Posts Tagged ‘bipolar disorder’

According to a 2012 survey from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 62% of students with mental health problems who withdraw from college decide to leave because of those problems. “That percentage is a sign that we’re not doing a very good job for some students,” said Darcy Guttadaro, the director of the Child and Adolescent Action Center at NAMI, in Inside Higher Ed. “It’s no longer OK for schools to just not address [mental health] issues.” Read article here.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conducted a national survey of college students living with mental health conditions to learn about their experiences in school. NAMI designed the survey to hear directly from students about whether schools are meeting their needs and what improvements are needed to support their academic experience. Read article here.

Bipolar mania has many symptoms, like feeling high or excited. People may have symptoms of mania without having bipolar, and some symptoms may put them at risk for bipolar disorder. Read article here.

Their lives may be far from ordinary, but actors, musicians, athletes, and writers have emotional and mental health issues just like the rest of us.  When a celeb opens up about depression, anxiety, and mental disorders, it can have a major impact on the way people think about these issues. Read article here.

The Sarasota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted a forum today at Selby Library where two men shared their stories as they bike from city to city to speak on the subject.

Results from a Taiwanese study suggest that high daily temperatures are associated with increased hospitalization rates for mood symptoms among patients with bipolar disorder, particularly women.

The researchers found that the risk for hospitalization began to increase when the daily temperature rose above 24.0°C (75.2°F), and continued to increase with higher daily temperatures. Read article here.

If you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or another mental illness, you may have many questions for your doctor. To help you organize your thoughts, here is a list of questions to think about asking:

  • What is my illness?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • What might have caused my illness?
  • How might this illness affect me over time?
  • What other medical problems often go along with this illness?
  • What are the risk factors for this illness?
  • How can you tell I have this illness?
  • How is this illness treated?
  • What will the treatment do for me?
  • Are there side effects from the treatment?
  • What are my options if this treatment fails?
  • What will happen if I do not do anything about my illness?
  • What can I do to help myself?
  • Where can I go for help?
  • Where can I go to learn more about my illness?

Feel free to raise any other questions or concerns you may have about your illness with your doctor. The more you know about your illness, the better prepared you will be to deal with it.

Getting Help
Not sure where to go for more help? Talk to someone who has worked with mental illness, such as a doctor, social worker, or church counselor. Other types of people and places that can help include:

  • Your health plan
  • Community mental health centers
  • Hospital psychiatry departments
  • Social service agencies
  • Private clinics
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Local medical and/or psychiatric societies
  • State hospital outpatient clinics

If your doctor puts you on 1 or more medications for a mental illness, here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor:

  • What is the name of the medication, and what is it supposed to do?
  • What are my chances of getting better with this treatment?
  • How and when do I take it?
  • How will I know if the medication is working?
  • How long will I have to take it?
  • Can I take this medication if I am pregnant or planning to have a baby soon?
  • What foods, drinks, other medications, or activities should I avoid while taking this medication?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What should I do if I have side effects?
  • Will this medication affect my sleep, my sex life, or my appetite?
  • How will this medication interact with other medications I’m already taking?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • Can I have beer, wine, or other alcoholic drinks?

Never stop taking a medication without your doctor’s help.

Before you get a prescription, make sure your doctor knows:

  • Your medical history
  • What other medications you are taking
  • If you have ever taken medications for a mental illness in the past
  • If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby
  • Past problems with medications or food side effects
  • Other health conditions you may have (such as diabetes, heart disease, allergies, etc)
  • If you are on a special diet or take supplements
  • If you smoke, drink alcohol, or do “street drugs” (such as cocaine, pot, etc)

Remember
It is very important to ask your doctor any questions you may have. The more you know about your mental illness and the medications you will be taking for it, the better prepared you will be to take care of yourself. You should always take medications exactly the way your doctor tells you to. Read article here.

Mayo Clinic researchers — in partnership with numerous national mental health advocacy organizations — are issuing new simple-to-understand tools to help identify youth who may have mental health disorders.

Despite well-documented levels of emotional and behavioral concerns in the nation’s youth, studies have repeatedly shown that up to 75% of youth with mental health disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, anxiety, and eating disorders are usually not identified, and youth do not receive the care they need. Read article here.

Under the mental health parity law, insurance plans must provide coverage of all medically necessary treatment for nine enumerated severe mental illnesses, including eating disorders as well as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, autism, and serious emotional disturbances in children and adolescents. Read article here.

Mental health problems such as depression account for nearly half of all disability among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO). Read article here.