Anxiety & Panic Disorders

Why Some People Don't Develop Bipolar Disorder Despite High Genetic Risk

Mental Health - 7 hours 12 min ago

Can we escape from our DNA? Evidence in recent years has led psychiatrists to conclude that bipolar disorder-a mental health disorder characterized by abnormal shifts in mood and energy level-has genetic roots, a notion that could lead us to believe it is unavoidable for those carrying the relevant genes. But new research suggests that our brains may be able to overcome the genetic pull, and even allow those at high risk for the condition to avoid it completely.

Study finds children pay close attention to potentially threatening...

Anxiety - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:43

New study examined the effects of learning and trait anxiety in eye gazing patterns in children. Credit: University of California - Riverside We spend a lot of time looking at the eyes of others for social cues - it helps us understand a person's emotions, and make decisions about how to respond to them.

Lorazepam Recalled Due to Incorrect Dose Markings

Anxiety - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:43

Thirteen lots of the anxiety medication lorazepam have been voluntarily recalled due to an error with the dose markings on the drug's dropper, which could lead to patients taking too little or too much medicine. Patients who ingest more than the prescribed dose are at risk for serious - and potentially fatal - adverse events, including drowsiness causing trauma, accidental self-harm or harm to others, and increased anxiety.

Democrats in Congress Explore Creating an Expert Panel on Trump's Mental Health

Mental Health - Scientific American - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:15
There is also a bill aimed at establishing a “commission on presidential capacity”

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Psychiatric training ban sparks RHH site visit

Mental Health - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:29

REPRESENTATIVES from the nation's peak psychiatry college will make an urgent visit to the Royal Hobart Hospital after a decision to withdraw the hospital's training accreditation. It was revealed last week that the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists had cancelled the RHH's accreditation, with the decision linked to the hospital's inability to cope with demand.

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health Care

Mental Health - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 20:14

Advances in the understanding of the causes of mental illness have important implications for therapeutic uses of complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of depressed mood, bipolar disorder , schizophrenia , and other mental health problems. Recently, innovative new approaches to understanding and treating mental illness have emerged into the mainstream.

What Makes a Good Psychiatrist

Mental Health - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:35

In 2003 after seeing many psychiatrists, I finally found the psychiatrist I see today. It took me years to find a doctor that I felt comfortable and I believed had my best interests at heart.

New President & Medical Director Taking The Reins At Silver Hill Hospital

Mental Health - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:33

Dr. John Santopietro will take over the job as new president and medical director at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, effective in early September. "On behalf of the entire board, I am delighted to make this announcement," said Peter Orthwein, chairman of the Silver Hill Hospital Board of Directors.

Salem's double-dealing: Editorial valley

Mental Health - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:57

Gov. Kate Brown, who did not veto a single piece of legislation in the 2015 or 2016 legislative sessions, delivered some surprises last week. She announced that she plans to use her authority to block two bills and delete four projects in a spending bill.

Do You Have a Psychiatrist or a Therapist or BOTH?

Mental Health - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:49

I have both a psychiatrist and a therapist. I was recently diagnosed with bipolar type I. I am not going to lie, I resent my diagnosis and I sometimes wonder if it's accurate.

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Mental Health - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:49

A well-respected colleague once told me that classical psychoanalysis is like an original Rembrandt and the newer, "evidence-based" therapies are like a cheap impostor, pretending to be equal to the original but failing miserably when faced with any critical scrutiny. Having seen hundreds of patients who have been treated off-and-on for years with drugs and the newer therapies only to present to me later for psychoanalysis, I can say that this analogy is a fitting one.

Mental health programs in schools-Growing body of evidence supports effectiveness

Mental Health - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:00

School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review in the September/October issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry . "This review provides evidence that large-scale, school-based programs can be implemented in a variety of diverse cultures and educational models as well as preliminary evidence that such programs have significant, measurable positive effects on students' emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes," write J. Michael Murphy, EdD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues.

'Hearing voices' and the role of expectation

Mental Health - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 05:29

A recent study investigates hallucinations using a 125-year-old experimental design. The scientists wanted to understand why many people hear voices but only some find them disturbing.

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Mental Health - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 01:06

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Washington womana s weighted blankets offer relief for those with special needs

Anxiety - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:50

Janet Marietta works in the basement shop of her Washington home to mark the pocket measurements on fabric that will become a weighted blanket.

'He's delusional - he's paranoid':...

Mental Health - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:30

When former Sen. Gordon Humphrey left the Republican Party he said it was because he couldn't in good conscience be part of what President Donald Trump was doing to the United States, and indeed, the world. During an appearance with CNN's Jake Tapper, Humphrey refused to bash Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for his policy decisions in Congress.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Auditory Hallucinations Yield Clues to Perception

Mental Health - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:46

At his psychiatric clinic in the Connecticut Mental Health Center, Albert Powers sees people every day who experience hallucinations. The condition is often a hallmark of psychosis, occurring in an estimated 60 to 70 percent of people with schizophrenia, and in a subset of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder, dementia and major depression.

Autopsy Results For Max Barry

Anxiety - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:31

Heartbreaking news today for anyone who's got a loved one dealing with drug issues: the autopsy results for Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's son Max have been released. The autopsy states the 22-year-old had a mixture of alprazolam , hydromorphone , liquid methadone , and THC in his system when he passed away July 29 at a home in Littleton, Colorado.

At Spring Hill Holistic Wellness Center, focus is on entire body

Anxiety - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 02:00

At the Spring Hill Holistic Wellness Center, which opened in June, founder Donna Menezes-Enos has assembled specialists performing acupuncture, therapeutic massage, body works pursuits, mental health counseling and nutritional therapy. "Lots of people are on many medicines, and they're still not functioning and still in pain," Menezes-Enos said.

Ways Sugar Addiction Harms Men's Mental Health, From Depression To Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:19

Men with a sweet tooth may be putting themselves at greater risk for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. The recent research found a link between increased sugar intake in men and more incidences of depression, giving us yet another reason to steer clear of the dessert table.

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