Children and Teens

Though it's often hard to diagnose in young people, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that up to one-third of the 3.4 million children and teens with depression in the U.S. may have bipolar disorder. The word "may" is emphasized as there is debate about whether some children suffer misdiagnosis.

Recent posts on Bipolar Disorder

3 Strategies to Talk With Kids About Suicidal Thoughts

There is no age limit for suicidal thoughts. Parents and healthcare professionals can learn to talk openly and safely with children about suicide.

What We Can All Learn From the 2017 Super Bowl

By Susan Noonan MD on February 09, 2017 in View From the Mist
An experience in resilience, in not giving up.

Excitation and Inhibition: The Yin and Yang of the Brain

Understanding the balance between neural excitation and inhibition could be key to understanding many brain disorders.
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The Challenge of Knowing Versus Doing

By Susan Noonan MD on January 17, 2017 in View From the Mist
Knowing about something is much different than being able to do it consistently.

Your Brain on Omega 3: Balancing the O3 to O6 Ratio

We know that omega 3 supplements and eating fish has the potential to help brain health. Would they work even better if we reduced the amount of omega 6 fatty acids that we eat?

Carrie Fisher: Turning Problems into Punchlines

By Judy Carter on January 06, 2017 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Carrie Fisher was able to turn mental illness into a career. In so doing, she helped so many “come out” about their own secrets. Can laughter really help heal mental illness?
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The World Lost Carrie Fisher Too Soon

By Susan Noonan MD on December 28, 2016 in View From the Mist
The impact of bipolar disorder on our physical health

5 Lessons Carrie Fisher Taught Us

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on December 28, 2016 in Reset 24/7
Do you ever feel like you're stuck on the dark side? Help isn't far away.

Why We Owe Carrie Fisher a Debt of Gratitude

Carrie Fisher was a champion for mental health and helped reduce stigma about mental illness and brain disorders. We owe her a debt of gratitude for being open about her struggle.

A New Day for Mental Health

By Jennifer Bleyer on December 27, 2016 in Brainstorm
Bestselling author and advocate Pete Earley says recently passed mental health legislation is an imperfect triumph, with promise for those who share his family's experience.
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Facing the Holidays When You Feel So Alone

By Susan Noonan MD on December 17, 2016 in View From the Mist
Curled up on the couch missing out on the season’s activities when others are out celebrating?
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5 Essential Strategies for Insomnia

Insomnia and mania will both respond to these natural solutions.
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Surviving the Chaos of Simultaneous Depression and Mania

By Susan Noonan MD on December 02, 2016 in View From the Mist
How to deal with the “storms” in your head when two extremes collide
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Holiday Expectations and Stress

By Susan Noonan MD on November 22, 2016 in View From the Mist
Overwhelmed by the thought of the upcoming holidays?

Nutritional Psychoeducation: How Do I Begin With My Clients?

Nutrition is the missing key in successful mental health treatment.
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Read Health Care Websites With a Critical Eye!

By Susan Noonan MD on November 18, 2016 in View From the Mist
Not all health-related information on the internet is accurate.

Going to College With Bipolar Disorder - Part II

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 17, 2016 in Bipolar You
The second half of a two-part blog post pertaining to the issues faced by college-bound high school students with bipolar disorder.

Going to College With Bipolar Disorder - Part I

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 17, 2016 in Bipolar You
The first half of a two-part blog post pertaining to the issues and challenges faced by college-bound high school students with bipolar disorder.

Can You Be Autistic and Bipolar at the Same Time?

Co-occurrence of autism and bipolar disorder seems ruled out by the diametric model until you realize that different mental modules and brain centres may be involved in each.

How to Treat Election Anxiety

By Tom Wootton on November 11, 2016 in Bipolar Advantage
How understanding depression helped me through election anxiety.
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Beware Of The Rush To Label Yourself “Unfixable”

By Susan Noonan MD on November 05, 2016 in View From the Mist
Don’t Get Discouraged And Jump Into The Treatment-Resistant Pool Too Soon

When Someone You Love Is Bipolar

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 03, 2016 in Open Gently
Self-help books and memoirs can guide you to understand a loved one with bipolar illness.

Autism and Psychosis Can Cancel Out in Bipolar Disorder

The first study to assess the expression of autistic and schizotypal traits in adults with bipolar disorder confirms counter-intuitive predictions of the diametric model.
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When Someone Refuses Treatment

By Susan Noonan MD on October 26, 2016 in View From the Mist
Do you feel powerless when you see the need and can’t help
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Trump's Temperament: Not Narcissistic, But Not Normal

By Nassir Ghaemi M.D., M.P.H. on October 23, 2016 in Mood Swings
Beyond pejoratives terms to scientifically based concepts
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Why I Hate the Phrase “Hang in There”

By Susan Noonan MD on October 15, 2016 in View From the Mist
Avoid this mindless cliché that can have double meaning in depression!

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on September 15, 2016 in Brain and Behavior
There are many misconceptions about bipolar disorder, a lifelong disorder characterized by episodes of often persistent, highs, and often persistent, lows.

4 Disorders That Seem Like Depression, But Aren't

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Depression is a serious illness that affects millions of people, but because four conditions mimic the disorder, seeking a blood test for an accurate diagnosis is vital.

The Truman Show Delusion

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in In Excess
Watching reality television shows do not cause psychotic or delusional episodes. However, those with underlying illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia) may develop a Truman Show Delusion.
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Crushed by Disappointment?

By Susan Noonan MD on August 01, 2016 in View From the Mist
Curled up in a corner, crumbled in defeat? Or able to move on after disappointment?