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4 Women On What It's Really Like To Live With A Mental Illness

Opening up about struggles with mental illness can be a daunting task. Many people don’t feel comfortable doing it ― even though such illnesses are quite common.  About 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year, and 1 in 25 adults will have a debilitating mental illness that can interfere with their daily lives. Although mental illness can affect anyone, women are at a higher risk for many conditions, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. They’re also 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression. In an effort to encourage more people to share their struggles, we talked to four women about diagnosis and treatment for a variety of mental health issues. Here’s what they’ve learned along the way and what they wish others knew: Kathleen Halliday Location: Inwood, New York What condition do you have? Bipolar disorder (rapid cycling with psychotic features), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and an eating disorder What was your journey to diagnosis? I was always anxious as a kid. I used to tell my mom I felt bad because I didn’t know how to verbalize it. I first saw a therapist in middle school, which is where I got the GAD diagnosis. My bipolar diagnosis was rockier in that it was preceded by a manic episode. Bipolar disorder was one of my biggest fears before that, but I didn’t really think I would develop it. As for the eating disorder, I had realized I had &...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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A 55-year-old woman presents seeking treatment with clear symptoms of a major depressive episode. This is her third such episode. She reports that sertraline worked well for her the first time. The second time, however, it made her dizzy and she had to discontinue; she eventually responded well to bupropion. She expresses a preference for medication over psychotherapy but is not sure which one to try. What do you do? Do you try bupropion again? It worked last time, but in exploring her current symptoms it is clear that she has prominent feelings of somatic and psychological anxiety that she did not experience last time.
Source: Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Clinical Commentary Source Type: research
Until a few weeks ago (for nearly 2 months), the most popular television show in the United States, according to the Internet Movie Database, was about a teenager killing herself. A wildly engaging show binge-watched by children and teens on Netflix and advertised on posters pasted on subways and billboards across the nation, 13 Reasons Why is about an attractive, intelligent, and funny high school student who commits suicide, leaving behind 13 tapes about how people contributed to her death. Combining suicide, symbolic immortality, and revenge fantasy with teen drama, attractive actors, popular music, and cliffhanger endi...
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Translations Source Type: research
In Clinical Perspectives 1.2, “Indigenized Suicide Prevention Among Inuit in the Canadian Arctic” by Kral, published in the 2016 Scientific Proceedings supplement to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2016;10S:S2), the abstract and presentation incorrectly stated that the community under consideration had not seen a suicide in the previous five to six years. In fact, there have been eight suicides in the community since 2010, and the suicide rate among indigenous Canadian communities is above the national rate.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Corrigendum Source Type: research
Being a physician is rewarding, but it is also hard. Long hours, difficult encounters with patients, endless paperwork, system demands, and bad outcomes are some of the issues that doctors regularly face. How we deal with all the stress and still manage to remain fresh, engaged, and thoughtful for each new patient is tough. Unfortunately, studies since the 1960s have revealed that physicians have higher rates of depression and suicide than the general public. More recently, burnout has garnered attention, as it affects about half our workforce and is on the rise.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Clinical perspectives Source Type: research
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests in early childhood and continues throughout the lifespan. In 2013, the costs of caring for individuals with ASD in the United States were estimated at $137 billion, and the lifetime costs per individual ranged from $1.4 million (without co-occurring intellectual disability) to $2.4 million (with co-occurring intellectual disability).1 Combined with the rapidly increasing prevalence of ASD, which was most recently estimated at 1 in 68 children,2 it is clear that ASD represents a major public health challenge.
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
Conclusions: We concluded that family satisfaction to care provided in intensive care as measured by the CCFSS questionnaire was not influenced by frequency of visitation among Saudi families. Factors other than open visiting hours may be important to evaluate.
Source: Journal of Patient Safety - Category: Health Management Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
I have been accepted to pharmacy school. However I had one pre req left this summer, part 2 of human anatomy. I was well on my way to passing the course except for a few personal issues. Such as my grand father passing away, working full time, and my car dying. I also have anxiety attacks, the pharmacy I work at was robbed a few months ago (pretty much, it was been a tough year) There was a portion of the course that needed an email invite from the instructor. However, throughout the... Appealing a grade (pre req for Pharmacy school)
Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Source Type: forums
Prenatal alcohol exposure is the cause of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), the prevalence of which is similar to that of other developmental disabilities like Down syndrome and autism. Children, adolescents, and adults who live with the disabilities associated with prenatal alcohol exposure face extraordinary challenges throughout their lives. Pediatric providers need to be able to identify patients with FASD because early recognition and intervention is known to improve life outcomes for affected individuals.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Health Care - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
You're reading 10 Things Introverts Should Start Doing Today to Live a Happier Life, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. It’s not easy being an introvert, because our society seems designed for extroverts. Job interviews favor those who are personable, smooth-talking, and quick-thinking. Classrooms are noisy, busy places that reward the students who raise their hands frequently and dive into group work. The social scene lauds those who are confident, outgoing, and quick to make small talk. How can an in...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: featured happiness self improvement best self improvement blog confidence introverts pickthebrain Source Type: blogs
The threat of obesity, diabetes, anorexia, and bulimia in our society today has motivated extensive research on dietary monitoring. Standard self-report methods such as 24-h recall and food frequency questionnaires are expensive, burdensome, and unreliable to handle the growing health crisis. Long-term activity monitoring in daily living is a promising approach to provide individuals with quantitative feedback that can encourage healthier habits. Although several studies have attempted automating dietary monitoring using wearable, handheld, smart-object, and environmental systems, it remains an open research problem. This ...
Source: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering - Category: Biomedical Engineering Source Type: research
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