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Our mission is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative in a caring, safe environment for our members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.
Our vision is to advance the public awareness of mental health issues so as to eliminate the stigma that surrounds depression and mood disorders through education and advocacy, as well as striving to obtain quality medical care for mental health patients, as it is no different from any other medical illness.
05/09/2013 Which means, in my experience, that it is still, to some extent at least, alcohol awareness month. Many people who suffer with undiagnosed depression or anxiety reach for alcohol or drugs to calm their nerves or relieve them of emotional pain. In other words, they self-medicate. Rather than seek out some help in managing depression, anxiety or chronic resentment, they seek their own solution -- a solution which, while it works pretty well for a while, eventually complicates the issues and leads to more pain. It's the same sort of premise as having access to your own morphine drip: You administer your own dose whenever you begin to feel pain.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Many people can get rid of temporary pain by having a couple of drinks and calming down in the evening, say, or by knocking back some "liquid courage" before facing a social event. For some, there's no more to it than this, and their use of alcohol remains fairly benign. But for another group, a group that is larger than any one cares to admit, the solution slips into a dependency, and the dependency slips into an addiction. Slowly, this group becomes trapped in their own solution. Not only can they not quite face an evening without some "help," but their own healthy coping strategies begin to atrophy through lack of use. And as they increasingly depend more and more on a substance to change their mood, their relationship with that substance comes to have a life of its own. Pretty soon you aren't really sure who you are talking to at dinner: Is it the person you remember or that person "under the influence"? Is it the "booze talking" expansively, angrily, or overly confidently, or is it them?
The connection between alcohol/drugs and mental health is not made enough and cannot be made too often. Once a using pattern begins, often innocently enough, it can come to have a life of its own. No longer is the person downing a drink -- now the drink is downing the person.
My husband and I recently went to a “marriage conference” attended by (and highly recommended by) some of our friends. One would think that a relationship-focused conference would be something that most men would avoid at all costs, equating it to sitting for seven straight hours in a women’s clothing store while their wife tries on outfit after outfit, asking “do I look fat in this?”
Yet the atmosphere at this event, the Love & Respect Live Conference, was something the likes of which I’ve never experienced. As the primary speaker, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, spoke, the men in the audience laughed out loud, nodded their heads and visibly appeared moved. According to my husband, Eggerichs was expressing concepts that uncannily described what matters most to men in a relationship. The thing is - men being men - most don’t actually know what they most deeply need from a woman (other than the obvious!) and would not be able to describe or articulate it.
Despite these factors, girls with ADHD remain at significant psychosocial risk into adulthood.
By E. Mark Mahone, PhD | October 3, 2012
Childhood ADHD is a major public health problem, with prevalence estimated to be over 5 million children in the US alone. Of particular concern is the recent increase in diagnosis of the disorder. In 2011, the CDC estimated that nearly 9% of children in the US (1 of 11 children between the ages of 5 and 17) have ADHD; the diagnosis is made in approximately twice as many boys as girls.1 Moreover, ADHD rarely exists alone. In most children with ADHD (75% to 80%), a second (or even third) psychiatric disorder develops at some point in their lives.
Spring has sprung, at least for most of us, which means sundresses, seersucker and boozy croquet parties on the front lawn. Goodbye happy lamp, hello mimosa.
But it’s not just champagne that’s lifting our spirits and banishing the wintertime blues. According to Google (and a team of researchers from the University of Southern California, Harvard and Johns Hopkins) mental illnesses — such as obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anorexia — are far more seasonal than we think.
The epidemiologists, led by John Ayers, combed through every Google search performed in the United States and Australia between 2006 and 2010, looking for queries like “symptoms of” and “medications for” OCD, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, depression, anorexia, bulimia and schizophrenia.
April 21, 2013
Psychiatric medications are among the most frequently-prescribed medications in this country and throughout the world. One in 10 Americans takes an anti-depressant. Yet despite the incessant barrage of multi-media drug promotions, you may not have the answers to the questions you most want answered.
I asked more than a dozen expert psychiatric colleagues, and myself, the questions they most frequently receive about psychiatric medications from people who take them or their families. Here are a dozen of those many questions; the responses are mine.
Annmarie Timmins, age 9 (left), with her brother on vacation in Franconia Notch.
After the Monitor’s mental health series, “In Crisis,” was published last week, I got one reaction more than any other: Readers were surprised, some unconvinced, that 26 percent of New Hampshire’s residents have a mental health disorder.
The statistic appeared in the second story of the series and came from a 2010 study by the Concord-based New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. The percentage includes a range of diagnoses, from major depression to anxiety problems to bipolar disorder.
“Didn’t 26 percent seem high?” a caller asked me last week.
Not to me. But I’m one of the 26 percent.
I have been hospitalized twice for “suicidal ideation,” most recently for eight days in 2009 with a diagnosis of “major depressive order and anxiety disorder,” according to my records. I take four medications a day and have my counselor’s name and number in my emergency contacts on my cell phone.
This will be news to most of the people who know me, family members included. That’s because with lots of help from my husband, a lot of exercise (one of my therapies) and medication, I’m able to keep my depression and breakdowns private.
