Friday, December 31, 2010

Brain Health: Vitamin D

Just in time for the winter months is a reminder about sunlight, blue light, sleep, and that all-important hormone, vitamin D.

We’ve talked at length about the importance of sleep hygienethe sleep-wake cycle, diet and exercise—but also of critical importance is the “sunshine vitamin,” the hormone we call “Vitamin D.” Readers of the BOOK- "It's not Mental" know how all this tied in to my daughter's full recovery from bipolar/schizoaffective disorder.

Historically, the FDA made a grave error in its vitamin D recommendation level due to a misunderstanding in the scientific community about what vitamin D does. Their recommendation was just high enough to prevent immediate damage (rickets) and immediate death but, at the time, they did not realize that this did not prevent slower long-term damage (“mental” illness, autoimmune diseases, lower immune function, obesity) and earlier deaths (cancer, heart attacks).

Sunday, December 5, 2010

It‘s Not Mental — The Book Description — Availability

Otherwise mentally healthy children can experience sleep problems, symptoms of depression, bipolar mood swings, and/or psychosis. 

The award-winning book, "It's Not Mental - Finding Innovative Support and Medical Treatment for a Child Diagnosed with a Severe Mental Illness" is currently available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other on-line booksellers, and, in Lexington and Midway, Kentucky,  at:  

Being distributed through Ingram Books, any book store can order a copy of the book for you. 

If you live in Lexington, KY, please shop local!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to SWALLOW PILLS - Video

The issue of how to teach children to swallow pills gets brought up so often! In my family we started by giving the children tiny hard candies to swallow with a sip of water.

That was fine, but this training video from Dr. Bonnie Kaplan in Canada is awesome! It is for both the child AND parents to watch.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holiday Gift Ideas for Special Families

Many of us have children with special needs who already have enough “stuff” or we really need to concentrate our resources on things that can help them with various issues. My children are now grown, but over the years I’ve accumulated some nifty ideas and thought this was a good time to share some of them. Some ideas are for the children. Some are for the children to give to others. Some are for the parents.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Repeated Depression

A recent study written up in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that although almost all teens treated for Major Depressive Disorder recovered in the short term, half suffered a relapse within 5 years. This held true even if the teens had received a combination of antidepressant and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). This combination has been considered to be the “gold standard” for depression treatment, with the hope that the CBT would help prevent relapses.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bipolar, Cancer, Stroke. What's One Connection?

Epigentics, influenced by food, toxins, environment and even our grandparents' lives may connect seemingly unrelated medical illnesses such as bipolar, schizophrenia, cancer, stroke and heart disease.

There is good news in this!

Conceivably, the extensive amount of money poured into cancer research and prevention may pay off for these other illnesses as well. [1]

Friday, July 9, 2010

Inflammation, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder

Inflammation can be contributing to symptoms manifesting as schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, as a Dutch study adding ASPIRIN to these patients' drug regimen showed.[1]

Much research has been done about the link between inflammation and brain symptoms that get diagnosed as “mental illness.” We discussed back in 2008 about the study showing inflammation in body and brain preceded the brain symptoms that got diagnosed as mental illness.[2,3]

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bipolar and Off Her Meds

Words that usually strike fear into a parent’s heart are that their adult child with a diagnosed mental illness is off their meds.

My older daughter suffered 13 years of unrelenting, unstable bipolar disorder in spite of hospitalizations, psychiatrists, therapy, and strict adherence to medications.

She is finally STABLE, but NOT while on any of the past psychiatric medications.

She is finally stable, AND off her meds. (Part 2 here - Getting Better and Part 3 - Recovered: No Longer on Psychiatric Medications or, start with the book that started it all -- It's Not Mental)