CBD Oil: What’s all the Rage?

CBD oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and products made from it, including capsules, sprays, lotions, edibles, and “vapes”, have become immensely popular in just a few years and is now sold and marketed to treat a wide range of diseases. Buying products made from CBD oil became legal in Wisconsin for treatment of seizure disorders in 2014 with Lydia’s Law, which expanded to include any medical condition with note from health provider in 2017, and finally available to general public in 2018. But what exactly is being sold and does it really help?

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Panic at the Disco (and the NBA sidelines… and school… and home…)

Kevin Love, a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team (yes, there are more players than just Lebron James, although some of these finals games may appear otherwise) reports following the symptoms in the middle of a basketball game: shortness of breath, heart racing, feeling like he was about to die. He abruptly left the game and was checked out at a hospital; all the tests came back normal. He had just experienced his first panic attack. He penned a wonderful piece for The Players Tribune going into detail about his panic attack, his misconceptions about mental health, and why it’s important to him to decrease the stigma of mental health.  Bravo, Kevin!  This fits right in with this year’s Mental Health Health theme – “#CureStigma.” One of the best ways to cure stigma is to educate –so here we go! Read more

Bipolar Disorder

With the recent death of Carrie Fisher (RIP, General Organa), a vocal advocate for mental health, there has been a lot of discussion around bipolar disorder. There are several basic types of bipolar disorder; all of them involve clear changes in moods, energy, and activity levels. These moods range from periods of extreme emotional highs, feelings of elation, and energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very sad, “down,” or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). It’s normal for people to have some moods swings between high and low, so what makes this psychiatric disorder such a big deal?

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Are the Winter Blues Real?

Winter BluesDays are getting shorter and I’m almost to the point where I never see the light of day (it’s dark when I leave for work and it’s dark when I get home.) I know I’m not the only one, since this time of year I get a slew of patients coming to clinic with complaints of zapped energy despite appropriate duration of sleep (even oversleeping), low moods, and social withdrawal.

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