Purple Hearts for PTSD


Report Calls for Change in Military Culture; Outlines Mental Health Needs of Veterans The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a special report today, Parity for Patriots: The Mental Health Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families. The report calls for Purple Heart medals to be awarded for psychological wounds like posttraumatic stress … Continue reading Purple Hearts for PTSD

Minds Interrupted – live theater


Date: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 9:40 PM Pamela Field is president of NAMI-DAC (The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dona Ana County affiliate), is a psychiatric nurse and has a son who has schizophrenia. May is mental health month. “We care about the mentally ill in this community,” said Brenda Viloria, Director of Nursing at … Continue reading Minds Interrupted – live theater

Clinical trial, childhood bipolar disorder


Bipolar Research Studies Clinical trial of riluzole in pediatric bipolar disorder Date: Oct. 6, 2011 This study is testing the effectiveness of riluzole versus placebo for decreasing anxiety in children with pediatric bipolar disorder (BP). Children and youth with bipolar disorder display episodic elevated mood and associated symptoms of decreased need for sleep, increased goal-directed … Continue reading Clinical trial, childhood bipolar disorder

Childhood Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar Spectrum Disorder is rare among children. But for parents who may have concerns about their youngsters behavior, Dr. Ellen Leibenluft talks about possible warning signs. Dr. Leibenluft is Senior Investigator and Chief of the Bipolar Spectrum Disorder Section at the National Institute of Mental Health.

PTSD: Stress and Resilience


In the last decade, the United States has experienced a series of man-made and natural disasters. Large numbers of people in this country have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. This video focuses on NIMH research in the areas of traumatic stress reactions and specifically mental health issues among U.S. service members. What we learn … Continue reading PTSD: Stress and Resilience

Help for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans


Every day, military veterans return from the intense surroundings of warfare. And some of those returning veterans come home with unique mental health challenges: a topic of discussion between NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel and Sergeant Todd Bowers of the organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Anxiety Disorders Research: Impact of BDNF


BDNF stands for brain derived neurotrophic factor. This molecule, found in the brain’s fear hub could have a significant impact on the study of anxiety disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Francis Lee of Weill-Cornell Medical College is a leading BDNF investigator and was a recent guest lecturer at the National Institute of Mental … Continue reading Anxiety Disorders Research: Impact of BDNF