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Call Me Crazy 

Brittany Snow and Jason Ritter which premiered on
Lifetime Television on April 20. (Photo: Lifetime Television)

By Katrina Gay, NAMI Director of Communications

In April, Lifetime Television premiered Call Me Crazy, a series of interconnected short films that deal with the subject of mental illness. Through five short stories named after each title character—Lucy, Eddie, Allison, Grace and Maggie—powerful relationships built on hope and triumph give viewers a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness.

The two-hour movie event aired on television on Sat., April 20. NAMI attended the premiere on April 16 in Los Angeles and was honored by the network for its work on behalf of individuals and families affected by mental illness. In addition, Lifetime presented NAMI with a generous contribution and a public service announcement titled It’s Time. The PSA features testimonials by many of the film’s talent, including Brittany Snow, Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer, Ernie Hudson, Jean Smart, Melissa Leo and others, who all joined together to urge action and support for NAMI.

Other stars associated with the film included Jennifer Anniston, who served as one of the film’s executive producers, and Ashley Judd, who directed Maggie.


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But some experts still believe behavioral therapy can help the whole family

By Barbara Bronson Gray
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents pursue costly and time-consuming treatments to help their children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Now, a new study finds little evidence that non-drug interventions reduce key symptoms of ADHD.

A multinational team of experts identified no positive effects from psychological treatments including mind exercises (cognitive training), neurofeedback and behavioral training (positive reinforcement). And the researchers discovered only small benefits associated with dietary treatments: supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 free fatty acids, and elimination of artificial food coloring.

Still, parents shouldn't be discouraged, said study co-author Dr. Emily Simonoff.

"I think our findings allow a much more informed discussion than did previous work because we've been able to demonstrate that what we once thought worked is more limited and more questionable," said Simonoff, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at King's College London.


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Psychiatrists are waking up to the world of sleep and behavior. Just as the biological revolution witnessed a collapse of barriers between the physical and the mental, so the boundary between sleep and wakefulness is crumbling. The emerging discipline of sleep medicine, baptized in the discovery of REM sleep in 1953 and by the characterization of sleep cycles a few years later, initially focused on adult physiology and sleep disorders.


Sleep, cognition, and behavior

Serious sleep problems usually imply either too much or too little sleep. Too little sleep can mean abbreviated sleep episodes, as might be imposed by external demands or by insomnia, or longer episodes punctuated by arousals that fragment sleep. Pilcher and Huffcutt1 examined the effects of prolonged sleep deprivation (more than 45 hours), brief sleep deprivation (45 hours or less), or partial sleep deprivation (less than 5 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period) on measures of cognitive and motor performance or mood. The overall performance decrement for all measures was 1.37 standard deviations (SDs). This is comparable to a drop in IQ from 100 to about 80. Under the conditions of partial sleep deprivation—not unlike a typical Monday morning for many of us—mood scores dropped by over 4 SDs.

Although children are not suitable subjects for such experiments, Sadeh and colleagues2 demonstrated that very modest changes in sleep duration can substantially affect the neurobehavioral function of children. His team monitored 77 fourth and sixth graders in regular classrooms with actigraphy for 5 nights. For the first 2 nights, children slept as usual; on the remaining 3 nights, they were asked to either extend or restrict their sleep time by 1 hour. Children who failed to change their sleep duration by at least 30 minutes were analyzed as “no change.” On a simple reaction time test, performance of both the sleep restriction and no-change groups deteriorated, whereas on measures of digit span and continuous reaction time, children in the extended-sleep group performed significantly better than the others.


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By Faith Brynie, Ph.D.Created Jul 8 2012 - 11:17am




Findings from the first study directly examining gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) concentrations in the brains of children with ADHD were published last week in the Archives of General Psychiatry. In this new article researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center report finding significantly lower concentrations of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the cerebral cortexes of children diagnosed with ADHD, compared with typically developing children. GABA is the brain’s main inhibitory neurotransmitter. The differences were detected in the region of the brain that controls voluntary movement.The researchers used a relatively innovative and novel technique in which GABA is measured using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), reports Dr. Stewart Mostofsky, the study’s senior author and Director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Similar to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), MRS uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the brain. The researchers employed it to measure the GABA concentration in a 3 cm by 3 cm section of the primary sensory motor cortex part of the brain that controls the hand. The test revealed that GABA concentrations were significantly lower in the ADHD children, compared with typically developing children.

Mostofsky stressed that this is a preliminary study with a small number of subjects. Replication in a larger sample size will be important. But, if replicated, the finding could open doors for innovative treatment approaches targeting GABA transmission. “There are limitations to stimulant therapies currently in use. It’s important that we consider alternative therapies, and this research will provide a foundation for pursuing novel approaches to diagnosing and treating ADHD,” he says.

For more information:

Richard A. E. Edden, PhD; Deana Crocetti, PhD; He Zhu, PhD; Donald L. Gilbert, MD; Stewart H. Mostofsky, MD. “Reduced GABA Concentration in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” Arch Gen Psychiatry, July, 2012;69(7):750-753.



Source URL: http://www.psychologytoday.com/node/100447

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Helping Substance-Using Pregnant and Postpartum Women

In situations involving substance use by expectant women and postpartum mothers, there is often a sense that the interests of the mother are not aligned with the interests of the child. As a result, unfortunately, clinicians sometimes focus solely on the child and neglect the importance of the mother’s health and the maternal-child relationship. In our recent case report about the effective use of external pressure with pregnant and parenting substance-using women, we tried to demonstrate the need to attend to both maternal and child health, to the benefit of both.


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When a malnourished teenager with anorexia nervosa is admitted to the hospital, weight gain is a top priority — and food is medicine. But doctors mete out meals with caution, providing fewer calories than needed at first because the patients may be so frail that major swings in diet can be life-threatening.



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