(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Bipolar Disorder: This term is used to describe a form of mental illnesses in which moods and reactions are affect, and which is characterized by irregular cycles of mania and/or depression. During manic the periods, the affected individual may be in a very elevated mood and exhibit symptoms of... [more
What Do These Students Have In Common?
LEAH - COLLEGE SOPHOMORE YEAR When I took a part-time job and started living off-campus, my course work fell apart. I couldn't concentrate or sleep, and I was always IRRITABLE and angry. JOHN - COLLEGE JUNIOR YEAR After two years of straight A's, I couldn't finish assignments anymore. I felt... Bibliography for Families on Mental Health/Mental Illness
Every year NICHCY receives thousands of requests for information and referral on mental health and mental illness. We have compiled this bibliography to help families identify the many materials available on these topics. This list is by no means exhaustive. You may identify additional resources... Depression and HIV/AIDS
Symptoms of Depression * Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood * Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism * Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness * Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex * Decreased energy, fatigue,... Chidren and Mental Health - Glossary of Terms
Child and Adolescent Mental Health This glossary contains terms frequently used when referring to the mental health needs of children and adolescents. The list is alphabetical. Words in italics are defined separately within the glossary. Since the words service and services are used frequently...
Final thoughts from Andrew Bridge
February 4, 2008, 12:12 pm
Completing my series covering my interview with Andrew Bridge, author of Hopeís Boy , I asked Andrew how he felt a childís individual choices influenced the childís trajectory. Here is Andrewís response: I donít know how to answer that question. I can tell you that my gut says we spend far too... A Broken System
December 9, 2007, 4:54 pm
I dare anyone who has adopted older children from the system to read this article . It is horrifying and totally realistic. Itís the same story Iíve heard from so many parents, and itís been lived out here within our own family as well.
ďOver the years the three have been diagnosed with... Bipolar Daughter Goes Missing
January 27, 2008, 12:12 pm
Raising a special needs child can offer quite a challenge to parents. Last week, in a town nearby, a 28-year-old woman went missing from her family home . The family described their daughter as very intelligent and loving. Many people from surrounding areas are diligently searching for this young...