Bipolar disorder (BD) is a mental health disorder which leads to unusual changes in mood and activity and energy levels thus affecting an individual’s ability to perform their daily activities. It is characterized by mood swings ranging from periods of extreme depression to periods of extreme elation and energized behavior. Read more
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) defines bipolar disorder as a maniac depressive disorder characterized by periods of intense depression followed by an excessively happy or elevated mood known as a maniac period. Bipolar disorder is a severe mental condition which is debilitating and also lasts a lifetime. Read more
Elected officials to the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, Matt Haney and Hillary Ronen, have announced a new health proposal to take care of mental health and addiction patients. Mental Health SF, as the plan is being called, is set to provide 24×7 free treatment for mental health disorders as well as substance use disorders. If approved the plan is set to be the first of its kind to be set up in the U.S. Read more
Millions of Americans struggle with mental health disorders every year. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in a given year, at least 1 in 5 Americans grapple with a mental illness, which corresponds to 47.6 million people. However, approximately 57 percent of American adults dealing with a mental illness do not receive treatment. While some choose not to seek treatment due to the social stigma associated with mental health, others cannot afford it. Read more
Case 1 in Sonoma County, California: 20-year-old Christy McDonald suffered her first bout of psychosis in January 2019. Confused and unable to handle her emotions, she locked herself in her room for 4 days straight. Eventually she went into a state of unresponsive stupor. Jim McDonald, her father, immediately rushed her to a local hospital. While surfing the internet, he came across a wonderful program for young adults experiencing the first phase of psychosis. However, there was a problem – the program was not available in Sonoma County. The reason was that mental health treatment centers in her county offered programs in accordance with the insurance rules applicable there. Read more
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