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Antidepressant side effects reported more by patients with co-occurring panic disorder
Patients who take medication for depression report more side effects if they also suffer from panic disorder, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. (2017-01-03)

Team care doubles effectiveness of depression treatment for older adults
A new UCLA-led study shows that a team-care approach more than doubles the effectiveness of depression treatment for older adults in general medical settings. The findings appear in the Dec. 11 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2002-12-10)

LSD alters perception via serotonin receptors
Researchers from UZH have discovered how the perception of meaning changes in the brain under the influence of LSD. The serotonin 2A receptors are responsible for altered perception. This finding will help develop new courses of pharmacotherapy for psychiatric disorders such as depression, addictions or phobias. (2017-01-26)

Ecstasy associated with chronic change in brain function
Ecstasy -- the illegal (2011-05-03)

Fast-acting psychedelic associated with improvements in depression/anxiety
Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that use of the synthetic psychedelic 5-methocy-N,-N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) appears to be associated with unintended improvements in self-reported depression and anxiety when given in a ceremonial group setting. 5-MeO-DMT is a psychedelic that is found in the venom of Bufo Alvarius toads, in a variety of plants species, and can be produced synthetically. (2019-03-18)

Exercise: Psych patients' new primary prescription
A new study advocates for exercise as the primary method of treatment and intervention, rather than psychotropic medications, within inpatient psychiatric facilities. (2019-05-21)

New therapy for trauma survivors
A newly developed transdiagnostic psychotherapy, called the Common Elements Treatment Approach, is effective for reducing mental health symptoms among Burmese trauma survivors living in Thailand, according to a study published by Paul Bolton and colleagues from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and University of Washington, USA in this week's PLOS Medicine. (2014-11-11)

Antidepressant medication may prevent recurring depression in diabetics
The antidepressant sertraline may reduce the risk of recurrent depression and increase the period of time between episodes of depression in patients with diabetes, according to a study in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2006-05-01)

At what point does click-bait susceptibility become a mental health disorder?
A new study in Comprehensive Psychiatry, published by Elsevier, found that one third of a group of patients seeking treatment for buying-shopping disorder (BSD) also reported symptoms of addictive online shopping. These patients tended to be younger than the others in the study sample, experienced greater levels of anxiety and depression, and were likely to exhibit a higher severity of BSD symptoms. (2019-11-13)

Easing refugees' trauma with psychotherapy
They are suffering from nightmares, flashbacks, depression, or anxiety disorders: refugees coming to Germany from conflict areas are frequently traumatized. 'Realistic estimates state that up to 40 per cent of refugees have mental problems. Hence, for the period since 2015, we are talking about several hundred thousand people who are in real need of psychological support,' says Professor Dr. Frank Neuner from Bielefeld University. (2017-10-27)

Thirty years after anorexia onset, fewer ill than healthy
A study that started in 1985 followed some 50 people who had become anorexic in their teens. It shows that 30 years later, the majority were healthy but some had persistent eating disorders. The study, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, was carried out at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2019-05-27)

Study finds TV portrayals of mental health professionals influence willingness to seek therapy
It seems like there's an ever growing number of portrayals of mental health therapy sessions on network television. But all of these TV portrayals may actually make viewers less likely to seek psychological services themselves. That's according to a new study by three Iowa State University psychologists. (2008-05-01)

Youth pastors feel ill-equipped to help youths with mental health issues, Baylor study finds
Many mental health disorders first surface during adolescence, and college and youth pastors are in a good position to offer help or steer youths elsewhere to find it. But many of those pastors feel ill-prepared to recognize and treat mental illness, according to a Baylor University study. (2014-11-04)

New family care model aids at-risk families
Many families struggle on a day-to-day basis with insufficient in-home care or problematic out-of-home care for their emotionally or behaviorally troubled children and adolescents. Researchers have recently shown that an integrative family care model, which incorporates the strengths of external agencies and care providers, may be the answer. The latest issue of Family Process features this new model. (2009-08-31)

Research evaluates effectiveness of yoga in treating major depression
New research indicates that the benefits of hatha yoga in treating depression are less pronounced in early treatment, but may accumulate over time. (2017-05-08)

Don't worry, be happy - understanding mindfulness meditation
In times of stress, we're often encouraged to pause for a moment and simply be in the 'now.' This kind of mindfulness, an essential part of Buddhist and Indian Yoga traditions, has entered the mainstream as people try to find ways to combat stress and improve their quality of life. (2011-10-31)

Low-intensity exercise reduces fatigue symptoms by 65 percent, study finds
Sedentary people who regularly complain of fatigue can increase their energy levels by 20 percent and decrease their fatigue by 65 percent by engaging in regular, low intensity exercise, according to a new University of Georgia study. (2008-02-28)

Suffering in silence: two-thirds of older adults say they won't treat their depression
A new nationwide poll, the GeneSight Mental Health Monitor, shows that nearly two-thirds (61%) of Americans age 65 or older who have concerns about having depression will not seek treatment. In fact, nearly 1 in 3 (33%) seniors who are concerned they might be suffering from depression believe they can ''snap out'' of it on their own. (2020-11-16)

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