Category psychiatry

पागलपन क्या है

पागलपन क्या है? एक प्रकार का पागलपन एक गंभीर मानसिक बीमारी है. इस बीमारी से लोग परेशान है और बेतरतीब सोच, भाषा, और व्यवहार. वे देखते हैं, सुनने के लिए, हो सकता है, या चीजें हैं जो वास्तव में वहाँ नहीं कर रहे हैं लग रहा है. कभी कभी एक प्रकार का पागलपन के साथ […]

doctor-heal thyself

ew Delhi: The white coat, those knowing eyes, that reassuring voice when in pain, a mere glimpse of a doctor puts us at ease. Little does one realise that their back-breaking schedule, odd working hours and “emotional labour” during patient care sometimes takes a toll on doctors’ health, pushing them to seek help themselves. Dr […]

Prescription Drug Charges

Prescription drug abuse is a high priority for local and federal law enforcement. Because prescription drug overdose is the leading cause  of accidental death in the United States, officials are taking prescription drug crimes more seriously now than ever. This means if you are caught with a prescription drug charge, you could be facing serious […]

9 Things To Do Or Say When A Loved One Talks About Taking Their Life

 By Lisa Esposito for US News Caring is key to your response. This is what you should do if someone you know talks about taking their life. Take people seriously and let them know you care. When someone tells you he’s thought of suicide, it’s scary. Or when a friend confides she’s an attempt survivor, […]

Comparison of Low and Moderate Dosages of Extended-Release Quetiapine in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Objective: The authors compared the efficacy and tolerability of low and moderate dosages of extended-release quetiapine in adults with borderline personality disorder. Method: Ninety-five participants with DSM-IV borderline personality disorder were randomly assigned to receive 150 mg/day of quetiapine (the low-dosage group; N=33), 300 mg/day of quetiapine (the moderate-dosage group; N=33), or placebo (N=29). Total […]

Why is it so hard to see a psychiatrist?

  Getting psychiatric care in the United States is a lot harder than it should be. Patients around the country are having a hard time booking appointments for outpatient care, and face significant hurdles when it comes to receiving inpatient psychiatric care. Why is this the case? This largely because there just aren’t enough psychiatrists […]

Study Probes Neuroscience of Bipolar Risk-Taking

By JANE COLLINGWOOD Associate News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 10, 2014 Researchers are beginning to discover some of the reasons whybipolar disorder can cause people to engage in risky behavior. The condition involves fluctuatingdepression and mania. In the manic stage, the patient often feels intense excitement and irritability, which can […]

Doctors often struggle to show compassion while dealing with patients

I was standing at my patient’s bedside. Mike Venata was having chills with a temperature of 103. Sweat covered his balding scalp like dew, then coalesced and rolled down past his staring eyes. Just 20 minutes earlier, a specialist had informed him that he hadmetastatic pancreatic cancer and could expect to live less than six months. […]

How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind

Stress is affecting your brain much more than you think. Sure, you’ve experienced the distraction, forgetfulness, negativity or anxiety that comes from stressful situations, but did you know it’s also shrinking your brain? Hormones released in response to stress not only affect brain function, they also change the physical structure of your brain. The stress […]

Psychiatrist Describes Recent Trends in Drug Abuse and Medications to Treat Addiction

Both recent trends in illicit drug use in the United States and pharmacotherapies that clinicians can use to treat certain substance use disorders, such as opioid dependence, were the focus of a symposium at APA’s Institute on Psychiatric Services in San Francisco, which ended Sunday. “For a while, until 2000, the United States was seeing a marked decrease […]

 Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Figures of Speech

Once every five minutes, someone somewhere says they’re “sooo OCD” about sorting emails, using Purell during flu season, or wearing day-of-the-week underwear on the correct days. This statistic is made up, but it is certainly true that OCD, the acronym for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is often misappropriated as a synonym for orderly, clean or nitpicking. […]

Research Suggests That Psychiatric Interventions Like Admission to a Mental Facility Could Increase Suicide Risk

October 23, 2014  | One of the most provocative studies of suicide ever done was published in the September edition of the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. It appeared shortly after Robin Williams’ suicide, and shortly before the World Health Organization’s World Suicide Prevention Day. Both of those events received widespread media attention, but […]

