Tag Archives: mental health


Boy does this make common sense!

First the bad news… Over all, however, 15 percent of employers in the United States do not offer mental health coverage to employees, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Then the good… Such benefits may become more widely … Continue reading


Nothing Changes_Parents Left on our Own to Fight for Treatment of Teens’ Early Psychosis_

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There have been two “worst fears” stated by those who have been decrying (and have now managed to defeat) proposed changes to the handbook of psychiatry called the DSM-5, for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual that would have lowered the standards … Continue reading


Hugs Help Kids’ Brains : Discovery News

A 10% bigger brain from hugs? Read this report to smile. “For years studies have underscored the importance of an early, nurturing environment for good, healthy outcomes for children,” said lead author Joan Luby. “But most of those studies have … Continue reading


PLoS ONE: Familial Linkage between Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Intellectual Interests

Students aspiring to technical majors (science/mathematics/engineering) were more likely than other students to report a sibling with an autism spectrum disorder (p = 0.037). Conversely, students interested in the humanities were more likely to report a family member with major … Continue reading


Recovery To Practice E-News–Advocacy as a Path to Recovery

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Only in the last few years have I realized guilt had become my final and most tenacious addiction. The cure was letting go of the facade of “normalcy” and publicly telling my story. That led to a professional U-turn, where … Continue reading


1 In 5 Americans With Mental Illness, National Survey

The survey, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA, finds that the rate of mental illness among 18 to 25-year-olds was more than twice as high as among people aged 50 and over 29.9% versus 14.3% … Continue reading

“Getting to Happy” …My Top Ten Tips

Here I offer my top ten tips for mental wellness, drawn from  research for A Lethal Inheritance and posted today on the site Divine Caroline as “New Year’s resolutions” for moms. I think you’ll find them useful on any day of the year.

Getting to Happy – DivineCaroline.

Mayo Clinic Issues Top Warning Signs of a Possible Mental Disorder in Child or Teen

The Mayo Clinic with funding from the feds (SAMHSA) has weighed in on the issue of early recognition and intervention for possible symptoms of mental disorders by issuing a list of warning signs that should be seen as red flags by parents –Culled from a Mayo study of 6000 child/teen cases of various disorders.

Here’s the list….

If your child has any of these 11 warning signs, he or she may have a mental health disorder and should be referred to treatment as soon as possible:

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for two or more weeks
  • Seriously trying to harm or kill themselves, or making plans to do so
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart or fast breathing
  • Involved in multiple fights, using a weapon, or wanting badly to hurt others
  • Severe out-of-control behavior that can hurt the teenager or others
  • Not eating, throwing up, or using laxatives to lose weight
  • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that puts a teenager in physical danger or causes school failure
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Drastic changes in behavior or personality

According to Mayo…”This data substantiates what we already knew, that there are warning signs of significant mental illness, but children and adolescents aren’t getting help because health care providers don’t share the same language,” said Dr. Abigail Schlesinger, medical director of outpatient behavioral health services at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh.



A Fascinating Definition of Mental Illness from head of NIMH http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/index.shtml

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http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/index.shtml. Check out the photo! Caption: Pulses of blue and yellow light precisely turn neurons on-and-off using genetically-targeted probes that take advantage of light-sensitive genes borrowed from primitive life-forms. Artist’s rendering. Source: Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University