Anxiety & Panic Disorders

Former asst. principal filmed screaming at teen pro-life activists says he's been harassed

Anxiety - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:16

Zach Ruff, left, the Downingtown assistant principal who was fired after his confrontation with teen abortion protesters outside his school last spring, talks about the day that it happened and the school districtA*s response, as he sits along side his husband, Ron Logan, right, in Downingtown, PA, on Tuesday December 5, 2017. MICHAEL BRYANT/ Staff Photographer MICHAEL BRYANT/ Staff Photographer Zach  Ruff says he doesn't remember much of what he said in April when he yelled and cursed at and mocked teen abortion protesters at Downingtown STEM Academy.

Simple evaluation could help choose therapy or medication for anxiety treatment

Mental Health - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:40

A short, simple evaluation can help doctors determine whether a patient with anxiety will respond best to medication or talk therapy, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that by measuring a patient's error-related negativity, or ERN, they can determine whether or not a patient is an ideal candidate for cognitive behavioral therapy.

Quick evaluation can predict whether drugs, talk therapy work better for anxiety patients

Anxiety - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:47

Clinicians and patients often struggle to find the right treatment for anxiety, sometimes cycling through various therapies for months before the patient begins to feel their symptoms improve. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that a brief test that can be performed in the office can help determine whether an antidepressant or a form of talk therapy, called cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, would be better at relieving symptoms of anxiety in individual patients.

Quick evaluation can predict whether drugs, talk therapy work better for anxiety patients

Anxiety - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:47

Clinicians and patients often struggle to find the right treatment for anxiety, sometimes cycling through various therapies for months before the patient begins to feel their symptoms improve. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that a brief test that can be performed in the office can help determine whether an antidepressant or a form of talk therapy, called cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, would be better at relieving symptoms of anxiety in individual patients.

Quick Evaluation Can Predict Whether Drugs, Talk Therapy Work Better for Anxiety Patients

Anxiety - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:47

Clinicians and patients often struggle to find the right treatment for anxiety, sometimes cycling through various therapies for months before the patient begins to feel their symptoms improve. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that a brief test that can be performed in the office can help determine whether an antidepressant or a form of talk therapy, called cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, would be better at relieving symptoms of anxiety in individual patients.

Trans: why we shouldna t rush in

Mental Health - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 03:18

Why wouldn't I be? Now in my 70s, I transitioned - in Howth, Co Dublin - in the 1980s, and I completed my surgical transition in 1990. During my transition, I was under the care and guidance of one of the most experienced psychiatrists in the field of gender dysphoria in Britain, and a Dublin-based team that included a gender-specialising psychiatrist, a social worker and a counsellor.

Small towns report gives 'F' to psychologist, dentist, preschool teacher access

Mental Health - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:45

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UA researcher receives NIH grant to discover novel antidepressants

Anxiety - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:06

A University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix researcher has received a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop new treatments for depression. Deveroux Ferguson, PhD, was awarded an RO1 grant by the National Institutes of Health for his research that demonstrates the pivotal role of SIRT1, a protein-coding gene, in anxiety and depression behaviors in the nucleus accumbens, a key brain reward region.

Crackpot writer who 'got Trump elected' died of overdose

Anxiety - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:18

The "fake news" writer who claimed he "got Trump elected" with bogus viral stories about paid protesters died from overdosing on a drug cocktail that included two types of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, an Arizona medical examiner has concluded. Paul Horner had in his system alcohol; anti-anxiety meds clonazepam and diazepam; and painkillers despropionyl fentanyl and furanyl fentanyl, the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's office concluded, according to azcentral.com The bunko artist was known for stupefying hoaxes - including that President Obama is a gay Muslim and that the former president was banning the Star-Spangled Banner at pro sporting events - that nonetheless went viral.

Benzodiazepine Use in Alzheimera s Patients Increases Mortality Risk

Anxiety - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:11

The risk of dying increases 40% for Alzheimer's disease patients who are prescribed benzodiazepines for symptoms such as anxiety, agitation, and insomnia, a new study warns. The report in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry determined that the increased risk began with initiation of the drugs.

Study examines brain activity and anxiety symptoms in youth with autism spectrum disorder

Anxiety - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 03:00

The error-related negativity is a brain signal response to errors that is thought to reflect threat sensitivity and has been implicated in anxiety disorders in individuals without autism spectrum disorder . A new Autism Research study has revealed that the ERN is related to social anxiety symptoms -- specifically performance fears -- in youth with ASD.

Mental health help frowned upon in Tanzania and team of Calgary volunteers want to change that

Mental Health - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 02:20

Suicide is illegal in Tanzania and they have roughly one psychiatrist for every two million people and that needs to change, a group of psychiatrists and residents from the University of Calgary say. "Unfortunately, people suffering from mental illness are often isolated, detained, shackled," Calgary psychiatrist Dr. Rachel Grimminck told The Homestretch Tuesday.

11 simple habits that relieve holiday stress and anxiety

Anxiety - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:43

It's no secret that our bodies crave rest; fail to get enough, and you'll have some nasty symptoms. Not only does adequate rest-at least seven to eight hours per night-recharge your body for the day ahead, it also gives your nervous system a chance to wind down and reset as well.

Palm Beach County poised to become first in Florida to ban...

Mental Health - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:44

Following today's 6-1 vote by county commissioners, Palm Beach County is poised to become the first county in Florida to enact an ordinance to prohibit conversion therapy for minors. Commissioner Hal Valeche cast the sole vote against moving forward with the ordinance.

The Physiological Causes and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders Explained via Colorful Animation

Anxiety - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:45

Life Noggin narrator Pat Graziosi aka Blocko posits the question " Could You Actually Have An Anxiety Disorder? " and proceeds to explain via colorful animation, the causes of anxiety , the different forms of anxiety, the difference in brain chemistry for those who suffer from anxiety, how to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and how anxiety is tied to the innate "fight or flight" response in the brain. There is science backing up these diseases, so telling someone to relax or let it go can be pretty insulting.These conditions are deeply rooted and it's not that easy.

Pregnant women with PTSD have higher levels of stress hormone cortisol

Anxiety - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:45

Research has shown that a woman's emotional and physical health during pregnancy impacts a developing fetus. However, less is known about the effect of past stressors and posttraumatic stress disorder on an expectant woman.

Goldwater Rule 'gagging' psychiatrists no longer relevant, analysis finds

Mental Health - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:05

The rationale for the Goldwater Rule -- which prohibits psychiatrists from publicly commenting on the mental health of public figures they have not examined in person -- does not hold up to current scientific scrutiny, a new analysis finds. Perspectives on Psychological Science is publishing the analysis, which concludes that the Goldwater Rule is not well-supported scientifically and is outdated in today's media-saturated environment.

How Xanax works

Anxiety - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:25

IMAGE: Whether or not you have anxiety, you've probably heard of Xanax. But what's in this popular and widely prescribed drug, and how does it work? This new video from Reactions... view WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2017 -- Whether or not you have anxiety, you've probably heard of Xanax.

Towards a better mental health

Mental Health - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 01:25

Finals are approaching, bringing with them high levels of anxiety and stress. From first-year students nervous for their first bout of Duke final exams to seniors worried about uncertain post-graduation plans, finals week is a period of heightened mental exhaustion.

Quebec to spend $35-million a year on psychotherapy program

Mental Health - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:23

Karima Velji's story is all too familiar: desperate visits to the emergency room, wait lists that stretched on endlessly, a questionable prescription for anti-depressants offered after a rapid-fire doctor's appointment. But there's one difference - Ms.

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