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‘Special K’ finds market as costly off-label option to treat mental disorders

med.stanford.edu

As research shows that the hallucinogen is a potentially powerful treatment for intractable mental disorders, and academics continue to debate its safety, private clinics across the country offer the drug to patients now. Geuris “Jerry” Rivas, a native of New York, was diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder when he was 15. Obsessions with organizing and … Read more…

When You Can’t Get Out of Bed Because of Your Depression

It’s 7:30 a.m. and you have to be at work in a half hour; this is the fourth alarm that has gone off, and you still aren’t even close to moving your body out of your bed. So, you push snooze for the fourth time and you roll back over. It’s 7:45 a.m. and there’s … Read more…

Maria Bamford, Jackie Kashian, Apr 22 Sat, 7pm

Maria Bamford

Our Dbsa group are going to the Rialto Theatre, to see Maria Bamford and Jackie Kashian Sat, 4-22. Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm. Jackie Kashian’s comedy is like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered. She is comic, writer, and occasional actor… she just did her first late night set … Read more…

Local news review the Dbsa Wellness Tracker

DBSA Wellness Tracker

CHICAGO (WLS) — We use apps on our phones for just about everything, but can an app make you feel better, sleep more or calm down? The potential for smartphone therapy is enormous, doctors say. Dbsa Wellness Tracker, from Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Every year, 20 percent of Americans have symptoms of depression or … Read more…

Swab of your DNA can help doctors prescribe the best for meds for Mood disorders

Genesight Psychotropic Sample Report

The GeneSight Psychotropic laboratory developed a test that analyzes how your genes affect the way your body may respond to FDA-approved medicines commonly prescribed to treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disease, schizophrenia or other behavioral health conditions. Treatments can involve much trial and error when it comes to medications, as not everyone responds the same way … Read more…

Depressed: The Ketamine breakthrough – Part1

ketamine depression breakthrough

If you’ve never suffered from depression, true debilitating depression, consider yourself blessed. More than one out of ten people who suffer from clinical depression will end their own life. For those who have never witnessed a friend or family member who is depressed, it’s hard to understand how someone would kill themselves. But for those … Read more…

6 Things To Say to Someone Who Has Depression

6 things to say to some suicidal

We’ve all seen the lists explaining what not to say to someone with depression; never say, “Cheer up!” or “Just snap out of it!”, for example, because doing so just makes things worse for the afflicted individual, and it becomes painfully obvious you don’t understand that depression isn’t just sadness, it’s a disease. So what … Read more…

Mental illness and depression are the mother of all bitches. Robin Williams.

Robin Williams

When Robin Williams Comforted Me in the Airport After My Husband’s Suicide. On Monday, August 11, 2014, I was sitting with my kids outside playing. They were in a wagon singing “So Long, Farewell” and pretending they were sailing to Ireland to pick up trash on their next expedition. A text from a dear friend … Read more…

Merriment When You Don’t Feel Merry

christmas-blues

Do you hate the holidays? The holiday season affects mental health. All the merriment can increase a sense of depression, anxiety, and isolation. Festivities can exacerbate the stresses and symptoms of eating disorders. In general, the people, sights, smells, and sounds can be overwhelming for almost anyone living with a mental illness. More…

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