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Voices

Personal accounts of treatments, approaches, experiences with bipolar disorder, suicide attempts and major depression.

Spotlight

How good therapy changes perception, which means more than most people imagine.

Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale/Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A)

The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) is a psychological questionnaire used by clinicians to rate the severity of a patient's anxiety. Anxiety can refer to things such as “a mental state…a drive…a response to a particular situation…a personality trait…and a psychiatric disorder.”

Mood Disorder Questionnaire

The Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ) is a tool designed to help you recognize the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, including mania and/or depression.

Child Mania Survey

The Child Mania Rating Scale (CMRS) is a parent screening instrument for mania, based on DSM-IV symptoms.

Structured Interview Guide for the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale

The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) is the most widely used scale for patient selection and follow-up in research studies of treatments of depression. Despite extensive study of the reliability and validity of the total scale score, the psychometric characteristics of the individual items have not been well studied. In the only reliability study to report agreement on individual items using a test-retest interview method, most of the items had only fair or poor agreement. Because this is due in part to variability in the way the information is obtained to make the various rating distinctions, the Structured Interview Guide for the HDRS (SIGH-D) was developed to standardize the manner of administration of the scale. A test-retest reliability study conducted on a series of psychiatric inpatients demonstrated that the use of the SIGH-D results in a substantially improved level of agreement for most of the HDRS items.

Support Group Guidelines

1. What is said here stays here. This is the essential principle of confidentiality and must be respected by all.

Raise your hand and wait your turn to be called upon. No one person should monopolize group time.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe […]

DBSA Support Group Meeting Outline

DBSA support groups are not required to operate according to a rigidly prescribed formula. The sample meeting format shown here incorporates the elements used by many of our groups and is intended as a guide. Facilitators use this as a starting point for the group’s discussion of participant needs and how the group can […]

A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness (HD)

A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness (HD) from Each Mind Matters on Vimeo.

“One in four American adults are living with a diagnosable mental illness in a given year, but many of them are afraid to reach out for the help they need. “A New State of Mind” features just […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition is called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD is a type of depression. It usually lifts during spring and summer.