The best audio and video mental health presentations from the web, as selected by the The Balanced Mind Parent Network.
Q: What is bipolar disorder?
A: A brain disorder marked by bouts of extreme and impairing changes in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms may emerge either suddenly or gradually during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.
Q: Can bipolar disorder be cured?
A: Clinical depression and bipolar disorder tend to be episodic in nature. These illnesses are treatable, but right now cannot be cured. The goal of treatment should be to manage the disease, decrease the severity of depressive and manic episodes and keep recurrences to a minimum.
Q: What is the difference between depression and bipolar illness?
A: Clinical depression is also called "unipolar" depression because a person's mood swings only in one direction - down. Normal periods are separated by a steady drop in mood, which becomes lower and lower. In contrast, manic depression is "bipolar," because the mood swings range from low to high (manic) and back again.
Flipswitch is a fast-paced, fact-filled weekly podcast tackling issues such as wellness, stigma, and creativity. Join co-hosts Chris, Ryan, Gopi, and Emily each week for upbeat and informative segments such as 'Quizzo', '20 Facts in 120 Seconds', 'The 'X' Affect', 'Mood Disorders in the News', as well as interviews with the experts.
Dr. Hudziak is coauthor of one of the largest genetic studies looking at risk factors in children and youth. His research efforts have involved the study of genetic factors including social behaviors, obsessive-compulsive, attention, and aggressive behavior in boys and girls.
The Flipswitch interview with Dr. Hudziak has been transcribed below.