Genomewide association studies are the method of choice to identify genetic underpinnings of diseases that could make for new drug targets, which are a prerequisite for diagnostic tests. Depression, though, has been notoriously resistant to attempts to identify genetic risk factors.
There is no medical test that can provide a diagnosis of mental illness. A health care professional can do a number of things in an evaluation including a physical exam and long term monitoring to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. The diagnosis is an important tool for you and your doctor. Doctors and therapists use a diagnosis to advise you on treatment options and future health risks. Another reason a diagnosis matters is that it tells health insurance companies that you have a condition requiring medical care. A doctor’s diagnosis is also necessary to qualify for Social Security disability support or for job protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to a Government Accounting Office report from earlier this year, more than 57,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were discharged for misconduct from 2011 through 2015 though they had been diagnosed with a mental health condition in the two years before their discharges. veteran mental health
Hallucinating voices isn’t always distressing. While the experience is commonly associated with schizophrenia, some people hear voices that aren’t real without finding it upsetting or debilitating and in the absence of any of the other symptoms of psychosis, such as delusions or confusion.
Screening for Mental Health, best known for such events as National Depression Screening Day, is launching an effort Tuesday to disseminate a new questionnaire intended to detect the precursors of psychosis, the condition of suffering from delusions and hallucinations.
Ongoing advances in understanding the functional connections within the brain are producing exciting insights into how the brain circuits function together to support human behavior–and may lead to new discoveries in the development and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
A paper appearing recently in the peer-reviewed journal Comprehensive Psychiatry details a “radical” new method for diagnosing eating disorders that predicts 68 percent of people’s problems in psychological and social functioning due to eating-disorder features.
Samsung has announced a new VR-focused partnership with Gangam Severance Hospital in Seoul. The electronics giant will provide VR headsets and wearable devices to the hospital, while software developer FNI will create mental health diagnostic tools and interventions.
Those who study human behavior attribute hate speech more to deep personality issues than to a diagnosable mental illness. But they’re also intrigued by how the white supremacy movement is rebranding itself for the 21st century.
“Now that he has won the presidency, why wouldn’t he just ‘pivot’ and become more normal?” “Why would he say things in public that are destructive to him and the nation?” “Why stir things up unnecessarily?” “The chaos and incoherence are much worse than expected.”
The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have been fatally wounded by psychiatry, the very profession that once sustained it. It’s passing will not be mourned.
If “just seek help” is not followed by easily accessible and affordable services for people to attend once they’ve overcome the fear of disclosing a mental health issue, it’s meaningless. Treatment pathways can be expensive, convoluted and lengthy.
Dr. Breggin is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former Consultant at the National Institute ofMental Health (NIMH). He has been called “The Conscience of Psychiatry” for his many decades of successful efforts to reform the mental health field.
When discussing a public figure’s mental health, we need to ask whether we’re really engaging in scientific discourse or using medical terms to bolster a political argument. For those offering an armchair diagnosis of Trump, what purpose does a diagnosis serve?
Police, educators, paramedics and mental health professionals now have a new tool to help assess suicide risk in people and guide them to appropriate services. The screening tool, the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, will go into use starting Tuesday, Aug. 1, by a wide variety of local organizations.
The HHS is planning to launch a national evaluation to determine how prevalent mental illness is in the United States. Its results could lead to a seismic shift in the practice of medicine, clinicians say. The last time such an analysis was conducted was over a decade ago, according to the agency.
“We are realizing that there is a very big part of the diabetes that is also mental health. So there may be anxiety and depression associated with the diagnosis. We have a behavioral specialist who can address that and talk about how a patient is coping with the diagnosis, how their families are coping with Read more
A small Australian biotech has drawn big-name backers — including swimming superstar Michael Phelps — to its audacious goal: to develop a quick, cheap, and objective way to diagnose an array of mental illnesses. The tool would be a stunning breakthrough in the field of mental health — if it works.
Childhood adversity (ie, experiences of loss and/or abuse) is significantly associated with later onset of personality disorder and higher levels of psychiatric distress, according to a new study published in Personality and Mental Health.
Most of us know at least one person who has struggled with a bout of debilitating mental illness. Despite their familiarity, however, these kinds of episodes are typically considered unusual, and even shameful.
Do patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine? A growing movement says yes
This approach underlies a controversial international movement that raises fundamental questions about what it means to be mentally ill. The question at the heart of the debate: Do patients who hear voices have the right to direct their treatment, even if that means rejecting conventional therapies, such as psychiatric medication?
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – According to the National Institute of Mental Health, some of the disparities impacting minorities include limited access to services, underrepresentation in research, and inadequate care. In addition, over-diagnosis further marginalizes persons of color.
Billions of research dollars have been spent trying to locate the unique hidden cause of each mental disorder. The results have been spectacularly disappointing, not because mental health researchers are inept but because the causes of mental disorder are extremely complex.
Studies show that those who have major mental illnesses are much more prone to develop heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other medical illnesses, as well. With our health care system the way it is and headed the way it is headed, many of these folks may be treated for their depression, bipolar disorder or depression, Read more
The general features of autism are nearly identical to those of another heritable condition: schizophrenia. The pattern is so distinctive and so precisely matched that coincidence is unlikely. Also, the two conditions share genetic risk factors.
In a study featuring a group of American twins researchers found a link between perceived inequality and a variety of bodily stress responses. Such responses, when sustained over long periods of time, have been widely linked to a wide range of health problems.
Technology that compares your brain’s electrical activity to everyone else’s could revolutionize mental-health treatments—or worsen people’s obsessions with perfection.
The Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology is a revolutionary new strategy to approach mental health diagnoses and all of the complex problems involved in them. Since the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) was introduced, mental health diagnoses have been plagued by inconsistency and subjectivity.
Obstetrician-gynecologists can reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with mental health disorders in adolescents by early identification, prompt referral, and care coordination, according to a Committee Opinion published in the July issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to finding good treatments is that the physical causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are not known. Breaking research published this week in JAMA Psychiatry takes a look at the role of brain inflammation in OCD.