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Herpes Virus May Lead to Bipolar, Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 4.4 percent of the population of the United States will have bipolar disorder at one point in their lives. Another 16.2 million, or around 6.7 percent of all U.S. adults, will experience at least one episode of severe depression in their lives. While the precise causes [...]

By |2018-08-20T14:39:38+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

‘Why Do You Take Those Pills, Mummy?’

Every morning, I get up. I shower, brush my teeth, prepare lunch boxes and school uniforms. Then I take my medication. It's an ingrained routine that I could do in my sleep – a streamlined process that ensures everyone's out the door on time and my sanity is in check, my bipolar disorder held at [...]

The Differences In Mental Health Symptoms Between Bipolar I And Bipolar II

On first impression bipolar disorder is easy to understand. It’s a disorder where a person experiences extreme mood changes, highs and lows, with periods of normality in between. But, when we look further into the disorder, or we hear people talk about their experiences, it starts to get a little more complex, and the terms [...]

By |2017-04-03T09:40:28+00:00April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Parents’ Mental Health Linked To Violence In Kids

Flickr Images Kids who have a parent who has been diagnosed with certain psychiatric disorders may be at increased risk for attempting suicide or committing a violent offense, a new study of people in Denmark suggests. These kids are at even greater risk of these behaviors when both parents have the disorders, the study [...]

How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Diagnose Mental Disorders

Flickr Images People convey meaning by what they say as well as how they say it: Tone, word choice, and the length of a phrase are all crucial cues to understanding what’s going on in someone’s mind. When a psychiatrist or psychologist examines a person, they listen for these signals to get a [...]

Intelligence, Creativity and Bipolar Disorder May Share Underlying Genetics

Irises by Vincent van Gogh. The new study suggests that the advantageous genes which confer creativity or intelligence may express themselves as illness when other risk factors are present. Photograph: Alamy Serious mood disorders such as bipolar may be the price humans have had to pay for our intelligence and creativity. That’s according [...]

Understanding Depression

Around 450 million people around the world are estimated to have some form of mental health disorder, and one in four people will suffer from mental illness at some time in their life. Depression is a common mental health disorder and it is estimated that 154 million people globally suffer from depression. A 2013 study [...]

ADHD: Diagnosis may be a distraction from the truth

Chicago doctor Richard Saul argues in his deliberately controversial book ADHD Does Not Exist, which has just been published in Australia. ''Not a single individual - not even the person who finds it close to impossible to pay attention or sit still - is afflicted by the disorder called ADHD,'' Saul says. Yet he sees [...]