Anxiety & Panic Disorders

Dr. Sammeta To Make A Difference In Beckley

Mental Health - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 21:53

With a nationwide shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists, Beckley is fortunate to have an addition in our community to increase mental health services. "A lot of the psychiatry problems are rooted in childhood, so you're sort of taking a very early approach by intervening quite early," said Dr. Shilpa Sammeta, Child and Adolescent Psychologist.

Obese, Anorexic Women Show Low Levels of 'Feel Good' Neurosteroid

Anxiety - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 13:11

Women who struggle with anorexia nervosa or obesity exhibit low levels of a neuroactive steroid known as allopregnanolone, a metabolite of the hormone progesterone, according to a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology . Previous studies have linked low levels of allopregnanolone to depression and anxiety , which are common mood symptoms in both anorexia and obesity.

Tough times taking a toll on you?

Anxiety - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 21:33

In recent months, people globally have been experiencing stress and despair due to the constant barrage of political tension, terrorist attacks, natural calamities, mass shootings, financial problems, sexual assault scandals, threats of nuclear war, etc. The resulting continuous exposure to bad news can take a toll on the brain and psychologists have coined a term for it - Disaster Fatigue.

Tough times taking a toll on you?

Mental Health - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 21:19

In recent months, people globally have been experiencing stress and despair due to the constant barrage of political tension, terrorist attacks, natural calamities, mass shootings, financial problems, sexual assault scandals, threats of nuclear war, etc. The resulting continuous exposure to bad news can take a toll on the brain and psychologists have coined a term for it - Disaster Fatigue.

Sue Lani Madsen: Time to discard outdated stereotypes about mental health - Sat, 11 Nov 2017 PST

Mental Health - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 06:00

Sue Lani Madsen, an architect and rancher, writes opinion for the Spokesman-Review on a weekly basis. Photo taken Wednesday, Sept.

Engaging children in math at home equals a boost in more than just math skills

Anxiety - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 23:43

Amy Napoli, a doctoral student, and David Purpura, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, found that preschool children who engage in math activities at home with their parents not only improve their math skills, but also their general vocabulary. Their findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

'1 in 3 Indians thinks shrinks are mentally ill'

Mental Health - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 21:44

When a few psychiatrists handed out questionnaires to 900 people in five Indian cities to explore public attitude towards them, the response made them cringe: At least one in every three said doctors treating psychiatric patients were mentally ill themselves, while one in five couldn't decide. CHENNAI: When a few psychiatrists handed out questionnaires to 900 people in five Indian cities to explore public attitude towards them, the response made them cringe: At least one in every three said doctors treating psychiatric patients were mentally ill themselves, while one in five couldn't decide.

Both obese and anorexic women have low levels of 'feel good' neurosteroid

Anxiety - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 19:14

Women at opposite extremes of the weight spectrum have low levels of the neuroactive steroid allopregnanolone, according to new research published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology . Previous research has linked low levels of allopregnanolone-known to scientists as "allo"-to depression and anxiety, which are common mood disorders associated with anorexia nervosa and obesity.

Symptoms of MDD May Actually Indicate Another Psychiatric Disorder

Mental Health - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 16:58

A session at the 2017 NEI Congress emphasized the importance of making an accurate diagnosis in patients presenting symptoms of depression. A session at the 2017 Neuroscience Education Institute Congress presented by Stephen M. Stahl, MD, PhD, adjunct professor of psychiatry, University of California San Diego, emphasized the importance of making an accurate diagnosis in patients presenting symptoms of depression.

Discovery could lead to new treatment for anxiety, addiction

Anxiety - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:32

New research provides fresh insight into how the brain processes reward and punishment, opening new avenues for developing treatment of conditions ranging from anxiety to addictive behaviors such as drug abuse. The study, published in the journal eLife , used a rodent model to identify a specific network within the brain closely tied to risk assessment.

Why You Should Never, Ever Drink Coffee on an Empty Stomach

Anxiety - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:39

For most of us, getting our a.m. coffee fix is an absolute necessity. After all, there's no better alarm clock than a warm mug of our favorite brew.

Five apps to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Anxiety - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 04:59

College students struggle with a variety of random health and mental health issues that can grow bigger over time without taking time for oneself. There are apps for nearly everything these days, so of course there are some resourceful apps for your health needs.

Online therapy proves effective for treating depression and anxiety

Anxiety - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 00:32

Providing an online computerized cognitive behavioral therapy program, both alone and in combination with an Internet Support Group , is a more effective treatment for anxiety and depression than a doctor's usual primary care, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found. Results were published today in JAMA Psychiatry .

Canada, China partner on project using apps, texts to treat mental health

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:15

Canada and China are partnering on a project to enhance mental health care through technology, which could help youth in crisis. Canada and China are partnering on a five-year project to enhance mental health treatment through the use of smartphone apps, text messaging and electronic medical records.

Why you should never drink coffee on an empty stomach

Anxiety - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 19:48

For most of us, getting our a.m. coffee fix is an absolute necessity. After all, there's no better alarm clock than a warm mug of our favorite brew.

Psychiatrists Admit Harm Done to LGBs By Aversion Therapy

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:22

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK has issued a historic statement acknowledging for the first time the harm done to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people who were subjected to aversion therapy, the practice of using electric shocks or nausea-inducing drugs to try to "cure" people of their sexual orientation. "We hold our hands up," it said.

Uncovering hidden illnesses: anxiety

Anxiety - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 14:56

National - Invisible illnesses are often hard for others to understand and anxiety is one of them. In a report by WWSB, Kelly Lefer describes having anxiety for years and struggling at a young age.

Physical activities and workouts may help curb depression: Study

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:31

Suffering from depression and anxiety disorders? More physical activities and workouts may help to uplift the mood and improve your mental health problems, suggests a new study. The study by Michigan State University found that exercises can quickly elevate a depressed mood, and the patients should create a comprehensive exercise plan and work regularly to achieve the specific goal.

New study shows that adult colouring helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression

Anxiety - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:54

While just a few years ago you'd have raised an eyebrow if you saw a grown adult colouring in cocks on the train, back in 2015 it became the norm - so much so that the UK suffered a shortage of colouring pencils because of our new favourite hobby. Colouring in was said to be a great mindfulness tool to help you pause life and enjoy the moment, but researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand have now found that daily colouring can actually help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Triple win for county at national psychiatry awards

Mental Health - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 07:30

The Royal College of Psychiatrists' annual RCPsych Awards, held on Monday night, mark the highest level of achievement within the field of psychiatry. A team of mental health professionals at the Older Adult Community Mental Health Team in South Oxfordshire took home the Psychiatric Team of the Year award.

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