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Online Audio and Video Presentations on Bipolar, Depression, and Other Disorders

February 26th, 2010

The best audio and video mental health presentations from the web, as selected by the The Balanced Mind Parent Network.  

Bipolar/Depression | Comorbid Disorders


National Institute of Mental Health YouTube Channel

Videos on various disorders, with a strong focus on brain development and youth.

NAMI Basics: Ask the Doctor
NAMI.org - Video

National Alliance on Mental Illness's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth, answers a few of the most commonly asked questions by parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness.

Bipolar tv channel
WebMD - Video

An ongoing video series spotlighting reliable information about bipolar disorder, the latest news, real life stories about people living with bipolar disorder, and tips for living successfully.

When Treating Depression, Entire Family Called On
NPR- Audio

NPR's Morning Edition speaks to Dr. William Beardslee, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and longstanding researcher of the effects of severe parental mental illness on children.

Depression and Creativity Symposium
Library of Congress  - Video

Bipolar expert Kay Redfield Jamison gives an overview and review of studies of mental illness and creativity, Terrence Ketter speaks on related clinical studies and neuroimaging, and Peter Whybrow, Director of UCLA's Semel Institute talks about neurobiological correlates of creativity.

New Insights, New Directions for Treating Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder
National Institutes of Health - Video

As part of the NIH Clinical Center's 2008 Medicine for the Public Lecture Series, Dr. Carlos Zarate covers the symptoms and treatments for mood disorders and the latest research on what may cause them.
(December 2008)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ("CBT") and Adolescent Depression

Dr. Robert Findling, The Balanced Mind Parent Network Scientific Advisory Council member, reviews encouraging recent findings in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of adolescents suffering from major depression. (August 2008)

Jane Pauley on Bipolar Disorder
NARSAD: the Mental Health Research Association - Video

Broadcast journalist Jane Pauley shares her personal struggle with bipolar disorder.

Early Onset Bipolar Disorder: What Those in the Know, Know
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists - Video

This comprehensive CME activity presents the differing views of definition, assessment and treatment approaches to early-onset bipolar disorder. An expert panel explores whether differences matter, and if so, where and how.

An Unquiet Mind: Personal Reflections on Manic-Depressive Illness

Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry, reads from the memoir on her struggles with bipolar disorder. (2002)

Newly Published Guidelines for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Robert Findling, The Balanced Mind Parent Network Professonal Advisory Counsel member and co-author of an article recently published by the Diagnostic Guidelines Taskforce of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, reviews key conclusions. (July 2008)

The Upside of Down: What We're Learned About Mood Disorders
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Symposium Videocast

How do we distinguish ordinary behavior from symptoms of clinical depression or bipolar disorder, particularly in children and teens? What's going on beneath the surface---in the bodies, brains, and daily living experiences of people struggling with and recovering from symptoms of mood disorders? What are scientists accomplishing in the effort to develop new medical and non-pharmaceutical treatments, or effectively identify signs of suicide risk and best ways to intervene?

 Suicide on Campus
New York Times - Video

The National Institute of Mental Health sponsored this symposium to update viewers on current findings in the study of mood disorders. Speakers include NIMH experts Dr. Husseini Manji, Dr. Carlos Zarate, Dr. Ellen Leibenluft, Dr. Jane Pearson, and Dr. David Sommers.  (April 2008)

How big is the problem? When do you tell the parents? What can and should universities do when a student seems to be in trouble?


The following online audio and visual presentations deal with disorders which may co-occur with bipolar disorder.

Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Slideshow

A parent-friendly overview of ADHD - causes, diagnosis, treatment, and where you can learn more.


Involvement or Isolation: Research on the Social Lives of Children with Autism at School

U.C. Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

A look at research and case studies of kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and their social experiences at school.


Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
teenmentalhealth.org - Slideshow

A parent-friendly overview of Generalized Anxiety Disorder - what it is, how it is treated, and where you can learn more.(2008)


Borderline Personality Disorder: Brain Imaging

Borderline personality disorder is one of the most challenging conditions to treat, Dr. Charles Nemeroff notes in his latest videoblog. What does imaging tell us about its neurologic underpinnings?
(September 2008)


Understanding Teen Behaviour
- Slideshow

Adolescence is a time of growth and maturation in the brain, and it is also a time when many new behaviours begin to emerge. These changes include changes in attention, in motivation and in risk-taking behaviour. This parent-friendly slideshow explains the link between many of these behaviours and brain changes.

Inside the Teenage Brain
PBS Frontline - Video 

Scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. These discoveries could change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand our teenagers.

A Burden to Be Well: Sisters and Brothers of the Mentally Ill
Radio documentary

Produced by Karen Brown, Edited by Mary Beth Kirchner.

The devastating effects of mental illness have been well documented in films, books, and academia. But until recently, there's been little said about the sisters and brothers of the mentally ill. If, as many experts agree, one out of five Americans, or 40 million people, has a serious mental illness, their siblings must number at least twice that many. A body of research on what's called a "well-sibling" syndrome is starting to emerge -- along with a growing number of personal memoirs.

"A Burden to be Well" explores the issues facing "well" siblings of people with mental illness, through two intimate portraits of sibling pairs, as well as commentary from a range of experts and siblings.

The documentary, which first aired on the public radio station WFCR, in Amherst, MA, is now available for on-demand listening (at no charge) at http://www.prx.org/pieces/19274-a-burden-to-be-well-sisters-and-brothers-of-the-m. Also on the Web site are three additional Web-exclusive interviews, a list of resources for families and siblings, and a recommended book list. You can also find out how to order CDs of the program.

This is a follow-up to Karen Brown's previous documentary, "The Wild Child: Coping with a Bipolar Youth." For more information, you can contact Karen at kbrown@wfcr.org.