From the category archives:

Mood Disorders

Meeting Notes – August 24, 2011

by Bruce on August 24, 2011

This evening we discussed the following during the Q&A session: – “Any advice on how to deal with feeling of denial and extreme frustration after your diagnosis?” – “I have a great difficulty in recognizing that I am “going down” in mood – it happens so gradually that I hardly notice until I’m in a […]

Interesting Facts About Bipolar Disorder (from the DSM IV)

by lackofsolidity on December 7, 2010

Average age of onset is 20 years old. The first episode in males is more likely to be a Manic Episode, and the number of Manic Episodes is more likely to meet or exceed the number of Major Depressive Episodes. A female’s first episode is more likely to be a Major Depressive Episode, and it […]

Mood-Congruent Auditory hallucinations Mood-Incongruent (less common – associated with poorer prognosis) thought insertion: one’s thoughts are not one’s own thought broadcasting: others can hear one’s thoughts delusions of control: one’s actions are under outside control

How many people in the US are depressed at any time? What percent of the US population experiences depression or other mood disorder in their lives? The number is big and growing. The National Institutes of Health answers the question in their posting on The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America. Gary Greenberg is a […]

Service Dogs for Psychiatric Disabilities

by KL on October 13, 2010

Who is considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act? The Americans with Disabilities Act defines an individual with a disability as a person who: Has a mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; Has a record of such an impairment; or Is regarded as having such an impairment. The definition […]

Book List – Treatments

by KL on August 4, 2010

Electroshock: Restoring the Mind Author: M. D. Max Fink Member Review: A useful book for anyone considering Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT). It gives a thorough discussion of the procedure and an extensive discussion of the controversies that surround it. The author argues that electroshock therapy is now a safe, effective, painless, and sometimes life-saving treatment for […]

This year’s Mood Disorders Day brought out a crowd to hear presentations about the latest developments in the treatment of mood disorders from the staff at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The attendees had the opportunity to visit information tables set up by DBSA and other community organizations. The program was rich and information […]

Resource Guide – Friends and Family

by KL on July 23, 2010

How to Help a Loved One We have prepared a collection of resource guides that present answers to some of the most frequently asked questions at our meetings. Our goal is to give you a quick overview and a starting point for exploring the subject on your own. Q. How can I help my son?  […]