Congratulations to Dr. Lori Altshuler, director of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program, for earning the 2014 Award for Research in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists.
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide, a book by David Miklowitz, professor of psychiatry and director of the child and adolescent mood disorders program at the Semel Institute, was highlighted Feb. 25 on iVilliage.com, and featured a chapter excerpt about managing money.
Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured in a Dec. 6 Santa Monica Daily Press article about how to avoid feelings of loneliness and depression during the holidays.
Major depression is a common and disabling brain condition marked not only by the presence of depressed mood but also by its effects on sleep, energy, decision-making, memory and thoughts of death or of suicide.
While antidepressant medications have proven to be beneficial in helping people overcome major depression, it has long been known that a small subset of individuals taking these drugs can actually experience a worsening of mood, and even thoughts of suicide.
Ian Cook, Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Depression Research Program at the Semel Institute, was interviewed on the Dec. 7 KPCC 89.3FM “Patt Morrison Show” about a report in the December Archives of General Psychiatry that states the bio-chemical properties of at least one common anti-depressant may actually be producing real personality changes.
Dr. James McGough, professor of clinical psychiatry at the Semel Institute, appeared in a special report by KBFX Ch. 58 (Bakersfield) airing Nov. 1 and Nov. 4 about teenage mental illness. McGough talked about his intervention with a teen diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
It is a long, slow slog to treat major depression. Many antidepressant medications are available, but no single biomarker or diagnostic test exists to predict which one is right for an individual. As a result, for more than half of all patients, the first drug prescribed doesn't work, and it can take months to figure out what does.