Oct 7, 2014
By: Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., FAAAP, Chief Medical Officer, and Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Bipolar disorder, sometimes called “manic-depressive illness,” is a serious mental illness that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. In any given year, it impacts approximately 2.6 percent of the American public.
Tagged Depression | Basics | Bipolar | Mood Disorders
Jul 24, 2014
By: Jessica Gimeno, Mental Health Advocate
Young people are often told we’re too immature to understand pain. But I refused to be silenced. Instead, I cried louder. My turning point came when I was 18 years old and my friend Dina, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, committed suicide.
Tagged Youth | Depression | Bipolar | Observances | Help | Mood Disorders
Feb 11, 2014
By: Tiffany Farchione M.D., Division of Psychiatry Products, Food and Drug Administration
FDA-approved labeling helps guide doctors’ treatment choices. However, when a medication has not been studied in children, there is no information in the FDA-approved label to guide prescribing for this age group. This can lead to what is known as “off-label” use of a prescription drug.
Tagged Treatment | Youth | Research | Depression | Families | Help | Mood Disorders | Anxiety Disorders
Feb 4, 2014
By: Jackie Oberst Ph.D., and Matthew Rudorfer M.D., National Institute of Mental Health
Winter blues is a general term, not a formal medical diagnosis. Typically it comes about from some specific event such as a stressful holiday period or reminders of absent loved ones. This type of lowered mood usually clears up on its own without treatment.
Tagged Treatment | Depression | Mood Disorders