• Mental Health

    National study shows 1 in 5 children meet criteria for a mental disorder across their lifetime

    Mental disorders in children are often difficult to identify due to the myriad of changes that occur during the normal course of maturation. For the first time, researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have reported on the prevalence data on a broad range of mental disorders in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adolescents, which show that approximately one in five children in the U.S. meet the criteria for a mental disorder severe enough to disrupt their daily lives. The prevalence of the mental health disorders as well as the notable link between parental mental health issues and their teen’s disorders are the subject of the article by…

  • Mental Health

    Is anxiety contagious?

    nxiety, or the reaction to a perceived danger, is a response that differs from one animal or human to another ― or so scientists thought. Now researchers at Tel Aviv University are challenging what we know about stress, and their study has implications for helping clinicians better treat victims of terrorism or natural disasters. Prof. David Eilam and his graduate student Rony Izhar of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Zoology are spearheading a study designed to investigate the anxieties experienced by an entire social group. Using the natural predator-and-prey relationship between the barn owl and the vole, a small animal in the rodent family, researchers were able to test unified…

  • Relationships

    Love takes up where pain leaves off, Stanford brain study shows

    Intense, passionate feelings of love can provide amazingly effective pain relief, similar to painkillers or such illicit drugs as cocaine, according to a new Stanford University School of Medicine study. “When people are in this passionate, all-consuming phase of love, there are significant alterations in their mood that are impacting their experience of pain,” said Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Pain Management, associate professor of anesthesia and senior author of the study, which will be published online Oct. 13 in PLoS ONE. “We’re beginning to tease apart some of these reward systems in the brain and how they influence pain. These are very deep, old systems…

  • Uncategorized

    Researchers propose new way to classify personality disorders

    Research led by a Michigan State University psychologist is playing a key role in the effort to change the way mental health clinicians classify personality disorders. The study by Christopher Hopwood and colleagues calls for a more scientific and practical method of categorizing personality disorders – a proposal that ultimately could improve treatment, Hopwood said. “We’re proposing a different way of thinking about personality and personality disorders,” said Hopwood, MSU assistant professor of psychology and an experienced clinician. “There’s widespread agreement among personality disorder researchers that the current way to conceptualize personality disorders is not working.” The study is being cited by the team of experts that currently is developing…

  • Mental Health

    Eating Disorder Docu-series: Harmful or Helpful? Part I

    What’s Eating You is a new T.V. show on E! about eating disorder treatment.  The show followed two young women struggling with an eating disorder—one with anorexia and the other bulimia.  Both women briefly shared their stories and the viewers got a very tiny glimpse into their treatment.  If you saw the commercials, you may not have known what to expect.  Reality T.V.?  Weird eating problems?  Media blame for eating disorders?  While this was a documentary, there is a new genre of quasi-reality shows/documentaries about mental health problems.  Hordersbeing one of the most popular and well-known.  The concern amongst mental health professionals is that individuals with mental health problems could become…

  • Depression

    Misunderstood Depression: The Human Toll

    By Jonathan Rottenberg, Ph.D. Created Oct 14 2010 – 12:55am People who face depression must be prepared for at least two long journeys. One journey is to face depression itself. The symptoms of depression –despondency, lethargy, nightly insomnia, an inability to concentrate – are painful and difficult to manage. The second journey, is in many ways, harder, and often longer, which is to face other people’s misunderstandings of their depression, misunderstandings that are sometimes insulting, confusing, and often unhelpful in getting the symptoms under control. Depressed people are extraordinarily vulnerable to others’ misunderstandings because the symptoms of depression themselves are often bewildering and because depression compromises one’s ability to think.…

  • DF Archive

    Can you give me some advice about omega-3s?

    Can you give me some advice about omega-3s? Q. I am confused about omega-3 fats. Are the different types equally good for you? A. There are three main types of omega-3s to keep track of. The first two — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — are found mainly in fish, so they’re sometimes called marine omega-3s. The third is alpha-linolenic acid (or ALA, found in plant-based foods, such as flaxseed, walnuts, and canola and soybean oils). So far, the evidence for the marine omega-3s (EPA and DHA) having health benefits is more extensive than for the plant-based ALA. Studies have shown that EPA and DHA offer some measure…

  • DF Archive

    Tips To Chase Away The Fall Blues

    Harris B. Stratyner, Ph.D., CASAC In my last blog, I spoke about the “blues” that many of us feel in the fall. With the summer ending, the weather changing and the signals that vacation is over and that it is time to get back to school and work, many individuals feel sad and dare I say even a little depressed. However, one does not have to give into these feelings. I am sure you have heard the old saying “you are what you eat,” well probably even more true – “you are what you think.” Please note that I am not disregarding Seasonal Affective Disorder (a type of depression that…

  • Uncategorized

    Dogs’ anxiety reflects a ‘pessimistic’ mood

      Many dogs become distressed when left home alone, and they show it by barking, destroying things, or toileting indoors. Now, a new study reported in the October 12th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, suggests that this kind of separation anxiety occurs most often in dogs that also show “pessimistic”-like behavior. “We know that people’s emotional states affect their judgments; happy people are more likely to judge an ambiguous situation positively,” said Mike Mendl of the University of Bristol. “Now it seems that this may also apply to dogs; dogs that behaved anxiously when left alone also tended to judge ambiguous events negatively. Their anxious behavior may…

  • Therapy

    Neurons cast votes to guide decision-making

    We know that casting a ballot in the voting booth involves politics, values and personalities. But before you ever push the button for your candidate, your brain has already carried out an election of its own to make that action possible. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals that our brain accumulates evidence when faced with a choice and triggers an action once that evidence reaches a tipping point. The research was published in the October issue of Psychological Review.