Mental Health

Researchers find functional change in brains of patients with type 1 diabetes

Mental Health - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:43

The study of the University of Barcelona shows an important step forward in the understanding of how this disease can affect the brain during the cognitive activity. Credit: Universidad de Barcelona Researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and the Institute of Complex Systems of the University of Barcelona have identified differences in the pattern of the neurofunctional activation in patients with type 1 diabetes.

Wellington Enacts Ordinance Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Discredited "Conversion Therapy"

Mental Health - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 08:59

At tonight's meeting, the Wellington Village Council enacted an ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth from the dangerous practice of conversion therapy. The ban goes into effect immediately.

Many more primary school pupils are having gender identity treatment

Mental Health - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:25

There has been a big increase in the number of children having treatment because they are unhappy with their biological gender. In the last two years, the number of primary school pupils referred by their GP to a specialist centre in London has trebled.

How Do We Handle Religion in Mental Health Settings?

Mental Health - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:59

My religious friend once asked me point-blank, "if you don't believe in God, how can you see someone who does as anything but delusional? As a mental health professional, how do you counsel such a person?" It's a tough question for me. I've been a psychiatrist for almost 15 years.

National association recommends more psychiatrists for P.E.I.

Mental Health - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 06:31

Krystalle Ramlakhan is a multi-platform journalist with CBC P.E.I. She has also worked for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Canada's association of psychiatrists says P.E.I. should have more full-time positions for psychiatrists, based on the province's population.

Introducing InterSECT [Editorial]

Mental Health - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:12

From the Department of Neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons and Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY. Just over 2 decades ago, the US Food and Drug Administration approved intravenous recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke based on the results of the NINDS trial , published in December 1995.

C-section can be factor in postpartum blues

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 21:58

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New Netflix film a To The Bonea criticised for potentially...

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 17:39

A new Netflix film has been criticised by mental health experts who say that it could risk "glamourising" and "trivialising" anorexia. To The Bone will be released via the streaming service on July 14. It stars Lily Collins as "an unruly, 20-year-old young woman with anorexia" named Ellen and Keanu Reeves as her "non-traditional doctor".

High Court allows contraceptive injection for mentally-ill young woman 'at risk of pregnancy'

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:09

A contraceptive injection can be administered to a mentally ill young woman who has expressed inconsistent views as to whether or not she consented to the injection, the High Court has directed. Doctors and psychiatrists involved in the woman's care, and a consultant asked to independently assess her, all expressed concern she is at real risk of another pregnancy and that would be seriously detrimental to her mental and physical health.

How Do Psychotherapists Think?

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:09

How do mental health professionals determine how to help the people they need to treat? What kind of reasoning is required to determine that someone has an issue such as depression , anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder , or the hundreds of others in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ? The manual's listing of features suggests that assessment is just matching symptoms, for example seeing whether someone has 5 of the 9 symptoms that mark people as severely depressed. But more complicated causal reasoning is needed to get a better understanding of people's problems, in order to devise treatments that can help them.

Most Opioid Prescriptions Are for People with Depression, Other Mood Disorders

Mental Health - Scientific American - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:00
The finding raises questions about how different people respond to pain

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Personal Health: When Anxiety or Depression Mask a Medical Problem

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 08:32

It's perfectly normal for someone to feel anxious or depressed after receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness. But what if the reverse occurs and symptoms of anxiety or depression masquerade as an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder? Or what if someone's physical symptoms stem from a psychological problem? How long might it take before the true cause of the symptoms is uncovered and proper treatment begun? Psychiatric Times, a medical publication seen by some 50,000 psychiatrists each month, recently published a "partial listing" of 47 medical illnesses, ranging from cardiac arrhythmias to pancreatic cancer, that may first present as anxiety.

New program to stem shortage of psychiatrists

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:03

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Embrace telemedicine's potential

Mental Health - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:03

There were only about 240 psychiatrists practicing in the state of South Carolina as of last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's about one for every 20,000 residents.

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: 'The Mind of God'

Mental Health - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 19:54

In the ever-raging battle between faith and science, the neurologist Jay Lombard is one of those rare emissaries who communicate in the language of both camps. In his new book, "The Mind of God," he uses his experience studying the brain to ask some of the largest philosophical questions: Does God exist? Does life have meaning? Are we free? Lombard writes that he is interested in a "large faith," rather than a specific religion - "a faith invigorated and enlightened by science rather than being at odds with it."

Doctors find 'a piece of heaven' in Prince George

Mental Health - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 15:47

Dr. June Frye sits in her home on June 15. Earlier this year Frye was inducted into the Northern Medical Society Hall of Fame, along with her deceased husband Dr. Russ Frye. - Brent Braaten, Photographer Dr. June Frye sits in her home on June 15. Earlier this year Frye was inducted into the Northern Medical Society Hall of Fame, along with her deceased husband Dr. Russ Frye.

Mental-health experts underscore dangers of youth cannabis use

Mental Health - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:51

Even though a direct link has yet to be proven between using marijuana and mental-health issues, evidence shows the substance can trigger psychotic episodes and negatively affect youth with a family history of mental illness, such as schizophrenia, says psychiatrist Dianne McIntosh. Even though a direct link has yet to be proven between using marijuana and mental-health issues, evidence shows the substance can trigger psychotic episodes and negatively affect youth with a family history of mental illness, such as schizophrenia, says psychiatrist Dianne McIntosh.

Is government the new playground bully?

Mental Health - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:48

A broad consensus among psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals holds that attempting to change or control others is, in general, mentally unhealthy - or, at the very least, not a practice of mentally or psychologically strong people. Focusing on the behavior of other adults with the aim of altering or stopping that behavior is almost always self-defeating, an exercise in frustration and anxiety, a good way to disrupt your own mental equanimity and alienate yourself from others.

761 CAMH patients still waiting for trans surgery referrals

Mental Health - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:28

A 2016 provincial decision made a dent in the astronomical wait list, but hundreds of patients are still waiting for a call. Though part of a $2 million sum the Ontario Ministry of Health's slotted last year to clear the referral bottleneck went to hiring two social workers and a psychologist at CAMH, the clinic needs more physicians.

Sacked IT workers seek jobs, and a 'listening ear'

Mental Health - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 01:26

Finding an increasing pool of professionals being dismissed, start-ups and others are improvising to offer emotional support and career guidance. With the recent IT lay-offs taking a toll on mental well-being of professionals, start-ups and talent-acquisition firms are stepping in to offer much needed respite in terms of counselling and career guidance, apart from providing key linkages.

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