Anxiety & Panic Disorders

UT research labs use lasers to treat anxiety

Anxiety - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:21

Two UT labs focusing on anxiety and lasers are working together to determine if infrared lasers directed at the brain can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety. Psychology professor Michael Telch, who runs an anxiety lab, and psychology professor Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, who runs a laser lab, are treating participants for their study on transcranial laser stimulation and anxiety.

A Duty To Warn: The Most Dangerous Man In the World

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 00:49

The Trumpian lunacy spirals onward: The delusions - "Virtually no President has accomplished what we have accomplished in the first 9 months!" - the irrational rages - unfathomably, he is still harassing football players - and the narcissistic view of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico or any other disaster, which is always about him and the "great marks" he's getting even though it's hard - "It's in the middle of an ocean! And it's a big one!" - but not to worry, because he's from New York and some of his best friends are Puerto Rican. Yes. He said that.

Lifting weights can help boost mental health and banish anxiety

Anxiety - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 21:59

Guys don't usually like to talk about having anxiety or other kinds of mental issues, but they sure love to talk about how big their biceps are, or how many squats they did at the gym. When athletes talk about how exercising helps improve their mental state, it's usually coming from runners.

Magnesium and Zinc are Essential for Healthy Brain Function

Anxiety - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 19:36

Magnesium deficiency is widespread in Western countries and may be associated with cardiovascular disease, depressed immune functioning, depression , diabetes, insomnia , and other disorders. Case histories suggest that oral magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate or taurinate may result in rapid recovery from severe depressed mood and may ameliorate symptoms of anxiety, irritability, insomnia, postpartum depression, and short-term memory .

Ketamine for Rapid Treatment of Depression

Mental Health - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:23

A team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health recently discovered why the drug ketamine may act as a rapid antidepressant. Ketamine is best known as an illicit, psychedelic club drug.

New guidelines warn against using medication too early to treat anxiety

Anxiety - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 03:27

Anxiety affects women's health more than heart disease and kidney failure, but new guidelines make drugs a last-option treatment. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has overhauled its guidelines for treating anxiety.

'Saturday Night Live' Star Pete Davidson Opens Up About His Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis

Mental Health - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 02:19

The Saturday Night Live star appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast on Monday, where he revealed a psychiatrist had diagnosed him with Borderline Personality Disorder. "Around October [or] September last year, I started having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after.

Dr. David Peachey, author of report guiding Winnipeg health overhaul, weighs in on changes

Mental Health - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 22:07

The first phase of a major health-care overhaul in Winnipeg is slated to move forward next week, with one emergency department converting to an urgent care centre and one urgent care centre shutting its doors. Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has called the reform the biggest change to health care "in a generation," and says it will result in more efficient, higher-quality care for patients.

How anxiety is messing up your sex life

Anxiety - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:06

Anxiety can hold you back in your career and crank up your stress level during social situations. So it makes sense that the worry, apprehension, and fear that are hallmarks of the condition will also make a huge dent between the sheets.

Avoid when anxious: Avoidance bias in anxious people

Anxiety - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 18:48

Imagine this: you are walking down the street when all of a sudden you see someone walking with a big dog by their side. You're terribly afraid of dogs, so instead of walking past the dog, you cross the street.

Cape Breton remains short on psychiatrists after 2 hires back out

Mental Health - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 17:24

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FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments, other meds

Anxiety - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:10

The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings last week about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution.

The power of facial expressions-influence on competitions

Mental Health - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:08

Facial expressions influence competitions. They do so in Music and Miss/Mister elections as well as leadership assessments.

How sleep deprivation can improve depression

Mental Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 22:57

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Misophonia: The sound sensitivity syndrome

Mental Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:28

The sound people make while chewing sugarcane makes my eyes water. In fact I am almost convinced that if I was tied to a chair and made to listen to that sound for 10 minutes, I would have a heart attack.

Kids Who See Hollywood Gunplay More Likely to Pull the Trigger

Mental Health - Scientific American - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:45
A randomized experiment suggests movie exposure to firearms boosts chances of holding gun longer, using it

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Antidepressants and weight gain: What's the connection?

Anxiety - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:31

Antidepressants are the third most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States and are taken by 11 percent of Americans aged 12 years and over. Weight gain is one of the potential side effects of antidepressant use, with some sources estimating that 25 percent of people using antidepressants experience an increase in weight.

Drugs Taken By 1 in 8 People Increase Risk of Death 33%

Mental Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:58

What is less well-known is that serotonin is also used in the heart, kidney, lungs and liver - indeed all the major organs. I think people would be much less willing to take these drugs if they were aware how little is known about their impact outside of the brain, and that what we do know points to an increased risk of death."

Fourfold increase in likelihood of anxiety or depression treatment if ...

Anxiety - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:49

A study led by a team at Keele University has found that when one partner of a couple consults their GP about depression or anxiety, the other partner is much more likely to do the same. Common mood disorders like anxiety and depression are a major priority for healthcare, with an estimated 12 percent of NHS funding spent on mental health services in 2014-15.

Resistance exercise linked to reduced anxiety

Anxiety - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 03:56

People who do resistance exercises like weight lifting may experience less anxiety than people who don't workout, a research review suggests. File photo People who do resistance exercises like weight lifting may experience less anxiety than people who don't workout, a research review suggests.

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