Skip to Content

Join the 'Psychiatric Disorders' group to help and get support from people like you.

Psychiatric Disorders News

Related terms: Mental Illness

Health Tip: Why Exercise?

Posted 21 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Exercise helps more than just the waistline, and should be a part of every healthy person's life, the National Library of Medicine says. According to the agency, exercise: Helps control your weight. Reduces your risk of heart disease by strengthening the heart and improving your circulation. Helps lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Helps your body manage blood sugar and insulin, reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. May make it easier toquit smokingby reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Improves mental health and mood. Strengthens your bones and muscles. Helps improve sleep. Increases your chances of living longer. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Obesity, Weight Loss, Psychiatric Disorders

Creativity May Rely on 'Teamwork' in the Brain

Posted 2 days 20 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 – Scientists may have discovered what makes a creative mind tick: stronger connections among brain regions that usually work in opposition to each other. For eons, researchers have wondered what sets the da Vincis, Shakespeares and Einsteins apart. Results from this new study offer more evidence to debunk the popular notion that creativity is a "right brain" activity. "There's a lingering myth about the 'right brain' and 'left brain.' But creativity involves the whole brain," said Roger Beaty, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University who led the research. The study, of 163 young adults, found the most creative thinkers had greater "connectivity" across three brain areas: the default mode, salience network, and executive systems. The findings offer a clearer idea of exactly what happens in the brain during creative thinking. And it all makes sense, according ... Read more

Related support groups: Psychiatric Disorders, Diagnosis and Investigation

For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 – When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they're likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic illness and their parents, the study authors found anxiety disorders were most common. "Regardless of their condition, children with physical and mental health problems experience a significant decline in their quality of life within the first six months after receiving their diagnosis," said researcher Mark Ferro. The findings suggest a need for mental health services early on, said Ferro, a professor in the University of Waterloo School of Public Health and Health Systems. For the study, the investigators surveyed kids aged 6 to 16 within one month of learning they had asthma, food allergy, ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Epilepsy, Psychiatric Disorders, Diabetes Mellitus

Health Tip: 5 Ways to Increase Self-Confidence

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Do you have lingering feelings of self-doubt, insecurity and incompetence, despite evidence that you are skilled and successful? The American Psychological Association calls this "imposter syndrome." Here are the organization's suggestions for beating imposter syndrome: If all fingers point to your doing a great job at work, ignore any self-doubt. Stop feeling guilty and celebrate your success. Understand that many people feel this way. Even if you don't feel confident, pretend you do. Embrace your feelings, which should help you stay motivated. Keep learning and working hard. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Psychiatric Disorders

Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – Children whose families regularly eat meals together tend to have better social skills and fitness levels, researchers report. Family meals yield multiple physical and mental health benefits, according to the long-term Canadian study. "The presence of parents during mealtimes likely provides young children with firsthand social interaction, discussions of social issues and day-to-day concerns," explained study author Linda Pagani. At the family table, kids are learning prosocial interactions in a familiar and emotionally secure setting, added Pagani, a professor of pyschoeducation at the University of Montreal. "Experiencing positive forms of communication may likely help the child engage in better communication skills with people outside of the family unit," she said in a university news release. The researchers used data from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of ... Read more

Related support groups: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders

These Personality Traits May Help You Live Longer

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Stubbornness and optimism may be keys to a long life, a new study suggests. Researchers hunting for clues to longevity focused on nine remote villages in the Cilento region of southern Italy. There, hundreds of residents are older than 90. The study zeroed in on 29 of them, who ranged in age from 90 to 101. While these elders had poorer physical health than younger family members, they had better mental well-being, according to the study. "There have been a number of studies on very old adults, but they have mostly focused on genetics, rather than their mental health or personalities," said senior author Dr. Dilip Jeste. Jeste is a professor of psychiatry and neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. "The main themes that emerged from our study, and appear to be the unique features associated with better mental health of this ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Psychiatric Disorders

Mom's Childhood Trauma May Affect Daughter, Too

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – Mental illness caused by traumatic experiences in early childhood may be passed from mothers to their daughters, new research suggests. The study involved adults whose parents had been evacuated from Finland during World War II, when they were children. Many of the approximately 49,000 children evacuated from Finland from 1941 to 1945 were preschoolers. They were placed with foster families in Sweden. Besides being separated from their families, the children faced stresses such as adapting to their foster family and learning a new language. Then, when they returned to Finland, they had to readjust to Finnish society. The researchers found that the daughters of women who had been evacuated had the same increased risk for hospitalization for mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder as their mothers. The daughters of female evacuees were four times ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders

Trauma Takes a Toll on Half of U.S. Kids

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Nearly half of American children have faced at least one traumatic experience, such as the death of a parent, witnessing a violent crime or living with someone who is suicidal or abuses drugs or alcohol, new research reveals. These events can trigger high levels of stress, which can have serious and lasting effects on children's development, heath and overall well-being, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They noted, however, that effective parenting, supportive neighbors, involved schools and teaching kids how to be resilient can all help reduce these harmful effects. "Every child deserves a healthy start," said Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research. "A loving home, a good school, a safe neighborhood – these things are the foundation for a long and happy ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders

