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Blog Post » Mortality and Mental Disorders
A recent paper reports findings on the reduction in life expectancy among people with mental illness relative to the general population; Dr. Insel discusses the magnitude and reasons for this excess mortality. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 26, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: news

Insulinlike Growth Factor Promising for Rare Autism TypeInsulinlike Growth Factor Promising for Rare Autism Type
A small pilot study suggests insulinlike growth factor holds promise for the rare Phelan-McDermid syndrome and may have treatment implications for other autism spectrum disorders. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - February 26, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Mayor Murray on mental health, homelessness: 'Seattle needs to get its act together'
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called on businesses Wednesday morning to help the city lobby the state and federal governments for increased mental health treatment in city. The city needs to improve public safety and improve the services provided to the mentally ill and homeless, he said at the Downtown Seattle Associations' 2015 State of Downtown Economic Forum. Washington state is currently trying to fix the problem of a shortage of psychiatric beds at both its two state psychiatric hospitals and community… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - February 25, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Annie Zak Source Type: news

The Problem With 'Manorexia' And Why We Need A Gender-Neutral Approach To Eating Disorders
While terms like "manorexia" have been tossed around to alert the public that eating disorders are not exclusive to women, such labels can be damaging. In a HuffPost Live conversation on Tuesday, adult psychiatrist Dr. Ted Weltzin underscored the need to move away from these misleading, gender-specific ways of discussing eating disorders. "It really does not help people to really understand what is going on," he told host Caroline Modarressay-Tehrani. "We really need to get to a gender-neutral approach to eating disorders." Sam Thomas, who drew from his own struggle with bulimia to found the organization Men Get Eatin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Real Beauty
Top Models such as Marilyn Monroe, Jean Shrimpton and Cindy Crawford wore dress sizes 16, 8 and 6 respectively. These women are seen as the perfect beauties in the last 50 years. Today stick thin body images created with photography software are the standard that many people try to attain. The unnaturally thin view of attractiveness is blamed for causing the increase in cases of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Photography: Adi Barkan Models: Shoshi Pekin, Loren Izraelov We know of public figures such as Calista Flockhart, Mary-Kate Olsen and Diana, Princess of Wales as well as dozens of male and female stars who reveale...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

The Mood Repair Toolkit: Proven Strategies to Prevent the Blues from Turning into Depression
As a therapist who specializes in treating depressed adolescents, I find that parents often challenge me. They cannot understand why their teen is helplessly depressed, or why their child isn’t motivated to engage in activities that their peers find enjoyable. “She has nothing to be depressed about — she has a great family and good grades, and is smart and pretty!” a parent will say, or, “He has nothing to sulk about — he has everything a kid would want.” Similarly, the common stigma around adults with depression is that if you have a job, good pay, a spouse, beautiful children, and a white-picket-fence...
Source: Psych Central - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tamara Hill, MS Tags: Book Reviews Depression General Motivation and Inspiration Self-Help Clinical Depression David A. Clark David Clark mood repair The Mood Repair Toolkit Source Type: news

Patients Opt for Stronger Opioids
(MedPage Today) -- High-potency agents like oxycodone soared in popularity over the last decade. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Risk of Violent Crime Rises With Depression, Study Finds
Title: Risk of Violent Crime Rises With Depression, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/25/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/25/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Depression General)
Source: MedicineNet Depression General - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Euthymia in Bipolar Disorder - What is a...
Euthymia has several similar definitions. The shades of meaning, while similar, don't always make sense in the context of mood disorders. More... (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

A List of Typical Antipsychotics
Typical antipsychotics were not called that until a new generation name, atypical antipsychotics, came out. They now have different uses. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Eating Disorders
Most people get anxious. And many people diet. But what does it mean to have GAD or an eating disorder? What are the differences between them? (Source: About.com Generalized Anxiety)
Source: About.com Generalized Anxiety - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

Five Major Personality Dimensions
This article describes the five major personality dimensions that many researchers agree best define personality. (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

5 Tips to manage mental illness in a marriage
This article offers five tips to managing mental illness in a marriage or committed relationship. (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - February 25, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

Metagenomic Study Links Oropharyngeal Bacteriophage and SchizophreniaMetagenomic Study Links Oropharyngeal Bacteriophage and Schizophrenia
A metagenomic study has found a link between schizophrenia and a bacteriophage in the oropharynx, further advancing research into the possible association between immune responses and the mental disorder. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Study suggests combination drug therapy to treat depression in the elderly
FINDINGS This new study by researchers at UCLA found that the combination of Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Celexa (citalopram) can accelerate and improve the overall antidepressant effects of the medications in the elderly. Most patients who responded to the combination achieved remission in the first month. The researchers had also hoped to find that the combination would work more quickly and be tolerated better by this elderly population than either drug alone. They found that the combination was working faster, but the side effects and cognitive benefits did not differ between the groups. IMPACT Geriatric depression is...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 24, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Cyberbullying Takes Its Toll on College StudentsCyberbullying Takes Its Toll on College Students
Cyberbullying significantly boosts the risk for mental health issues in college students. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

