ScienceDaily (Dec. 3, 2007) — Why do mental illness and drug addiction so often go together? New research reveals that this type of dual diagnosis may stem from a common cause: developmental changes in the amygdala, a walnut-shaped part of the brain linked to fear, anxiety and other emotions.
Brain scans may be able to reveal which people are at genetic risk of developing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), researchers say.
By Christopher Lane
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 6, 2007; Page HE01
If anyone in my parents’ generation had argued that shyness and other run-of-the-mill behaviors might one day be called mental disorders, most people would probably have laughed or stared in disbelief. At the time, wallflowers were often admired as modest and geeks considered bookish. Those who were shy might sometimes have been thought awkward — my musically gifted mother certainly was — but their reticence fell within the range of normal behavior. When their discomfort was pronounced, the American Psychiatric Association called it “anxiety neurosis,” a psychoanalytic term that encouraged talk-related treatment.
People who suffer from anxiety from stressful life situations may be more likely to experience sleep disturbances for at least the first six months after the event, according to a study published in the November 1 issue of the journal SLEEP.
Exercise can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Even a little exercise helps. Use these realistic tips and goals to get started and stick with it.
More and more children are being diagnosed with depression. However, whether or not children should be treated with antidepressants is hotly disputed. You can read a Head to Head – where one person writes in favor, while another writes against, in this week’s issue of The British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Read both sides of the debate!
As depression eases, patients often want to stop treatment. But are they better? Will they relapse?
By Josh Fischman, Special to The Times
October 8, 2007
PEOPLE come into Andrew Leuchter’s office, saying they’re better, saying they want to stop. “Oh, gosh, it happens all the time,” says Leuchter, a psychiatrist at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “They say they feel OK, that they don’t need drugs or any other help, and that they’ve recovered. On one hand that’s very encouraging, but on the other hand we have to be very careful, because the cost of being wrong — if they are not ready — can be very high.”
Science Daily — A new study finds that young girls and women are more likely to believe that negative past events predict future events, compared to boys and men. And that, according to researchers, may help explain why females have more frequent and intense worries, perceive more risk, have greater intolerance for uncertainty, and experience higher rates of anxiety than males.
Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:20pm BST
By Amy Norton
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Regular exercise may work as well as medication in improving symptoms of major depression, researchers have found.
In a study of 202 depressed adults, investigators found that those who went through group-based exercise therapy did as well as those treated with an antidepressant drug. A third group that performed home-based exercise also improved, though to a lesser degree.
Article Date: 11 Sep 2007 – 4:00 PDT
Scientists have long known that the human body runs like clockwork, guided by a circadian system that responds to daily patterns of light and darkness. Now a team of researchers is developing a personal device to measure daily light intake and activity, which could allow them to predict optimal timing for light therapy to synchronize the circadian clock to the 24-hour solar day and relieve psychosocial stress.