Anxiety & Panic Disorders

Exercising just an hour per week could help ward off depression, study says

Anxiety - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 02:16

Everyone knows that regular exercise can help prevent adverse physical health impacts like heart disease and diabetes. But heading to the gym or out on a run can also help stave off mental illness, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry .

Patients' expectations influence effectiveness of SSRI antidepressants

Anxiety - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:13

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety but their superiority over placebo has been questioned, generating considerable debate among researchers and clinicians. In a new study, Uppsala University researchers show that the way in which the treatment is described to the patient can be as important as the treatment itself.

'Extremely shorthanded:' P.E.I. lacks psychiatrists for ER care

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:23

Dr. Heather Keizer, the chief of mental health and addictions, listens during the presentation to the province's health and wellness committee. Prince Edward Island doesn't have adequate psychiatric care, the chief of mental health and addictions told the province's health and wellness committee Tuesday.

Keizer says shortage of psychiatrists in P.E.I. ERs is 'extremely onerus'

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:23

Chief mental health and addictions officer Dr. Heather Keizer and Health Minister Robert Henderson provided update Tuesday on the province's mental health and addictions strategy to the legislative health committee.

Growing Up Too Fast? Early Adversity Affects Fear Responses

Anxiety - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:01

Fear can be adaptive, as noticing and avoiding potential dangers in the environment has obvious survival benefits. Yet, for some people, excessive fear and hyper-vigilance for threats can interfere with adaptive functioning, even developing into an anxiety disorder.

Study: Teens starting school before 8:30 a.m. have higher depression risk

Anxiety - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:46

A study released Monday shows teenagers with school starting times before 8:30 a.m. may be more likely to suffer depression and anxiety because of compromised sleep quality. Research conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center is among the first to demonstrate that school start times may have a critical impact on adolescent sleep and daily functioning, according to a URMC news release.

Severe anxiety best treated with drugs and therapy

Anxiety - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:37

Children and teens with severe anxiety need both behavioral therapy and medication for the best chance of improvement, a new Yale-led analysis has found. A prior landmark study of 488 youths between the ages of seven and 17 had shown that cognitive behavioral therapy , the antidepressant sertraline, or a combination of drugs and therapy all improved outcomes.

Sleep deprivation might ease the blues

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:41

Sleep deprivation might offer a new treatment for depression. An analysis of 36 years of studies by the University of Pennsylvania suggests temporarily depriving patients of sleep can be effective in the short-term.

Fascinating: Schools are using brain science to guide edtech decisions

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 04:00

What happens when a school district uses the latest in brain science to inform its edtech purchasing decisions? Students become more engaged and test scores go up, according to school district officials who shared their experiences at a brain science conference. "Brain Futures" was a two-day event that attracted high-profile neurologists, psychiatrists, and researchers from all over the country.

Case Study: 'Today I take paracetamol and baclofen the same way as I took co-codamol and tramadol'

Anxiety - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 01:52

He was addicted to gabapentin - prescribed for neuropathic pain - but also had to be weaned off Valium for anxiety and Depakote for bipolar mania. There were anti-psychotics, tramadol and co-codamol - among others.

Minds Behind the MIND Lecture Series

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:19

Beginning in October, the UC Davis MIND Institute will host Minds Behind the MIND, a lecture series featuring leading researchers and clinicians who will present their current research and new treatment findings. Lectures will be held Wednesday evenings in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento beginning Oct. 4. The first lecture, "Navigating a New Autism Spectrum Diagnosis," will be presented by MIND Institute program coordinators Catharine Mikitka and Elizabeth Morgan, child life specialist Erin Roseborough and Aubyn Stahmer, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Hidden danger of happy pills as risk of death soars

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:19

The drugs - among the most commonly prescribed in the UK - do more harm than good, researchers claim, and their use should be severely curtailed. Psychiatrists disputed the latest findings, arguing that they have been safely used for years and offer a lifeline for depressed people.

Anxiety in children is on the rise. What can parents do?

Anxiety - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 17:47

One of the very top mental health concerns in this country is anxiety. It's sometimes hard to be clear about what anxiety is and how to recognize it, especially in children, but identifying a mental health issue like anxiety early on can make a huge difference for a child's future success.

Micronutrients help children with ADHD, new research shows

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:07

At the age of 9, Isaiaha Godfrey was unable to tie his shoe laces and brush his teeth. He had been expelled from six preschools and several schools because of his severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder .

Can your personality torpedo your career?

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:45

We all have private dark closets that hide parts of our personality - parts that we are not particularly pleased with. Psychiatrists call these "the dark triad"- narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.

These 27 Top Shrinks Think Trump Might Be Nuts

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:33

The Goldwater Rule has long held that mental-health professionals shouldn't diagnose from a distance. But these experts decided to speak up before it's too late.

Psychiatrist, gay rights trailblazer honored in Philadelphia

Mental Health - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:50

A psychiatrist considered a trailblazer in the gay rights movement for appearing in a mask before his colleagues at a 1972 convention to announce his homosexuality is being honored in Philadelphia. Dr. John E. Fryer's actions are credited with paving the way for the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders a year after his speech.

What a Woman's Age Has to Do With How Her Depression & Anxiety Are Treated

Anxiety - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:14

HelloFlo is a womens health company committed to normalizing the conversations we have about womens bodies so that we can all live healthier lives. Every six months, I go to the psychiatrist.

NDA grad interns at UMass Medical

Mental Health - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 08:43

Even after graduation, the young women of the Academy of Notre Dame remain a strong part of the school's family. Just like any family, their successes and achievements are celebrated.

Why you get 'hangxiety' after a night of drinking - and how to get through it

Anxiety - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 20:51

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