By IRENE WIELAWSKI
Published: July 11, 2008
Dr. Daniel Pine, a psychiatrist, directs the research program on mood and anxiety disorders of children and adolescents at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md. The research seeks to identify the genetic and environmental factors underlying these mental illnesses so clinicians can identify who might be prone to them, spot early symptoms and tailor treatments more precisely to individual patients.
Dr. Daniel Pine
Q: What is the difference between an anxiety disorder and anxiety that is an appropriate response to an uncomfortable or threatening situation?
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ScienceDaily (May 20, 2008) — Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.
TUESDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) — The relationship between diabetes and depression apparently cuts both ways: Not only are people with treated type 2 diabetes at a heightened risk for developing depression, individuals with depression are also at risk for developing diabetes.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Obesity is a well known risk factor for certain physical health problems, but a new study suggests that heavy adults also have higher rates of psychiatric disorders.
ScienceDaily (May 12, 2008) — Using single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers in The Netherlands were able to detect biochemical differences in the brains of individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia), providing evidence of a long-suspected biological cause for the dysfunction.
Social anxiety disorder prevents some 15 million Americans from leading normal social and romantic lives, a new survey finds.
The disorder leaves many isolated, ashamed and often misdiagnosed. Thirty-six percent of those with social anxiety disorder have symptoms for 10 years or more before seeking help, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports.
People who struggle against social convention fascinate Christopher Lane, a Northwestern University professor of English. In his new book, “Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness,” (Yale University, $27.50) Mr. Lane looks at people who don’t conform to our culture’s fondness for sociability. It’s a provocative look at an important chapter in the history of modern psychiatry.
Mr. Lane sat down with the Chicago Tribune recently to talk about the book. An edited transcript follows.
SAN DIEGO – Dr. John Kelsoe has spent his career trying to identify the biological roots of bipolar disorder. In December, he announced he had discovered several gene mutations closely tied to the disease, also known as manic depression.
The latest gene-scanning technology may have shed some much-desired light on a potential cause for schizophrenia, a mental disorder characterized by delusions and scrambled thought processes. The disease is believed to affect 1% of the population.
FRIDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) — Higher anxiety levels may help elderly women live longer, but may harm older men, U.S. research shows.
A team at the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University followed 1,000 seniors in three Florida retirement communities for up to 15 years.
They found that women with higher levels of anxiety at the start of the study lived longer than others. Year-to-year changes in anxiety levels didn’t appear to affect women’s survival, either.