Scientists report finding gene mutations connected to eating disorders

Scientists have discovered two gene mutations that they believe are associated with an increased risk of eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia often run in families, but these eating disorders are complex, and it has proved difficult  to identify the paths. But, using two families with very high incidences of eating disorders, scientists say they found rare mutations, one in each family, that were associated with the people who had the disorders. The study suggests Read More

Therapy Changes Paper Sheds New Light on Diagnosis, Treatment of Grief and Depression

The relationship between grief and depression following bereavement has generated much debate in the psychological community and public media. A new article by Rochelle Perper, Ph.D., “Grief, Depression and the DSM-5,” sheds new light on the subject, and can help both clinicians and the general public achieve a greater understanding of the clinical challenges and options for treating these conditions. “The experience of grief following the loss of a loved one shares several symptoms of Read More

Tired and edgy? Sleep deprivation boosts anticipatory anxiety

UC Berkeley researchers have found that a lack of sleep, which is common in anxiety disorders, may play a key role in ramping up the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying. Neuroscientists have found that sleep deprivation amplifies anticipatory anxiety by firing up the brain’s amygdala and insular cortex, regions associated with emotional processing. The resulting pattern mimics the abnormal neural activity seen in anxiety disorders. Furthermore, their research suggests that innate worriers – Read More

Antidepressants in Bipolar Disorder: No Benefit, Possible Harm

Antidepressant use in patients hospitalized with bipolar depression (BD) is ineffective at best, and at worst may be harmful to some patients, new research suggests. Investigators at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, found there was no difference in hospital readmission rates among patients who received antidepressants and those who did not. Furthermore, they found that in patients with BD, when controlling for comorbid anxiety, one antidepressant — venlafaxine — was associated with a 3-fold Read More

Talking about children’s mental health

It can be difficult to tell whether your teen is just moody or if there’s actually something more going on there and, if there is, what can be done. Renowned Canadian adolescent mental health specialist Dr. Stanley Kutcher provided answers to questions for a room full of curious parents and caregivers at the Oakville Conference Centre last week as part of Children’s Mental Health Week (May 6-12). There were a variety of concerns brought up Read More

Practical Tips for Recovery From an Eating Disorder over the festive season

The thought of the Christmas holidays and celebrations are for some people ‘the happiest time of the year". For someone in recovery from an eating disorder, this could be a time of intense stress and anxiety. Where others are thinking of the visits with family and friends around drinks and snacks, Minced Pies, Fruit Cake, and of course the Christmas day meal at a table laden with indulgence of every kind, people in recovery from Read More

Parental Alienation Not A Mental Disorder, American Psychiatric Association Says

NEW YORK — Rebuffing an intensive lobbying campaign, a task force of the American Psychiatric Association has decided not to list the disputed concept of parental alienation in the updated edition of its catalog of mental disorders. The term conveys how a child’s relationship with one estranged parent can be poisoned by the other parent, and there’s broad agreement that it sometimes occurs in the context of divorces and child-custody disputes. However, an acrimonious debate Read More