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Weight-Loss: Meds Don’t Cause Weight Problems – You DO!…

Day 12 – Monday, Nov. 12 Call BS on something. What’s something that is just ridiculous? #NHBPM Chato Stewart: That is one big pile BULL $ #!%! Caption: Bipolar Meds Don’t Make You FAT!  BS! The We Go Health blog Party’s suggestion for today is to call BS (Bull $ #!%) on something health related.  My first … Read more

ADHD medicine affects the brain’s reward system

ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2012) — A group of scientists from the University of Copenhagen has created a model that shows how some types of ADHD medicine influence the brain’s reward system. The model makes it possible to understand the effect of the medicine and perhaps in the longer term to improve the development of medicine … Read more

Quality of Life After Cancer May Depend on Tumor Type

Certain types leave survivors with worse mental and physical well-being, study finds TUESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) — Cancer survivors’ quality of life can vary widely depending on the type of cancer, and millions of U.S. cancer survivors have a lower-than-normal quality of life, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 1,800 adult … Read more

Children, teens at risk for lasting emotional impact from Hurricane Sandy

ScienceDaily (Nov. 6, 2012) — After Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters have receded and homes demolished by the storm repaired, the unseen aftershocks of the storm may linger for many children who were in the storm’s path, particularly those whose families suffered significant losses. “The lasting emotional impact of a storm like this can be more … Read more

Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 14:00 PDT Current ratings for:Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues Teens often hurt themselves simply because they have heard from others that it will make them feel good, they have seen it on television or in … Read more

PTSD linked to smaller brain area regulating fear response

ScienceDaily (Nov. 5, 2012) — Recent combat veterans who are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder have significantly smaller volume in an area of the brain critical for regulating fear and anxiety responses, according to research led by scientists at Duke University and the Durham VA Medical Center. The finding, published Nov. 5, 2012, in … Read more

Self-harm not always a sign of serious mental health problems, Swedish research suggests

ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2012) — Self-harm is common among young people. Many have at one time scratched, punctured or cut themselves or hit their head forcefully against a wall, and the behaviour is almost as common among boys as girls. However, it may not be appropriate to compare young people who self-harm and adult psychiatric … Read more

Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 14:00 PDT Current ratings for:Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues Teens often hurt themselves simply because they have heard from others that it will make them feel good, they have seen it on television or in … Read more

Quality of Life After Cancer May Depend on Tumor Type

Certain types leave survivors with worse mental and physical well-being, study finds TUESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) — Cancer survivors’ quality of life can vary widely depending on the type of cancer, and millions of U.S. cancer survivors have a lower-than-normal quality of life, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 1,800 adult … Read more

New Eye Movement Tests Can Diagnose Schizophrenia

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: SchizophreniaAlso Included In: Mental Health;  Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 29 Oct 2012 – 13:00 PDT Current ratings for:New Eye Movement Tests Can Diagnose Schizophrenia Patient / Public: 4.14 (7 votes) Healthcare Prof: 5 (1 votes) Researchers have developed a series of new eye tests in order to differentiate between individuals with schizophrenia and … Read more

Right Amount of Exercise Can Boost Mental Health

But too much time spent working out can have psychological downside, experts warn FRIDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) — People who exercise 2.5 to 7.5 hours a week have better mental health, but more than that is associated with poorer mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers compared mental health to exercise by analyzing self-reported … Read more

Magnetic brain stimulation treats depression independent of sleep effect

ScienceDaily (Oct. 26, 2012) — While powerful magnetic stimulation of the frontal lobe of the brain can alleviate symptoms of depression, those receiving the treatment did not report effects on sleep or arousal commonly seen with antidepressant medications, researchers say. “People’s sleep gets better as their depression improves, but the treatment doesn’t itself cause sedation … Read more

7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study. In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found … Read more

Are schizophrenia and autism close relations?

ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2012) — Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a category that includes autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, are characterized by difficulty with social interaction and communication, or repetitive behaviors. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Management says that one in 88 children in the US is somewhere on the Autism spectrum … Read more

7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study. In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found … Read more

Cyberbullying only rarely the sole factor identified in teen suicides

ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2012) — Cyberbullying — the use of the Internet, phones or other technologies to repeatedly harass or mistreat peers — is often linked with teen suicide in media reports. However, new research presented on Oct. 20, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, shows that … Read more

7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study. In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found … Read more

7 Daily Servings of Fruits, Veggies Best for Happiness, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study. In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found … Read more

Creativity Closely Linked To Mental Illness

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 17 Oct 2012 – 3:00 PDT Current ratings for:Creativity Closely Linked To Mental Illness Patient / Public: 4.71 (7 votes) Healthcare Prof: 4.75 (4 votes) Article opinions:  1 posts Individuals who work in creative fields are diagnosed and treated with a mental illness more … Read more

Mother’s touch could change effects of prenatal stress

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — Scientists at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester, and Kings College, London, have found that mothers who stroke their baby’s body in the first few weeks after birth may change the effects that stress during pregnancy can have on an infant’s early-life development. Researchers world-wide have been studying whether stress in … Read more

People with Implantable Defibrillators May Need More Mental Health Support

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) — Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common among people with implanted heart defibrillators, but improved patient education and ongoing psychological support can help them cope. That’s the message in a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) restores normal heart rhythm and … Read more

Health Tip: Considering Counseling?

