What Is Mania?

Mania is a state of abnormally elevated arousal, affect, and energy level, or “a state of heightened overall activation with enhanced affective expression together with lability of affect.” Although mania is often conceived as a “mirror image” to depression, the heightened mood can be either euphoric or irritable; indeed, as the mania intensifies, irritability may…

During Recessions, Do Prescriptions for Mental Illnesses Increase?

During economic recessions, overall public health improves. Sounds wrong, right? Well, think about it. Less work, less stress. Less people die, fewer heart attacks are reported and general morbidity decreases, according to research from the World Health Organization. On the other hand, a recent study from the University of Georgia shows that mental illness might…

Ketamine For Depression Relief In Treatment Resistant Bipolar Disorder

A single intravenous dose of the anesthetic agent ketamine appears to reduce symptoms of depression within 40 minutes among those with bipolar disorder who have not responded to other treatments, according to a report[1] in the Archives of General Psychiatry. “Bipolar disorder is one of the most severe psychiatric disorders and ranks in the top…

Apathy in Aspergers Syndrome

Did you know that apathy was a symptom of Aspergers Syndrome? It is not always seen or even connected, but there is a very real link between an individual with Aspergers Syndrome experiencing stress, and there suddenly being a response of severe apathy. Some have likened it to feeling stuck in a vat of sinking…

Lexapro and OCD

Lexapro, or the scientific name Escitalopram, is one of the popular treatments for anxiety and in some cases Obsessive Compulsive disorder. This article is intended for the reader that is going to take this product to become well-known with its side effects. The most common dosage of Lexapro is 10-20mg daily. The drug is not…