• 5 Thoughts on Schizophrenia Medication Reduction

    Added On : 18th August 2015

    A recent study indicated that lowering the dose of risperidone or olanzapine in schizophrenia patients 50 years old or older can be effective as a measure to try to ward off extrapyramidal symptoms or other symptoms like weight gain.

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  • Could Too Many Refined Carbs Make You Depressed?

    Added On : 8th August 2015

    Image result for Could Too Many Refined Carbs Make You Depressed?Study found postmenopausal women who ate more processed foods faced higher risk of mood disorder

    Refined carbohydrates -- such as those found in white bread, white rice and sodas -- may harm more than the waistlines of older women. New research shows that eating too much of these highly processed foods might also raise their risk of depression.

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  • Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

    Added On : 22nd July 2015

    Shrinkage seen in region where new memories are made

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  • Smoking Linked to Schizophrenia

    Added On : 17th July 2015

    Image result for Smoking Linked to SchizophreniaPeople with schizophrenia are three times more likely to smoke than those who don't have the mental health condition, a study published in Lancet Psychiatry says.

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  • Dementia: GPs say patchy services fail patients

    Added On : 7th July 2015

    Image result for Dementia: GPs say patchy services fail patientsDoctors have raised fresh concerns about the level of support people with dementia and their carers get from the NHS and social services in the UK.

    And the Royal College of GPs says until the situation improves, doctors will have to weigh up whether there is any advantage in early diagnosis.

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  • Anger: Part of Bipolar or Not?

    Added On : 5th July 2015

    My blogging comrade-in-arms Natasha Tracy just posted a piece on anger. I have written on the topic before, but nothing, I recall, for HealthCentral. Let’s amend that right now …
    Tracy starts off her piece by noting that the DSM does not list anger as a symptom for bipolar. Should it? she asks. Years ago, when I first explored the topic for an article on mcmanweb, I made a similar observation. 
    Then I reviewed all the reader comments on every page on my site. Knock me over with a feather. The stories from loved ones invariably referred to their affected partners’ anger as if it were bipolar symptom number one. The patients told a different story. Except for one comment, you would think anger never existed.
    Are we that lacking in insight into our own behavior? As an aside, I would love to see someone do a study where they asked both patients and their partners to separately produce their own lists of bipolar symptoms and behaviors, then compare the two.
    Back to the topic …
    Extending my query farther, I checked the DSM and the psychiatric literature to see if anger existed as an illness in its own right. I came up blank. After some head-scratching, the reason became clear: Anger is natural.
    Basically, it doesn’t matter how maladaptive or destructive this behavior is, the fact that everyone engages in it somehow normalizes it. This comes as cold comfort to those on the receiving end. We live in a crazy world.
    Mixed states ...
    “I get road rage a lot,” I used to joke, “and I don’t even drive.” I would bring this up in the context of mixed states, where we simultaneously experience both depressive and manic (or hypomanic) symptoms. Mixed states are far more common than once thought. Modern estimates place its frequency in the 40 percent range.
    Think of dysphoric (as opposed to euphoric) manias and hypomanias, or agitated (as opposed to vegetative or sad) depressions. The brain is in turmoil, pulled in two directions. We feel extreme discomfort in our own skin, like we want to grab the world by the neck and wring it.
    Other considerations …

    Manic and hypomanic episodes are characterized by difficulty in controlling impulses. Engaging in risky behavior is one obvious example. Might angry outbursts be another?
    Men tend to manifest depression differently than women. Rather than feeling sad and weepy, they can be grouchy and irritable and aggressive. Could anger be part of the package?
    Or are we getting a bad rap?
    Every one of us with bipolar is well-aware of the double-standards we must endure. If we express joy - we’re manic. If we express frustration - we’re manic. Heaven help if we show our real feelings. There are times when anger is an appropriate response to someone eles's manifestly terrible behavior, but no one is going to give us a free pass.
    We learn our lessons quickly. We learn how to wear our masks. Of all things, except when we really do lose control of our brains, our behavior may exhibit far more restraint than the general population. Someone needs to study this.
    Wrapping this up …

    Anger is a condition all of us have to deal with. At the same time, it is both natural and destructive. The surge of emotion we feel inside may be perfectly normal, but expressing it in the wrong setting can prove extremely maladaptive. Bipolar adds many layers of complexity.
    Our illness tends to make us thoughtful and insightful. Do your own thinking. Come up with your own insights. Namaste … 


    John McManamy, Health Guide - Health Central


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  • Exposure Treatment for Anxiety

    Added On : 12th June 2015

    Exposure therapy is a tried, tested and effective method for reducing anxiety. The principles are very straight forward. By gradually and repeatedly exposing the person to an anxiety-provoking situation, event or activity, anxiety gradually reduces. By starting with issues that provoke the least anxiety and gradually working up, the treatment builds on previous success.

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  • ADHD and Risky Behavior in Adults

    Added On : 6th June 2015

    If someone you care about has ADHD, you might have noticed her acting in certain ways that upset you, other people, or even herself. Her actions could be linked to ADHD. Not every adult with ADHD has risky behavior, but many do.

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  • Beds in Psychiatric Clinics Doubled

    Added On : 30th May 2015

    file-28-Minister-of-Health-Khalid-Al-Falih.jpgJEDDAH: Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih said his ministry is taking practical steps to implement health insurance programs for citizens.

    He said that the number of beneficiaries of treatments through the ministry's health insurance program amounted to 9 million, of whom 3 million are Saudis.

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  • 3 Tips About Warm Weather and Schizophrenia

    Added On : 27th May 2015

    All hail the warm weather! We're coming out of what was, for a lot of us, an arctic chill-filled snowy daze.

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