Monthly Archives: April 2016

Medicaid information by Topic

Medicaid Information by Topic: Eligibility Medicaid and CHIP provide health coverage to nearly 60 million Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities. In order to participate in Medicaid, Federal law requires States to cover certain population … Continue reading

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2014 FDA drug safety communications

2014 Drug Safety Communications FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA reporting mental health drug ziprasidone (Geodon) associated with rare but potentially fatal skin reactions 12/11/2014 FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA warns about case of rare brain infection PML with MS drug … Continue reading

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Service Dog’S for Bipolar Disorder

Service dogs for Bipolar Disorder: Updated March 09, 2015. Can those with psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder or depression benefit from interaction with animals? The answer is a resounding, “YES!” “There are an increasing number of dogs being trained … Continue reading

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Manage Weight Gain on Mental Medications

Managing Weight Gain on Mental Health Medications: Updated March 26, 2015. One of the challenges faced by people with mood disorders is weight gain from their medications. I myself gained 80 pounds on psychotropic meds. In addition to being physically … Continue reading

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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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