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All Blog Posts Tagged 'illness' (29)

Smoking and Psych Disorders





A report released by an expert panel convened by the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that myriad biological, psychological, and social factors play a role in the high smoking rates among people with psychiatric disorders.



Analysis of data from the National Comorbidity Study (NCS), a… Continue

Added by Kate McLaughlin on April 15, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher





Much to the world's chagrine, Carrie Fisher is not Princess Leia.



Carrie Fisher is a writer.



And she's very, very funny.



Both talents are verified in… Continue

Added by Kate McLaughlin on April 7, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hope, Always

It is letters like the one below that keep me writing about mental health issues....the fact that treatment works...and that recovery is possible...



"I read your book today, started it today and finished it tonight, and i wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My son has been battling Bi-polar disorder his whole life. (My mother also suffers) He was DX at age 7 and these days hope of recovery or well being is slim. He is now 13 and new issues are… Continue

Added by Kate McLaughlin on April 3, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Illness or Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert

A Different Way to Think about Creative Genius

Her fascinating perspective from the 2009 TED conference



"Don't be afraid. Just do…

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Added by Kate McLaughlin on March 26, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Addiction and Mental Health Issues

When my son Michael required inpatient or residential treatment for addictions and bipolar disorder, I carefully discovered the treatment approaches of available facilities.



Early in our years-long journey I learned that some treatment philosophies denied the existence of biologically-based mental illness. Others eschewed drugs of any sort, regardless of who prescribed them and why. And still others functioned under the assumption… Continue

Added by Kate McLaughlin on March 25, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Where Weed Can Lead

I knew in my gut that my son Michael’s pot smoking was both symptomatic and causal regarding his mental health. We talked time and again about the damage he could be inflicting on his brain and about his doctor’s inability to treat his bipolar disorder correctly when he continued to use.



Deaf ears. No need to say more. But we have to get the word out. We have to share the facts. And the facts are now indisputable.



Marijuana, in addition to being a gateway drug (it is for… Continue

Added by Kate McLaughlin on September 26, 2008 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Loving an Addict

Below is an excerpt from my book, Mommy I'm Still in Here: One family's journey with bipolar disorder. As you will see, this occurred five and a half years ago, but in some ways feels like yesterday. I share it now to encourage others to maintain patience, love, appreciation and hope. Time is… Continue

Added by Kate McLaughlin on September 16, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Online Mental Health Support Groups

If you or someone you love is living with a serious mental illness or disorder of the brain...depression, bipolar disorder, autism, schizophrenia...



Take advantage of every opportunity to find support and encouragement in your community, whether physical or virtual.



DBSA recently launched three on-line, real-time support groups for people living with mood disorders or mental illnesses. These virtual meetings, which function just… Continue

Added by Kate McLaughlin on August 11, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Starting School Smarts

You've got a child with a mental health diagnosis who's ready to start the new school year.



What do you say and to whom do you say it?



I found some pointers from James Waxmonsky, MD, and have elaborated on them here:



* If your child had no problems in school last year and doesn't take meds at school you may not need to talk to her new teacher. Don't, however, assume that everything will always continue to go smoothly. Make a point of checking in with her teacher… Continue

Added by Kate McLaughlin on August 5, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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