Monthly Archives: February 2012

Music to Our Ears

GENIUS AND MADNESS: A Q&A A Conversation With Dr Richard Kogan Richard Kogan, MD, always draws a crowd, whether he is presenting one of his hugely popular lectures at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) or performing brilliantly on the concert stage. His insight into the psychopathology behind creative genius has resulted […]

In Those Who Drink More, The Brain’s Caudate Nucleus And Frontal Cortex Are Less Active

  Alcohol abuse and dependence are common problems in the United States due to a number of factors, two of which may be social drinking by college students and young adults, and risk taking that may lead to heavier drinking later in life. A study of the neural underpinnings of risk-taking in young, non-dependent social […]

1 In 5 Americans With Mental Illness, National Survey

Some 45.9 million, or around 1 in 5 American adults (age 18 and over) experienced a mental illness in the past year, according to the US government’s latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released this month. The survey, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), finds that the rate […]

Antidepressants and Fetal Risk: A New Look at SSRIs During Pregnancy

Maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during late pregnancy raised risk for neonatal pulmonary hypertension, but individual risk-benefit profiles should be evaluated. Depression during pregnancy is common, and women with this condition are often treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Fetal risks associated with SSRI exposure have not been elucidated completely, and studies […]

Relationship Patterns That May Reveal A Substance Abuse Issue

By Brenda Iliff   Last week, I wrote a blog about addiction and relationships with Heart Month and Valentine’s Day in mind. However, it somehow feels even more important to share after learning about the tragic death of Whitney Houston on Saturday. While it’s too soon to know the official cause of her death—Ms. Houston […]

Young adults and mental illness: What you should know

By Lindsay Maxfield According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults in America experience a mental health disorder in a given year. That’s nearly 60 million people suffering from illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and others. But while the numbers make mental illnesses […]

Antidepressants May Not Raise Suicide Risk in Youth: Study

Despite ‘black box warning’ for drugs such as Prozac, no increase — or decrease — was found MONDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) — Antidepressant drugs such as Prozac do not raise suicide risk in young people, a new study says. The finding should help reassure doctors about prescribing antidepressants to youngsters, said first author Robert […]

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