5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment

Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Hormones are changing, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided. When parents are busy working, or a natural separation from family occurs, teens may turn to friends instead of parents. Peer support can be helpful for certain issues. But when the symptoms of a mental illness are present, more than a good friend is needed. The problem Read More

Teens who beat obesity at risk for eating disorders

Adolescents who were once overweight or obese are at high risk of developing an eating disorder, but receiving appropriate treatment is often delayed because of their weight history. Teens who were once overweight or obese are at a significant risk of developing an eating disorder as they lose weight, but identification and treatment of the condition is often delayed because of their weight history, researchers say. “For some reason we are just not thinking that Read More

Eating Disorders: ‘Out Of Body Experience’ Treatment Could Be Used To Treat Anorexia

The eating disorder anorexia nervosa is linked to one of the highest suicide and fatality rates, so news of a possible treatment is welcome news. Research has shown that heartbeats can be used to trigger a strange “out-of-body” experience that may be helpful in the treatment of the disorder. Volunteers were made to feel as if they inhabited an image of their own body two meters away from where they were actually standing. The trick Read More

Amanda Bynes’ mental hold extended again; former teen star said to be schizophrenic

Amanda Bynes’ doctors have won an 30-day extension of her psychiatric hold and plan to pursue a temporary mental health conservatorship of the former Nickelodeon star,the New York Daily News reports. UPDATE: A judge has approved a temporary conservatorship for Bynes’ mother over the objections of Bynes’ court-appointed lawyer. A source tells the News that Bynes is believed to be suffering from schizophrenia and has not yet responded to medication: “She’s not improving yet. She’s 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

Many patients with CKD also have treatment-resistant hypertension

More than 50% of patients with moderate chronic kidney disease also have treatment-resistant hypertension, according to findings in a population-based cohort study. Among those with chronic kidney disease (CKD), there is a higher risk for treatment-resistant hypertension for those who are men; are black; have a larger waist circumference; have diabetes; have a history of MI or stroke; use statins; or have low estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) levels and high albumin-to-creatinine ratio levels, the Read More

Doctors: Patents keep HIV drugs too pricey to use

Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that rising intellectual property rights are blocking the generic production of newer drugs to treat HIV and are keeping them out of reach for developing countries. The medical aid group said at an international AIDS meeting here that prices of older drugs long used to treat patients have fallen sharply as India and other countries make generics. But newer drugs that are more effective against the AIDS virus are too Read More

Bipolar and addicted, Patrick Kennedy embodies mental health challenges

Patrick Kennedy received several wake-up calls before he finally heard the bell. Perhaps the most dramatic was at 2:45 a.m. on a May morning in 2006, when the five-term congressman from Rhode Island drove into a barricade at the U.S. Capitol, appearing incoherent as he told police he was late for a vote. The next day at a press conference, Kennedy acknowledged that he suffered from long-standing drug and alcohol addiction combined with a bipolar Read More

Anger management: a four step guide

A woman in north Dallas, Texas, has managed to create a flourishing business out of something that will never be hit by recession — anger. She created an ‘Anger Room’, where stressed out people vent their frustrations by smashing things with a baseball bat. This, it seems, makes the population of north Dallas calmer. But since we have no anger room in Mumbai to help us and our friends and families get through rage, here’s Read More

Telling Addicts To ‘Just Say No’ Proves Ineffective

An Indiana University brain researcher has found negative messaging may not help people beat drug and alcohol addiction. The study hooked drug addicts up to a machine which measures activity in various regions of the brain. Joshua Brown, who helped run the study, says there were some visible changes when addicts were presented with positive messages instead of negative ones. “If you tell people ‘hey this is a better option’ then whenever they think about Read More