November 18, 2009

Frontline Video explores Bipolar Disorder in children

Frontline recently aired a program that explores the rapid increase in diagnoses of bipolar disorder in children during the past 7-8 years; the program is an update from earlier Frontline pieces which aired in 2001 and 2008. This program offers an overview of the current environment and attitude in the US vis-à-vis diagnosing young children with bipolar disorder and prescribing psychiatric medicines (many of which are "off label" for kids and adolescents). The video asserts that the rapid increase in diagnosis of bipolar disorder for kids is primarily a US phenomenon and conveys the heart wrenching uncertainty for families who Read more...
Posted by Michael Lane at 10:23 AM | Comments (7)

October 21, 2009

Bring Change 2 Mind Launches today

A new high-profile organization, Bring Change 2 Mind, is being launched today through a series of public service announcements (PSAs). The PSAs address the stigma of Mental Illness and raise awareness of the prevalence of Mental Illness in the U.S.; they are directed by Ron Howard and feature Glenn Close. Glenn Close is working in concert with several leading organizations to create Bring Change 2 Mind. For more information, see Ms. Close has a sister, Jessie, who suffers from bipolar disorder. I must admit that I became a bit emotional when watching a few of the clips available at Read more...
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July 8, 2009

2009 NAMI Conference: New online information technology introduced

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania used the occasion of the 2009 NAMI conference to introduce an innovative website that provides information, education and support to mental health consumers, family members and the community. The new website utilizes a patented technology which simulates real-time conversations enabling users to ask specific questions and receive specific responses to questions about Mental Illness. This interactive content, the result of a multi-year research & development effort, offers general advice about Mental Illness and includes links to NAMI fact sheets about bipolar disorder and other specific conditions. While a small portion of the content (less than 10%) provides Read more...
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