• Mental Health

    Aging With AIDS: A Group Once Unheard Of

    Patient Voices:  Aging With AIDS In the early 1990s, a diagnosis of AIDS was both a likely death sentence and a stigma. There were few treatment options, and many Americans were terrified of people infected with H.I.V. Today, because of antiretroviral therapy and an array of drugs to treat both symptoms and side effects, AIDS has become a chronic condition to be managed, at least in the developed world. No longer is the face of AIDS emaciated and covered with lesions; Americans with the disease are stronger and healthier, their concerns fading from public view. Myron Gold, 67, is one of them. In 1993, Mr. Gold was walking in Manhattan…

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    Desperate Housewives: A Thanksgiving Turkey

    Desperate Housewives: A Thanksgiving Turkey***********************NAMI StigmaBuster Alert***********************ABC's Desperate Housewives is currently running a plotline in which a mysteriousstranger, "Dave Williams" (played by Neal McDonough), moves into the neighborhood,after marrying one of the characters.Another character learns that Dave has been released from a "center for thecriminally insane." His psychiatrist arrives to confront him. Dave kills thepsychiatrist and sets a fire in a nightclub to cover up the crime. He rescues othersfrom the fire and is seen as a hero.

  • Mental Health

    Ask Your Doctor: How Do I Treat Winter Depression?

    If your mood gets worse as the weather gets chillier and the days get shorter, you may have “winter depression.” Here, questions to ask your doctor if winter is the saddest season for you. Why do I seem to get so gloomy each winter, or sometimes beginning in the fall? You may have what’s called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. The condition is marked by the onset of depression during the late fall and early winter months, when less natural sunlight is available. It’s thought to occur when daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of the reduced sunlight. Some people have depression year round that gets worse in the winter;…

  • Therapy

    Acting Up is Not “Acting-Out”

    Acting Up is Not “Acting-Out” By Dr George Simon, PhD | 21 October 2008 True “acting-out” is an outward manifestation of an emotional conflict that can’t be consciously recognized by an individual. Acting-up is NOT acting-out. In the ‘jargon’ of mental health professionals one frequently hears the term acting-out. It is amazing how frequently this term is misused. As is the case with denial, which I posted about earlier (see “Understanding Denial as a Defense Mechanism”), true acting-out is an unconscious ego defense mechanism. Without knowing it, persons who act-out engage in some kind of behavior (as opposed to a psycho-physiological or other kind of “symptom”) that serves to ease the…

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    Medications

    Medications are not always indicated for the treatment of depression and depend, in part, on patient choice and severity of depression as well. If you and your provider decide that medication is needed to treat your depression it is important for you to do your part in achieving success.  Take your depression medication exactly as prescribed. Do not stop any depression medication unless directed to do so by your provider. When some depression medications are discontinued, abruptly worsening depression, anxiety and flu-like symptoms can occur. These are not life-threatening but can be quite uncomfortable if they occur. This is more likely with medications that have a shorter half-life like Paxil…

  • Meds

    Medications

    Medications are not always indicated for the treatment of depression and depend, in part, on patient choice and severity of depression as well. If you and your provider decide that medication is needed to treat your depression it is important for you to do your part in achieving success.  Take your depression medication exactly as prescribed. Do not stop any depression medication unless directed to do so by your provider. When some depression medications are discontinued, abruptly worsening depression, anxiety and flu-like symptoms can occur. These are not life-threatening but can be quite uncomfortable if they occur. This is more likely with medications that have a shorter half-life like Paxil…

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    Nighttime Fibromyagia Pain

    Fibromyalgia Pain at Night Do you toss and turn at night because of fibromyalgia pain or discomfort? “People with fibromyalgia tend to have very disturbed sleep,” says Doris Cope, MD, director of Pain Management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “Even if they sleep 10 hours a night, they still feel fatigued, don’t feel rested.” Research shows that with fibromyalgia, there is an automatic arousal in the brain during sleep. Frequent disruptions prevent the important restorative processes from occurring. Growth hormone is mostly produced during sleep. Without restorative sleep and the surge of growth hormone, muscles don’t heal and neurotransmitters (like the mood chemical serotonin) are not replenished.…

  • Meds

    Weighing the Risks: The Coming of Age on Antidepressants

      Weighing the Risks:  The Coming Of Age On Antidepressants  By RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D. “I’ve grown up on medication,” my patient Julie told me recently. “I don’t have a sense of who I really am without it.” At 31, she had been on one antidepressant or another nearly continuously since she was 14. There was little question that she had very serious depression and had survived several suicide attempts . In fact, she credited the medication with saving her life. But now she was raising an equally fundamental question: how the drugs might have affected her psychological development and core identity. It was not an issue I had seriously…

  • Meds

    Weighing the Risks: The Coming of Age on Antidepressants

      Weighing the Risks:  The Coming Of Age On Antidepressants  By RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D. “I’ve grown up on medication,” my patient Julie told me recently. “I don’t have a sense of who I really am without it.” At 31, she had been on one antidepressant or another nearly continuously since she was 14. There was little question that she had very serious depression and had survived several suicide attempts . In fact, she credited the medication with saving her life. But now she was raising an equally fundamental question: how the drugs might have affected her psychological development and core identity. It was not an issue I had seriously…

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    Is Psychological Disorders caused by Anxiety Sensitvity?

    ScienceDaily (Nov. 11, 2006) — People who get scared when they experience a pounding heart, sweaty palms or dizziness — even if the cause is something as mundane as stress, exercise or caffeine — are more likely to develop a clinical case of anxiety or panic disorder, according to a Florida State University researcher in Tallahassee, Fla. While other researchers have proposed a connection between this so-called “anxiety sensitivity” and a range of anxiety problems, the study by FSU psychology professors N. Brad Schmidt and Jon Maner and University of Vermont Professor Michael Zvolensky provides the first evidence that anxiety sensitivity is a risk factor in the development of anxiety…