Blog Category: Mental health

MDD: Helpful Links & Resources

Psychiatry.org Access the Psychiatrist Locator to find a physician in your area specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. Read a helpful Q&A where expert psychiatrist Dr. Alan Gelenberg provides answers to common questions about depression from…

Americans Say They View Mental and Physical Health As Equally Important

A recent Harris Poll survey about attitudes toward mental health was conducted on behalf of the Anxiety and Depression Associations of America, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Over 2,000 US adults over 18 …

Adolescents, antidepressants and suicide

A meta-analysis of clinical trial data published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that risk for suicidal behavior is twice as likely when children and young adults who are diagnosed with depression are given antidepressants compared to placebo.  A …

Essential Components of First-Episode Psychosis Services

A study published in May 1st, 2013 Psychiatric Services identified essential evidence-based components of first-episode psychosis services. The research took place in two stages. First a systematic literature review, then, a consensus-building technique, the Delphi, was used with an international …

Nature Nurtures Creativity Without Electronic Devices

Adults and children have been spending more time interacting with media and technology and less time participating in activities in nature. There are ramifications of such a  life-style change not only for our physical well-being, but what impact does this …

Why People Perform Better After Receiving a Compliment

Japanese scientists have found scientific proof that people doing specific tasks appear to perform better when another person compliments them. There seems to be scientific validity behind the message ‘praise to encourage improvement’. [Read more…]…

In-Person and Electronic Interventions for Improving Adherence in Schizophrenia

Research published in October Schizophrenia Bulletin by Velligan and colleagues, evaluated adherence to oral medications in 142 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia living in the community. Three methods of assessment were used: 1) an in-person, weekly home visit; 2) an electronic …

The MAOA Gene Predicts Happiness in Women

Research published in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry demonstrates the association between happiness and monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) genotype. In women, low expression of MAOA was related significantly to greater happiness. In contrast, no such association was found in …

My Life as a Car: A Mental Wellness Guide

A unique approach to mental health & wellness for everyone is captured by a new book by Elaine Campbell, MD. Dr Campbell is a nurse who continued her education to medical school and psychiatry training. This gives her a unique …