Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy Can Affect Newborn

Istockphoto MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2009 (Health.com) — More than 1 in 10 women develops depression during pregnancy. Now, a new study suggests that women who are treated with antidepressants are more likely to give birth early or to ...

Drugs Used to Treat Bipolar Kids Cause Rapid Weight Gain

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2009 (Health.com) — Schizophrenia drugs, increasingly prescribed to children with bipolar disorder and other conditions, can cause youngsters to experience rapid weight gain, according to a new study. Christoph U. Correll, ...

How to Cope With Mental Illness During the Holidays

Amy Pilkington (shown with her husband) has had more than her share of holiday crises. January and February have always been the hardest time of the year for me to manage my symptoms, which can range from severe depression to mania. ...

Depression, ADHD Increase Teens’ Risk for Internet Addiction

MONDAY, Oct. 5 (Health.com) — Some children and teens are more likely than their peers to become addicted to the Internet, and a new study suggests it’s more likely to happen if kids are depressed, hostile, or have attention deficit ...

Depression Treatment Makeover: Hemmis Edition

(PAIGE HEMMIS) Paige Hemmis is a self-taught carpenter and a member of the design team on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Although you’d never know it from the sunny personality she exhibits on ...

Back to School With Bipolar? How College Can Unleash Mania

(ISTOCKPHOTO) The rituals of college—making new friends, studying until dawn, excessive partying—can stress out any young adult. But students with bipolar disorder, or those at risk for the condition, are even more vulnerable ...

Is Bipolar Disorder Hereditary?

(GETTY IMAGES) Parents usually enjoy seeing their own characteristics reflected in their children, such as a daughter’s green eyes or a son’s shyness. But studies show that bipolar disorder also runs in families, and experts ...

How Is Childhood Bipolar Disorder Treated?

(GETTY IMAGES) Medication is the primary treatment for bipolar disorder in children and teens (as it is in adults). Nine out of ten young people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder are prescribed drugs. The most commonly prescribed ...

What Is Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens?

(GETTY IMAGES) Bipolar disorder looks different in children and teens than it does in adults. Though young people often exhibit some of the classic symptoms of bipolar disorder—including depression, irritability, excess energy, ...

The Challenge of Accurately Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder

(ISTOCKPHOTO/HEALTH) You’ve read up on bipolar disorder and think it may be causing your intense mood swings and problems with relationships at school or work. But you aren’t sure. Your symptoms—or those of the spouse, ...