A new generation of drugs could change the way depression is treated. It started out as LY110141. Its inventor, Eli Lilly, was not sure what to do with it. Eventually the company found that it seemed to make depressed people happier. So, with much publicity and clever branding, Prozac was born. Prozac would transform the … Read more
Getting a Bipolar Disorder diagnosis is like jumping into an unknown pool. The initial plunge – the instant your body breaks water – can feel like a shock to your system. But once you’re there, in the water, if given the proper tools and support, you may find you’re able to swim, and that life … Read more
Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free Bipolar Disorder: Beyond the Basics webinar on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET/ 4:00 PM PT. Presenters, Dr. Marcy Thompson and mental health advocate Pata Suyemoto, will discuss difficult situations that can arise for families living with bipolar disorder and offer some suggestions for how to … Read more
Ketamine’s long, strange trip to becoming the next revolution in mental health medication. This summer, Cameron McArthur sat in a clinic in Denver, an infusion pump slowly introducing ketamine to his bloodstream. As the drug worked its way through his veins to his brain, Cameron experienced a sensation of unfurling, “like a time-lapse video of … Read more
In 2006, psychiatrist Carlos A. Zarate Jr, MD, and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) published a seminal finding in Archives of General Psychiatry (now JAMA Psychiatry): A single intravenous dose of ketamine—an anesthetic agent with hallucinogenic properties—produced robust antidepressant effects in patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) compared with placebo. The effects … Read more
Mental illness is extremely tough — both struggling through it yourself, to having a loved one who is struggling with it. I have been on both sides of the coin. Currently, I am dealing with anxiety and depression. I have dealt with it for the past six years, and every single day is a blessing … Read more
New survey for all members, with Depression, Bipolar, and Family members, please participate.