Category Archives: Meds


Antipsychotics Prescribed To Treat ADHD In More Children And Teens, New Study Finds

The number of children and teens taking antipsychotic medications has skyrocketed in recent years, with psychiatrists prescribing the drugs in nearly one-in-three visits with youth, a new study found. The drugs are not only being prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but also for the commonly diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Many mental health experts say […]

Anxiety And Depression Affect Sick Leave

 August 1, 2012 –  Feeling tired and lethargic. Having tense emotions. These are just a few factors that may affect a worker’s decision to take sick leave. Working with Australian and British researchers, investigators at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health found that anxiety and depression can heighten the risk of sick leave.   According to the researchers, […]

Trial Set to See if Drug Can Prevent Alzheimer’s

Many of the study participants are genetically prone to the disease       Researchers are preparing to test an experimental drug in people genetically primed to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The best-scenario hope is that the drug will lead to a way of preventing the progressive brain-wasting disease, and to a better understanding of its […]

New View of Depression: An Ailment of the Entire Body

   Shirley Wang on Lunch Break discusses the impact of depression on aging and why people with a history of depression are also known to be at greater risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other aging-related diseases. People with long-term psychological stress, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder tend to develop earlier and more serious forms […]

FDA Softens Celexa Arrhythmia Warning

Published: March 28, 2012 The FDA has reworded warnings about potentially fatal arrhythmias associated with the antidepressant drug citalopram (Celexa), acknowledging that some patients may need the drug despite the risks. Last August, the agency ordered numerous changes to the drug’s label, including one stating that citalopram is contraindicated in patients with congenital long QT […]

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 […]

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 […]

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