the UNM School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine. He says the money is being us ed to fund the collection… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 9, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Marissa Higdon Source Type: news

I Have A DNAddiction
There is something heavy on my heart that I want to share. I have been in denial about it for two years and frankly I am embarrassed by the truth of the matter. So today I admit that I suffer from... TAA. Terminal Ancestry Addiction. There is not a morning, afternoon, or evening that I can resist searching, researching, or discovering information about my ancestry. It began in 2010 when I was tasked to locate records on my 2xs great grandfather on Ancestry.com. The paper trails were only the gateway drugs to my addiction but DNA testing was the hard core stuff. It took me. I became full blown TAA in 2014 after taking 3 D...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 9, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Bipolar research to benefit from sharing of patients' stem cells
(University of Edinburgh) Stem cells from patients with bipolar disorder are being made available to scientists around the world to boost research into the condition. Experts hope sharing the cells -- produced by the University of Edinburgh -- will lead to better understanding of the disorder and will help develop new treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Stephen Fry and Adam Deacon on living with bipolar
Bafta award-winning actor Adam Deacon, who was diagnosed last year with bipolar disorder, speaks to Stephen Fry for the Victoria Derbyshire programme. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Life at two speeds
Kidulthood star Adam Deacon describes how he is learning to live with bipolar disorder, and takes advice from Stephen Fry. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Learn all about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that causes people to switch between different moods. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bipolar Source Type: news

A targeted sequencing study of glutamatergic candidate genes in suicide attempters with bipolar disorder - Gaynor SC, Breen ME, Monson ET, de Klerk K, Parsons M, DeLuca AP, Scheetz TE, Zandi PP, Potash JB, Willour VL.
Suicidal behavior has been shown to have a heritable component that is partly driven by psychiatric disorders [Brent and Mann, 2005]. However, there is also an independent factor contributing to the heritability of suicidal behavior. We previously conducte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Book Review: A Different Kind of Same: A Memoir
The loss of a sibling can be a life-altering experience. Not only will the event bring up questions regarding an individual’s mortality, but depending on the circumstances, the death can be preemptive to spiritual awakenings, deeper personal awareness, or dramatic life changes. When the death is one by suicide, though, the effect can come in waves over years. Such is the case with Kelley Clink’s experience as described in her memoir A Different Kind of Same. Add to that her own personal struggles with depression, and Clink’s memoir is a melting pot of emotion, insight, and vivid reality. The memoir opens with a phone...
Source: Psych Central - August 6, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Caroline Comeaux Lee Tags: Bipolar Book Reviews Depression Disorders Family General Grief and Loss Memory and Perception Personal Stories Psychology Relationships & Love Suicide Treatment A Different Kind of Same A Memoir Bipolar Disorder books about Source Type: news

Clinical significance of mobile health assessed sleep duration and variability in bipolar disorder - Kaufmann CN, Gershon A, Eyler LT, Depp CA.
We examined... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Amber-tinted specs 'reduce manic symptoms in just three days'
Researchers from the University of Bergen, Norway, say their findings could present a new way for patients to manage both their sleeping patterns and mental health conditions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could SUNGLASSES help people with bipolar disorder? Amber-tinted specs 'reduce manic symptoms in just three days'
Researchers from the University of Bergen, Norway, say their findings could present a new way for patients to manage both their sleeping patterns and mental health conditions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Book Review: Icarus Redeemed: A Schizoaffective Story
What does it mean to be in the throes of a manic episode? To succumb to paranoia and delusion? For those of us outside of that experience, it can be difficult to understand the lives of those dealing with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In Icarus Redeemed, G.H. Francis seeks to relate his encounters with what he calls “madness.” Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and in reality confronting a schizoaffective disorder combining aspects of schizophrenia and bipolar, Francis offers a unique insight not only into his own experiences of those disorders but into the mental health system and its institutional limitations. Ic...
Source: Psych Central - July 26, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Julia Patt Tags: Bipolar Book Reviews Disorders General Personal Stories Psychiatry Psychology Schizophrenia Treatment Bipolar Disorder books on mania books on psychosis books on schizophrenia books on the mental health system G.H. Francis GH Source Type: news

Why bipolar disorder can take so long to diagnose
Mental health experts say patients' symptoms often get worse while they wait for proper treatment (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - July 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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

Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years
Researcher calls delay a 'lost opportunity' for treatment (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bipolar diagnosis may take up to six years
HealthDay News People with bipolar disorder may face a long wait from when their symptoms start to the time they get a proper diagnosis. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years
Researcher calls delay a 'lost opportunity' for treatmentSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Bipolar Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bipolar Diagnosis May Take Up to 6 Years
MONDAY, July 25, 2016 -- People with bipolar disorder may face a long wait from when their symptoms start to the time they get a proper diagnosis. In fact, a new study reports the average delay is six years. That lost time can result in greater... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Study finds average 6-year delay between onset and diagnosis of bipolar disorder
( University of New South Wales ) 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