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NIH researchers discover Ketamine can lift depression in hours or even minutes

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In a series of studies carried out by NIH, scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, working together with the National Institutes of Mental Health, researchers discovered how Ketamine can lift Depression in a matter of hours or even minutes — when administered in a controlled setting, adding that the effects of a … Read more

Experimental Medication Lifts Depression Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder Within an Hour

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People with treatment-resistant bipolar disorder experienced relief from symptoms of depression in as little as 40 minutes after an intravenous dose of the anesthetic medication ketamine in a preliminary study; while the patient group was small, this work adds to evidence that compounds in the class to which ketamine belongs have potential as rapid and … Read more

Light Exposure Study

U of A Dept of Psychiatry Studies

Study Overview: We are conducting a study at the University of Arizona to understand the effectiveness of a six-week course of light exposure on cognitive functioning, mood, activity, and sleep in people that have suffered a head injury leading to a mild traumatic brain injury or “concussion.” Participants will undergo a series of surveys and … Read more

“I’m Living with BiPolar disorder,” and other absurd political correctness

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Because bipolar disorder is a serious illness that harms. If I’ve said anything at all in the over a thousand articles I’ve written on bipolar disorder, I’ve said this: bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that harms those who have it. If it didn’t cause harm we wouldn’t call it an illness. If it … Read more

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder shortly before my 30th birthday. Acutely manic, powerfully overconfident, and terrified that medication or even stability would kill my creativity, I refused to take meds. When I fell into a crushing depression a few months later, I realized that no matter what happened to my art (my passion, my … Read more

What Is Depression?

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from: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/index.shtml Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness … Read more

When Depression Causes a Lack of Motivation

The lack of motivation that can be caused by depression and other mental illnesses can be debilitating. There’s some things that are so important they m must be done as soon as possible. But for those who battle depression, the motivation factor can be an enemy that seems insurmountable at times. http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2015/03/about-depression-caused-lack-of-motivation/

Stigma and Discrimination: The Effect of Stigma

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Stigma and discrimination go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to mental illness. According to the Wisconsin United for Mental Health website, “. . . people with a mental illness would rather tell their employers they have committed a petty crime and were in jail than admit to being in a psychiatric hospital.” http://www.healthyplace.com/stigma/stand-up-for-mental-health/stigma-and-discrimination-the-effect-of-stigma/