Mental Health

How loneliness affects our health

Mental Health - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:45

NEW YORK: The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013, I reported on research finding that loneliness can impair health by raising levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which in turn, can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, dementia, and even suicide attempts.

Does mental illness show up in tweets?

Mental Health - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:45

A new study raises an uncomfortable question: Is evaluating patients in person necessarily better? A prohibition against psychiatrists discussing the mental health of public figures - a rule that has become especially controversial, and sometimes flouted, since the inauguration of President Trump - is "premised on dubious scientific assumptions," researchers concluded in an analysis scheduled for publication in a psychology journal. The American Psychiatric Association defends its " Goldwater rule " by arguing that an in-person psychiatric examination is the gold standard for diagnosing mental illness and psychological traits - given that there are no blood tests or brain scans for psychiatric disorders.

Recognizing and treating depression in retirement

Mental Health - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 01:13

Since retiring a few years ago, my husband has become increasingly irritable and apathetic. I'm concerned that he's depressed, even though he may not admit it.

'You're likely depressed... you should sign up here now': Dublin's...

Mental Health - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 23:02

'You're likely depressed... you should sign up here now': Dublin's Scientology centre tells undercover reporter 'psychiatry doesn't work' An undercover reporter was urged to hand over cash on the spot to take up a Scientology course and was told psychiatrists or counselling do not work to combat mental health issues such as depression. https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/youre-likely-depressed-you-should-sign-up-here-now-dublins-scientology-centre-tells-undercover-reporter-psychiatry-doesnt-work-36401913.html An undercover reporter was urged to hand over cash on the spot to take up a Scientology course and was told psychiatrists or counselling do not work to combat mental health issues such as depression.

Fired Indian tech workers turn to chatbots for counseling

Mental Health - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 06:40

For months Lovkesh Joshi was quietly terrified of losing his job as a manager at a top Indian tech services company. Clients were cutting their budgets, prompting his bosses to fire dozens of colleagues.

Dubious WND Doc Does Armchair Exams of Politicians

Mental Health - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 04:14

Dubious WorldNetDaily doc Elizabeth Lee Vliet devoted a Nov. 6 column to concern-trolling over the health of politicians she doesn't like: As Democrats parade the opinions of various psychiatric and psychological TV "experts," claiming that President Trump is "mentally ill" and unfit for office, I was recently asked: "Should Congress and political candidates release medical records to run for or hold political office?" And "Is it even ethical for psychiatrists and psychologists to be on TV claiming the president is mentally ill, or has a personality disorder, if they have not examined the patient?" These questions became even more relevant with the recent revelation that Grubbs Pharmacy on Capitol Hill delivers prescriptions almost daily to members of Congress and their staff, some of which are medicines for serious illnesses like Alzheimer's dementia.

You Flooze, You Lose and Good Mourning

Mental Health - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:11

I'm a married lesbian in my 50s. I blew up my happy marriage by having an affair with somebody I didn't love and wasn't even that attracted to.

Study: Cannabis Component May Treat Psychosis

Mental Health - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:51

An ingredient in cannabis called cannabidiol or CBD has shown promise in a clinical trial as a potential new treatment for psychosis, scientists said Friday. In research involving 88 people with psychosis, a mental disorder characterized by anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations, the scientists found patients treated with CBD had lower levels of psychotic symptoms than those who received a placebo.

Coyne: The state of Donald Trump's mental health is a valid - and open - question

Mental Health - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:00

We know he is a rampant narcissist, a compulsive liar, has zero impulse control, and so on. Who cares whether this is clinical, or just bad parenting? U.S. President Donald Trump has been acting more erratically than usual, writes Andrew Coyne, reminiscent to the behaviour of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Personal Health: How Loneliness Affects Our Health

Mental Health - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:02

The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013 I reported on research finding that loneliness can impair health by raising levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, dementia and even suicide attempts.

Most mental-health patients don't get timely psychiatric care in Ontario, study finds

Mental Health - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 02:08

The majority of people treated in an Ontario emergency room after a suicide attempt are not seen by a psychiatrist within six months, according to a new study. Even patients who are admitted to hospital for a serious mental-health issue - a high bar given bed shortages - rarely receive timely follow-up care.

Patients' 12-year wait for discharge from secure mental health...

Mental Health - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 03:43

A Christchurch secure mental health unit for adults with intellectual disabilities has patients ready for discharge but with nowhere to go. Patients ready for discharge are waiting up to 12 years to be released from a secure mental health facility for adults with intellectual disabilities in Christchurch.

Dr. A.J.: Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness

Mental Health - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 06:06

The World Health Organization defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community." Corey Keyes is an American sociologist and psychologist who teaches at Emory University in Georgia and is known for his work on positive psychology.

Simple evaluation could help choose therapy or medication for anxiety treatment

Mental Health - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:40

A short, simple evaluation can help doctors determine whether a patient with anxiety will respond best to medication or talk therapy, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that by measuring a patient's error-related negativity, or ERN, they can determine whether or not a patient is an ideal candidate for cognitive behavioral therapy.

Trans: why we shouldna t rush in

Mental Health - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 03:18

Why wouldn't I be? Now in my 70s, I transitioned - in Howth, Co Dublin - in the 1980s, and I completed my surgical transition in 1990. During my transition, I was under the care and guidance of one of the most experienced psychiatrists in the field of gender dysphoria in Britain, and a Dublin-based team that included a gender-specialising psychiatrist, a social worker and a counsellor.

Small towns report gives 'F' to psychologist, dentist, preschool teacher access

Mental Health - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:45

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Mental health help frowned upon in Tanzania and team of Calgary volunteers want to change that

Mental Health - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 02:20

Suicide is illegal in Tanzania and they have roughly one psychiatrist for every two million people and that needs to change, a group of psychiatrists and residents from the University of Calgary say. "Unfortunately, people suffering from mental illness are often isolated, detained, shackled," Calgary psychiatrist Dr. Rachel Grimminck told The Homestretch Tuesday.

Palm Beach County poised to become first in Florida to ban...

Mental Health - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:44

Following today's 6-1 vote by county commissioners, Palm Beach County is poised to become the first county in Florida to enact an ordinance to prohibit conversion therapy for minors. Commissioner Hal Valeche cast the sole vote against moving forward with the ordinance.

Goldwater Rule 'gagging' psychiatrists no longer relevant, analysis finds

Mental Health - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:05

The rationale for the Goldwater Rule -- which prohibits psychiatrists from publicly commenting on the mental health of public figures they have not examined in person -- does not hold up to current scientific scrutiny, a new analysis finds. Perspectives on Psychological Science is publishing the analysis, which concludes that the Goldwater Rule is not well-supported scientifically and is outdated in today's media-saturated environment.

Towards a better mental health

Mental Health - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 01:25

Finals are approaching, bringing with them high levels of anxiety and stress. From first-year students nervous for their first bout of Duke final exams to seniors worried about uncertain post-graduation plans, finals week is a period of heightened mental exhaustion.

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