Mind & Body

Da Vinci's Vetruvian Man

“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.

Relationship Between Mental Health Diagnoses and Physical Diseases in Adolescents

A new study investigates the relationship between the time of onset of mental and physical health diagnoses in adolescents. The results of the national cohort study indicate that some mental health diagnoses may be risk factors for certain physical diseases. Results also suggest that some physical diseases may put adolescents at risk for mental health Read more

Scarcity Of Mental Health Care Means Patients — Especially Kids — Land In ER

By Shefali Luthra On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary school children who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety. Though she does her best, she doesn’t consider herself qualified to treat them at the level Read more

Why a lack of sleep makes us depressed … and what we can do about it

Alice M. Gregory, Goldsmiths, University of London Historically, insomnia has been thought of as secondary to other disorders such as depression. The idea was that you became depressed – and that your sleep got messed up as a consequence. This might involve difficulty falling asleep, excessive time awake at night or waking up earlier than Read more

When The Blues Won’t Let You Be

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News LOS ANGELES — Rini Kramer-Carter has tried everything to pull herself out of her dark emotional hole: individual therapy, support groups, tai chi and numerous antidepressants. The 73-year-old musician rattles off the list: Prozac, Cymbalta, Lexapro. “I’ve been on a bunch,” she said. “I still cry all the time.” Read more

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