Mental Health

'Extremely shorthanded:' P.E.I. lacks psychiatrists for ER care

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:23

Dr. Heather Keizer, the chief of mental health and addictions, listens during the presentation to the province's health and wellness committee. Prince Edward Island doesn't have adequate psychiatric care, the chief of mental health and addictions told the province's health and wellness committee Tuesday.

Keizer says shortage of psychiatrists in P.E.I. ERs is 'extremely onerus'

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:23

Chief mental health and addictions officer Dr. Heather Keizer and Health Minister Robert Henderson provided update Tuesday on the province's mental health and addictions strategy to the legislative health committee.

Sleep deprivation might ease the blues

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 07:41

Sleep deprivation might offer a new treatment for depression. An analysis of 36 years of studies by the University of Pennsylvania suggests temporarily depriving patients of sleep can be effective in the short-term.

Fascinating: Schools are using brain science to guide edtech decisions

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 04:00

What happens when a school district uses the latest in brain science to inform its edtech purchasing decisions? Students become more engaged and test scores go up, according to school district officials who shared their experiences at a brain science conference. "Brain Futures" was a two-day event that attracted high-profile neurologists, psychiatrists, and researchers from all over the country.

Minds Behind the MIND Lecture Series

Mental Health - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:19

Beginning in October, the UC Davis MIND Institute will host Minds Behind the MIND, a lecture series featuring leading researchers and clinicians who will present their current research and new treatment findings. Lectures will be held Wednesday evenings in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento beginning Oct. 4. The first lecture, "Navigating a New Autism Spectrum Diagnosis," will be presented by MIND Institute program coordinators Catharine Mikitka and Elizabeth Morgan, child life specialist Erin Roseborough and Aubyn Stahmer, associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Hidden danger of happy pills as risk of death soars

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:19

The drugs - among the most commonly prescribed in the UK - do more harm than good, researchers claim, and their use should be severely curtailed. Psychiatrists disputed the latest findings, arguing that they have been safely used for years and offer a lifeline for depressed people.

Micronutrients help children with ADHD, new research shows

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:07

At the age of 9, Isaiaha Godfrey was unable to tie his shoe laces and brush his teeth. He had been expelled from six preschools and several schools because of his severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder .

Can your personality torpedo your career?

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:45

We all have private dark closets that hide parts of our personality - parts that we are not particularly pleased with. Psychiatrists call these "the dark triad"- narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.

These 27 Top Shrinks Think Trump Might Be Nuts

Mental Health - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 07:33

The Goldwater Rule has long held that mental-health professionals shouldn't diagnose from a distance. But these experts decided to speak up before it's too late.

Psychiatrist, gay rights trailblazer honored in Philadelphia

Mental Health - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 12:50

A psychiatrist considered a trailblazer in the gay rights movement for appearing in a mask before his colleagues at a 1972 convention to announce his homosexuality is being honored in Philadelphia. Dr. John E. Fryer's actions are credited with paving the way for the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders a year after his speech.

NDA grad interns at UMass Medical

Mental Health - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 08:43

Even after graduation, the young women of the Academy of Notre Dame remain a strong part of the school's family. Just like any family, their successes and achievements are celebrated.

'Art of the Deal' Ghostwriter: Trump is - Deeply Disturbed' and - Utterly Untrustworthy'

Mental Health - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 15:24

The ghostwriter of President Donald Trump's bestselling book The Art of the Deal has suggested that the president may suffer from a personality disorder and said he is "deeply disturbed and utterly untrustworthy." Tony Schwartz , who spent 18 months shadowing the businessman in the 1980s, offered his opinion on Trump's fitness for office ahead of the publication of a collection of essays by 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts assessing the president's psychological condition.

Briefcase for Sept. 30, 2017

Mental Health - Sat, 09/30/2017 - 11:14

Riverside Healthcare announced recently that Dr. Khalid Arshad , child and adolescent psychiatrist, is seeing patients at Riverside Medical Group Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Specialists in Kankakee. Arshad received both his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan.

Are 'Hearing Voices Groups' a Help or Harm?

Mental Health - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:01

The Audio Files Podcast recently reached out to Psych Unseen for an interview about Voice Hearing Networks. Stay tuned for their forthcoming episode.

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

Mental Health - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:45

This summer, I was fortunate to participate in the groundbreaking International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was truly inspiring and exciting to those of us who believe that nutritional approaches are the way forward in the treatment of mental health disorders.

Mental health services

Mental Health - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 07:31

IT IS okay to ask for help. We all experience happy and sad moments. Life can be difficult.

Want To Be A Therapist? 5 Signs You'd Be Great At It

Mental Health - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 05:27

For nearly twenty-five years, people in my office have shared their secrets, their fears, and their hopes. They've confessed wrongs, explored love and relationships, worked through childhood traumas , explored dreams and nightmares ; some lasted a few sessions, others stayed for years.

Staff shortage stunts psychiatry services

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:18

IN DEMAND: Bendigo Health psychiatric services executive director Phil Tune, Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards and Bendigo Health chairman Bob Cameron tour the parent-infant unit at the new hospital. Picture: DARREN HOWE MENTAL health staff recruitment difficulties are affecting Bendigo Health's capacity to open beds at the new hospital, the head of psychiatry said.

Narrow networks get even tighter when shopping for mental health specialists

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:18

If you've got a plan offered on the federal health law's insurance marketplace and you're looking for a therapist, you may have to look really hard: The average provider network includes only 11 percent of all the mental health care providers in a given market, according to a recent study. An average marketplace plan's network, the study added, includes just under a quarter of all psychiatrists and 10 percent of all non-physician mental health care providers.

Half of P.E.I. psychiatrist positions filled by actively working doctors says province

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 21:09

Only half of P.E.I.'s psychiatrist positions are filled by actively working doctors - leaving 7.5 psychiatrists working, while the provincial complement is 15 full-time positions, according to Health PEI. "It's greatly concerning to us to discover that our acting psychiatrists in the province have reached such a low level of numbers."

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