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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Early Trauma, Depression, and the Need for Social Connection

Mental Health - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:59

Experts said that the frequency and quality of social relationships have a greater effect on mortality than obesity or drinking alcohol, and this commands attention from health systems. And on Sunday, a pair of psychiatrists at the 30th US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, detailed the science of the importance of social interactions.

"Dad, I Think I Have ADHD"

Mental Health - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 04:06

Your son, Marcus, a college freshman, calls you at the end of September; he is struggling in his courses. In high school, he was involved in several sports and seemed to do well in his classes without much studying.

New research found antidepressants may increase risk of early death

Mental Health - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 23:34

Psychiatrists 50 years from today may look back and ask, did the drugs they used to treat brains harm the body? But the study's lead author suspects the ubiquitous pills take more lives than they save, and that one way they might take lives is through their effect on platelets, tiny cells in the bloodstream that form clots to stop bleeding. Platelets need the brain chemical serotonin to function properly.

VIDEODr Michael Thase: Screening for Depression Has to Be Coupled With Intervention

Mental Health - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 16:36

Screening for depression in the primary care setting can take as little as 30 seconds, but screening is only effective if it actually leads to intervention, explained Michael E. Thase, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Mood and Anxiety Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Screening for depression in the primary care setting can take as little as 30 seconds, but screening is only effective if it actually leads to intervention, explained Michael E. Thase, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Mood and Anxiety Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tracking depression

Mental Health - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 11:59

"Call no man happy until he is dead." - Aeschylus L.928 It was classmate Martin D. Bautista who somehow got to scribble "Call no man happy until he is dead" at the back of my Grant's Anatomy.

Trump vs. Psychiatrists: Who's Crazier?

Mental Health - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:49

Although the father of psychoanalysis is no longer fashionable, the Freudian concept of psychological projection is alive and well. These aren't isolated examples.

Antidepressants can do more harm than good

Mental Health - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 20:36

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20 minute test determines attention and memory capacity in patients with schizophrenia

Mental Health - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:08

Researchers from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona , in collaboration with the University of Oviedo and the Biomedical Research Networking Centre in Mental Health , have designed a test which can help determine the cognitive capacities of patients with schizophrenia. The test consists of a battery of assessments chosen by the researchers which permits them, in 20 minutes or less depending on the case, to examine patients' short-term memory capacities, mental agility and also organisational capacities.

New study on the placebo effect and antidepressants in children and adolescents

Mental Health - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 08:41

Although the clinical efficacy of antidepressants in children and adolescents is proven, it is frequently accompanied by side effects. In addition, the influence of the placebo effect on the efficacy of antidepressants is unclear.

Data Collection for Mental Health Studies Through Digital Platforms:...

Mental Health - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 20:47

To insert individual citation into a bibliography in a word-processor, select your preferred citation style below and drag-and-drop it into the document. Mental and behavioral disorders are the main cause of disability worldwide.

Should Google Offer Depression Screening?

Mental Health - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 15:59

Several influential psychiatrists are calling on Google to offer a Web-based depression screening test that could speed diagnoses and treatment of the estimated one in five Americans who experience the mental-health condition in their lifetime. In the current issue of the British Medical Journal BMJ, American psychiatrist Dr. Ken Duckworth says providing a screening test to people who are already seeking information online "could raise awareness to improve identification and treatment."

Could removing Trump come down to two Hoosiers?

Mental Health - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:53

Fifty years ago, former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh wrote a constitutional amendment that allows an unstable president to be removed. Could removing President Trump come down to two Hoosiers? Fifty years ago, former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh wrote a constitutional amendment that allows an unstable president to be removed.

Antidepressants raise the risk of an early death by 33%

Mental Health - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 08:31

Warning for those on antidepressants: The commonly prescribed drugs raise the risk of an early death by 33%, controversial study finds 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.

Chronic pain common in people living with HIV

Mental Health - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 03:49

All people living with HIV should be screened for chronic pain, which affects 39 to 85 percent of people with the condition, recommend new HIVMA guidelines. Those who have chronic pain should be treated using a multidisciplinary approach focused on non-drug options ranging from yoga to physical therapy, note the guidelines.

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