Hi everyone. I'm 22 years old, from Australia and i suffer from anxiety and until i see my doctor again, most probably depression . A few stories on these boards have struck a cord with me and they have made me feel so much better....knowing that i'm not alone with this disorder.
anyway i'm so glad that there is a community such as these forums. As heart breaking as these stories are...it feels good to know that people can share these experiences without judging.
love xxScorpiogirlxx (Scorpiogirl)
The woman described the sensation as a delicate flicker, like a moth
trapped in a small gauze bag. She ran her slender fingers repeatedly
over the spot in her slightly distended abdomen and said, “Doctor, right here.”
Sometimes, she told me, the flicker gave way to a more forceful kick
that rippled beneath her hand and then spread like a warm tide over her
body. She felt contented and soothed as she imagined the baby growing
I was tempted to smile, but I kept still. An actual pregnancy would have been international news: the woman was 83 years old, recovering from a hip fracture and pneumonia. But her delusion was not unique. Indeed, our nursing home was having something of a baby boom.
Just the day before, another woman who had recently suffered a stroke
insisted that she had given birth to twin boys, who were now crying in
the adjacent nursery. I reminded her that she was 90, but my words were
no match for the force of her belief. She looked at me blankly and
called again for her babies.
Her husband, distraught, begged me to consider some pharmacologic
remedy. But I was struck not by any mental suffering on the woman’s
part, but by the opposite.
In the face of terrible losses and confusion, her mind had found refuge
in imaginary children. Their coos and cries brought comfort and hope.
as delusional pregnancy is called, is neither common late in life nor
a normal response to aging or illness. It is a form of psychosis, and it can lead to severe anxiety or disruptive behavior that must be treated.
But it is too easy to see pathology in what may actually be a protective
mechanism in the aging brain. What a psychiatrist might call a symptom
held deep meaning for each woman, and prompted them to focus on
recovering from severe illness.
In each case, I had to act in the opposite direction of my instinct as a
doctor. Medication might have only sedated them and even taken away a
protective cocoon. Instead I let time do its work: the delusions faded,
and physical and mental recovery took hold.
Such examples are relatively rare and, one might argue, easily
romanticized. But they hold a larger lesson about the aging brain.
What we perceive as a brain in flight or decline, disengaging from the
world or tumbling into a netherworld of oldness, might actually be a
more selective, creative and wiser brain.
The paradox is that even as the normal aging brain loses capacity across
numerous discrete skills — memory-processing speed, verbal reasoning
and visuospatial ability, to name a few — it is simultaneously growing
in knowledge, emotional maturity, adaptability to change and even levels
of well-being and happiness.
I witnessed this common phenomenon in a couple I know well. The woman is
a sharp and active 82-year-old who only recently retired as a social
worker. Her new husband, now 92, was a World War II bomber pilot and
retired marketing genius who always prided himself on his mental
discipline and physical stamina.
Recently he began to complain bitterly of creeping short-term memory
impairment and a general slowing of his motor functions. Both factors
can bring him great unhappiness. During a recent meeting, however, I
pressed him on his complaints, asking, “Is that all there is to growing
old — decline, slowing and loss?”
His bride interrupted and told how their relationship was unique because
of old age, in many ways deeper and more intimate than either had
experienced as younger people.
Even as his memory declined, she said, his emotional maturity and wisdom
had increased, opening perspectives and relationships he had never had
before. Here was old age — and an aging brain — acting as a force that
added even as it took away.
In telling this tale as a relatively young doctor who works primarily
with older individuals, I could easily be accused of painting an overly
rosy picture of what I want growing old to be.
If so, I plead guilty. But I do so in the spirit of the gerontologist
Thomas Cole, who suggests that the ways in which we look at old age
begin to constitute its reality.
We will all grow old, and despite the inevitable changes we do have
choices. Indeed, growing evidence suggests that the aging brain retains
and even increases the potential for resilience, growth and well-being.
I have seen this lesson lived in my friends, loved ones and older
patients, whether free of illness or fettered by it. I saw it in the two
older women whose imagined pregnancies brought needed hope at a time of
threatened despair. Their fervent wishes, though unattainable, allowed
them to achieve something better.
Similarly, we can all hope for a vital and meaningful old age — for our
elders, ourselves and our children. In the end, we may actually get what
we wish for.
Dr. Marc E. Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist at the Miami
Jewish Health Systems in Florida, is the author of the new book “How We
Dr. Marc E. Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist at the Miami
Jewish Health Systems in Florida, is the author of the new book “How We
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Results of a new study show that every one-hour increase in sleep duration was associated with a 72 percent decrease in the likelihood of moderate or high suicide risk, in comparison with low risk. Data were adjusted for age, gender, race/ethnicity, education and age of onset of sleep difficulties...
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Long-term treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with certain stimulant medications may alter the density of the dopamine transporter, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gene-Jack Wang and colleagues from Brookhaven National Laboratory and the intramural program at NIH...
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Researchers at the National Center for Veterans Studies, Salt Lake City, Utah, reported that the suicide risk among people in the military increases according to the number of lifetime traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) they have had. They published their findings in JAMA Psychiatry...
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