Mental Health

New approach to diagnosing mental disorders

Mental Health - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 04:16

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 26 : A consortium of psychiatrists and psychologists has proposed a new approach to diagnosing mental disorders. The approach is a classification system of a wide range of psychiatric problems based on scientific evidence, illness symptoms and impaired functioning.

Oliver Platt talks Chicago Med and playing an ER psychiatrist

Mental Health - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:12

Oliver Platt is one of those actors you know you have seen somewhere but you just can't put your finger on it. Maybe you remember the 57-year-old star of Chicago Med from TV appearances on The West Wing , Huff , Nip/Tuck , Modern Family , Fargo or as a recurring character in the final season of The Good Wife ? Or maybe you saw him in films such as X-Men: First Class or Frost/Nixon ? Now the Shakespearen-trained actor finally has a starring role in the series Chicago Med , which focuses on the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center.

Mental health in jeopardy: Waimea Community Counseling Clinic faces closure by end of April

Mental Health - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:39

Dr. Peter In has been a psychiatrist in the same Waimea office complex since 1978. Although he has attempted to retire over the past five years, with more than 1,100 patients and not enough doctors to go around, the demand has been too great.

Who Will Listen To The Suffering Syrians?

Mental Health - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 18:32

Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, right, reads one of his poems for Ta'sheeq, a project he founded to help Syrian poets and artists share their experiences. "Poetry and art is another way to cope," he says, "we are all grieving in our own ways.

Mindfulness During Pregnancy Linked To Healthier Birth Weight In Newborns

Mental Health - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 18:32

For years, multiple studies have warned of the consequences that worrying may have on your personal health , but new research suggests that for pregnant women, worrying may also harm their unborn children. According to the research, letting go of stress and being more present in the moment, a term often referred to by psychologists as "mindfulness," is associated with healthier baby weight.

Who Will Listen To The Suffering Syrians?

Mental Health - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 18:32

Dr. Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, right, reads one of his poems for Ta'sheeq, a project he founded to help Syrian poets and artists share their experiences. Artiom Maksimov/Courtesy of Ta'sheeq hide caption "Poetry and art is another way to cope," he says, "we are all grieving in our own ways.

PTSD Is Top Diagnosis Among Women Vets Treated By CT Va

Mental Health - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:17

The top diagnosis of women veterans treated in the VA Connecticut Healthcare System is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it is usually accompanied by other mental health illnesses, according to VA officials. Most women veterans suffer from a mental illness, studies show, and the VA is taking steps to focus more on female-specific mental health care.

Researchers propose new diagnostic model for psychiatric disorders

Mental Health - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:32

A consortium of 50 psychologists and psychiatrists from around the world has outlined a new diagnostic model for mental illness, in what researchers hope will be a paradigm shift in how these illnesses are classified and diagnosed. Lee Anna Clark, William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Professor and Chair of Psychology, and David Watson, Andrew J. McKenna Family Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, who both are members of the consortium, say that the current model of diagnosis and classification -- the DSM-5 -- is fundamentally flawed.

A new approach to diagnosing mental disorders could become an alternative to DSM-5

Mental Health - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:32

A consortium of psychiatrists and psychologists from universities around the world, co-led by Stony Brook University, University of Minnesota and University of Notre Dame researchers, has proposed a new approach to diagnosing mental disorders. The approach, articulated in a paper published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology , is a classification system of a wide range of psychiatric problems based on scientific evidence, illness symptoms and impaired functioning.

Sleepless in Space: Therapy Helps Astronauts Snooze

Mental Health - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 09:20

Sleeping isn't always easy. For astronauts working at the International Space Station , a lack of quality sleep could be catastrophic.

So what does Rufus Hound see in Orton's farce?

Mental Health - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 07:00

UP comedian, panellist, presenter and actor Rufus Hound is heading to Bath in what is regarded as Joe Orton's finest play. What the Butler Saw tells the story of Dr Prentice, a psychiatrist in a private clinic who, while attempting to seduce the new secretary he is interviewing, is interrupted by his wife, her lover, a government inspector and a policeman on the hunt for a certain missing part of Winston Churchill.

FirstHealth brings outpatient behavioral services to Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet

Mental Health - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 22:12

FirstHealth of the Carolinas is bringing new services to the former Sandhills Regional Hospital, whose emergency room was permanently closed on March 6 after FirstHealth purchased the facility. Mary Silverman, director of FirstHealth Behavioral Services, said this expansion will make certain kinds of specialized care available to patients locally.

Prestige, Power, and Placebos

Mental Health - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:23

In a recent post on the Trump Effect, I described a short list of cognitive biases that possess the power to direct our attention, prescribe our beliefs and preferences, and guide most of what we do and think. Like our stomach's evolved cravings for fat and sugar, the human mind is uniquely hungry for a short list of social cues.

Accidental Therapists: For Insect Detectives, the Trickiest Cases Involve Bugs That Are Not There

Mental Health - Scientific American - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:30
 Entomologists are fielding questions from people who believe they are under attack

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Psychiatrists cast doubt on defense claims

Mental Health - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 02:01

The idea that taking antidepressants could wipe a person's sense of right and wrong "doesn't make clinical sense," psychiatrists told the Herald. "The chances are one-in-a-thousand," Harvard psychiatry professor Roger Pitman said about the claim made yesterday by Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist hired by 20-year-old Michelle Carter's legal team, that her dosage of the antidepressant Celexa rendered her "involuntarily intoxicated" and unable to grasp the impact of her texts encouraging her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to commit suicide.

How to Find Accurate, Evidence-Based Information on Mood Disorders

Mental Health - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 21:35

If I had to choose just one piece of advice to give to the person disabled by depression or any mood disorder, it would be this: Work with the right professionals and seek out accurate, evidence-based information. In 2006, having spent years absorbing inaccurate information and working with amateurs, I needed a miracle.

Deepak Chopra speculates about Trump's brain

Mental Health - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:49

Deepak Chopra speculates about Trump's brain Does the nation need to know more about President Trump's brain? Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2mMNUKb Alternative medicine promotor Deepak Chopra is the latest medical professional to suggest we do. In a series of tweets late Monday - the day FBI director James Comey shot down the president's unfounded but continuing claims about wiretapping at Trump Tower - Chopra asked Trump to "please submit to a psychiatric and neurological evaluation to restore our confidence."

Science Of UsOnce It Fully Catches on, Ketamine Could Be a Really...

Mental Health - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:18

At the moment, the study of hallucinogens as possible treatments for mental illness is in an early, exciting stage - partly because the U.S. government has, for decades, blocked off many promising avenues of exploration. It can be hard to keep up, which is why an All Things Considered segment by Jon Hamilton about the current state of ketamine research that aired yesterday is so helpful.

Pluripotent stem cells in neuropsychiatric disorders

Mental Health - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 07:45

Correspondence: Dr MA Soliman or Professor L Studer, , Developmental Biology, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, Box 256, New York, NY 10065, US. E-mail: mos2028@med.cornell.edu or studerl@mskcc.org Neuropsychiatric disorders place an enormous medical burden on patients across all social and economic ranks.

How an Obscure Obamacare Provision Is Quietly Saving Lives, and Money, in Missouri

Mental Health - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 23:05

Pat Powers's life began to spin "out of control," as she puts it. Powers, a soft-spoken Missouri native, was stressed out from working at Walmart and two other part-time jobs to make ends meet.

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