Anxiety & Panic Disorders

L-theanine for generalized anxiety

Anxiety - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 14:13

The amino acid l-theanine found in green tea is widely used in China, Japan, and other Asian countries to treat anxiety and depressed mood. Animal studies confirm that l-theanine increases brain levels of serotonin, dopamine , and gamma-amino-butyric acid and may have general neuroprotective effects.

We asked an expert on tackling anxiety for his advice on how to improve your mental well-being

Anxiety - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 10:01

Work, family and other life pressures affect all of us at times, leading to troubling feelings of stress and anxiety. Ahead of World Mental Health Day 2017 on Tuesday The News spoke to Dan Regan, an Ely-based hypnotherapist who specialises in stress and anxiety management, for his advice on how people can look after their mental well-being.

The Great Paradox of Psychiatry

Mental Health - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:43

"To the man who wants to use a hammer badly, a lot of things look like nails that need hammering." - Mark Twain We are living in an era of supposed rapid progression in the development of newer, better, and more effective treatments for the human problems called mental disorders.

The enduring challenge of tackling mental health

Mental Health - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 09:43

It is brave that Jess Hodak, a young woman who has Dissociative Identity Disorder , a complex mental illness formerly known as multiple personality disorder, allows us to tell her remarkable story. Jess has three personalities described as her "alters".

Broadband spreads to remote First Nations

Mental Health - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:25

Neskantaga First Nation Chief Wayne Moonias addresses the crowd during the announcement that his community is one of five that will receive broadband Internet. Neskantaga First Nation Chief Wayne Moonias addresses the crowd during the announcement that his community is one of five that will receive broadband Internet.

Assessing Trump: Is the president fit for office?

Mental Health - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:25

From pundits to US Senators and former officials, many have expressed concern that US President Donald Trump is mentally unfit for office. But the profession most capable of making this judgement - psychiatric and mental health experts and practitioners - have remained largely silent.

World Mental Health Day to be observed on Oct. 10

Mental Health - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 18:27

GB Health Services officials announced plans for World Mental Health Day during a press conference on Thursday October 5 at the Rand Memorial Hospital. Pictured from left are Clarence Hield, Hospital Social Worker; Michelle Lundy, co-chair; Dr.Daphne Adderley-Sands, Acting Consultant Psychiatrist; Dr.Leroy Laing, Senior House Officer and Dr.Reddy,Diah Ward.

When Your Child Needs Psychiatric Medication

Mental Health - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:53

An anti-psychiatry movement has argued for years that children are over-medicated, that psychiatric drugs are dangerous, that diet and exercise can cure mental health problems, and even that mental illness isn't real. Parents who live with children who have mental health issues know otherwise.

#3: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

Mental Health - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 03:10

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Panic attacks can derail prospects for normal life

Anxiety - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:21

Could you explain panic attacks? I never knew what people were talking about until a few months ago, while sitting at the computer. I felt as if I had stopped breathing; I thought I was dying.

Arthur Janov, 'Primal scream' psychologist, was 93

Mental Health - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:21

Arthur Janov, the psychologist who created, practiced and preached primal therapy, a sensation of the 1970s in which patients were coached to let out sobs or screams as they relived childhood trauma in a quest to overcome neurosis, died Oct. 1 at his home in Malibu. He was 93. Through his treatment of celebrities - among them entertainers John Lennon, Yoko Ono and James Earl Jones - Dr. Janov became a celebrity in his own right beginning in the 1970s.

Conway: Wea re doing what we can in Puerto Rico

Anxiety - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:16

Speculation continues to run rampant on why the gunman opened fire on a crowd of country music fans, leaving 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured. Steven Paddock was reportedly prescribed Valium, an anti-anxiety medication by a Vegas doctor, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, four months before the Las Vegas massacre.

'Absolutely urgent' to tackle student mental health, university co-ordinator says

Mental Health - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:12

A research study at all 16 universities in the Atlantic region will assess what students need in the way of mental health services, says Elizabeth Cawley. With a shortage of counsellors, East Coast universities have to find a way to ensure anxious, stressed-out students get the mental health services they need, says the specialist appointed to co-ordinate services.

Is President Trump Mentally Healthy? The Pros Weigh In

Mental Health - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:05

Much has been written and discussed of late regarding the mental health status of President Trump . And controversy exists regarding whether or not mental health professionals should even comment on any speculated diagnoses for Mr. Trump citing the Goldwater Rule .

Can CBD oil help anxiety? What you need to know

Anxiety - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:56

Cannabidiol is a compound derived from cannabis plants. It may help people with anxiety reduce their symptoms with few or no side effects.

Why schools should let teenagers sleep a little bit longer: Teitel

Anxiety - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:00

A new study says that a major reason teens are sleepy and moody is because they go to school too early in the morning. A new study suggests that teens who start school before 8:30 a.m. may be at a greater risk of depression and anxiety.

The Myth of Dissociation

Mental Health - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:54

Of all evasions of responsibility employed by psychiatric patients in the form of "symptoms," none is more blatant than patients who claim to "dissociate" and lose control or memory of their behavior, rendering them unaccountable for their actions. Sometimes this takes the form of the patient claiming to have "alters" or "multiple personalities."

Lack of on-call psychiatrists a 'recruiting challenge,' says P.E.I. health minister

Mental Health - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:43

P.E.I.'s Minister of Health and Wellness Robert Henderson says government is focusing on recruiting more psychiatrists. The P.E.I. government unveiled a plan on Tuesday to fix the problems surrounding psychiatric care in emergency rooms across the province.

Mohamed Ramadan's Gonna Go Crazyyy

Mental Health - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 15:23

The actor is again under fire by his Instagram followers for showing-off a plane with the letters "MR" imbued-an acronym his followers took to mean "Mohammed Ramadan." Fans were angry: angry that he is rich, angry that he is successful, angry that he shows-off his wealth and success.

Report: Vegas Gunman Was Prescribed Anti-Anxiety Drug

Anxiety - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:46

Stephen Paddock, the man identified as the Las Vegas mass murderer, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug that can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. According to the newspaper, records reveal Paddock was prescribed fifty 10-miligram diazepam tablets by Dr. Steve Winkler on June 21. He was to take one pill a day.

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