Anxiety & Panic Disorders

Introducing InterSECT [Editorial]

Mental Health - 6 hours 15 min ago

From the Department of Neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY. Just over 2 decades ago, the US Food and Drug Administration approved intravenous recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke based on the results of the NINDS trial , published in December 1995.

High Court allows contraceptive injection for mentally-ill young woman 'at risk of pregnancy'

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:09

A contraceptive injection can be administered to a mentally ill young woman who has expressed inconsistent views as to whether or not she consented to the injection, the High Court has directed. Doctors and psychiatrists involved in the woman's care, and a consultant asked to independently assess her, all expressed concern she is at real risk of another pregnancy and that would be seriously detrimental to her mental and physical health.

Most Opioid Prescriptions Are for People with Depression, Other Mood Disorders

Mental Health - Scientific American - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:00
The finding raises questions about how different people respond to pain

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Personal Health: When Anxiety or Depression Mask a Medical Problem

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:32

It's perfectly normal for someone to feel anxious or depressed after receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness. But what if the reverse occurs and symptoms of anxiety or depression masquerade as an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder? Or what if someone's physical symptoms stem from a psychological problem? How long might it take before the true cause of the symptoms is uncovered and proper treatment begun? Psychiatric Times, a medical publication seen by some 50,000 psychiatrists each month, recently published a "partial listing" of 47 medical illnesses, ranging from cardiac arrhythmias to pancreatic cancer, that may first present as anxiety.

New program to stem shortage of psychiatrists

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:03

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Embrace telemedicine's potential

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:03

There were only about 240 psychiatrists practicing in the state of South Carolina as of last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's about one for every 20,000 residents.

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: 'The Mind of God'

Mental Health - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 19:54

In the ever-raging battle between faith and science, the neurologist Jay Lombard is one of those rare emissaries who communicate in the language of both camps. In his new book, "The Mind of God," he uses his experience studying the brain to ask some of the largest philosophical questions: Does God exist? Does life have meaning? Are we free? Lombard writes that he is interested in a "large faith," rather than a specific religion - "a faith invigorated and enlightened by science rather than being at odds with it."

Doctors find 'a piece of heaven' in Prince George

Mental Health - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 15:47

Dr. June Frye sits in her home on June 15. Earlier this year Frye was inducted into the Northern Medical Society Hall of Fame, along with her deceased husband Dr. Russ Frye. - Brent Braaten, Photographer Dr. June Frye sits in her home on June 15. Earlier this year Frye was inducted into the Northern Medical Society Hall of Fame, along with her deceased husband Dr. Russ Frye.

Mental-health experts underscore dangers of youth cannabis use

Mental Health - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:51

Even though a direct link has yet to be proven between using marijuana and mental-health issues, evidence shows the substance can trigger psychotic episodes and negatively affect youth with a family history of mental illness, such as schizophrenia, says psychiatrist Dianne McIntosh. Even though a direct link has yet to be proven between using marijuana and mental-health issues, evidence shows the substance can trigger psychotic episodes and negatively affect youth with a family history of mental illness, such as schizophrenia, says psychiatrist Dianne McIntosh.

Is government the new playground bully?

Mental Health - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:48

A broad consensus among psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals holds that attempting to change or control others is, in general, mentally unhealthy - or, at the very least, not a practice of mentally or psychologically strong people. Focusing on the behavior of other adults with the aim of altering or stopping that behavior is almost always self-defeating, an exercise in frustration and anxiety, a good way to disrupt your own mental equanimity and alienate yourself from others.

761 CAMH patients still waiting for trans surgery referrals

Mental Health - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:28

A 2016 provincial decision made a dent in the astronomical wait list, but hundreds of patients are still waiting for a call. Though part of a $2 million sum the Ontario Ministry of Health's slotted last year to clear the referral bottleneck went to hiring two social workers and a psychologist at CAMH, the clinic needs more physicians.

Sacked IT workers seek jobs, and a 'listening ear'

Mental Health - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 01:26

Finding an increasing pool of professionals being dismissed, start-ups and others are improvising to offer emotional support and career guidance. With the recent IT lay-offs taking a toll on mental well-being of professionals, start-ups and talent-acquisition firms are stepping in to offer much needed respite in terms of counselling and career guidance, apart from providing key linkages.

Marijuana reductions hurt PTSD vets: wife

Mental Health - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 21:18

When Anna's husband, a military veteran with severe PTSD and chronic pain, is not taking his doctor-recommended 10 grams of marijuana a day, he turns into a different person. "What I can get from the psychologist is when the PTSD is bad, it's bad - and they usually take it out on their loved ones, so it's either me or one of his children."

Older people who feel close to God have well-being that grows with frequent prayer

Anxiety - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 05:14

As people grow older, those who are securely attached to God are more likely to have a sense of well-being-and the more frequently they pray, the greater that feeling, according to a Baylor University study. But those who feel more distant from God do not receive the same benefit.

The pressure of Big Pharma: Financial conflicts of interest common on medical guideline panels

Mental Health - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 23:22

When the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada set out to craft the official guidelines for managing anxiety, post-traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive disorders, the non-profit organization recruited six top psychiatrists to lead the effort. Those psychiatrists, in turn, approached their contacts in the pharmaceutical industry with a request: Will your company help pay for the development of our guidelines? , put up a total of $205,000, most of which went to cover flights, meals and Toronto hotel rooms for a meeting of the executive committee and to pay the salaries of two medical writers who helped research and draft the final guideline paper.

When to take a mental health day

Anxiety - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 20:51

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No Place Like Home

Anxiety - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:21

New research by Steve Posavac, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Marketing at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, uncovers another consequence of anxiety symptoms: susceptibility to certain marketing themes. According to a paper recently published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology , individuals with relatively elevated symptoms of Adult Separation Anxiety Disorder are more favorable to advertisements with home concepts.

Trump and the Goldwater Rule: When is it OK to voice a professional...

Mental Health - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:15

President Trump discusses the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord earlier this month. Since Donald Trump became president, commentary about his public statements, tweeting habits, predilections and even his personality have become something of a national pastime.

Age of anxiety: Prozac nation is now the United States of Ativan

Anxiety - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 05:24

This past winter, Sarah Fader, a 37-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn who has generalized anxiety disorder, texted a friend in Oregon about an impending visit, and when a quick response failed to materialize, she posted on Twitter to her 16,000-plus followers. "I don't hear from my friend for a day - my thought, they don't want to be my friend anymore," she wrote, appending the hashtag #ThisIsWhatAnxietyFeelsLike.

This therapy cuts depression, anxiety symptoms in chronic pain patients

Anxiety - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 16:35

Washington D.C. [USA], June 18 : A team of researchers has suggested that acceptance and commitment therapy for eight-weeks can significantly reduced the symptoms of depression and anxiety in chronic pain patients. According to researchers, the therapy, a form of cognitive behavioural therapy that focuses on psychological flexibility and behaviour change, provided a significant reduction in self-reported depression and anxiety among patients participating in a pain rehabilitation programme.

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