Published on May 26th, 2015 in Mental Health
Most of us have had someone in our lives who stirs up trouble. Think of the co-worker who undermines colleagues. Or the parent who’s the master of emotional blackmail, alternately giving, then taking away love and approval. Or the perpetually hostile ex-wife who keeps dragging her former husband back into court.
Published on April 27th, 2015 in Mental Health
The revelation that addicts often have underlying physical or mental health disorders does not exactly qualify as a shocker. Compulsive behaviors are often a coping mechanism for those who feel overwhelmed by the world and feel a desperate urge to escape from their troubles. But naturally those troubles only multiply when addiction develops, as obstacles that once seemed difficult become all but insurmountable.
Published on April 22nd, 2015 in Mental Health
The anesthetic ketamine, which first came into use for surgical procedures more than 40 years ago, may be successful at treating one of two “cardinal symptoms” of major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.
Published on April 11th, 2015 in Mental Health, Trauma and PTSD
New information from a team of researchers in Germany and the United Kingdom suggests that patients who experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA), often known as a “mini-stroke,” are at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Published on March 31st, 2015 in Mental Health
Recent findings from an American research team indicate that doctors may underdiagnose cases of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and overdiagnose cases of bipolar disorder, a second severe mental health condition that has certain features in common with BPD.
Doctors and researchers are well aware that borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder share an overlapping set of symptoms. In fact, the two conditions sometimes appear together in the same individual. In a study review published in January 2015 in the journal Borderline Personality and Mood Disorders, researchers from two U.S. institutions sought to determine if cases of BPD are underdiagnosed by American doctors. They also sought to determine if doctors overdiagnose the presence of bipolar disorder.
Published on March 27th, 2015 in Mental Health
For 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.
Published on March 20th, 2015 in Mental Health
There 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.
Published on March 18th, 2015 in Mental Health
When 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.
Published on March 14th, 2015 in Mental Health
Bipolar 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.
Published on February 12th, 2015 in Mental Health
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.