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ADVICE ON MENTAL HEALTH: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

While affecting millions of American adults, personality disorders (PDs) are infrequently discussed. Our Q&A with BBRF grantee Dr. Anthony Ruocco, focuses on the most prevalent PD, borderline personality disorder (BPD). He helps clarify its symptoms, explains what research suggests about it biological underpinnings, and offers advice about treatments.

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ADVICE ON MENTAL HEALTH: What Research Tells Us About Cannabis Use — And What Parents Should Consider

The trend to legalize cannabis is not yet accompanied by a solid body of research that would assure the parents of an adolescent, for example, that the use of cannabis from an early age is harmless. Indeed, some recent research suggests that at least some young users may be at considerable mental health risk if they regularly ingest high-potency cannabis. Dr. Martin Paulus, a researcher and expert on how substance use affects the brain, explains what we know and don't know, and offers advice for parents of adolescents.

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ADVICE ON MENTAL HEALTH: Sensory Over-response and Anxiety in Children With and Without Autism

A Q&A with Dr. Kimberly Carpenter of Duke University, who has conducted important research on preschoolers with overly sensitive senses—children who are intensely bothered by stimuli such as loud or high-pitched sounds, or the sensation of clothing rubbing on the skin. Her research has shown that these children are at greater risk for developing an anxiety disorder by school age. She also discusses sensory oversensitivity and autism spectrum disorder.

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Advice on Diagnosing and Treating Bipolar Disorder

In an in-depth Q&A, Dr. David Miklowtiz, one of the world’s leading clinical authorities on treating bipolar disorder, offers a wealth information about this complexdisorder, including its range of manifestations. He also addresses the signs parents should pay attention to if they are concerned that their adolescent may have bipolar disorder; how to distinguish unipolar depression from depression that occurs in bipolar disorder; and how family-focused therapy can help patients and families reach better outcomes.

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‘An Epidemic of Loneliness and Despair’: How Wisdom Can Help

Q&A with Dilip Jeste, M.D., on the role of wisdom in dealing with what he has called “an epidemic of loneliness and despair” in America.

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