Homework as a Character-Builder

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Oct. 15, 2017 – Homework may do more than reinforce lessons that students learn in school each day. New research from Germany suggests it may have a positive effect on children's character, helping them become more conscientious. "Our results show that homework is not only relevant for school performance but also for personality development, provided that students put a lot of effort into their assignments," study author Richard Gollner, from the University of Tubingen, said in a university news release. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on 2,760 students, starting when they transitioned from fourth to fifth grade and then annually for the next three years. The youngsters answered questions about how well they did in their recent homework assignments, rated their efforts and reported on various measures of conscientiousness, such as neatness. The researchers found ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Psychiatric Disorders

Suicide Up in U.S., Rural America Hit Hardest

Posted 7 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – Suicide in the United States is on the upswing, with rural Americans more likely to take their own lives than residents of urban counties, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. "While we've seen many causes of death come down in recent years, suicide rates have increased more than 20 percent from 2001 to 2015. And this is especially concerning in rural areas," said CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald. "We need proven prevention efforts to help stop these deaths and the terrible pain and loss they cause," Fitzgerald said in an agency news release. Between 2001 and 2015, more than 500,000 people took their own lives in the United States. Rates in rural areas were consistently higher than those in cities across all age groups, with working-age adults (aged 35 to 64) most at risk, the new report revealed. Moreover, by 2015, suicide was the 10th ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders

Protecting Preemies From Stress Might Improve Later Mental Health

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Being born at an extremely low birth weight seems to increase the risk for developing mental health issues as an adult. But that risk can be lowered by lessening exposure to bullying and family stress during childhood and adolescence, new research suggests. This finding concerns premature babies born at 2.2 pounds or less. "We are concerned that being born really small and being exposed to all the stresses associated with preterm birth can lead to an amplification of normal stresses that predispose people to develop depression and anxiety later in life," said study author Ryan Van Lieshout. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. With support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the study team reviewed ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Premature Labor, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Americans More Open About Mental Health Issues, But Stigma Lingers

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Americans may be more willing to talk about mental health issues these days, but misperceptions and stigmas persist, a new survey finds. The survey, of more than 3,000 U.S. adults, found that 70 percent said they feel people are more open to discussing mental health compared with a decade ago. Most respondents also said they'd want to help a family member or friend struggling with depression or other mental health conditions. On the other hand, age-old misperceptions were still common. Many people, for example, thought that mental health disorders were at least partially driven by "personal failings." "That's certainly disappointing," said Dr. Don Mordecai, director of mental health and addiction medicine services at Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, Calif., which commissioned the poll. "These are true brain conditions," Mordecai said, "and we have to get away from ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Paranoid Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Severe Mood Dysregulation

Moving Just 1 Hour a Week May Curb Depression Risk

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Career couch potatoes, take heart: Just one hour a week of any kind of exercise may lower your long-term risk for depression, new research suggests. The finding comes from a fresh analysis of a Norwegian survey that tracked exercise habits, along with depression and anxiety risk, among nearly 34,000 adults. After a closer look at the data, a team of British, Australian and Norwegian analysts determined that people who engage in just an hour of exercise per week – regardless of intensity level – face a 44 percent lower risk for developing depression over the course of a decade than those who never exercise at all. "The key finding from this study is that doing even a small amount of regular exercise seems to protect adults against future depression," said study author Samuel Harvey. "This was not a case of more is better; the vast majority of the mental health ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, Psychiatric Disorders, Diagnosis and Investigation

U.S. Gun Injuries Nearing $3 Billion in ER, Hospital Costs

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – Nearly 705,000 people were treated for gunshot wounds in U.S. emergency departments between 2006 and 2014, at a cost of $2.8 billion a year, a new study says. The report's release comes one day after a lone gunman unleashed automatic rifle fire upon a crowd of country music concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people and injuring 500 more, making it one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. Gun-related deaths are the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, but detailed data on this major health issue are lacking, according to study author Dr. Faiz Gani, a research fellow at the Johns Hopkins Surgery Center for Outcomes Research in Baltimore. "Until people are aware of the problem's full extent, we can't have the best informed discussions to guide policy," he said in a Hopkins news release. The researchers reviewed U.S. ... Read more

Related support groups: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Agitation, Agitated State, Psychiatric Disorders, Aggressive Behavior

Looking at Laughter for Clues to Anti-Social Behavior

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – A child's inability to laugh with others could point to psychopathic behavior later, a new study suggests. Most people find it natural to join in when they see or hear others laughing, the researchers noted. But laughter isn't contagious for boys at risk of developing psychopathy later in life, the researchers found. "Those social cues that automatically give us pleasure or alert us to someone's distress do not register in the same way for these children," said lead author Essi Viding, of University College London in England. "That does not mean that these children are destined to become antisocial or dangerous; rather, these findings shed new light on why they often make different choices from their peers," Viding said. Until now, most studies have focused on how individuals with psychopathic traits process negative emotions and how their lack of response to ... Read more

Related support groups: Borderline Personality Disorder, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders, Aggressive Behavior

Page 1 2 3 ... Next

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Autism, view more... Agitation, Paranoid Disorder, Mental Retardation, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Neurosis, Aggressive Behavior, Dependent Personality Disorder, Eating Disorder