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People With Borderline Personality Disorder May Misinterpret Facial Emotions

Posted 23 May 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 23 – Symptoms of borderline personality disorder often mimic traits of other psychiatric disorders, complicating diagnosis and treatment. But researchers in Canada say they have identified a characteristic that may be unique to borderline personality disorder: a tendency to misinterpret emotions expressed by the face. "They have difficulty processing facial emotions and will see a negative emotion on a neutral face," said Anthony Ruocco, a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. "This is not seen in bipolar disorder or schizophrenia." Inaccuracies in recognizing anger, sadness, fear and disgust also were noted in Ruocco's recent study, with greater deficits related to anger and disgust. Although more research is needed to understand the brain mechanisms involved in these misperceptions and their significance, Ruocco called these ... Read more

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U.S. Sees Slowdown in Spending on Mental Health

Posted 5 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 4 – The amount of money spent on psychiatric drugs in the United States continues to grow but at a much slower rate than in previous years, a new federal government study has found. From 2004 to 2005, spending on psychiatric drugs rose 5.6 percent, compared with an increase of 27.3 percent between 1999 and 2000, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The agency's analysis of health-care costs from 1986 to 2005, the latest year comparable data is available, also found that spending on behavioral health accounts for a decreasing portion of overall health-care costs. Of the $1.85 trillion spent on all health-care services in the United States in 2005, behavioral health spending accounted for 7.3 percent ($135 billion). During the 20 years analyzed in the study, spending for mental health and substance abuse health care grew more slowly ... Read more

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For Many, Stigma of Mental Illness Lingers

Posted 24 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 – Persistent efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness haven't succeeded as well as hoped, suggesting that new strategies might be necessary. For decades, a number of organizations have been trying to persuade the public that mental illnesses such as depression, alcohol dependence and schizophrenia are neurobiological disorders, not just people behaving badly, hoping that harsh judgments would subside. Even drug ads unintentionally bolstered the view of the mentally ill as having "lifelong" or permanent problems, with their emphasis on science-focused explanations of the brain mechanisms behind some mental illness, claims a study appearing in the November issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. This study compared people's responses to vignettes describing individuals with mental illness in surveys conducted a decade apart, in 1996 and 2006. ... Read more

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Hospitalization Appears to Help Personality Disorder Patients

Posted 17 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 16 – Long-term symptom remission is common among patients after they've been hospitalized because of borderline personality disorder, says a new study. The disorder is characterized by chronic unhappiness, frequent changes in mood, irrational thoughts, impulsivity and unstable interpersonal relationships. The study included 290 patients who were evaluated every two years after their release from the hospital. After 10 years of follow-up, 86 percent of the patients had sustained remission of symptoms. While achieving concurrent symptom remission and good psychosocial functioning seems difficult for many borderline personality disorder patients, this recovery is relatively stable once it's attained, said Mary Zanarini and colleagues at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. The researchers suggested that treatment for borderline personality disorder should include a ... Read more

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