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.
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.
“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.
My psychiatric condition was (mis)treated as if it were independent of a malarial prophylactic called mefloquine that I had accidentally overdosed on by a single potent pill.
Up to three-quarters of those plagued by systemic lupus erythematosus endure neuropsychiatric symptoms. Research fellow Allison Bialas, PhD, worked with Michael Carroll, PhD at Boston’s Children’s Hospital to determine if changes in lupus patients’ immune systems are directly responsible for the symptoms of mental illness.
One year ago this month, two U.S. senators put forth a bill to remove the “D” in PTSD in declaring June’s awareness campaign. The move marked the fourth year in a row that the senators had proposed the bill and that the Senate had unanimously passed it.
For decades, this has been the paradigm for mental health care in this nation: intervention and treatment that come well after the illness has taken hold. Consequently, much of the conversation continues to revolve around crisis care.
UC scientists use artificial intelligence to accurately predict treatment outcomes for bipolar disorder
The artificial intelligence that can blow human pilots out of the sky in air-to-air combat accurately predicted treatment outcomes for bipolar disorder, according to a new medical study by the University of Cincinnati.
With a nationwide shortage of nearly 3,400 psychiatrists to meet the country’s mental health care needs, one emerging viable remedy is a model that incorporates the diagnosis and treatment of mild to moderate depression and anxiety into primary care practice.
Many people who die by suicide do not have a prior mental health diagnosis, which means that patients at an increased risk for self-harm are somehow being missed by the mainstream healthcare system. In an attempt to gain some insight into the disturbing rise in suicide rates and possible novel interventions, researchers examined whether there Read more
“We know that depression is a serious factor in any patient’s recovery,” said lead author Dr. Waguih William IsHak. “Adding a screening for depression seizes a golden opportunity to initiate and maintain treatment.”
If this idea that some people’s personalities render them more vulnerable is borne out by future research, it could allow help and support to be targeted at those likely to need it most. It also raises the interesting question of whether future mental health problems might be averted by helping youth to develop more resilient Read more
Last week the Supreme Court ruled that the law in Ireland prohibiting asylum seekers from working was “in principle” unconstitutional. I cheered silently when I read about this as a mark of recognition that at last the plight of this group of unfortunate people was about to change.
For the past decade, Eric has been in and out of hospitals, treatment centers and jails. Incarceration, his mother Patty says, made him distrust law enforcement.
In the next several decades, the health care community will have to prepare for sharply ramped-up service needs for older adults, including those with chronic mental conditions. In both younger and geriatric persons, bipolar disorder may be misdiagnosed or underdetected.