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Elevated Testosterone Levels Linked to High Aggression in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

Testorone has a complicated relationship with Alzheimer’s Disease. Studies have found that having lower testosterone levels increased the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, said Dr. James Hall, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at UNT Health Science Center. Show More Summary

REVEALED: How Social Media Is Changing Our Brains And Reshaping Our Relationships

Social media is dominating most of our attention throughout the day. Yet, is it truly changing our face-to-face relationships? Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine reveals how social media is actually physically rewiring our brains. Show More Summary

Could playing Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' and other music improve kids' brains?

In a study called 'the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development,' a child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety.

This holiday, have kids play Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' and their brains may improve

Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart, finds a child psychiatry team. They say that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. read more

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/22/14

Today's Water Cooler: Selling volatility, widening effects of New York cop shooting, Corruption Fest, psychiatry and cateogories, Coca-Cola ends voice mail.

OCD patients' brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop

Misfiring of the brain's control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to researchers at the University of Cambridge, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry. read more

Enough is Enough Series #3: A Hallucinogen for depression?

Now we have the false promise that the hallucinogen Ketamine, street name - Special K - raises hope as a treatment for depression. This tells us how far afield, my field, psychiatry has really gone - that it is even a consideration to use an hallucinogen for the treatment of depression. read more

Psychiatry or Bust?

Over on the Neurotransmitting blog, Dr. Joseph Andrews, a 4th year psychiatry resident, writes about Where Psychiatry Sits With Medical Students and What We Can Do About it. He writes, in a good deal of detail, about the finances ofShow More Summary

The Medical Minute: Many Different Factors Can Trigger Holiday Depression

While the holidays are a time of merriment and festivities for many, some people struggle with depression during this time of year. Dr. Erika Saunders, interim chair of psychiatry at Penn State Hershey, says there are some distinct warning signs to watch for.

Experts call for faster mobilization of 'overlooked' survivors to contain Ebola epidemic

In an editorial published online today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, experts from the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York, are calling for survivors of the Ebola epidemic to be mobilised in a bid to hasten containment of the disease. read more

Early Results Indicate Potential for Focused Ultrasound to Treat OCD

A recently published report in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry supports the potential of focused ultrasound to treat certain patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Did Adnan do It?

I figured I'd join the bandwagon of bloggers talking about The Serial Podcast. I'm taking a break from psychiatry for the moment. If you haven't been listening, Sarah Koenig is orchestrating a year-long investigation into a 1999 murder. Show More Summary

My Big Fat Bipolar Pregnancy- feat. the perinatal psychiatry team and The Fear

Mental illness isn’t the bogeyman. I’ve been quite quiet here. It’s not as though I haven’t been trying. Those drafts were mostly interrupted by bouts of exhaustion and blankness. I’d tried to write something funny and light, but it felt quite forced. What’s prompting me to write today is the heartbreaking death of Charlotte Bevan and […]

My Big Fat Bipolar Pregnancy- feat. the perinatal psychiatry team

I’ve been quite quiet here. It’s not as though I haven’t been trying. Those drafts were mostly interrupted by bouts of exhaustion and blankness. I’d tried to write something funny and light, but it felt quite forced. What’s prompting me to write today is the heartbreaking death of Charlotte Bevan and her four day old daughter, […]

How powerful synthetic drugs will upend drug markets globally

Keith Humphreys is a professor and director of mental health policy in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry.   In a 2011 raid, Slovakian police seized over 4 kilograms of a powerful opioid; enough to cause over 2,000 fatal overdoses. But the opioid wasn’t heroin sourced from Afghanistan, Thailand, Iran or some other far away home […]

Do ‘typical’ sexual fantasies exist?

4 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Can we use unusual sexual fantasies to identify sexual deviancy? Is there a link between what people fantasize about and how they actually behave? Psychiatry’s two main diagnostic manuals list certain sexual interests – such as voyeurism, exhibitionism, fetishism, sadism and masochism –...

Follow-up on psychiatric disorders in young people after release from detention

Juvenile offenders with multiple psychiatric disorders when they are incarcerated in detention centers appear to be at high risk for disorders five years after detention, according to a report published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Psychiatric disorders are prevalent among juvenile detainees. However, far less is known about the young people after they leave detention. read more

Death With Dignity? Study Shows Friends and Family of People Dying in Assisted Suicide Suffer PTSD

In a way, this may be a hopeful sign. A study in European Psychiatry shows that 20% of close friends or family who witness assisted suicide develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From the study: Of the 85 participants, 13% met the criteria for full PTSD (cut-off?35), 6.5% met the criteria for subthreshold PTSD (cut-off?25), and 4.9% met the […]

Psychiatry Celebrates its Top-Ten Hits

In the current issue of the journal History of Psychiatry, Mark Micale, who teaches psychiatric history at the University of Illinois and is one of the most important international figures in the field, answers the question, “What have been the ten most important changes in psychiatry since World War II?” read more

Suicide Risk Drops 26% After Talk Therapy

last monthHealth : Healthland

Suicide is a problem with few concrete preventive solutions, but a new study in Lancet Psychiatry finds that intervening with talk therapy after a suicide attempt seems to have some amazing long-term effects. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health looked at data from about 65,000 people who had attempted suicide between 1992-2010…

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