The Million-Person Challenge
Let's face it, we've all read and seen things on social media that would make etiquette expert Emily Post's head spin -- perhaps we've even been guilty of posting some egregious things ourselves, maybe when we've had a little too much caffeine or on a spontaneous whim that we realize was a mistake in hindsight. In today's world, it seems cool to overshare and bare it all. Sex, politics, religion -- everything that was once too taboo for public conversation is now open ground for all the world to see. Yet there remains a topic rarely shared without judgment, one that continues to face tremendous stigma: addiction. Admit i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Letting Go of Self-Destructive Behaviors: A Workbook of Hope & Healing
“Thou hast but enraged, not insulted me, sir; but for that I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck; thou wouldst but laugh; but let Ahab beware of Ahab; beware of thyself, old man.” —Herman Melville, >Moby-Dick; or, The Whale Anna sat across from me, her eyes downcast. A middle-aged woman with a family, she had come to the Emergency Department the day before. Life had become too much for her to bear and the gun propped in the back of her closet had begun to look like the best solution. Telling me her story, she knit her hands together, and added in a quiet voice, “Sometimes, I cut myself. But just on my hands, in t...
Source: Psych Central - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Megan Riddle Tags: Abuse Addictions Alcoholism Anorexia Anxiety Book Reviews Bulimia Compulsive Gambling Depression Dissociation Eating Disorders General Psychiatry Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Self-Esteem Substance Abuse Suicide Letti Source Type: news

Chronotherapy for Depression: Rapid, Large, Stable EffectChronotherapy for Depression: Rapid, Large, Stable Effect
Short-term wake therapy plus long-term bright-light therapy is an effective and feasible way to attain and maintain remission in major depression. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Science Be Damned: Americans Prefer Broken Method Of Heroin Treatment, Survey Finds
In developed countries around the globe, the standard of care for opiate addiction is what's known as "medically assisted treatment." Under a doctor's supervision, people with addictive disorders are prescribed medications like methadone, buprenorphine and Suboxone, which remove the cravings associated with opiate addiction. In the U.S., however, by far the most common form of treatment is based around the concept of strict abstinence. Advocates of the abstinence model consider the use of Suboxone or methadone to be tantamount to using heroin itself. Many in the medical establishment oppose the abstinence model -- as do ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Many deaths of mentally ill in custody 'avoidable'
“Hundreds of deaths in mental health units ‘were avoidable’,” says a report on the front page of today’s Independent. The Guardian highlights 662 mentally ill detainee deaths from 2010 to 2013. Both stories follow an inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into the deaths of people with mental health conditions while detained in police custody, prisons or psychiatric hospitals. The inquiry looked at whether people who were detained had been treated correctly according to EHRC guidelines. The inquiry focused on two basic rights: the right to life and the right to non-discrimination. Over the p...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Medical practice Source Type: news

Media overstates dementia benefits of Mediterranean diet
ConclusionThis was a systematic review that identified longitudinal studies that have looked at the association between modifiable risk factors in people with mild cognitive impairment and the development of dementia.Despite the media headlines highlighting the Mediterranean diet, this was only a small part of this review – just one study of around 400 people that found the Mediterranean diet reduced risk of conversion from one type of MCI (amnestic MCI) to Alzheimer’s dementia. So, despite the often-studied potential health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, this single study does not provide firm and conclusive evid...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Neurology Source Type: news

5 Essential Mind-Body-Behavior Practices That Enhance Everything
This study of 5100 adults from the University of Illinois found that "Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts," according to lead author Rosalba Hernandez. And, "This association remains significant, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health." Similarly, research conducted by the University of Eastern Finland found that post-60 year old women who have higher levels of satisfaction with their lives were found to have higher bone density, and suffer less frequently from ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Better Than Happiness
It may sound strange coming from someone who has written dozens of blogs about happiness and taught a lot of seminars on the subject, to hear that happiness isn't necessarily all that it's cracked up to be. Or put another way, in terms of one's overall quality of life, spirit, and degree of personal fulfillment, some things play a much more significant role than feelings of happiness. I'll get to that in a minute. In my freshman year of college I read a book that changed my life. It was at the time the most important book that I had ever read, and it continues to be to this day. It's entitled, Man's Search for Meaning and...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

‘Serious cracks’ in mental health detention causing avoidable deaths
Psychiatric hospitals should have a legal obligation to publish investigations into the deaths of detained mental health patients, according to a human rights investigation, which has found “serious cracks” in the detention system. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - February 23, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

How to Never Feel Burned Out Ever Again
By Jenna Birch, SELF Do you ever feel like you've got so much on your plate that you're not getting anything done? How about that feeling that you're accomplishing a lot in the here and now but haven't really touched your long-term goals yet? If you want to get your energies in line with your values in 2015, we've tapped the talents of psychiatrist Kristen Carpenter, Ph.D, director of women's behavioral health at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, for a little help. Here are eight steps to take right now for more balance and less stress as you work toward crossing some major milestones. 1. Realign Your Tim...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)
By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 million Americans suffer from long-term sleep disorders. Missing sleep is nothing to yawn about. "Chronic sleep deprivation has lots of negative consequences," says Sonia Ancoli-Israel, fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. She not...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Diabetes and depression predict dementia in those with ‘slowing minds’
People with mild cognitive impairment are at higher risk of developing dementia if they have diabetes or psychiatric symptoms such as depression, according to UK researchers. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - February 23, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