Understanding Adolescents With Borderline Personality Traits

By TÁMARA HILL, MS   Photo by vanessa_hutd Are you the parent, grandparent, or family member of a teen or pre-teen who exhibits an inability to control their impulses, emotional reactions, behaviors, aggression, suicidal thoughts, self-injurious behaviors, and anger? Is the behavior so extreme that you are afraid to discuss minor issues for fear of […]

Aberrant Face and Gaze Habituation in Fragile X Syndrome

In the present study, we investigated neural system habituation to eye gaze in individuals with fragile X syndrome compared with individuals group-matched for sex, intellectual functioning, autism symptoms, and adaptive behavior. Our primary result reveals less neural habituation in individuals with fragile X syndrome in response to all facial stimuli (direct gaze + averted gaze), […]

How to improve outcomes in prolonged grief

Prolonged grief refers to abnormal grief with persistent yearning for the deceased, associated emotional pain, difficulty in accepting the death, a sense of meaninglessness, bitterness about the de ath, and difficulty in engaging in new activities. It is considered to be present if these symptoms have persisted at least six months after the death. Prolonged […]

Emotional Self-Awareness Is A Key Factor In Anger Management

Oct 17 2014 The first step in improving competence in Emotional Intelligence is developing emotional self-awareness. It is generally agreed that all other emotional intelligence skills are based on recognizing and using emotional self-awareness to select the best response to situations that occur on a daily basis. It is generally agreed that anger is a […]

suicidal thoughts

A groundbreaking study will help researchers learn more about ways to treat people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Nearly 20,000 patients will be able to participate in a trial that draws from other successful interventions for depression and suicide. One of the treatments being tested was developed with the help of other patients. Each year, over 9 […]

5 Of The Most Helpful Things You Can Say To Someone With Anxiety

For those who haven’t been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it might be difficult to truly comprehend what’s going on inside the mind of the 40 million American adultswho live with the condition. What exactly do you say to a loved one who is feeling extreme stress? How do you make them feel better if […]

Retreat Not Defeat: Self-Stigma and Mental Health

I have been stable for the past four years, but now my bipolar disorder has resurfaced. It could have been triggered by stress, meds or the weather change — or equal parts of all of these things — but the reality is that I’m unwell. Saturday highlighted this, as I was in a full hypomanic […]

indian mental health policy

The union health ministry on Friday launched the country’s first ever mental health policy to provide access to good quality treatment to mentally ill people with the focus on those living in poverty. The policy, launched by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, is backed up by the “Mental Health Action Plan 365” which spells out […]

Persistent genital arousal disorder

Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), originally called persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS) and also known as restless genital syndrome (ReGS or RGS), results in a spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal in women, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire. It was first documented by Dr. Sandra Leiblum and […]

What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like

The Huffington Post  | By Sarah Klein About 2.6 percent of American adults — nearly 6 million people — have bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). But the disease, characterized by significant and severe mood changes, is still dangerously misunderstood. Bipolar disorder is vastly different from the normal ups and […]

a blood test to diagnose depression in adults

A group of Northwestern University professors and researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose depression in adults, the school revealed in a study set to be published today. But the discovery does not mean the test can be offered to the public just yet, officials said. Depression is one of the most difficult mental […]

Schizophrenia is eight different diseases, not one

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY1:06 p.m. EDT September 15, 2014 (Photo: PhotoDisc) New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms. The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to […]

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder: A New Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Irritability in Youth

An 8-year-old boy with frequent temper outbursts is evaluated. ”Dillon,” an 8-year-old boy living with his parents and his younger brother, was evaluated because his parents were at their “wits’ end” regarding how to handle his explosive outbursts, which were occurring several times a day. Ms. A, Dillon’s mother, stated, “It has gotten to the […]

