Early symptoms of bipolar disorder

Recent research found that people that had elation or irritability symptoms but not bipolar disorder were more than two times more likely to develop bipolar disorder three years later. (posted August 10, 2012) http://www.dailyrx.com/bipolar-symptoms-elation-and-irritability-may-show-risk-full-mania … [Read more...]

Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Info and treatment

From the PsychCentral website comes this suite of pages organized as questions and answers about OCD and its treatment. (posted August 23, 2012)http://psychcentral.com/disorders/ocd/  … [Read more...]

Educator’s guide to bipolar disorder

This guide provides a discussion of various dimensions of pediatric bipolar disorder. Contents cover (a) definition, diagnosis, and symptoms; (b) bipolar disorder, the brain, and learning; (c) treatment approaches; and (d) school accommodations. From the Balanced Mind Foundation. (posted August 23, 2012) http://www.thebalancedmind.org/learn/library/an-educators-guide-to-pediatric-bipolar-disorder   … [Read more...]

Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances: 8 Tips for Teachers

By Lisa Küpper National Dissemination for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  Do you have a student with an emotional disturbance in your class this year? Or perhaps you have a student whose behavior or demeanor makes you wonder if an emotional disturbance is going undiagnosed? If so, please read on. We know that emotional disturbance can be a sensitive subject. Emotional problems are painful to all concerned. Still, you can make a powerful … [Read more...]

Borderline personality disorder | A fact sheet

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that can be challenging for everyone involved, including the individuals with the illness, as well their friends and family members. BPD is characterized by impulsivity and instability in mood, self-image, and personal relationships. For more information about BPD, read this fact sheet from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (posted November 27, 2012)http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=44780  … [Read more...]

Dissociative disorders | A fact sheet

A number of people with mental illnesses experience dissociation: a disturbance of thinking, awareness, identity, consciousness or memory. This fact sheet from NAMI (the National Alliance for Mental Illness) discusses what disassociation is, how it is defined clinically, and what types of treatment are available. (posted November 27, 2012)http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=26975  … [Read more...]

When you can’t afford psychotherapy

This article explores inexpensive and alternative treatment options for people who need counseling but who have no insurance. (posted December 4, 2012)http://psychcentral.com/lib/2012/when-you-cant-afford-psychotherapy/  … [Read more...]

Emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges in children and adolescents

This Knowledge Path suite of resources comes from the Maternal and Child Health Library. It includes resources for professionals, for families, and for schools (each separately), as well as information about specific conditions. (posted December 18, 2012)http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_Mental_Conditions.html  … [Read more...]

Parent guide to getting good care

When a child is struggling, or his behavior worries you, it can be hard to know whether you need to reach out to a professional. And if you do seek help, what kind of professional is right for your child? There are a bewildering number of specialists who diagnose and treat children with psychiatric and learning problems, and a wide range of treatments available, from behavioral to pharmaceutical. In this guide the Child Mind Institute takes you through … [Read more...]

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