Daily Archives: April 28, 2016

Mental Health BY #’S

Mental Health by the Numbers: Prevalence of Mental Illness Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.7 million, or 18.6%—experiences mental illness in a given year.1 Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—13.6 million, or 4.1%—experiences a serious mental … Continue reading

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You become what you think?

YOU BECOME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT There are always two ways you can think about whatever it is you want: One way causes you to feel some good feeling (calm, confident, empowered, loved, happy, ect) the other way causes you … Continue reading

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The Anxious Bipolar Patient

Bipolar disorder is a clinically challenging condition. In addition to the multiple mood states that patients can experience, the illness is frequently associated with multiple comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions. Bipolar disorder can best be understood as a family of … Continue reading

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Lithium Therapy in Bipolar Disorder balancing act

Quite reasonably, patients with bipolar disorder want treatment that provides sustained relief from their illness without incurring serious side-effects. Functionally, this translates to the resumption of purpose and enjoyment. But of the numerous drugs available for the management of bipolar … Continue reading

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Post Depression relapse: importance of a long-term perspective Roger Mulderemail

Emil Kraepelin’s demarcation between dementia praecox and manic depressive illness defined affective disorder as a remitting and recurring disease. He considered that only long-term outcome was useful in assessing accuracy of diagnosis and treatment response in patients.1 The more recent interest … Continue reading

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Means Restriction for suicide prevention

Limitation of access to lethal methods used for suicide—so-called means restriction—is an important population strategy for suicide prevention. Many empirical studies have shown that such means restriction is effective. Although some individuals might seek other methods, many do not; when … Continue reading

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Suicide Affects us ALL

Astute readers of obituaries know that “died unexpectedly” is a common euphemism for “died by suicide”. The family and friends of suicide victims are often reluctant to openly discuss the cause of death because of profound sadness, sense of privacy, … Continue reading

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Antidepressants Not Safer for Either Bipolar Depression Subtype

One hypothesis about bipolar disorder treatment is that antidepressants may be safer and more effective in patients with type II bipolar disorder than in those with type I bipolar disorder. These authors studied 21 patients with type I bipolar disorder and … Continue reading

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Tipsheet: Bipolar Depression Versus Unipolar Depression

The Tip sheet below lists factors that may help identify uni polar depression. TIPSHEET: FACTORS THAT SUGGEST BIPOLAR DEPRESSION RATHER THAN UNIPOLAR DEPRESSION ■ Prepubertal onset of symptoms ■ Brief duration of depressed episodes ■ High frequency of depressed episodes ■ Seasonal pattern ■ Postpartum … Continue reading

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Effective Personalized Strategies for Treating Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes havoc in patients’ lives. Even in the best of circumstances, successful treatment is challenging. Treatment targets constantly shift; patients are frequently nonadherent; and comorbidity is the rule, not the exception. Diagnosis of bipolar disorder is often difficult. … Continue reading

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