Direct Effect of Sunshine on Suicide

Benjamin Vyssoki, MD1; Nestor D. Kapusta, MD, PhD2; Nicole Praschak-Rieder, MD, PhD1; Georg Dorffner, PhD3; Matthaeus Willeit, MD, PhD1 [+] Author Affiliations JAMA Psychiatry. Published online September 10, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.1198 Importance  It has been observed that suicidal behavior is influenced by sunshine and follows a seasonal pattern. However, seasons bring about changes in several other meteorological factors and a seasonal rhythm in social behavior may […]

Listen up, doctors: Here’s how to talk to your patients

Introduction It is said that over 80% of diagnoses are made on history alone, a further 5-10% on examination and the remainder on investigation.[1] Whether this adage is true or not may be open to debate but it is clear that history and examination skills remain at the very core of clinical practice. This record […]

meditation and mindfulness

MBCT courses are proliferating across the UK – but research in the US found some who practised some types of Buddhist meditation were assailed by traumatic memories and impairment in social relationships. Photograph: Luis Alvarez/Getty Images/Vetta In a first floor room above a gridlocked London street, 20 strangers shuffle on to mats and cushions. There’s […]

Ketamine antidepressant effect

Ketamine, an injectable anesthetic that has been shown to exert a rapid but short-lived antidepressant effect, may reduce suicidal ideation independently of a reduction in depressive symptoms, new research suggests. Investigators at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, distinguished the relationship of ketamine to reduced suicidal thoughts from its effect on depression […]

How to “Bully-Proof” Kids

    By Gariane Phillips Gunter, M.D.  Do you think October’s national anti-bullying campaign was successful in stopping bullies? The Washington Postrecently blogged about our country having a hard time defining bullying among kids. So, what can we, as parents, do to protect our children and teens? Here are some tips for “bully-proofing” your kids: Distinguish between events […]

How Psychotherapy Changes the Brain

By Serina Deen, MDMPH When I first see patients for evaluation, they often tell me that they’ve debated starting a “biological” treatment such as medication, versus a “psychological” treatment such as psychotherapy. I’m happy to report that as brain imaging technology advances, we’re finding that this distinction may be obsolete. Psychotherapy is also “biological” in […]

Teach Teens and (Yourself!) how to W.A.I.T

By Tristan Gorrindo, M.D. By now, over 80 percent of teens have an account with Facebook, Twitter, or some other social networking site. A common feature on almost all of these sites is the ability to share with your friends whatever is on your mind. Commonly these posts appear on a “wall” or other profile […]

What to expect for your first visit with your psychiatrist

By David Goldsmith, M.D., & Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. Follow @VahabzadehMD Resident Psychiatrists, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine Your Psychiatrist’s Training A psychiatrist is a physician who is specially trained to diagnose and treat people who are experiencing a wide range of issues, from emotional distress to more severe mental health concerns. […]

vitamin D deficiencies & Alzheimer’s disease

People with moderate-to-severe vitamin D deficiencies are significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia than those who have an adequate supply of the vitamin in their body, a new study has found. Researchers, led by David J. Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, found that adults who suffered […]

The Long-Term Effects of Conventional and Atypical Antipsychotics in Patients With Probable Alzheimer’s Disease

his large longitudinal observational study revealed that a higher proportion of patients exposed to antipsychotic medications, especially conventional antipsychotics, were admitted to a nursing home or died compared with those who never took these medications. However, in time-dependent statistical models, these associations were no longer present after we adjusted for the symptoms for which the […]


Posted on July 26, 2014by artsmuklermd “Yo Dumplin. I’m home,” I called, swaggering into our ranch house. I swaggered because my sidearm, a Colt 45, weighed heavy on my right hip and made me walk funny. “My hero,” Dumplin said, smiling, and dressed in a black bustier and long white skirt. “100,000 followers tweeted that […]

difference between inpatient and day clinic therapy for depression

  In a pilot study, German researchers investigated whether inpatient treatment of depression is more successful than treatment in a day clinic. However, no significant differences were found, they report in “Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics”. The study, carried out by the University of Heidelberg, involved 44 patients with major symptoms of depression. They were randomised to […]


