Anxiety & Panic Disorders

How to Help Kids "Keep Calm and Carry On" in Uncertain Times

Anxiety - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:09

Terrorism. Bombings. Fires . Hurricanes . Mass shootings. These are jittery times, and parents share their concerns about their children's well-being with me everywhere I speak.

Scientists find key to unwanted thoughts

Anxiety - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 07:36

Scientists could have the secret. They have identified a chemical in the brain's "memory" region that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts.

Behavioral Health: Next Frontier in Pediatric Care

Mental Health - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:09

"Age 3 is middle age when it comes to brain development." That quotation kicked off a Thursday afternoon panel at U.S. News and World Report's annual Healthcare of Tomorrow in conference in Washington.

Xanax found in kid's Halloween candy, North Kildonan mom says

Anxiety - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:50

When she went through her kids' candy bags, she noticed a small zipped bag holding pills in one of the bags. Xanax is a depressant that slows down brain activity.

Brooklyn Supreme Court hosts lecture on mental illness

Mental Health - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:30

A University of Southern California professor who has struggled with schizophrenia throughout her life captivated dozens in the Brooklyn Supreme Court Justices' Board Room with her tales battling the illness and ideas for treatment going forward. Professor Elyn Saks was brought to the civil courthouse by Supreme Court Justice Steven Mostofsky, who read her memoir "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness" as training for his new role in the court's mental hygiene part.

More time on social media is not linked to poor mental health

Anxiety - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:17

There has so far been no evidence supporting the view that the amount of time spent on social media affects mental health in young people, says Chloe Berryman of the University of Central Florida in the US. She is the lead author of a study in Springer's journal Psychiatric Quarterly that found very few links between different aspects of social media use among young adults and possible mental health problems such as loneliness, decreased empathy and social anxiety.

The AWEsome connection between our brain chemistry and human behavior

Mental Health - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:41

In any given year, about 25% of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. These statistics are staggering ! Yet, when it comes to brain health and behavioral disorders, Western medicine is clearly missing the point - in terms of an effective solution.

The AWEsome connection between our brain chemistry and human behavior

Anxiety - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:34

In any given year, about 25% of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. These statistics are staggering ! Yet, when it comes to brain health and behavioral disorders, Western medicine is clearly missing the point - in terms of an effective solution.

Reading the Mind at Risk

Mental Health - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 22:00

It can sometimes be difficult to recognize suicidal thoughts, even in those we know best. Many of the most familiar warning signs - feeling trapped, reckless behavior, depression - can be indicators of other mental states, from the relatively benign to the clinically severe.

Somatic Psychiatry in the Spotlight

Mental Health - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 17:18

Somatic psychiatry has taken over psychiatry, and replaced an in-depth understanding of human nature . The fundamental and incorrect premise of somatic psychiatry is that the source of psychiatric problems come from defects in the brain .

Smartphone-Based Interventions for Depression

Mental Health - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:05

Technology is rapidly advancing and more people are depending on it to stay in touch with friends, finding the quickest way to work or doing their weekly shopping. It is no surprise that people are turning to their smartphones to improve their mental wellbeing.

Family Health: Get help for stress as it impacts on many parts of the body

Anxiety - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:16

PA File Photo of a woman suffering from stress. See PA Feature TOPICAL Health Stress.

Tranquilizing Humanity into Oblivion

Mental Health - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:34

Nathan S. Kline, M.D., is widely heralded as the father of American psychopharmacology and the discoverer of the original antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs. His discoveries in the 1950s and 1960s ushered in a new era in American and global psychiatry and sparked the transition from a psychoanalytically-inclined psychiatry to a field dominated by biology, neuroscience , and psychopharmacology.

If you have these 10 symptoms, you're probably suffering from anxiety

Anxiety - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 09:51

I think we've all experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. Maybe you were anxious about a meeting with your boss, or maybe you were anxious on your sweet kindergartner's first day of school.

Positive brands for brain, mind and body [From the Editor's desk]

Mental Health - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 05:57

Proud elitism will help us recruit more psychiatrists, reduce self-stigma and eschew apologetic and unconfident portrayals of psychiatric practice, say Crabb and colleagues in a bold editorial on branding psychiatry. Apart from presenting a progressive and enriching account of the achievements of psychiatric practice through the expert eyes of a branding company, there are some enticing one-liners with which to impress your friends, family, social and professional networks: psychiatrists wish to think and act differently; and the profession is of the moment for the moment.

Schizophrenia - an anxiety disorder? [EDITORIALS]

Anxiety - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 05:19

Anxiety and affective symptoms are prominent features of schizophrenia which are often present in the prodromal phase of the illness and preceding psychotic relapses. A number of studies suggest that genetic risk for the disorder may be associated with increased anxiety long before the onset of psychotic symptoms.

My Turn: Duty to warn NEW

Mental Health - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 01:27

During the presidential campaign of 1964, hawkish senator Barry Goldwater emerged as the Republican candidate for the presidency. His threat to unleash low-yield thermonuclear weapons on North Vietnamese supply lines was a source of great concern among the electorate.

Hobart mental health unit on hold after concerns raised over design, staffing, safety

Mental Health - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 20:45

A new Hobart mental health unit has been delayed after serious concerns were raised about privacy, its lack of outdoor space, natural light, and its likelihood to increase aggression among admitted patients. The Mental Health Observation Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital was due to open at the start of this week, but the Government has confirmed it is on hold pending further consultation with stakeholders, some who have expressed outrage at being given less than a month's notice of the new facility.

Long wait times for child psychiatrists hurt kids, says Saskatoon mom

Mental Health - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 15:54

Danny Kerslake is an award-winning journalist who has worked in radio stations across Western Canada. In his career with CBC Saskatchewan, Danny has reported from every corner of the province and has lived and worked in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert.

Doctor eats scraps after 'wrongful dismissal'

Mental Health - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:33

A medical doctor who was "wrongfully dismissed" from the Ghana Health Service and his salary arrears withheld since 2012 has told Starr News he now lives as a single-room squatter who begs for table scraps to survive. Described by many as Ghana's Ben Carson for his rare pair of 'healing hands', Dr. Francis Ibrahim Betonsi was reportedly handed indefinite suspension half a decade ago on grounds of possible mental disorder.

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