Bipolar disorder is a severe psychiatric disorder. It is a chronic and disabling condition and was ranked as the sixth-leading cause of disability by the World Health Organization in 1990. The illness involves significant economic cost, and comes with a greatly increased risk of mortality—people with bipolar disorder are 20 times more likely to commit suicide than members of the general population.
Depression is the common term for a group of mental health conditions—called depressive disorders—that produce mood disturbances capable of seriously or severely restricting an individual’s ability to function in his or her daily life. As a rule, the specific symptoms of the depressive disorders vary in number and intensity from person to person. In a study published in August 2013 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, a multi-institution research team tracked the number of depression symptoms that typically appear at various stages of adulthood. These researchers found that the rate of depression symptoms spikes in early adulthood, decreases for roughly two decades, and then spikes again in old age.
You’re having a baby! Oh, the joy … or not? You may be wondering why, when other expecting women seem to be glowing with happiness, you’re feeling nothing but incredibly anxious. Dread, worry and all sorts of fears are overshadowing your pregnancy, and it feels awful. Is it normal? What should you do?
When two conditions show up together time after time it grabs the attention of medical and scientific researchers. Such is the case with symptoms of depression and instances of heart disease or stroke, and previous studies have been inconclusive as to which condition was causal for the other. A recent study, however, has been able to demonstrate when depression was a causal factor for the heart problem and when the heart problem caused the depression.
The first time an 18 year old moves away to college can be a bit traumatic under the best conditions. Suddenly, the student has lost the daily support of parents and family while at the same time gaining an entire menu of new stressors. Young college students are notorious for crazy sleep patterns and increased social activities right alongside stepped-up academic pressures. For some students, these changes can trigger the onset of a mood disorder known as bipolar disorder. That condition will make it difficult for even highly intelligent kids to finish the college education they have begun.
Anxiety is like all other mental disorders in that early detection and intervention is a critical component for a successful recovery. For some there is a reluctance to seek treatment due to a fear of being stigmatized, for others it’s a lack of health insurance. And then there are the many veterans that don’t receive the care they need because they haven‘t received a precise diagnosis.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders shows a binge-eating disorder may affect the development of bipolar disorder. The new update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) identifies binge eating as a distinct disorder for the first time, and the co-occurrence of this disorder with bipolar disorder seems to increase the likelihood of more pronounced mental health issues.
Our very own Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD is currently featured as a “Key Player” in the April 2014 issue of Key Biscayne Magazine. Dr. La Riche is a board-certified psychiatrist, award-winning psychotherapist and board-certified addiction psychiatrist. Dr. La Riche received his medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico where he graduated with clinical distinction. He completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and received his fellowship in addiction psychiatry from the University of Miami.
As noted in the article, “For him, the highest sense of fulfillment comes after reading about an advance in addiction treatment in a scholarly journal and translating that clinical research into practice.” Dr. La Riche says, “It’s where the intellectual meets the human to produce life-sustaining change.”
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Migraine headaches are recurring headaches that produce moderate or severe pain along with a number of additional, significant symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, unusually strong reactions to light and sound, and a phenomenon called an aura. While both men and women develop these headaches, women experience them much more often than men. Current scientific evidence links the presence of migraines to increased risks for developing any one of several different mental health conditions known as anxiety disorders. Migraines are also linked to increased risks for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition formerly classified as an anxiety disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.
Relapse is the term addiction specialists use to describe the reinitiation of substance intake after a drug or alcohol user begins the recovery process. Generally speaking, people who relapse repeatedly have significantly reduced chances of ultimately achieving long-term substance abstinence. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, a team of German and Austrian researchers compared the effectiveness of three potential methods of detecting a relapse during ongoing alcoholism treatment. These researchers concluded that a new urine testing technique produces superior accuracy in detecting recent alcohol use.