Mental Health

Warnings against #LifeEsidimeni transfers ignored, hearing told

Mental Health - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:59

Despite numerous letters warning against the plan to move mentally-ill patients from Life Esidimeni, the department went ahead with the project which saw at least 141 patients die during the botched transfer. Manamela was implicated after the Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba released a report on over 140 patients who died as a result of the botched transfer.

How I lived my own version of the Israeli TV drama 'Yellow Peppers'

Mental Health - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:59

Autism is really complicated and everyone with autism is different, and my fear is that one big mistake in this television show could do more harm than good. The second season of the BBC-commissioned TV drama The A Word , set in the beautiful region of Cumbria in Northeast England and filmed in Manchester, premiered on November 7. For Israeli audiences the show's plot is familiar, as the BBC show is an adaptation of the Israeli TV drama Yellow Peppers , which aired in Israel from 2010 to 2014.

Bilateral tinnitus in men may be hereditary

Mental Health - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:19

European researchers have discovered that genetic factors play a role in some cases of tinnitus, particularly in men who have the condition in both ears. "This result is surprising and unexpected as it shows that, unlike the conventional view of tinnitus being driven by environmental factors , there is a genetic influence for bilateral tinnitus which is more pronounced in men," says Dr Christopher R Cederroth at Karolinska Institutet's Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

QIGONG: the art of self-healing

Mental Health - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 02:08

As alternative healing modalities become increasingly popular in the west, the ancient art of qigong is emerging as the simplest but most effective method for combating mental, physical and physiological challenges. An eclectic group of artists, wellness professionals, doctors, media personalities, educators, homemakers and entrepreneurs listened to a brief history of qigong in the west, the many forms and styles of the art, the difference between qigong and tai chi, the benefits of controlled breathing, balance and coordination, and standing meditation.

Why you struggle to access mental health services in Gloucestershire

Mental Health - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:27

Anorexia sufferer Simon Rickards revealed that he has waited nine months for help for Gloucestershire's mental health services - and he is now at his lowest ever weight. And questions were asked at Shire Hall this week about the number of vacancies for psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and child psychologists in the county - and the impact this is having on people who need help.

Isodiol International Acquires Global Rights to produce products...

Mental Health - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:55

Isodiol International Inc. , a global Bioactive Phytoceutical innovator specializing in the development of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products, announced today that it has acquired international licensing rights for IsoDerma as well as five other proprietary pharmaceutical compounds to be delivered by the patented Direct Effects Technologya , a back of the neck delivery system from its developer Dr. Ronald Aung-Din, MD. Dr. Aung-Din is a board-certified neurologist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a recognized leader in Cannabidiol research and its neurological benefits.

Failing our children

Mental Health - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:39

The statistics revealed before the Joint Select Committee on mental health services and facilities provided for children in Parliament on Wednesday, were deeply troubling, but not surprising. During the session it was revealed that approximately five per cent of our country's school population, that is some 12,500 students, face serious mental challenges, including suicidal tendencies.

Q&A with... Dr. Wendy Wolfson, a board-certified psychiatrist

Mental Health - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 02:04

Dr. Wendy Wolfson was first interested in neuropsychological research, but shifted toward a premed route when she realized she was looking for a more patient-centered profession. Though the New Canaan resident recognizes medication is an essential asset in psychiatry, Wolfson said nutrition, exercise and relationships are essential for developing a healthy lifestyle.

Shortage of psychiatrists being felt in Cape Breton

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:52

A memo outlining what local doctors and nurse practitioners should do in the face of a worsening psychiatrist shortage in Cape Breton has upset a local MLA who is demanding an immediate solution to the problem. "This is unacceptable.

Cape Breton doctors worried over state of psychiatric care

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:52

A shortage of psychiatrists in Cape Breton has doctors alarmed that only about half the number needed are practising on the island, according to a Nova Scotia Health Authority memo released Wednesday by the provincial NDP. There are supposed to be 16 psychiatrists working in Cape Breton, but only seven full-time and one part-time psychiatrist are currently operating there.

Psychiatrist shortage forcing shutdowns of mental health beds at QEH

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:35

Kerry Campbell is the provincial affairs reporter for CBC P.E.I., covering politics and the provincial legislature. P.E.I.'s Health Minister Robert Henderson says the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, one of the province's main referral hospitals, has been shutting down beds in its mental health unit because it doesn't have enough psychiatrists some days to properly staff the unit.

Long-Term Effects of Antipsychotics

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:34

Donald Goff, Jeffrey Lieberman, and colleagues recently published a review article entitled "The Long-Term Effects of Antipsychotic Medication on Clinical Course in Schizophrenia " in the American Journal of Psychiatry. In this paper, the authors review the use of antipsychotics for initial treatment of psychosis associated with schizophrenia as well as the effects of long-term use, including clinical outcomes and relapse prevention.

Adult Onset ADHD is Usually Something Else

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:12

Among the many debates and questions that exist about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the question about whether or not its symptoms can begin in adolescence or even adulthood. With a few exceptions, like in cases of traumatic brain injury, the behaviors and thought patterns of ADHD are generally thought to be evident fairly early in childhood .

Salary Spotlight: Which Jobs Pay Over $100,000?

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:12

Money is a sensitive subject. Many of us are taught from an early age that it's impolite to talk about it, while in the workplace, negotiating a salary is also a delicate matter.

P.E.I. doctor says psychiatrist shortage putting patients, staff at risk

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:48

A P.E.I. psychiatrist says the ongoing shortage of psychiatrists in the province is putting mental health patients and staff at considerable risk. "It seems like a very unsafe situation,'' says Dr. Rob Jay, who works out of a mental health outpatient clinic at McGill Centre.

Focus on fun: 5 easy tips for a relaxed Thanksgiving

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:16

While Thanksgiving is supposed to be a heartwarming time for appreciating family and friends, it's no secret the traditionally food-filled holiday can be less than relaxing for those making the preparations. In fact, studies show that 71 percent of Americans feel stressed rather than overjoyed at some point during the holiday season.

One in 10 five-year-olds show signs of developing mental illness: study finds

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:40

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Top StoryChina uses "Conversion Therapy" to cure homosexuality, according to Human Rights Watch

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:40

A new report from the watchdog group Human Rights Watch says that China still uses electric shock therapy to "cure homosexuality". Homosexuality is no longer illegal in the country, but there are still no laws that protect its citizens from any form of discrimination.

Psychedelic Amazonian Drug, Ayahuasca, Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism

Mental Health - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:07

A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism , a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study author Will Lawn.

Legal implications of neuroscience research - Harvard Review of Psychiatry presents update

Mental Health - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:59

Nov. 14, 2017 - New research on the biological basis of psychiatric disorders has important implications for legal proceedings as well as mental health treatment, according to a special issue on "Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and the Law," presented in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer .

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