Mental Health

The Value of Routine in Managing Bipolar Disorder

Published on March 27th, 2015 in Mental Health

The Value of Routine in Managing Bipolar DisorderFor just about everyone, routine provides a sense of stability and promotes achievement. For the person with bipolar disorder, maintaining a daily routine can be a vital strategy to normalize mood. By contrast, days filled with surprises can trigger bipolar episodes. Following a daily schedule is so helpful that an entire therapy has been built around the idea.

Don’t Worry About Whether Sex Addiction Is ‘Real’—Just Get Help

Published on March 20th, 2015 in Mental Health

Don’t Worry About Whether Sex Addiction Is ‘Real’—Just Get HelpThere is a debate raging about whether sexual addiction is a “real” addiction. Skeptics say that there is little peer-reviewed scientific evidence in support of sex addiction and that some evidence actually contradicts the existence of sexual addiction. The official authority on psychological disorders—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—has so far rejected appeals for sex addiction to be included in its latest edition.

Offering Meaningful Support to a Spouse with Bipolar Disorder

Published on March 18th, 2015 in Mental Health

Offering Meaningful Support to a Spouse with Bipolar DisorderWhen a loved one is diagnosed with bipolar disorder it isn’t unusual to feel overwhelmed. A caring spouse will want to know what’s ahead and how to be supportive. There are numerous books and articles on the subject, but perhaps the most helpful advice comes from those who live each day with bipolar.

Bipolar Disorder: Struggling with Aggression

Published on March 14th, 2015 in Mental Health

Bipolar Disorder: Struggling with AggressionBipolar disorder is a serious mood disorder that can make a person feel like they are on an emotional roller-coaster ride. The illness is treatable with a combination of medication, disciplined lifestyle and regular counseling. People with all forms of bipolar disorder have trouble with extreme emotions. A recent study reveals that extreme aggression is just one of the disorder’s challenges.

Is Suicide Selfish?

Published on February 12th, 2015 in Mental Health

Is Suicide Selfish?A frequent response to suicide is to call the act of ending one’s life selfish. A person who commits suicide, this line of reasoning goes, only ultimately cares about him or herself at the expense of family and friends who are left to grieve in the wake of a horrible tragedy. By the same logic, the nearly 40,000 Americans who commit suicide each year, and the thousands more who attempt it, are self-centered.

Longer-Term Preschool Assessments Can Predict Aggression in Adulthood

Published on February 7th, 2015 in Mental Health

Longer-Term Preschool Assessments Can Predict Aggression in AdulthoodA new study from the United Kingdom suggests that previous studies have underestimated the ability of early childhood behavioral assessments to predict behavioral disorders and aggression later in life.

The new study was undertaken by a team of professors from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, the University of Innsbruck and the University of York. The results were published Sept. 4, 2014, in the British Journal of Developmental Psychiatry.

Trauma Bonding in Addictive Relationships

Published on January 29th, 2015 in Mental Health

Trauma Bonding in Addictive RelationshipsJay and Lea met like many couples do these days—on an Internet dating site. The two had a great deal in common, more even than they understood from the rampant get-to-know-you messages the two passed between them. Private messages soon turned into texting and video chatting, and eventually the pair decided to meet. Their attraction was undeniable. While they’d created something of an intimate connection through the course of their digital communications, this new medium—face-to-face—definitely heightened the experience. Both Lea and Jay felt certain they were “meant to be” together.

Depression Risk Doubles for Middle-Aged Women With Family History of Disorder

Published on January 8th, 2015 in Mental Health

Depression Risk Doubles for Middle-Aged Women With Family History of DisorderIn the U.S., women have a much higher chance than men of developing depression. This increased risk applies to the severe illness known as major depression and includes certain forms of depression unique to women. In a new study published in the Archives of Women’s Mental Health, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh sought to determine how much a family history of major depression increases a middle-aged woman’s chances of developing symptoms of this potentially debilitating disorder.

Talk Therapy Best Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder, Study Finds

Published on January 4th, 2015 in Mental Health

Talk Therapy Best Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder, Study FindsA large study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found results that go against the accepted wisdom for the treatment of social anxiety disorder.

For years, antidepressants have been the most commonly prescribed treatment for social anxiety disorder (SAD). However, the new study analyzed data from 101 clinical trials featuring 13,164 SAD patients and discovered that cognitive behavioral therapy is both more effective and longer lasting as a treatment for this mental disorder.

Substance Abuse, Psychosis Affect Men and Women Differently

Published on October 29th, 2014 in Mental Health

Substance-Abuse-Psychosis-Affect-Men-and-Women-DifferentlySignificant numbers of the people in the U.S. dealing with serious substance-related issues also have symptoms of a highly destabilizing mental state called psychosis. Some affected individuals meet the basic criteria used to identify a substance- and mental health-related condition called dual diagnosis. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, researchers from two U.S. universities used a two-year project to compare the gender-based differences in the effects of simultaneous substance problems and psychosis-related symptoms. These researchers identified several such differences that may ultimately affect the course of successful treatment.

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