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Posted by: Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D.
In a time where there is still much to learn about autism, new breakthroughs and knowledge are always exciting. This week, autism has been in the headlines twice thanks to the results of more studies being released. The first one reported that women who took antidepressants during pregnancy were more likely to have children with autism, though that study is already being discredited since it was widely exaggerated. The second study, which is much more promising, revealed that a neurotransmitter ...Continue Reading →
The holiday season can be a challenging time for the mentally ill. In addition to missed therapy appointments, missed sleep and the stimulation of friends and family, long travel days can lead to missed medication and poor diet choices. That combined with any family drama that may arise can make for a depressing January.
Of course, the holiday season is different for everyone, and no two mental disorders are the same. Someone with depression or anxiety may need to handle things ...Continue Reading →
This week, the USA experienced its 355th mass shooting of 2015, the worst one of the year. 14 people were killed, more were injured, and thousands of people were affected by lockdowns and road closures as the police searched for the people responsible. Fortunately, they were apprehended, although a third person’s involvement is still being disputed.
When something like this happens, people are quick to take sides on issues of gun control of public safety. But something that should not be ...Continue Reading →
It is an unfortunate truth that people in our society are overmedicated. Some doctors rush to prescribe medication before researching alternative treatments, and some people think treating their symptoms with a pill is the easiest way to solve their issues. Medication is a wonderful thing, when it’s administered properly. The key is to know when it is a good idea and when it’s not ...Continue Reading →
With one in 68 children currently being diagnosed with some form of autism, it’s very clear that it is here to stay. Eventually those autistic children grow up, fall in love, and hopefully find the right partner and get married. With proper treatment from an autism specialist, an adult on the autism spectrum can lead ...Continue Reading →
Fall and winter are notoriously known as cold and flu season. Everywhere we look, there are tips for staying physically and mentally healthy during the colder months. But this is also the time to check in with our mental health. Even in warmer places, such as Newport Beach, the shorter days and longer nights can cause people to feel depressed.
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a disorder in which a person is unable to control focus and behavior due to difficulty in processing neural stimuli. While ADHD can be diagnosed during adulthood, it is most often discovered during childhood. But new evidence suggests that adults with ADHD may be more likely to become addicted to substances, the Internet or even gambling.
As a parent, you worry about your children hitting certain milestones—and if they miss a few, you start to worry about things like signs of autism. Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
With autism ...Continue Reading →
Sports psychiatry, a relatively new subspecialty in the psychiatry field, emphasizes treating mental illness in athletes. The mental illness may be brought on by sports, by the use of steroids or by stressors related to the sport the athlete plays. While enhancing the athlete’s performance is not a goal of sports psychiatry, it may produce that outcome.
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Living with Bipolar Disorder can be challenging, but loving someone with it isn’t always easy either. If you’re in a relationship with someone with Bipolar Disorder, you already know it’s a tough ride. The mood swings can make your time together exhilarating or frustrating, depending on the day. But it is not impossible to have a healthy union with someone who has the disorder. You and your bipolar partner can beat the odds.
The trademark symptom of Bipolar Disorder is a ...Continue Reading →
Nearly everyone has had trouble sleeping at some point in their lives. Fortunately, their bouts of insomnia are usually situational and temporary. But for others, the battle to get adequate sleep can be real, lasting and problematic. About 10% of Americans are cursed with chronic insomnia, which can have a negative impact on physical and mental health.
Sleep disorders can wreak havoc on a person’s life. They can raise depression and anxiety risk, and they can keep employees from performing well ...Continue Reading →