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    Rethinking How We Diagnose Psychosis

    MIND Guest Blog A new study opens a door to more biologically based categories of major mental illness By Thomas R. Insel ©iStock.com If you are unfortunate enough to develop acute chest pain this winter you will probably be assessed by a clinician who will order a battery of tests to determine if your symptoms result from pneumonia, bronchitis, heart disease, or something else. These tests not only can yield a precise diagnosis, they ensure you will receive the appropriate treatment for your specific illness. If you are unfortunate enough to have a psychotic episode this winter, the process of arriving at a diagnosis will be quite different. In fact, there…

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    No Shame in Having Depression and Anxiety

        “Dude, what’s your problem?” by Josh Lewin I have learned that anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand, and there is no shame in having either — although it’s tough for many people to get their arms around that concept. When I struggled with both in my last couple years as the Texas Rangers’ baseball play-by-play announcer, the few people in whom I confided expressed genuine shock. “Depressed? About what? You’ve got a great job! Legions of adoring fans! A wonderful family! Dude, what’s your problem?” Growing up, I had always been, quite naturally, the life of any party. But over a period of several years, I began to stay…

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    In Honor of World Mental Health Day Here’s My Mental Heath Story

        That Is A Sign Of Mental Illness Ingrid Vasquez RSS Feed I remember the first time I knew something was wrong. I was in my junior year of high school when I thought about what would happen if I purposely fell down the stairs. I'd always been an overachiever, but being the year before college that really mattered, I wanted to escape from the pressure that I was going through in school. I didn't have bad grades, but I was struggling with school in a way that I was never used to doing so. I wasn't cutting myself. I didn't feel depressed. But I was willing to hurt…

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    Comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe are blowing up the stigma of mental health

    By Tim ChesterUK1 hour ago EDINBURGH — One of the buzziest shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is about depression. Severe clinical depression in fact. Bryony Kimmings and her partner Tim Grayburn’s Fake It 'Til You Make It, which explores in depth Grayburn’s secret depression and nervous breakdown, hogged the headlines over the festival’s opening days and is sold out for its entire run. They’re not the only artists who have focussed on mental health; this year’s programme is packed with productions that take aim at the issue, from Brigitte Aphrodite’s My Beautiful Black Dog to stand-up Carl Donnelly’s Jive Ass Honky and cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat’s Black,…

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    Letter: Don’t let mental health stigma take someone you love

    If you, or someone you know is struggling, please seek help.             Curtis Vanderloo asked SooToday to publish the following letter about his mother's death last year in the hope that by sharing her story, it might help someone else suffering from the stigma of mental illness.   ************************* On March 31, it will be the one year anniversary of my mother’s death.  She passed suddenly and unexpectedly, only she didn’t pass suddenly.  She died by suicide. She killed herself. She took her own life. She died by her own will.   Only it wasn’t unexpected, she was depressed.  She was suffering deep grief related…

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    Speakers share about struggles with mental health

      (Photo: Mark Marturello/Register Illustration) Estela Villanueva-Whitman, Special to the Register; 11:05 p.m. CDT May 18, 2014 The diagnosis of bipolar disorder in her 20s came as a relief to Hope Richardson. There was finally a name for what she felt and something that could be done, she said. Because mental illness is a lifelong condition, staying well takes effort, and she's mindful of that every day. Once afraid of others not liking her and unable to stand up for herself, Richardson said she often walked around with her head down and hair covering her face. She went through bouts of depression and struggled with anger, manic episodes and suicidal…

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    Celexa May Help Ease Alzheimer’s-Linked Agitation

    Study finds it might be safer alternative to standard antipsychotics   TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The antidepressant Celexa shows promise in easing the agitation people with Alzheimer's disease often suffer, and may offer a safer alternative to antipsychotic drugs, a new study finds. "Agitation is one of the worst symptoms for patients and their families: it puts the Alzheimer's patient at risk for other system overloads (cardiac, infection), wears them out physically, and exhausts caregivers and families," noted one expert, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He said that while antipsychotic drugs are typically used to help ease the…

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    Drugs to Treat Insomni

        In some cases, doctors will prescribe drugs for the treatment of insomnia.     All insomnia medications should be taken shortly before bed. Do not attempt to drive or perform other activities that require concentration after taking an insomnia drug because it will make you sleepy. Medications should be used in combination with good sleep practices. Listed below are some drugs that can be used to treat insomnia.  

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    Casey’s Story: defeating my demons and taking control of my life

      At twenty years old, my 6 year battle with anorexia nervosa had finally caused my life to come crashing down.     My eating disorder had taken complete control of my mind and dominated my every thought. In just a few months I had lost over 2 stone, had drastically reduced the amount I was eating to just 200-300 calories a day and was wasting the little energy I had on excessive exercise. For so long, my ‘diet’ had given me a false sense of control and now it was apparent that, in reality, it was something that was controlling me. I was finally forced to reach out for…

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    Yes, I Am Critical and Controlling. So What!

      Kipp Friedman         By Kipp Friedman [Kipp Friedman is the author of the new childhood memoir, "Barracuda in the Attic" (Fantagraphics)]   My psychiatrist said I was "critical and controlling" so I called him a quack and promptly fired him. Okay, I didn't call him a quack. But I did stop seeing him after two short visits — first taking the time to even thank him profusely for having "cured me." Let's just say he wasn't sad to see me go. But before you judge me too harshly, first let me explain.   Sometimes life throws you a curveball. Midway through 2009 I began struggling with…