Here is this week’s roundup of interesting articles regarding mental well-being:

Teen Brain Matures Differently in Bipolar Disorder (PsychCentral)

A new imaging study shows that for adolescents with bipolar disorder, key areas of the brain that help regulate emotions develop differently…

Mental illness in the workplace: Ask for help early, lawyers say (CBC News)

If you are someone with high anxiety or any other mental health issue and you haven’t told your employer, what do you do?

If you are not in a job that requires legal disclosure of a mental health problem, like an airline pilot or police officer, you may not have to do anything. But if you find yourself needing help at work or time off, keeping quiet may not be the wisest option, legal experts say…

Latest treatment for mental illness: Better sleep (

Philip Gehrman is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies the intersection of sleep and mental illness, a hot topic in treating everything from depression to bipolar disorder to PTSD…Experts say doctors have long recognized that insomnia or changes in sleep “architecture” – the length and quality of different stages of sleep – are symptoms of virtually all mental illnesses. They’re also finding that poor sleep heightens the risk of developing mood disorders, or of having trouble recovering from them…

Work Flexibility Can Improve Mental Health–and the Health of Your Company (

One of my colleagues, Carolyn, spent 20 years successfully climbing the corporate ladder at her former employer, reaching the upper levels of management. She had achieved exactly what she thought she wanted. But as the hours got longer and the office politics more disheartening, she started to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. She found it hard to go to work at all, or stay there once she did, and eventually, she couldn’t even drive herself to the grocery store…

Forget Mental Health, We Need to Talk About Mental Illness (

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had to come to terms with not only several mental illness diagnoses but also their associated stigma. Say what you will — that there is no such thing as stigma associated with mental illness or that only those battling a mental illness say there actually is — but when I have to mention, for whatever reason, that I have bipolar II disorder and other mental disorders, the look on the faces of those who hear this from me for the first time is memorable, to say the least…

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