Free Webinar on Child & Adolescent Anxiety

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is offering a FREE webinar:
Topic: “Child and Adolescent Anxiety: Psychopathology and Neuroscience”
When: Tuesday, June 9, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Eastern

The speaker is Daniel S. Pine, M.D. Throughout his career, Dr. Pine has engaged in research focusing on the epidemiology, biology and treatment of brain and behavior disorders in children and adolescents. His areas of expertise include biological and pharmacological aspects of mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders in children; the biological commonalities and differences among psychiatric disorders of children, adolescents and adults; and the interfaces between psychiatric and medical disorders. Currently, he and his group are examining the degree to which mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents are associated with underlying abnormalities in the amygdala, prefrontal cortex and other brain regions.

You can get more information and register for the free webinar HERE.

See their upcoming webinar topics and watch previous webinars HERE.

Genetic mutation that can affect mental health

What is MTHFR?
You many not have heard of MTHFR yet, but it is the acronym for a gene (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) that produces an essential enzyme. The acronym for the enzyme is also MTHFR. It’s worth knowing about this gene because it plays a key role with regard to many aspects of emotional and physical health.
Who Should Know About MTHFR?
This article may be of greatest interest to those who have been diagnosed with one of the mental health issues linked to having an MTHFR mutation, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or autism. MTHFR mutations also increase the risk of several physical health problems, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease and stroke, recurrent early miscarriage, migraine with aura, osteoporosis, and some cancers. So, it’s worth knowing about this mutation even if one or more of the above conditions run in your family.
Response to Drugs
The presence of an MTHFR mutation can also alter one’s response to medications, including antidepressants and some chemotherapy drugs. Furthermore, it can increase the risk of having an adverse reaction to receiving nitrous oxide anesthesia (a common dental anesthetic). Therefore, individuals with an MTHFR mutation should speak with their physicians/dentists prior to undergoing any procedure that would require anesthesia.
Read the entire article at Psychology Today.

Save the Date!

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Say It Out Loud

One in five teens lives with a mental health condition and yet more than half are not getting the help they need. Stigma remains a huge barrier to teens seeking help. Many cite fear of negative perceptions as a major factor in choosing not to speak up.
Raising awareness by sharing information and starting conversations about mental health is key in reducing these perceptions and increasing the likelihood that teens will seek mental health care when they need it. NAMI is committed to helping start those conversations. We have created Say it Out Loud to get teens talking about mental health.
Say it Out Loud gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens in faith-based or community youth groups. The toolkit includes:
  • A short film showing the 10 common warning signs and three youth sharing their experiences.
  • A discussion guide on how to hold a successful group discussion.
  • A narrated presentation for the group facilitator to learn more about mental health conditions in youth.
  • Fact sheets and information about how to connect with NAMI in their community.
If you’re ready to Say It Out Loud, click the link below to download the toolkit.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of teens!
Download the toolkit at

March 23, 2015 Education Meeting

Boadie Dunlop, MD is the Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Emory University, where he has conducted over 50 clinical trials for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety disorders.  He will give a presentation on clinical trials in psychiatry: how they work and what patients need to know before deciding whether to participate. Dr. Dunlop will also provide information about ongoing psychiatry clinical trials at Emory. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.
Mark your calendar, this is valuable information for individuals and families affected by mental illnesses.

Social/Refreshments  7:00 PM Program 7:30 PM

Dunwoody Methodist Church Room 258

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Educational Meeting Monday February 23, 2015
The Bipolar Babes ( will present at our education meeting on February 23, 2015, in room 258, Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Refreshments served at 7 PM; program starts at 7:30. Sue Ryerson will be the host and mediator. After a quick film entitled “I’m not Crazy,” there will be a panel discussion. The program not only appeals to those that are diagnosed, but even more to friends and family who are trying hard to understanding this illness. All of the above is delivered with humor and care. The cross section of people on the panel makes for a lively and interesting discussion, and having comedian, Sue Ryerson as host and mediator makes the subject that much more palatable. Please join us for this lively and informative presentation.


Attend the meeting and get a free Green Ribbon for Mental Health Awareness.

Top 5 Mental Health problems facing college students

Research conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness on mental health on college campuses shows that:
  • One in four students have a diagnosable illness
  • 40% do not seek help
  • 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities
  • 50% have been so anxious they struggled in school

Educational meeting tomorrow night!

Laura Nichols, Assistant Director of Care Coordination for Emory Wesley Woods Hospital will present on the mental health services available at Wesley Woods including inpatient psychiatry and outpatient partial hospitalization and ECT.

Educational meetings are held the 4th Monday evening of each month at 7:30 in room 258 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt Vernon Rd in Dunwoody.

Click HERE for map and directions.

No Educational meeting tomorrow

There will be no Educational Meeting tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day!

Remember to register for our next Mental Health Fair on June 14!

2nd Mental Health Fair

Save the date for our 2nd Annual Mental Health Fair on Saturday, June 14, 2014!
Check back for a list of exhibitors.
If you would like to help with the Fair, please contact Beth Sanders at