The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Gianna Kali reviews the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, "one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life...

Raising the Ritalin Generation

New York Times opinion piece on the overmedication of ADHD in children. Article → 

“Grief is Good News for Pharmaceutical Companies”

The U.K.'s Guardian writes today that "the proposal by the American Psychiatric Association to create a new illness – prolonged grief disorder – and...

Antipsychotics for Childhood “Behavioral Problems” Skyrocket

Researchers from Columbia University and other New York institutions found a dramatically increasing use of antipsychotics to treat ADHD and other behavioral problems in...

The First Ever USA Olympic Gold Medal in Judo – and a Recovery Story

This morning Kayla Harrison won the first ever Olympic gold medal in the history of USA Judo. Kayla has overcome many, many obstacles on...

Michael Samuel Bloom

by Chaya Grossberg July 25, 2012 He also told me the shrinks were changing around his drugs and adding more.  They added an antidepressant or two to the Lithium and increased doses and eventually he seemed to have very little life left in him.  Our phone calls became trying for he was so down, practically dead sounding a lot of the time, and I felt unable to do anything or say anything to make a difference.  To even try felt futile and I wondered if talking to me at all was becoming the burden of yet another person he couldn't connect with. In the early years, he liked to think of us as being in the same boat, both mentally ill, since I'd also had a meltdown and I also am extremely sensitive and go through extreme states.  But as the years went by, especially towards the end, I seemed to be in the ever growing “other” camp in his eyes, which meant I was yet another person who didn't get what it was like to be him. And at that point I can confirm I did not, and perhaps did not want to.

Individualism a Risk Factor for Depression

Findings from a survey of 6,082 individuals, designed to explore racial and ethnic differences in mental disorders, reinforce the relationship between social support and...

Expressed Emotion in Families of 1-year-old Children

This study, in Child: Care, Health and Development, adds to the research that "high levels of expressed emotion (EE) in parents have been found...

Perceived Social Status Impacts Early Psychosis

Writing in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, London researchers find that perceptions of lower social rank and inferiority amongst 24 individuals with early...

Fear in Infants Predicts Guilt in Toddlers, Later Psychopathology

Researchers at Cardiff University in Wales find that fear in infants is a predictor of guilt in later life, and write in Development and...

Brain Imaging Shows Trauma-Related Differences in DID

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) has a complicated and controversial history. In this study, published in PLoS 1, researchers from London and the Netherlands explore...

Spanking is Associated With Mental Illness

Canadian researchers, publishing today in the journal Pediatrics, find that physical punishment such as spanking is associated with an increased risk of mental disorders....

Have Antidepressants Made Kids Emotionally Illiterate?

An article in the Wall Street Journal today explores the phenomenon of children growing up on antidepressants. Article → 

Baseball’s ADHD “Epidemic”

8% of major league baseball players have been diagnosed with ADHD (double the rate in the general population) and prescribed stimulants; medications which are...

Adderall Use in Women Up 750%

Citing reasons from weight loss to housecleaning, there has been a 750% increase in the use of Adderall among women in the U.S. aged...

Prenatal Prozac Alters Stress Response in Male Rats

Researchers from Belgium and the Netherlands, publishing online June 20 in Neuroscience, found that prenatal fluoxetine (Prozac) differentially affected the development of glucocorticoid receptors...

Familial Factors Affect Depression, BD, OCD, PD, and Phobias

A study of 566 families with 1416 bipolar-disordered members, and 675 families with 1726 depressed members by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the University...

Update on the Association Between ADHD and Bipolar

Researchers from the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre of King's College's Institute of Psychiatry in London, publishing in the Journal of Affective...

Hyperactivity Meds Jump 46%

Following an FDA study that found a 46% rise in ADHD prescriptions from 2002-2010, a review in Death and Taxes looks at better marketing...

Antipsychotics Aren’t Helpful to Children

Researchers from London, writing in European Psychiatry, reviewed "all RCTs involving children and young people with a diagnosis of childhood onset schizophrenia comparing any...

Nevada Legislation Aims to Curb Psychotropics in Foster Children

A touching article in the Las Vegas Sun follows one child from abandonment through foster placements, polypharmacy, suicidality, delinquency and homelessness to stability off...

Depressed People Surf Differently

In a study to be published in a forthcoming IEEE Technology and Society researchers at  Missouri University recruited 216 undergraduates, finding that the 30% who...

Australia Plans To Screen 3 Year Olds For Mental Illness

A controversial move by the Australian Federal Government plans to screen 3 year olds for early signs of mental illness as part of routine...

Antenatal Depression Associated w/Mom’s Childhood Maltreatment

Maternal antenatal depression is highly correlated with a history of the mother having been mistreated in childhood, and these two facts significantly increase the...