Current treatment options for depression, including drugs and brain stimulation procedures such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) are effective but some time is needed before their effect kicks in. US researchers have now discovered that low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) is just as effective and improves symptoms immediately. Scientists from Harvard […]

preschool depression

The study findings demonstrate that preschool depression was a significant and robust predictor of meeting full DSM-5 criteria for major depressive disorder in later childhood and early adolescence (i.e., at ages 6–13). The predictive power of preschool depression for school-age depression remained strong and undiminished even when other key environmental and familial risk factors were […]

effects of bullying

Dan Olweus (32) was the first to examine the lasting effects of bullying, demonstrating that young male victims were more depressed and had lower self-esteem in early adulthood than their nonbullied peers. Twenty years later, our study, using data from a large prospective British birth cohort, shows that being bullied in childhood retains associations with […]

lithium and pregnancy

In this prospective, observational comparative cohort study, 183 lithium-exposed pregnancies were followed up by the Israeli Teratology Information Service. First-trimester lithium exposure was associated with an increased risk (adjusted odds ratio=4.75 [95% CI=1.11–20.36]) of cardiovascular anomalies compared with nonteratogenic exposure. However, there were results that fell short of statistical significance for higher overall risk of […]

Dual reuptake inhibitors incur lower rates of tachyphylaxis than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: a retrospective study.

BACKGROUND: The notion that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be associated with higher relapse rates than other antidepressants during maintenance treatment (tachyphylaxis) has been discussed for years, but to date there is little or no empirical evidence confirming this phenomenon. In this study, we systematically assessed prior anti-depressant treatment history in a cohort of depressed patients […]

Evidence-Based Treatments of Addiction

Charles P. O’Brien FOCUS 2011;9:107-117.   Both pharmacotherapy and behavioural treatment are required to relieve the symptoms of addictive disorders. This paper reviews the evidence for the benefits of pharmacotherapy and discusses mechanisms where possible. Animal models of addiction have led to some medications that are effective in reducing symptoms and improving function but they […]

Association of Western and Traditional Diets With Depression and Anxiety in Women

In this cross-sectional population-based study examining the association between diet and the high-prevalence mental disorders, the hypothesized association between habitual diet quality and these disorders was largely supported by the data. A dietary pattern comprising vegetables, fruit, beef, lamb, fish, and whole-grain foods (traditional) was associated with a lower likelihood of depressive and anxiety disorders, […]

quetiapine and BPD

Quetiapine Appears Effective in Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Study Finds A new study, “Comparison of Low and Moderate Dosages of Extended-Release Quetiapine in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial,” in AJP in Advance provides evidence for the antipsychotic quetiapine’s use as a potential therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD). A research team led by Donald […]


Nobody ever claimed a visit to the doctor was a pleasant way to pass the time. But if you’re timid about diving onto a psychiatrist’s couch or paranoid about popping pills, remember: It could be worse. Like getting-a-hole-drilled-into-your-skull worse. Or having-a-doctor-infect-you-with-malaria-to-cure-you worse. Think of it this way. After finding out what’s not going to happen […]

Continuing the Conversation about Choosing Wisely: The American Psychiatric Association Releases List of Five Uses of Psychiatric Medication to Question

  Joel Yager, MD, Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine Chair of the APA Council on Quality Care   Recently the APA released a list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in Psychiatry as part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, led by the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five specific evidence-based recommendations that can […]

Neurobiology of Religious Terrorism

Neurobiology of Religious Terrorism Todd Murphy, Researching Behavioral Neuroscientist HOME | E-MAIL Understanding the mind of a suicidal terrorist is a special challenge in psychology. Not only do their actions show a highly aggressive personality, but their motivations seem to outweigh even the imperative for self-preservation. The profile of the suicide bomber is not at all simple. […]

income of psychiatrists

With an average annual income of $197,000, psychiatrists rank 6th from the bottom in earnings compared with other specialists, but they are rich in optimism, according to Medscape Psychiatrist Compensation Report 2014. As in other years, orthopedists are the earning leaders, followed by cardiologists. Urologists and gastroenterologists are tied for third place. The lowest earners […]

causes (and treatments) for depression

New research reveals a wider variety of causes (and treatments) for depression than ever before. People who experience depression are usually more focused on treating the condition than finding its cause. But new research is beginning to shed light on both the triggers for depression and how to alleviate it. Depression affects one in 10 Americans at some point in […]