"Your Voice" on Gulf Coast Live! @ noon
Children & Teens
Monday, November 14
In 2009, more than 130,000 Floridians were “Baker Acted.” Of those, nearly 20,000 were children and teens. The Baker Act permits involuntary commitment and psychiatric examination of an individual thought to pose a danger to themselves or others. Some, however, believe the law when applied to minors should only be used as a last resort. Parents are demanding a system that’s more proactive rather than reactive.
Searching For Kids Mental Health Care In Florida
By Farah Dosani
Seven and Living with Bipolar
By Farah Dosani
Jennifer Lee talks about her seven year-old son Arlin and his struggle living with bipolar disorder.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Tuesday, November 15
When does the occasional “down day” cross over into clinical depression? What’s the difference between “mood swings” and bipolar disorder? We’ll talk about how mental health professionals discern the differences. We’ll look at the role that medication and talk therapy play in treatment, and find out about resources in the community.
Where is the Help?
Wednesday, November 16
Live Studio Audience Join our live studio audience for a conversation about access to mental health services in Southwest Florida. If you or a loved one is living with mental illness, are you finding the help you need? The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is working to break down financial barriers to access to mental health services, but a recent survey shows that 89 percent of Americans have never heard of it. If you or a loved one is living with mental illness, are you finding the help you need? This program will be taped and broadcast on WGCU-TV on Thursday, Nov. 17 @ 8 pm.
(And re-aired Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 6 pm and Sunday, Nov. 20 @ 1 pm)
Art Therapy: "When Words Fail, Art Heals"
For almost a century, art therapy has encouraged self-expression, self-discovery and emotional growth. As a form of psychotherapy, art therapy often involves both the creation of art and the discovery of its meaning. Florida art therapists and their patients talk about what it means to their lives.
Sound Off with Sasha
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was formally recognized in 1980 in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Traumatic stress was initially defined as a rare event outside of the standard human experience, such as the Nazi Holocaust.
In the military sense, PTSD may have been a new definition for something that was known throughout history, later called “combat fatigue” and “shell shock.” However, PTSD is not limited to military exposure, and can be the result of other trauma, such as a violent robbery, natural disasters or scrape with death. We will discuss the symptoms, causes and treatment of PTSD with mental health providers and those receiving treatment for it.