Anxiety & Panic Disorders

FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments, other meds

Anxiety - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:18

The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday 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.

Signs that prove you're addicted to your phone

Anxiety - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:18

They say the only way to overcome an addiction is to first admit you have one. If you look around, a majority of Americans have an addiction to their smartphone.

Supporting Veterans, Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine Harnesses Acupuncture to Treat PTSD

Anxiety - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:57

The trauma of warfare can never be underestimated. Soldiers return from war, more lucid, more sensitive, having endured the physical, mental, and spiritual conditioning of a military life.

Science says there could be a psychological downside to being popular in high school later in life

Anxiety - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:05

When you were at school, were you one of the cool kids, or did you stick to just a couple of friends? According to some new research, having a select few pals who you were very close to at school could be better for your mental health in the long run. A new study, published in the journal Child Development in August, looked at data from 169 adolescents, to see whether the size of their friendship groups had an effect on depressive symptoms, self-worth, and social anxiety symptoms from ages 15 to 25. It found that close friendships in adolescence were associated with an increase in self worth, and a decrease in anxiety and depressive symptoms in early adulthood.

McGill University scales back its eating disorder program, fails to tell students

Mental Health - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:24

McGill administrator Martine Gauthier said she wants to reassure students they will still receive treatment for eating disorders despite changes made to the university's eating disorder program. McGill University is slashing resources for its eating disorder program, which has been a recruiting tool and a support network for students struggling with all forms of eating disorders since 2009.

Assisted dying: Lethal dose set to be cocktail of legal drugs washed down with OJ

Anxiety - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:16

Victoria's future euthanasia drugs could be created using a cocktail of legal medication, to be taken in powder form mixed with a drink such as orange juice, if the state's proposed "assisted dying" legislation passes through parliament. As lawful euthanasia inches closer to reality , there's been uncertainty about exactly what lethal concoction could be used by terminally-ill patients.

Hillary Clinton's trick for anxiety relief is right under your nose

Anxiety - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:36

Unlike the one in six American adults who take psychiatric drugs , Clinton manages moments of anxiety with a yogic breathing technique called nadi shodhana . "Alternate nostril breathing.

LN: Places popular among Czech suicides to be checked

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 23:03

Czech psychiatrists are going to analyse data on suicides in the country in order to reveal places in which suicides are often committed and propose measures to decrease the popularity of the suicide hotspots, daily Lidove noviny wrote on Monday. Fences may be built in these places, camera systems may be installed there or guards may monitor them, the paper writes.

OCOP: He's been there, so he can help struggling kids

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:06

When you talk to Dr. Matt Chow, you don't get the sense the psychiatrist is immersed in Freudian theory who will pronounce obscure diagnoses, citing arcane references. "It is a more modern approach, but it's part of my personal style to be very straight-forward with people."

On My Mind: Questioning assumptions of modern psychiatry

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:12

Every summer Harvard brings some of the great teachers in psychiatry to Martha's Vineyard. Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, a psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist at Tufts and Harvard, author of "A First-Rate Madness," and a frequent Vineyard visitor, has taught classes on the Island for mental health professionals for several of the past summers.

Caring for severely ill animals causes same stress as caring for humans, study shows

Anxiety - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:01

Caregivers of pets with chronic and terminal diseases can suffer the same mental and physical stress as individuals caring for their ill loved ones, according to a study. Mary Beth Spitznagel, a clinical neuropsychologist and associate professor in Kent State University's Department of Psychological Sciences, realized there was very little scientific research on caregivers of animals when she was facing stress while caring for her dog Allo, the university said.

What Makes Trump So Dangerous?

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:21

A lot of questions have been raised about Donald Trump's mental health. I have said that we need to talk about it not only because he is dangerous, but because the topic has been shrouded in secrecy, which only reinforces the stigma.

Caring for a sick pet can increase anxiety, depression

Anxiety - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 04:58

A new study confirms that pet owners looking after poorly animals are exposed to high levels of stress and exhibit symptoms of depression. It is well known that looking after a seriously ill person is a stressful endeavor that increases the risk of anxiety and depression.

Antidepressants found to be "death pills" that dramatically raise the risk of early death

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 03:44

The researchers analyzed data from 17 previous studies involving almost 380,000 people. The studies showed that people who took antidepressants acquired a greater risk of death by suicide or via other life-threatening issues.

Experts gathered in Tauranga for psychiatry conference

Mental Health - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 01:28

Stress and the brain, living to 100 and the mental health of transgender people are just some of the topics to be discussed at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists New Zealand Conference. The Kia Kotahi ai ng A Ara or Uniting Pathways Conference will be held from 25 - 27 September at the Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga.

Guarding souls: Saving life in the age of science and technology

Anxiety - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:26

Regular contact with a person, particularly a parent, is the best remedy for derailing an oncoming depression. Once the disorder sets in, more may be needed.

New concept

Mental Health - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:11

For parents experiencing their son or daughter thrust into psychosis or other forms of psychiatric trauma for the first time, there is almost nothing scarier. I have met dozens of parents who have had no experience in the field of mental illness and suddenly find themselves in the midst of a crisis with their child experiencing some form of psychosis.

People With Sick Pets Have More Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:47

New research suggests that when people care for ill pets, they have more depression, anxiety and caregiving distress: symptoms that are similar to how people report feeling when caring for sick relatives, the study authors say. , researchers surveyed 238 owners of dogs or cats.

A chatbot for your woes

Mental Health - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:42

Woebot is a chatbox that checks in with users chat each day to get in touch with their own feelings and emotions, and do exercises that help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Named Eliza, it was able to trick some people into believing it was human.

A chatbot for your woes

Anxiety - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 17:27

Woebot is a chatbox that checks in with users chat each day to get in touch with their own feelings and emotions, and do exercises that help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Named Eliza, it was able to trick some people into believing it was human.

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