Therapy may help you deal with depression, loss or anger (*this news item will not be available after 01/01/2013) By Diana Kohnle Wednesday, October 3, 2012 (HealthDay News) — Psychological counseling can help people cope with myriad difficult physical or emotional issues. The American Academy of Family Physicians says psychological therapy may benefit people dealing … Read more

The Anatomy of Porn

Ask yourself what makes pornography pornographic.  The usual answer is that it is intended to sexually arouse  people.  This is true but it is circular.  The question is: what elements are essential to pornographic material? Given the unprecedented proliferation of porn catering to every possible individual preference it is difficult to describe the essence of … Read more

Trauma switch identified: Mechanism protects our brains from turning stress and trauma into post-traumatic stress disorder

ScienceDaily (Oct. 5, 2012) — Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School have for the first time identified the mechanism that protects us from developing uncontrollable fear. Our brains have the extraordinary capacity to adapt to changing environments — experts call this ‘plasticity’. Plasticity protects us from developing mental disorders as the result of … Read more

Generic antidepressant pulled off the market

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Teva Pharmaceuticals is pulling its generic version of a popular antidepressant off the market after a federal analysis showed the pill does not work properly.  The Food and Drug Administration called on Teva to withdraw Budeprion XL 300 after chemical testing showed the drug releases its key ingredient faster than the … Read more

Phone Therapy Is Effective, Increases Access And Potentially Decreases Costs

Main Category: Psychology / PsychiatryAlso Included In: Mental HealthArticle Date: 02 Oct 2012 – 0:00 PDT Current ratings for:Phone Therapy Is Effective, Increases Access And Potentially Decreases Costs A new study reveals that cognitive therapy over the phone is just as effective as meeting face-to-face. The research was published in the journal PLoS ONE. Researchers … Read more

Should Recovering Sex Addicts Masturbate? Here’s the Formula…

Sex addicts can be addicted to one or more of a wide variety of “acting out” addictive sexual behaviors and there is no one behavior that is addictive for all sex addicts. Recovering sex addicts decide what behaviors are addictive for them (their “inner circle” or “bottom line” behaviors).  As recovery proceeds, addicts sometimes change … Read more

Routine Screening For Psychiatric, Cognitive, And Social Comorbidities Could Enhance Quality Of Care And Quality Of Life For People With Epilepsy

Main Category: EpilepsyAlso Included In: Mental HealthArticle Date: 28 Sep 2012 – 2:00 PDT Current ratings for:Routine Screening For Psychiatric, Cognitive, And Social Comorbidities Could Enhance Quality Of Care And Quality Of Life For People With Epilepsy The intricate relationship between epilepsy and cognitive, psychiatric, and social problems is explored in a new paper published … Read more

People with Implantable Defibrillators May Need More Mental Health Support

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) — Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common among people with implanted heart defibrillators, but improved patient education and ongoing psychological support can help them cope. That’s the message in a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) restores normal heart rhythm and … Read more

Nutrient in eggs and meat may influence gene expression from infancy to adulthood

ScienceDaily (Sep. 20, 2012) — Just as women are advised to get plenty of folic acid around the time of conception and throughout early pregnancy, new research suggests another very similar nutrient may one day deserve a spot on the obstetrician’s list of recommendations. Consuming greater amounts of choline — a nutrient found in eggs … Read more

Mental stress: Unique solutions for unique populations

ScienceDaily (Sep. 21, 2012) — A mother in jail co-residing with her infant in a prison nursery; a war veteran still picturing the violent trauma. These scenarios are real life and dealt with each day by incarcerated mothers and returning veterans. The common link — stress — is the focus of Johns Hopkins University School … Read more

Evaluating Risk For Violence Among Patients With Mental Illness

Main Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / Psychiatry;  SchizophreniaArticle Date: 18 Sep 2012 – 0:00 PDT Current ratings for:Evaluating Risk For Violence Among Patients With Mental Illness Patient / Public: 5 (2 votes) Healthcare Prof: 4 (1 votes) Mental health professionals, who often are tasked with evaluating and managing the risk of violence by their … Read more