Depression

LGBTQ group criticizes Johns Hopkins over psychologists' views

Mental Health - 9 hours 49 min ago

The country's largest advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has crticized Johns Hopkins Medicine in its latest health index for not taking a tough stance on the controversial views of two of its psychologists who believe there is virtually no scientific evidence that people are born gay or transgender. The Human Rights Campaign deducted 25 points from the medical institution's final score under the "responsible citizenship" clause.

Research consortium develops evidence-based diagnostic model for mental illness

Mental Health - 14 hours 15 min ago

"We can make further advances in research into the causes and treatments of these disorders if we have an evidence-based system with known patterns of correlation among these symptoms." A consortium of psychologists and psychiatrists has developed a new, evidence-based alternative to the mental health field's long-established diagnostic tools for the classification, treatment and research of mental disorders, according to a UB psychologist who is one of the co-authors of a paper that explains the groundbreaking approach.

Taihape farmer opens up about depression

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 23:56

Taihape farmer Dan Mickleson has spilled his heart out on Facebook after a second bout of depression, and has been overwhelmed by the response. "The reaction's gone way beyond anything I imagined when I asked them to post it.

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Medical Directors' Report Recommends Training More Psychiatrists and Expanding Telepsychiatry

Mental Health - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:10

Today, the National Council for Behavioral Health's Medical Director Institute released recommendations to ensure there are enough psychiatrists to treat the people who need help. The need for an adequate psychiatric workforce has never been greater than it is now.

Talk Therapy Vs. Medication For Depression: Brain Scans Reveal...

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:06

We all have different coping mechanisms to ward away the blues; those with depression often rely on a combination of treatments - talk therapy and medication. However, depression is not one-size-fits-all, and neither is treatment.

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A legacy left to help save others

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:36

The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is expanding its anti-bullying campaign "be nice." to Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

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Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn't Work

Mental Health - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:55

New research suggests it doesn't help - and it may hurt - to rely on a formula to predict the risk of a suicide It is 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. "My wife is suicidal, Doctor.

Messaging Can Prompt Use of Video Games for Depression

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:36

New research finds that messaging can help to inspire people to play video games that are designed to relieve depression . The study expands on the relatively new concept of using video games and "brain training" as an effective treatment for depression.

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'There is hope': Mental health service co-ordinator opens up

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 09:06

ORDINATOR for Oxfordshire Mind has spoken out about his own recovery from the brink of suicide, reminding sufferers there is 'always hope'. David Bryceland, 50, runs the charity's Benefits for Better Mental Health service for people with mental health difficulties navigating the benefits system.

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When anti-depressants fail, what can people do?

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 06:40

In June of 2015, the Manlove Psychiatric Group acquired a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation machine as a new method to treat depression. The machine is an effort to treat the 30% of patients that do not respond to traditional medication.

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1st detox center opens in hospital

Mental Health - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 02:22

A new, 10-bed inpatient detoxification unit is now open at the University of Toledo Medical Center, the first substance abuse detox center in a hospital setting in the Toledo area. "We are committed to helping the community in whatever way we can," said Dr. Tanvir Singh, a UTMC psychiatrist and the unit's medical director, calling detox a crucial "first step" in addiction recovery.

New Evidence-Based Diagnostic System Sees Shades of Gray

Depression - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 02:03

A group of psychologists and psychiatrists have put forth a new evidence-based alternative to the mental health field's long-established diagnostic categories, which one of the researchers said has significant limitations. The new approach, a Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology , addresses what the authors say are limitations to the reliability and validity of traditional models like the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders .

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Rural 'she'll be right' attitude won't solve mental health problems

Depression - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 21:15

Matamata-Piako Federated Farmers vice chair Ben Moore is lobbying for more publicity and understanding of depression in the rural sector. Farmers is the central Waikato are being urged to look out for each other and seek help if they need it, as multiple stress-points continue to test the rural community.

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Video Games Could Be New Treatment Option For Depression; How Games Give Users A Sense Of Control

Depression - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 16:27

Video games are fighting back against their brain-rotting reputation as recent studies show that they can be used to improve cognitive performance and provide insight into how we learn . A new study from the University of California Davis offers one more use: treating depression.

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Playing video games may help treat depression

Depression - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:55

The study found that not only can video games potentially treat depression, but when participants are reminded to play games, they are more likely to play more often and increase time playing, which may help patients gain further benefit from the treatment, though the researchers did not measure that. "Through the use of carefully designed persuasive message prompts... mental health video games can be perceived and used as a more viable and less attrition-ridden treatment option," researchers said in a press release.

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Choose a Medical School With a Strong Psychiatry Program

Mental Health - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:33

Experts say that the prevalence of mental illness means that every future doctor needs a solid foundation of psychiatric training during medical school. A serious mental illness can be costly.

New Evidence-Based Diagnostic System Sees Shades of Gray

Mental Health - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 09:08

A group of psychologists and psychiatrists have put forth a new evidence-based alternative to the mental health field's long-established diagnostic categories, which one of the researchers said has significant limitations. The new approach, a Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology , addresses what the authors say are limitations to the reliability and validity of traditional models like the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders .

Video games a viable treatment for depression

Depression - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:47

Treating depression is not an easy matter, and prescribing medication is far from a perfect solution. And given the nature of the problem, it is also often difficult to get patients to continue with the course of treatments.

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Local human rights groups condemns University's use of electroconvulsive therapy

Depression - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 06:26

The St. Louis chapter of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights condemned psychiatrists at Washington University's School of Medicine for their use of electroconvulsive therapy on patients suffering from severe depression. In a press release, the organization applauded Washington University's commitment to advancing human health but argued that the University's support of the psychiatric industry and certain psychiatrists on University payroll undermines that goal.

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Local human rights groups condemns University's use of electroconvulsive therapy

Mental Health - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:19

The St. Louis chapter of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights condemned psychiatrists at Washington University's School of Medicine for their use of electroconvulsive therapy on patients suffering from severe depression. In a press release, the organization applauded Washington University's commitment to advancing human health but argued that the University's support of the psychiatric industry and certain psychiatrists on University payroll undermines that goal.

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