Bipolar disorder forces Unlockd CEO Matt Berriman to step aside

Bipolar disorder forces Unlockd CEO Matt Berriman to step aside

Matt Berriman, co-founder of Melbourne-based startup Unlockd, has decided to step aside as its chief executive officer. In an open write-up, the 33-year-old cited mental health issues as the reason for resigning from the top post. “Throughout the journey I began to experience symptoms, which I attributed for far too long to stress, lack of sleep and the start-up roller-coaster. What I did not know at the time was I was fighting a battle with bipolar disorder,” Berriman wrote. Read more

Soon, a drug for postpartum depression

Soon, a drug for postpartum depression

Jane and her husband wanted a baby. Both of them were in their late twenties and were well settled in their profession, so they wanted to explore the possibility of going the family way. It would be fun, they thought, to have someone to play with when they came home, and Jane could work from home. When their gynecologist informed them that the stork had visited them, they were overjoyed. However, once the baby arrived, the fairy tale turned into a nightmare. Though Jane was aware of postpartum depression and anxiety, she did not know it could be this bad. Read more

Fearne Cotton on secretly battling depression and feeling anxious at events

Fearne Cotton on secretly battling depression and feeling anxious at events

An eternal optimist, a happy-go-lucky star and a successful radio presenter-turned-author, Fearne Cotton, has had the best of life. But no matter what the world saw on the outside, on the inside, she struggled with depression. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Cotton revealed her struggles with mental disorder, putting on a fake smile and going to work while crying and feeling numb on the inside. The mother of two admitted that while she became overly sensitive and thought too much about everything, she took her mental illness to be somewhat of a normal 20-something moment. But slowly, the spark inside her began to extinguish. Read more

Missouri man with schizophrenia acquitted in 2016 killing of Air Force veteran

Missouri man with schizophrenia acquitted in 2016 killing of Air Force veteran

Timothy Hagins, a 36-year-old man who killed an Air Force veteran in August 2016 and thereafter barged into a house 12 miles away, shouting, “I am here to slaughter the lambs,” has been pronounced not guilty by the judge because of his mental instability. He was legally insane at the time of killing the Air Force veteran, Tech Sgt. David Stechman, as he was off his medications, the judge ruled. Read more

Food preservative shows promising effects in managing treatment-resistant schizophrenia

Food preservative shows promising effects in managing treatment-resistant schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a rare, complex and severe mental disorder affecting at least 0.3 percent of the US adult population. It affects how a person behaves, feels and thinks. A person also experiences agitated movements and a difficulty in performing daily activities. The usual course of treatment comprises psychosocial therapy and pharmacological agents like risperidone, clozapine, and brexpiprazole. However, some studies have demonstrated that at least one fifth or one-half of the patients are resistant to the pharmacological agents. Read more

Personalized treatment can help address bipolar disorder better

Personalized treatment can help address bipolar disorder better

A “one-for-all” prevention and treatment strategy might prove effective in many medical conditions, but it does not work well for certain diseases that require a more specific therapeutic method. That’s where a personalized or precision treatment comes into play, when clinicians develop interventions for a particular group of people with a specific disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), precision medicine is an “emerging approach” for disease treatment and prevention based on personal variability in genes, environment and lifestyle for each individual. Personalized medicine aims to rectify past trial-and-error therapeutic strategies in order to improve treatment outcomes for patients. The role of precision medicine is particularly important in psychiatric ailments, such as bipolar disorder, which are associated with high risk of suicide. Read more

Dogs can sense anxiety from afar

Dogs can sense anxiety from afar

It’s often said that a man’s best friend is a dog. They are loyal and can understand human commands and emotions more easily than other animals. While most of us find pleasure in the presence of the dogs, many go to great lengths to avoid being in the same room with a dog. They stop visiting friends who own dogs and exhibit the typical symptoms of anxiety, such as breathlessness, clammy hands, increased sweating and panic attack, in the presence of a dog, no matter how friendly it is. Read more

Ways to manage depression at workplace

Ways to manage depression at workplace

Tom had been feeling disoriented since last few days after waking up in the morning. It was an ardent task for him to get out of the bed, brew coffee, have breakfast and rush for work. Once in office, he would just drag his assignments, stay aloof and feel completely out of place. He could see that this behavior was affecting his productivity and he had no answers when his manager asked for submissions. One fine day, Tom decided to consult a psychologist who diagnosed him with clinical depression. Read more

Grammy nominee Julia Michaels reveals her battle with anxiety

Grammy nominee Julia Michaels reveals her battle with anxiety

American singer and songwriter Julia Michaels has joined the league of celebrities publicizing their mental health problems. Michaels, who got two nominations (Best New Artist and Song of the Year) at the 60th Grammy Awards, has opened up about her struggle with anxiety. In a candid article for Glamour, published on Jan. 28, 2018, the 24-year-old star revealed how her first publishing contract as a songwriter introduced her to anxiety. For an 18-year-old girl, as she submitted, it was too much pressure to handle. The pressure to perform left her mind and body so stressed that she felt like trapped in a never-ending spiral. Many a times, she felt as if she was not able to breathe. Read more

Hospital abandons woman with mental illness on streets

Hospital abandons woman with mental illness on streets

A mentally disoriented woman in her early twenties recently dumped on the streets by a Baltimore hospital is a case of sheer indifference and negligence on the part of the medical fraternity. Rebecca (22), suffering from bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, was left on her own on a cold winter night outside the hospital. A passerby, who shot the entire episode and circulated the video on social media, highlighted the plight of the patient clad in a flimsy gown and crying at the bus stop.

When her mother, Cheryl, got to know about her daughter’s whereabouts, she reached out to the media to clear misconceptions about her daughter who was being called a drug addict and prostitute. The mother was shocked to see the treatment meted out to her helpless daughter. She termed the authorities callous and irresponsible “because they weren’t looking at her like a human being.” She was appalled by the apathy of the hospital staff. Read more