February 10, 2010 NPR reports on children's health and medical news including health insurance, new treatments for diseases, and child product safety recalls.
In honor of Black History Month, we present three black singers who live with bipolar disorder. Rapper DMX has had significant successes along with problems. Country-western singer Charley Pride is another who has had a successful career. Bobby Brown, on the other hand, has had more difficulty than success.
(ARA) - An estimated 8 million American adults may be affected by bipolar disorder, a complex mental illness in which people experience extreme mood swings from highs (bipolar mania) to lows (bipolar depression). Episodes of bipolar depression can include symptoms of prolonged periods of sadness, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, and feelings of worthlessness. These symptoms can interfere with a person's ability to handle everyday tasks, such as those related to work or family life.
Jon Stewart spoke with author Ethan Watters last night about his new book, "Crazy Like Us." Watters believes that when the United States exports its ideas about mental illness to the rest of the world, it might be doing more harm than good. "Do we really want the rest of the world to think like us in this way?" he asked. He explained that while we may be bringing helpful treatments to other countries, we also "often bring cultural ideas that may be replacing ideas that are actually helpful."
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Mainstream films have accustomed us to expect movies to tell romantic tales about the love between a man and a woman, or heroic tales of superheroes and warriors, or horror stories, all following certain set formulas and conventions.
Running alongside these are the products of filmmakers who are seeking to make movies that take a new approach or perspective, and explore alternative cultural values, often using experimental techniques.
Currently, a debate rages among doctors and academics about whether the symptoms of bipolar disorder can even emerge when a child is under 10. In fact, the current Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (and bible to all psychiatrists, doctors and other healthcare providers), doesn’t recognize pediatric bipolar disorder. In other words, looking under “p” for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder in the Manual (also known as DSM IV) won’t get you anywhere.
Upon getting a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, people often ask, “Why God? Why me? I’ve been a dedicated ___________________ (fill in the blank: Catholic, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Bhuddist) all these years.”
People of faith find comfort in their belief that the ways of God are unknowable.