Sydni’s Mental Health Journey

One weekend in June of 2017, our lives, the lives of our family, and most importantly, the life of our daughter Sydni, changed forever.

by Traci Quinn

We are shocked and heartbroken that our perfect daughter Sydni will have to battle this Mental Illness for the rest of her life.  Our families’ journey since then has been difficult, with the past six months being the worst. Sydni’s been hospitalized four times since her diagnosis. One of the things that can help our daughter in her recovery is her own “space”.

She was diagnosed with Bipolar/Schizoaffective Disorder at seventeen.  A brain disease that causes depression, mood swings, hearing voices, erratic behaviors and self harm/suicidal ideations.

 

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What Is Bipolar Disorder?

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

 
Terence A. Ketter, MD
Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California

Diagnostic Features of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder shares symptoms of depression with unipolar depressive disorder, but is defined by episodes of mania or hypomania. Depression can include affective symptoms such as a pervasive sadness (depressed mood), a lack of pleasure or interest in activities (anhedonia/apathy), and irritability (in pediatric patients); cognitive symptoms such as decreased self-esteem and concentration, indecisiveness, feelings of guilt, and suicidal thoughts; and physical symptoms such as psychomotor retardation or agitation and either an increase or decrease in sleep, appetite, or energy. Continue Reading →

Practical Applications of New Research in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a leading cause of disability worldwide,1 and the lifetime prevalence of this condition is about 1% in community populations.2 This activity presents highlights from 4 presentations given at the 2011 International Conference on Bipolar Disorder (ICBD), a conference dedicated to sharing research results and clinical experience to help clinicians improve the lives of those with bipolar disorder.

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Efficacy of Agents in Treating Mania

Efficacy of Agents in Treating Mania

 

Guidelines for Treating Manic Episodes

When the American Psychiatric Association (APA) last revised their guidelines for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder in 2002,1 the recommended first-line treatment for more severe manic or mixed states was a combination of lithium or valproate and an atypical antipsychotic. Continue Reading →