Anxiety & Panic Disorders

School on alert against Blue Whale

Mental Health - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 18:38

As more and more children are getting trapped in the jaws of the Blue Whale Challenge, psychiatrists suggest to engaging them in sports and extra-curricular activities, which in turn will draw their attention away from online games. Two days ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, ADLS Sunshine School in Sakchi, Jamshedpur, organised a session for parents and students on Friday to ensure children were not allowed unrestrained use of mobile phones and motivated to take part in co-curricular activities.

Attention-bias Modification Treatment App Market Company Analysis and Forecast to 2024

Anxiety - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:10

Global Attention-bias Modification Treatment App Market report categorizes the report by geography. It provides information about Global Industry Insights, Trends, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2016-2024 Treatment for anxiety depends on the severity of the condition.

OWU's Sagan National Colloquium starts Tuesday

Mental Health - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:10

Anton Gunn, a former state legislator and one of President Barack Obama's top spokesmen for the Affordable Care Act, will kick off Ohio Wesleyan University's 2017-2018 Sagan National Colloquium, a semester-long exploration of "Global Health Challenges for the 21st Century."

Black parents don't believe it's possible for the child to have ADHD

Mental Health - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:52

This according to child psychiatrist Dr ursula Kediemetse is the frequent response she get's from black parents when treating their children. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects all ages and sectors of the population equally, say experts in the field - and myths and misconceptions to the contrary are a barrier to diagnosis.

Marijuana with 'CBD' May Pose Less Risk to Long-Term Users

Anxiety - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 08:50

Marijuana with relatively high levels of a compound called cannabidiol may be less risky to smoke over the long term, because this ingredient may counteract some of the drug's harmful effects, according to a new study in mice. The study found that adolescent mice injected with frequent doses of tetrahydrocannabinol - the ingredient in marijuana that produces a "high" - showed signs of impaired memory and increased anxiety over the long term.

Benzo' conference slated for Bend

Anxiety - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 04:24

Marjorie Carmen is organizing a conference to raise awareness about the dangers of benzodiazepine drugs. She is pictured in her office in Bend on Aug. 30. Carmen's father painted the watercolor picture in the background, which Carmen feels represents her journey and struggle with benzodiazepines.

Talking therapy could help to battle rising 'cyberchondria'

Anxiety - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 21:46

The findings come from one of the largest studies of its kind, with the researchers stating the approach could prevent 'worried well' patients from making thousands of unnecessary trips to GP surgeries and hospitals in the future. It is estimated that up to one in five people attending medical clinics have abnormal health anxiety , which may be made worse by people researching their symptoms online - leading to the term 'cyberchondria'.

'Cyberchondria' costs the UK health service A 56m a year

Anxiety - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 17:07

" eople now go to their GPs with a whole list of things they've looked up on the internet, and the poor GP, five minutes into the consultation, has four pages of reading to do," community psychiatry professor Peter Tyrer said Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, cost the British healthcare system around A 56 million a year, researchers said on Thursday, blaming the internet for a rise in "cyberchondria". "We suspect that is increasing in frequency because of what is now called 'cyberchondria'," Peter Tyrer, professor in community psychiatry at Imperial College London said during a press conference.

What makes alcoholics drink? Research shows it's more complex than supposed

Anxiety - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:26

What makes alcoholics drink? New research has found that in both men and women with alcohol dependence, the major factor predicting the amount of drinking seems to be a question of immediate mood. They found that suffering from long-term mental health problems did not affect alcohol consumption, with one important exception: men with a history of depression had a different drinking pattern than men without a history of depression; surprisingly those men were drinking less often than men who were not depressed "This work once again shows that alcoholism is not a one-size-fits-all condition", said lead researcher, Victor Karpyak .

Talking therapy could help to battle rising 'cyberchondria'

Mental Health - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:56

The findings come from one of the largest studies of its kind, with the researchers stating the approach could prevent 'worried well' patients from making thousands of unnecessary trips to GP surgeries and hospitals in the future. It is estimated that up to one in five people attending medical clinics have abnormal health anxiety , which may be made worse by people researching their symptoms online - leading to the term 'cyberchondria'.

Mental health services concern

Mental Health - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 04:02

The state is struggling with understaffed mental health services in hospitals while demand is at an all-time high, submissions to a parliamentary health inquiry reveal. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists branch chairman Milford McArthur and president Kyn Jenkins said a bed reduction in the Royal Hobart Hospital, to do with the redevelopment, had meant patients needing admission were staying for days in the emergency department.

Tasmania's acute health services slammed as under-resourced

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 23:31

Australia's peak psychiatry body has made a stinging assessment of Tasmania's mental health system, saying it is critically understaffed and not up to national standards. In a submission to an Upper House inquiry into the state's acute health services, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists said there were not enough beds and specialist services for young people do not exist.

Trends in the Treatment of Psychiatric Illnesses

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:00

A study published in the journal Health Affairs by Tara Bishop and colleagues confirms trends in the size of the psychiatric workforce that were predicted over a decade ago. Between 2003 and 2013, the number of psychiatrists per 100,000 adults decreased by about 10% whereas the number of neurologists per 100,000 increased more than 15%.

CBD may protect against psychiatric risk from high-THC cannabis strains

Anxiety - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 15:51

A study reported Sept. 5 by neuroscientists at Indiana University finds that a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Fire Doctors Who Call Trump Crazy

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:23

Calling a politician nuts is hardly unusual during tense political times - in fact, Trump likes to refer to " Crazy Bernie Sanders ." But of late liberals, unfortunately including psychiatrists and others who should know better, have been assailing the literal sanity of the president.

Can Brain Imaging Teach Us Anything about Racism?

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:23

Can brain imaging tell us anything about racism? Given the unfathomable political situation we find ourselves in today, we certainly need to consider every angle as we fight back against the ever louder proponents of racial separatism and violence. But to be sure brain imaging is perhaps a stretch in this regard.

Study points to path for better diagnosis of eating disorders, the deadliest of mental illnesses

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:23

A paper appearing recently in the peer-reviewed journal Comprehensive Psychiatry details a "radical" new method for diagnosing eating disorders that predicts 68 percent of people's problems in psychological and social functioning due to eating-disorder features. By contrast, the method of identifying eating disorders outlined by the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" traditionally used by clinicians predicts slightly less than 10 percent of impairment in psychological and social functioning.

'Medicine Calling' conference hopes to inspire aspiring medics about career in psychiatry

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 05:09

Young people considering a career in medicine will receive expert advice this weekend to help them on the route to achieving their ambitions and to consider psychiatry as an exciting medical discipline. The second 'Medicine Calling' conference will be held on Saturday 9 September 2017.

Study shows coping skills affect women's anxiety levels

Anxiety - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:05

Research shows that having a strong sense of coherence and good coping skills- can help women facing adversity to overcome anxiety. The work found that women encountering difficult circumstances, such as living in a deprived community, who reported good coping skills did not have anxiety.

CBT, SSRIs effectively cut anxiety symptoms in childhood

Anxiety - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 16:39

Cognitive behavioral therapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are effective for reducing symptoms of anxiety in childhood, according to a review published online Aug. 31 in JAMA Pediatrics . Zhen Wang, Ph.D., from the Mayo Clinic Evidence-Based Practice Centre in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues examined the comparative effectiveness and adverse events of CBT and pharmacotherapy for childhood anxiety disorders.

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