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"How do medications affect my sex life?"

"How significant is suicide in teens?"


"Does Ketamine work for depression?"

"How do I help a teenage family member of mine who is addicted to drugs?"


"Is it important to distinguish the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosis for treatment?"

"What do you do when you are not getting better?"


"If I start taking lithium what medical monitoring am I supposed to have?"

"What can families do to encourage people to get into treatment? How do you convince someone to not give up on treatment? Especially when they feel like the treatment is not helping their symptoms."


"What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?"

"What is normal aging? Are problems with concentration and memory normal or is it a sign of dementia?"


"What constitutes an emergency?"

"Is ECT still considered a treatment for depression and are there reasons you would have it instead of taking medication?"


"Can a primary care doctor manage psychiatric symptoms?"

"Why do people binge and what can be done to control it?"


"What does my brain look like with schizophrenia?"

"What is the risk of mental illness for babies exposed to smoking and alcohol during pregnancy? What are the current recommendations related to antidepressant treatment during pregnancy? "


"Can you address some of the stigma associated with ECT?"

"How do molecules affect mood?"


"What do you do in the event of a psychiatric emergency?"

"If my spouse isn't taking their medication, what can I do to help?"


"How can I get my family members to take my depression seriously?"

"What is bipolar 2 and what are the treatment options?"


"What role does alcohol play in my mood disorder?"

"How long does it take to get back to your normal self if you have been clinically depressed for 2 years (or more)?"


"I recently attended a pre-screening of Touched With Fire and there was a video of Dr Kay Jamison and Paul Dalio. Could you share that?"

"How are Mood Disorders diseases of the brain?"


"Can irritability be a symptom of depression in teens?"

"If a person has problems with depression and is also using drugs can't the doctor give them medicine to help?"


"If your child is moody and starting to get in trouble at school, can't you just wait it out and let it pass?"

"How significant is the problem of suicide in teens?"


"Is My Mood Problem Something Serious?"

""What is Mood? How do I talk about it?""


Who answers your questions?

The clinicians from the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center provide answers in the videos posted on this website. J. Raymond DePaulo M.D. and Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. are the co-directors of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center.

We want to encourage questions from patients, friends and families on topics related to the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. We cannot give answers to questions about the treatment OF ANY INDIVIDUAL. Such questions always require a personal visit between the patient (and sometimes their family members) and their treating clinician. Nothing we present here should be taken as a treatment direction or as a substitute for clinical care and advice.