Mental Health

This Japanese company's software may help your mentally challenged employees do a better job

Mental Health - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 23:14

There are millions of employees who suffer from mental disorders that sometimes preclude them from doing their best work. Now there's software available that could help solve this problem.

School on alert against Blue Whale

Mental Health - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 18:38

As more and more children are getting trapped in the jaws of the Blue Whale Challenge, psychiatrists suggest to engaging them in sports and extra-curricular activities, which in turn will draw their attention away from online games. Two days ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, ADLS Sunshine School in Sakchi, Jamshedpur, organised a session for parents and students on Friday to ensure children were not allowed unrestrained use of mobile phones and motivated to take part in co-curricular activities.

OWU's Sagan National Colloquium starts Tuesday

Mental Health - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 14:10

Anton Gunn, a former state legislator and one of President Barack Obama's top spokesmen for the Affordable Care Act, will kick off Ohio Wesleyan University's 2017-2018 Sagan National Colloquium, a semester-long exploration of "Global Health Challenges for the 21st Century."

Black parents don't believe it's possible for the child to have ADHD

Mental Health - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:52

This according to child psychiatrist Dr ursula Kediemetse is the frequent response she get's from black parents when treating their children. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects all ages and sectors of the population equally, say experts in the field - and myths and misconceptions to the contrary are a barrier to diagnosis.

Talking therapy could help to battle rising 'cyberchondria'

Mental Health - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:56

The findings come from one of the largest studies of its kind, with the researchers stating the approach could prevent 'worried well' patients from making thousands of unnecessary trips to GP surgeries and hospitals in the future. It is estimated that up to one in five people attending medical clinics have abnormal health anxiety , which may be made worse by people researching their symptoms online - leading to the term 'cyberchondria'.

Mental health services concern

Mental Health - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 04:02

The state is struggling with understaffed mental health services in hospitals while demand is at an all-time high, submissions to a parliamentary health inquiry reveal. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists branch chairman Milford McArthur and president Kyn Jenkins said a bed reduction in the Royal Hobart Hospital, to do with the redevelopment, had meant patients needing admission were staying for days in the emergency department.

Tasmania's acute health services slammed as under-resourced

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 23:31

Australia's peak psychiatry body has made a stinging assessment of Tasmania's mental health system, saying it is critically understaffed and not up to national standards. In a submission to an Upper House inquiry into the state's acute health services, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists said there were not enough beds and specialist services for young people do not exist.

Trends in the Treatment of Psychiatric Illnesses

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 19:00

A study published in the journal Health Affairs by Tara Bishop and colleagues confirms trends in the size of the psychiatric workforce that were predicted over a decade ago. Between 2003 and 2013, the number of psychiatrists per 100,000 adults decreased by about 10% whereas the number of neurologists per 100,000 increased more than 15%.

Fire Doctors Who Call Trump Crazy

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:23

Calling a politician nuts is hardly unusual during tense political times - in fact, Trump likes to refer to " Crazy Bernie Sanders ." But of late liberals, unfortunately including psychiatrists and others who should know better, have been assailing the literal sanity of the president.

Can Brain Imaging Teach Us Anything about Racism?

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:23

Can brain imaging tell us anything about racism? Given the unfathomable political situation we find ourselves in today, we certainly need to consider every angle as we fight back against the ever louder proponents of racial separatism and violence. But to be sure brain imaging is perhaps a stretch in this regard.

Study points to path for better diagnosis of eating disorders, the deadliest of mental illnesses

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:23

A paper appearing recently in the peer-reviewed journal Comprehensive Psychiatry details a "radical" new method for diagnosing eating disorders that predicts 68 percent of people's problems in psychological and social functioning due to eating-disorder features. By contrast, the method of identifying eating disorders outlined by the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" traditionally used by clinicians predicts slightly less than 10 percent of impairment in psychological and social functioning.

'Medicine Calling' conference hopes to inspire aspiring medics about career in psychiatry

Mental Health - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 05:09

Young people considering a career in medicine will receive expert advice this weekend to help them on the route to achieving their ambitions and to consider psychiatry as an exciting medical discipline. The second 'Medicine Calling' conference will be held on Saturday 9 September 2017.

Texas grants license to first medical marijuana producer in the state

Mental Health - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:47

The Texas Department of Public Safety has granted a license to grow medical marijuana to Cansortium Texas, one of three companies that earned approval from the state. The grant was given on September 1, and it will allow the program to get underway after more than two years of planning.

Software helps workers with mental illness stay in jobs

Mental Health - Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:38

The SPIS program enables managers to monitor changes in their staff's emotional and physical condition on a daily basis For managers employing workers with mental disorders, it is vital to detect early signs of changes in their emotional and physical well-being and take action before symptoms become acute. A software program developed by a small website design company in Japan is intended to enable workers to assess their own condition, while allowing employers to anticipate changes and adopt flexible arrangements beforehand.

Depressed but cana t see a therapist? This chatbot could help

Mental Health - Sun, 09/03/2017 - 07:46

Named Eliza, it was able to trick some people into believing it was human. But it didn't understand what it was told, nor did it have the capacity to learn on its own.

The Medical Minute: Dealing with the 'Back to School' Butterflies

Mental Health - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 17:31

For most kids, there's nothing like the phrase "back to school" to throw cold pool water on an otherwise glorious summer vacation. At the first mention of back- to-school preparation, many children experience a passing wave of apprehension.

Power, Paternalism, and Psychiatry

Mental Health - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 11:17

It has been previously asserted that there exist essentially two types of psychiatrists: authoritarian and libertarian, and that the differences in their approaches are attributable to differences in their personalities and their conceptualization of mental illness . The patient who consults each type of psychiatrist will, as a rule, have a radically different experience in terms of treatment, which is outlined below.

Blue whale: Be calm, experts tell parents

Mental Health - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 20:33

Psychologists and mental health practitioners say worried parents must overcome their own anxiety and approach their children from a position of calm if they suspect their wards are leaning towards Blue Whale, the morbid online game. NEW DELHI: Psychologists and mental health practitioners say worried parents must overcome their own anxiety and approach their children from a position of calm if they suspect their wards are leaning towards Blue Whale , the morbid online game .

Texas grants license to first medical marijuana producer in the state

Mental Health - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 20:33

The Texas Department of Public Safety has granted a license to grow medical marijuana to Cansortium Texas, one of three companies that earned approval from the state. The grant was given on September 1, and it will allow the program to get underway after more than two years of planning.

Exclusion from school can trigger long-term psychiatric illness

Mental Health - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 06:15

Excluding children from school may lead to long- term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown. Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school.

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