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August 1, 2015

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August 1, 2015

Depression, Personality Disorders Drive Psych Patients to Euthanasia

July 27, 2015 — Depression and personality disorders are the most common diagnoses among Belgian psychiatric patients requesting help to die, on the grounds of unbearable suffering, finds new ... read more

Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders Not as Important as Outcomes

July 24, 2015 — Nailing the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder may not be important in prescribing effective treatment, according a clinical researcher. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly ... read more

Some Vietnam Vets Currently Have PTSD 40 Years After War Ended, Study Finds

July 22, 2015 — While it has been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended, about 271,000 veterans who served in the war zone are estimated to have current full posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) plus subthreshold ... read more

Job Services Lacking for Young People With Autism

July 22, 2015 — As autism becomes more prevalent, the need grows for services that help young people with the disorder to find and keep jobs, indicates new research. Some 50,000 people with autism spectrum disorder ... read more

Manipulating Molecule in the Brain Improves Stress Response, New Target for Depression Treatment

July 21, 2015 — Increasing the levels of a signaling molecule found in the brain can positively alter response to stress, revealing a potential new therapeutic target for treatment of depression, researchers ... read more

Evidence for Serotonergic Dissociation Between Anxiety, Fear

July 20, 2015 — What had been clustered as anxiety disorders is not homogenous in terms of functioning of the serotonergic system, an international team of researchers suggests. According to the authors, this ... read more

Keep Fears at Bay by Learning Something New

July 20, 2015 — Exposure therapy is a commonly used and effective treatment for anxiety disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias. The goal of such therapy is to ... read more

'Housing First' Can Reduce Alcohol Problems for Homeless People With Mental Illness

July 15, 2015 — A 'Housing First' approach can reduce alcohol-related problems among homeless people with mental illness, a study ... read more

Review Examines Nutritional Issues Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder

July 15, 2015 — There is consensus that children with autism have selective eating patterns, food neophobia, limited food repertoire, and sensory issues. Researchers now report that there are inconsistent results ... read more

Success in Adulthood Linked to Childhood Psychiatric Health

July 15, 2015 — Children with even mild or passing bouts of depression, anxiety and/or behavioral issues were more inclined to have serious problems that complicated their ability to lead successful lives as adults, ... read more

Why Does PTSD Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease?

July 15, 2015 — A new review article finds that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) leads to overactive nerve activity, dysfunctional immune response and activation of the hormone system that controls blood ... read more

Benzodiazepines Not Recommended for Patients With PTSD or Recent Trauma

July 14, 2015 — Benzodiazepine drugs are widely used in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but available evidence suggests that they are not effective -- and may even be harmful, concludes a ... read more

Brain Study Reveals Insights Into Genetic Basis of Autism

July 13, 2015 — A link between autism and genetic changes in some segments of DNA that are responsible for switching on genes in the brain has been uncovered by researchers. The finding is the result of a ... read more

Researchers Identify New Spectrum Disorder Called ALPIM Syndrome

July 9, 2015 — A high rate of association between panic disorder and four domains of physical illness has been documented by researchers. Their new study could alter how physicians and psychiatrists view the ... read more

Opioids May Not Spell Relief for Chronic Back Pain Sufferers With Depression, Anxiety

July 9, 2015 — Patients who were prescribed opioids to treat chronic lower back pain experienced significantly less pain relief and were more likely to abuse their medication when they had psychiatric disorders, a ... read more

Army Suicide Attempts, Risk Profiles for Enlisted Soldiers, Officers

July 8, 2015 — A new analysis of US Army data details rates of suicide attempts during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and researchers have identified risk factors for suicide attempts by enlisted soldiers and ... read more

July 7, 2015 — How much a child's pupil dilates in response to seeing an emotional image can predict his or her risk of depression over the next two years, according to new ... read more

Brain Abnormalities in People With Schizophrenia Identified

July 7, 2015 — Structural brain abnormalities in patients with schizophrenia have been identified by researchers, providing insight into how the condition may develop and respond to ... read more

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia With Psychiatric, Medical Conditions

July 6, 2015 — Cognitive behavioral therapy is a widely used nonpharmacologic treatment for insomnia disorders and an analysis of the medical literature suggests it also can work for patients whose insomnia is ... read more

Boys More Likely to Have Antipsychotics Prescribed, Regardless of Age

July 1, 2015 — Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an ... read more

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