Psychological trauma is associated with an increased risk for lupus, a new study reports. Researchers studied 54,763 civilian women enrolled in a larger health study. Compared to women without trauma, women with post-traumatic stress disorder were almost three times as likely to have lupus.
Mind & Body
“Integrated health care” has become a mantra among mental health professionals, and for good reason. Understanding the relationship between physical and mental health, and coordinating the care of each, is vitally important. The stakes are high: one study has found that average life expectancy of men and women with schizophrenia is 15 years shorter and 12 years shorter, respectively, than the average for those who do not have the disease.
Marshall University has been awarded more than $850,000 in effort to increase the number of behavioral health providers serving underserved populations and people in rural areas. “Providing funding to enhance behavioral health workforce capacity is a worthwhile investment,” said Amy Saunders, director of Marshall’s Wellness Center.
Today, the Center for Place-Based Initiatives, an innovative program of the Department of Population Health in the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, issued its second Call for Ideas — inviting people from every part of the community to offer ideas for improving health in tangible ways.
We examine the impact of mental health based primary care on physical health treatment among community mental health center patients in New York State using propensity score adjusted difference in difference models.
Research shows that we can be more irritable and easily frustrated with lack of sleep. We may have a short-temper and perceive our experiences with increased fear and worry. We may also suffer cognitive deficits and memory problems.
Dispelling stigmas associated with therapy and counseling — like that you have to have amental illness to go — will allow students to get help for symptoms or problems that aren’t diagnosable as disorders. It should especially encourage students to learn essential coping skills.
Too often, dread-full, sickening sensations drive clients to the instant relief of medication. What they should be told is that the right psychotherapy, which teaches them to control their own anxiety, will offer relief from anxiety in a matter of weeks—about the same amount of time it takes for an SSRI to become effective.
The University of the Incarnate Word was one of two Texas universities to receive Hogg Foundation funding to address social determinants of health. Instead of treating a disease, osteopathic medicine aims to delve deeper, looking into family culture, background, living circumstances and work.
People with mental illness often experience difficulty getting the health care that they need, and available medications don’t always provide satisfactory effects. For this and other reasons, many individuals coping with mental health issues seek alternative approaches to healing, including yoga.
Earlier this year, when Emily Chodos was about 25 weeks into her pregnancy, she woke up one night feeling horrible. “My hands were tremoring, my heart racing,” recalls Chodos, who lives near New Haven, Conn. She couldn’t take a deep breath.”
A quarter of first responders suffer from depression, according to preliminary results from an ongoing study from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The study aims to gather information about how firefighters and emergency medical technicians view mental health services.
Vagus nerve stimulation is part of a burgeoning field called “bioelectronics” or “electroceuticals” that uses clinically-tested devices to “hack” into the body’s nervous system to improve psychological and physical well-being.
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.
We can use Australian Rules Football to boost school attendance and improve mental health in Indigenous communities
Our report, After the Siren: The community benefits of Indigenous participation in Australia Rules Football (AFL) found Indigenous children who participate in AFL have better physical and mental health than those who don’t. Children who played football were 6% less likely to be assessed as having learning difficulties due to health issues.
A conference held in conjunction with Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day drew mental health professionals and lay people to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital where they learned about the biology of the suicidal brain, how genetics are involved, and ways one can support a deeply depressed individual.
Despite its promise, it has been a slow process for shared decision-making to be accepted in the mental health field relative to other areas of medicine. Provider-dominated decision making characterizes many psychiatric consultations.
Loneliness is hazardous to your health—and more psychologists and doctors are calling for a public-health campaign to fight it. “This has been underappreciated in the past,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, “but cumulative data over hundreds of studies with millions of participants provides robust evidence of the Read more
Most people – including most physicians — think of pain as a physical symptom, but science reveals that emotions also play a big role. In other words – psychology is integral to the pain experience, and it can make it better or worse.
The idea, explained Dr. Benjamin Maxwell, Rady’s director of child and adolescent services, is to create a separate space for the exploding number of children who are walking through the hospital’s doors with urgent mental health needs.
Loneliness and depression are the new killers. In fact, recent studies show that either one (or both) can be more dangerous to your life than obesity or using tobacco products.
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.
It is thought to be the largest ever randomised controlled trial of a psychological treatment for mental health and the first study large enough to determine the effects of treating insomnia on psychotic experiences.
Watching a movie or a play, or looking at a painting, can significantly increase mental and physical health and quality of life for Singaporeans aged 50 and above, according to a new survey.
Without integrated care and intersectoral collaboration, it will continue to be difficult to prevent suicide in people with substance use disorders.
Height can be an independent predictor of your risk for venous thromboembolism, or VTE, also known as blood clots, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.
I was lucky enough to speak with Golzar Selbe Naghshineh about how and why she started Network for the Advancement of Perinatal Support (NAPS) and to get the scoop on how the program works. Inspired by her extensive experience as a postpartum doula, Golzar started NAPS following an experience supporting a mom with postpartum depression.
After making it through the maelstrom of middle age, many adults find themselves approaching older age wondering “what will give purpose to my life?” now that the kids have flown the nest and retirement is in the cards. How they answer the question can have significant implications for their health.
“Emergency physicians are trained to treat life- and limb-threatening emergencies, making it inefficient for patients with mental health, substance abuse, or dental disorders to be treated in this setting,” say Renee Hsia, MD, and Matthew Niedzwiecki, PhD.