Anxiety & Panic Disorders

Medicinal Plants and the Brain - St. John's Wort, Skullcap, and Ashwagandha

Anxiety - 6 hours 47 min ago

Medicinal plants still comprise a nebulous cloud in biomedical science. We know they have been used since the dawn of man, but there are precious few good quality scientific studies that support their use.

Failing our children

Mental Health - 21 hours 12 min ago

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.

Important Considerations with the Use of Common Antihistamines Detailed

Anxiety - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 08:08

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, November 16, 2017 / / -- Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis is a rare but serious skin condition, often requiring hospitalization. The disease is almost always caused by medication use, and a variety of drugs have been implicated.

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.

Diabetes and depression - there could be a link

Anxiety - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:22

This week, diabetes has been in the spotlight for its impact on women and now, experts say that in many instances, being diabetic could lead to depression and other mental disorders. Indeed, "depression is common in patients with diabetes, particularly patients with poorly controlled diabetes ," says Dr Bavi Vythilingum, a psychiatrist at Akeso Clinic Kenilworth, advises.

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.

UC Davis surveys canine cannabis users

Anxiety - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:16

Registered Veterinary Technician Liz Hughston, of San Jose, right, and her husband Tom Hughston, left, give their dogs Augie, 4, a Chihuahua mix, Jack, 15, a Rhodesian ridgeback, and Cherise, 10, a Pomeranian mix, from left, Treatibles cannabis treats at their home in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Pet treats containing cannabidiol, or CBD, are becoming popular as growing numbers of pet owners find them helpful treating anxiety, arthritis, seizures and other maladies in their animals.

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.

It's "Just" Anxiety

Anxiety - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 20:25

This revealing documentary introduces a dozen people from diverse backgrounds who describe their personal struggles with this mental health condition.

Beat the 'holiday blues'

Anxiety - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:50

Although the holidays are a time of joy for many, they can also trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression to different degrees. There are several reasons people may experience symptoms of anxiety or depression over the holidays, said Robert Hales, chair of the UC Davis department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

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 .

47 Ways to Cheer Someone Up

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

When your bestie is down in the dumps, you'd do anything to lift their spirits. We've got tons of ideas for how to cheer someone up, whether they're stressing about finals, going through a breakup, or just can't shake the blues.

The Meadows: What it's like where Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein ...

Mental Health - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:11

The Beatle and the Bond girl, married in real life, checked in together to Sierra Tucson in 1988 to work on problems with alcohol, the Daily Mail reported. No word on whether they shared a room.

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