VIDEO: Mental health deaths 'avoidable'
Inquiry finds that the deaths of hundreds of people with mental health conditions who were detained in police cells and psychiatric wards could have been avoided. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression
Title: Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for DepressionCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/20/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/23/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Depression General)
Source: MedicineNet Depression General - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Michael Halassa awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship
(NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine) Michael M. Halassa, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Physiology at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Neuroscience Institute, has been selected as a winner of the 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Deaths in detention for people with mental illness are avoidable
Hundreds of unnecessary deaths in psychiatric wards/police cellsRelated items from OnMedicaChildren in mental health crisis locked in police cellsMore than half of learning disability inpatients still in specialist units one year onMentally ill should not be detained in police cells, say MPs Commit to ‘zero suicides’ Deputy PM urges NHSCall for action as suicide rate rises (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 23, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Actress Vivien Leigh and Manic Depression
Famed actress Vivien Leigh had manic depression which was one of the reasons her marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier failed. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Mood Swings - and Swings - and Swings
Part 4 in an ongoing series tracking one person's life after being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. This week: rapid cycling and anger. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Surprising research about weather and your mood
This article reviews research on how weather impacts one's mood. (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

A Tribute to OCD Heroes
I recently attended a family funeral at the Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach, Calif., about 15 miles southeast of Disneyland and fewer than 10 miles from John Wayne Airport. The immaculately groomed cemetery, offering unimpeded views of the Pacific Ocean, is the eternal resting place of Marion Mitchell Morrison, popularly known by his stage name, John Wayne. The Duke, who died in June 1979, enjoyed a film career that spanned more than three decades. He was best known for playing gruff-on-the-outside, big-hearted cowboys and frontiersmen. Indeed, the American Film Institute posthumously named the Academy Award-wi...
Source: Psych Central - February 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dean Rotbart Tags: Abuse Career Disorders Family General Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories Psychology Anxiety John Wayne Mental Health Care Ocd Real Heroes Stigma Verbal Abuse Source Type: news

Mediterranean diet could help beat dementia finds UCL study
People who have diabetes and psychiatric symptoms in addition to mild cognitive impairment are significantly more likely to develop dementia, new research shows. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - February 22, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news

The Role of Dreams in Our Lives
Science has experienced great progress in deepening our understanding of dreaming. Still, there is no answer to the question: Why do we dream? There are, however, a great number of theories being explored. While some scientists posit that dreaming has no direct function -- but instead is a consequence of other biological processes that occur during sleep -- many scientists studying sleep and dreams believe that dreaming serves a primary purpose. Theories of dreaming span scientific disciplines, from psychiatry and psychology to neurobiology. Some of the current theories of the purpose of dreaming suggest that dreaming is: ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

How To Stop A Jealous Thought In Its Tracks
We've all been there. We see our partner (most likely harmlessly) flirting with the waitress or hear about our co-worker getting the promotion we really wanted. The knowledge of these events can launch us from content to seething in a matter of moments. Jealousy and envy both have a tendency to bubble up unexpectedly -- one little observation can have a huge impact on our emotions. But how we handle them is what truly matters. We all get a visit from the green-eyed monster from time to time, but that doesn't mean we have to let him rent space in our minds. Below are a few tips to help you manage jealousy or envy -- witho...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

Akathisia - Definition - restless movement...
Akathisia is a movement disorder often caused by long-term use of antipsychotic medications. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - February 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

What To Make Of The New Proposed Dietary Guidlines
Eggs and coffee are in, sugar is out and vegetables will always be good for you, according to a committee of top nutrition experts tasked with advising the federal government. Their recommendations reflect the latest and greatest in food and nutrition research, and will help the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) update the nation’s dietary guidelines -- something they have to do every five years. Why does this matter? Well, those guidelines help government officials set policy about things like food assistance funding or how to feed the military, which trickles all the way down t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What To Make Of The New Proposed Dietary Guidlines
Eggs and coffee are in, sugar is out and vegetables will always be good for you, according to a committee of top nutrition experts tasked with advising the federal government. Their recommendations reflect the latest and greatest in food and nutrition research, and will help the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) update the nation’s dietary guidelines -- something they have to do every five years. Why does this matter? Well, those guidelines help government officials set policy about things like food assistance funding or how to feed the military, which trickles all the way down t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health Advice Source Type: news

DBS Increases Hippocampal Volume in Alzheimer's DBS Increases Hippocampal Volume in Alzheimer's
Constant stimulation of the fornix over 1 year increased hippocampal volume in two of six patients in a pilot study. A larger randomized study is almost complete. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - February 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia: Need to Nap Increases as Symptoms Worsen (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Reasons for napping include feeling unwell and poor sleep the previous night (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news