Last Sunday night, my wife dropped me off 20 minutes early to get the 7:56 pm Amtrak train to Boston. I walked around the station and, as usual, it was practically deserted. A young woman was sitting on a bench texting.
The only other person present was an older man in his late 50s or 60s with white, disheveled hair and scruffy facial whiskers, wearing shorts but no shirt. He was standing quietly on the train track, casually looking around with vacant eyes. Unlike a kid who jumps on and off the track, the man was standing still.
For years I have made fun of my wife for constantly calling the police to report “suspicious” activities. I am repeatedly telling her to mind her own business. But this scene was unsettling, so I walked up to the man.
July is Minority Mental Health Month! We want to first acknowledge all of the mental health pioneers of color who have paved the way by discussing issues of stigma, fighting for equal access to services for all, and by serving their communities as clinicians, social workers and advocates.
Although we still have a long way to go before everyone has access to affordable, culturally competent care there are more resources available today than ever before.
It’s summertime and our kids are finished with school. For many parents, finding childcare or some sort of structured leisure activity for their children is a major task. For parents of a teenager with depression or bipolar disorder, the concern is heightened considerably.
Structured environments of predictable schedules, classes with expectations and accountability, and regular social contact are suddenly replaced by months of free time. Parents have the extra worry that isolation at home and a disrupted schedule may send some teens into a more depressed state. Here are some suggestions on how you can keep your teen on the track to wellness during the summer months.
We are often contacted by Families for Depression Awareness supporters and volunteers for information about turning a family story about depression into a book. Some people ask for help with transforming personal experiences into a marketable piece of nonfiction. Others want help with figuring out who their audience will be.
We are excited to announce that Alexandra Styron, daughter of celebrated writer William Styron and acclaimed author of the memoir Reading My Father, will answer questions about writing a memoir in an upcoming video!
Unfortunately, PET scans are expensive and not necessarily readily available. Until this approach is more widely tested and verified, it can be considered a good idea but not an answer to the complicated question of what is the best treatment for each individual with depression.
However, here are some tools you can use now to improve your depression treatment!
"MRI may be an effective way to diagnose mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, according to experts from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In a landmark study using advanced techniques, the researchers were able to correctly distinguish bipolar patients from healthy individuals based on their brain scans alone. The data are published in the journal Psychological Medicine."
Use these current tests to diagnose bipolar disorder:
Today, Monday, June 3rd, President Obama and Vice President Biden are hosting a National Conference on Mental Health at the White House as part of the Administration’s effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.
"There should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people that we love," President Obama said during his opening remarks.
According to the Center for Disease Control's first ever data on cyberbullying, cyberbullying triples the risk of suicide in teens.
"Suicide attempts that required treatment were more than three times as likely in teenagers who reported being bullied online, compared with youths who were not bullied, an analysis of federal data on more than 15,000 adolescents found," reports Sherry Boschert in this month's Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network article on the topic.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Although the month is coming to a close, we wanted to share some of the top news stories that we have been following with you.
President Obama's Proclamation of May as Mental Health Awareness Month discussed the need to eliminate the stigma of depressive disorders because it can act as a barrier to treatment. He wrote, "We need to make sure [people with a mental health condition] know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness -- it is a sign of strength."
Katie Duffin, A Los Angeles native, counsels parents of California’s Welfare-to-Work program. “The parents I work with are generally open-minded and supportive,” Katie says. “They want to do right by their kids but they don’t always know how.