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Bipolar Disorder – a Complex Illness

Read an article in the March “Healthy U” magazine about bipolar disorder. The article was written by Pamela Field, a psychiatric nurse and dedicated NAMI-DAC supporter.

Lessons From HIV/AIDS Treatment

What can we take away from the HIV/AIDS story for the treatment of mental illness? For mental disorders, we do not know the cause, we lack a biomarker that is 100 percent accurate for diagnosis, and there is no treatment equivalent to ART for HIV. The lesson from the HIV/AIDS care continuum, however, is that,…
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Schizophrenia Treatment

Schizophrenia With medication, psychosocial rehabilitation, and family support, the symptoms of schizophrenia can be reduced. People with schizophrenia should get treatment as soon as the illness starts showing, because early detection can reduce the severity of their symptoms. Recovery while living with schizophrenia is often seen over time, and involves a variety of factors including…
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Schizophrenia’s Genetic Skyline is Rising!

New findings bring us a little closer to identifying the genetic markers for schizophrenia, which may make diagnosing and treating faster and easier. Read entire National Institute of Mental Health article here.

Going Somewhere Over the Rainbow to Learn about Bipolar Disorder by Derek Thompson

Several of my friends and coworkers live with bipolar disorder and I thought that I was pretty knowledgeable about the condition. But after reading Derek Thompson’s book Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’ve Lost My Damn Mind: A Manic’s Mood Chart I gained an even deeper insight into what it means to live with the illness.…
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Hyperbole and a Half: A Funny, Brutally Honest Memoir

Laugh-Out-Loud Sad By Bill Gates  | May 19, 2015 Some of the books I’ve recommended as summer reads really aren’t. They’re long nonfiction books that might look a little out of place beside the pool or on the beach. But Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened…
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Treating Schizophrenia: new hope

Mental health: New schizophrenia research offers hope By Pamela Field/ For Healthy U POSTED:   07/01/2014 01:00:00 AM MDT Probably no brain disorder has been as poorly understood and sensationalized than schizophrenia. First recognized by Dr. Emil Kraepelin in 1898, people suffering from schizophrenia have been said to have split personalities or schizophrenic mothers who…
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USA Today: The Financial and Human Toll for Neglecting the Mentally Ill

USA Today has launched a series of articles on the “man-made disaster” created by “a mental health system drowning from neglect,” and it’s a don’t-miss. “The cost of not caring: Nowhere to go” tells the story of “the financial and human toll for neglecting the mentally ill” with personal narrative, video and graphics. This is…
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10 Tips for Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Work can play a vital role in recovery–it gives the day purpose.  As a volunteer or employee finishing a project, meeting new people, learning new skills and sharing ideas can give us a feeling of accomplishment. All of these things work to boost our self-esteem and motivate us to stay well and enjoy recovery. However,…
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A Misfortune Not a Crime

According to a new report, there are now 10 times more people with serious mental illness in state prisons and county jails than there are in state mental hospitals. How can this be acceptable care for people with mental illness? NIMH Director Dr. Insel discusses this issue. By Thomas Insel, April 11, 2014 Despite careful monitoring…
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