Pasadena

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Crown City Suites
600 S. Lake Ave. Suite 200
Pasadena CA 91106

Meetings:
Tues. through Fri. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Parking entrance from S. Lake Ave. at booth. Parking is free. You may also RSVP via Meetup.

Monrovia

Pacific Clinics East
902 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia CA 91016

Meetings:
Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Posts in category Diagnostics

Mood Disorders and Different Kinds of Depression

People with mood disorders might have trouble with work life, family life and social life, or they might have difficulty simply getting through the day. While most mood disorders have depression in common, only in bipolar disorder are there mood swings of depression and periods of hypo-mania (if the bipolar disorder is mild) or mania (if severe). It’s important to know the difference between the different types of depression, because different types require different treatments.

Treatment Technologies for Mood Disorders

Treatment for depression and bipolar disorder usually includes four elements: talk therapy, medication, peer support, and a personal wellness plan. Sometimes, though, these standard treatments don’t help… or don’t help enough. As a result, researchers are turning to new technologies in search of more effective treatments.

How Our Misconceptions About Genes Play Out in Courts and Minds

Epigenetics, the way environment influences genes, is a new science, but one that explains what really happens. Genes have switches to turn them on or off. The DNA of our parents determines which genes you have, but those genes continue to adapt wherever you go.

Finding a Mental Health Professional

A Personal Guide We’ve been there. We can help. If you or someone you know is experiencing mood swings, persistent sadness or anxiety, or having trouble sleeping or eating, you might have decided it’s time to seek help. If symptoms like these have started to interfere with your work, social or personal life—or if you experience a sudden […]

C-SSRS- Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale

The C-SSRS is a questionnaire used for suicide assessment developed by Kelly Posner, PhD, David Brent, MD, Chris Lucas, MD, Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, Barbara Stanley, PhD, Greg brown, PhD, Prudence Fisher, PhD, Jaime Zelazny, NR, MPH, Ainsley Burke, PhD, Maria Oquendo, MD, and J. John Mann, MD.

Bipolar Affective Disorder – A Guide to Recovery

Individuals with bipolar disorder often spend many years seeking professional help and may get from three to four diagnoses from doctors before receiving a correct diagnosis. Early diagnosis is important as it can lessen the effects of the disorder on the individual. Individuals with bipolar disorder have an approximately 75-80 percent risk for alcohol and substance abuse. Marital fluctuation, chronic unemployment, and suicide are also prevalent.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicidal people suffer from inner turmoil that leaves them feeling isolated and hopeless. Many people who struggle with suicidal tendencies fail to seek the help they so desperately need. The majority of suicidal people do not want to die; they just want to stop the pain. Suicide prevention starts with the sufferer recognizing the warning signs and admitting that they have a problem. Family and friends should also pay close attention to these warning signs to ensure the sufferer finds the help they need. Simply talking about suicidal thoughts and feelings can help save a life.

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Informative documents and pamphlets from DBSA on Bipolar Disorder, Depression.

Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale/Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)

The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) is a psychological questionnaire used by clinicians to rate the severity of a patient’s anxiety. Anxiety can refer to things such as “a mental state…a drive…a response to a particular situation…a personality trait…and a psychiatric disorder.”

Mood Disorder Questionnaire

The Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) is a tool designed to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, including mania and/or depression.

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