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Guns, Mental Illness, and Newtown Revisited

Guns, Mental Illness, and Newtown Revisited

It has now been six months since the December 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that took 26 lives – in addition to the shooter, Adam Lanza, who committed suicide; and his mother, murdered by Lanza at their Newtown home just minutes before beginning his rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the wake of the shooting, much discussion has taken place regarding the roles gun access and mental illness played in Adam Lanza’s … Read entire article »

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Celebrity Rehab: The Curse of Addiction

  The recent suicide of country singer Mindy McCready is shining a dark spotlight on the VH1 reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. McCready became the fifth celebrity cast member out of the 39 who have appeared on the show to die. Her death reignited debate about and criticism of the show and its value to the recovery process. Many see the show as exploitative of people in recovery and turning their addictions into mindless entertainment. It’s difficult to argue with those criticisms, though the show’s value in portraying the horrors of drug and alcohol dependency and helping its participants overcome their addictions is more debatable. Whether Celebrity Rehab has redeeming qualities and serves as a vehicle to educate its viewers or is simply an exercise in mass media exploitation, it hardly … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Celebrity News

Exposure to Conflict of Interest Polices has a Powerful Effect on Psychiatrists

  In a first of its kind study, researchers have found that psychiatrists who are exposed to conflict-of-interest (COI) policies regarding pharmaceutical companies during residency training are significantly less likely to prescribe brand-name antidepressants to their patients than those whose residencies did not include such policies. The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Yale School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, involved the analysis of prescriptions written in 2009 by the 1,652 psychiatrists who participated in 162 different residency programs. The data was obtained from IMS (Intercontinental Medical Statistics) Health, a company that provides information, services, and technology to the healthcare industry. Nearly half of the participants in the study completed their residencies in 2001, before conflict-of-interest training policies had been adopted. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research, Uncategorized

Degree of Closeness in Relationships Less Important Than One Might Think

  While conventional wisdom dictates that the quality of a romantic relationship is directly tied to the level of closeness the couple experiences, a new study shows that it might be more complicated then that. Researchers have found that it’s not how close a person feels to his or her partner that determines the quality of the relationship. Instead, it’s the level of satisfaction each partner feels about the degree of closeness in the relationship that matters most. “Our study found that people who yearn for a more intimate partnership and people who crave more distance are equally at risk for having a problematic relationship,” the study’s lead author, David M. Frost, PhD, a psychologist and professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, told Science Daily … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships

Legal Drinking Age Linked to Binge Drinking

  People who grew up in U.S. states where the legal drinking age was under 21 are more likely to become binge drinkers later in life, according to a new study by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers tracked the long-term drinking habits of more than 39,000 people who began drinking alcohol in the 1970’s and found that people who lived in states that had the lowest minimum drinking ages were no more likely to consume larger quantities of alcohol or drink with greater frequency than those in states where the drinking age was 21. When they did drink, however, they tended to drink more heavily. “It wasn’t just that lower minimum drinking ages had a negative impact on people when they were young,” stated first author Andrew … Read entire article »

Filed under: Research, Substance Abuse

Marijuana Linked to Stroke in Young People

  While marijuana has long been promoted as one of the more benign recreational drugs, evidence is mounting that this conception may be fallacious. A recent study from the University of Auckland in New Zealand has been presented in Honolulu at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013 linking marijuana use to stroke in young people. The researchers involved in the study reviewed the urine samples of 160 ischemic stroke/TIA patients between the ages of 18 and 55 (average age: 45) and found that they were more than twice as likely to have smoked marijuana in the recent past as the control group subjects. Ischemic strokes occur when there is an obstruction in a blood vessel supplying oxygen to the brain, while TIAs (transient ischemic attacks), often called “mini strokes,” involve a … Read entire article »

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Study Maps Brain Activity in People with Borderline Personality Disorder

  New research published in the journal Biological Psychiatry is shedding light into the patterns of brain activity of people with borderline personality disorder, suggesting a biological basis for the emotional dysregulation experienced by people with the disorder. Neuropsychologist Dr. Anthony Ruocco at the University of Toronto, along with his colleagues, have identified heightened activity in the region of the brain that processes negative experiences and reduced activity among the brain circuits responsible for suppressing those emotions once processed.  In a nutshell, people with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, seem to possess a significantly less effective protective shield against emotionally challenging experiences than people without the disorder. Borderline personality disorder is an Axis II mental disorder characterized by intense mood swings, black and white thinking, unstable and often chaotic interpersonal relationships, self-harm (including … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Research

Prescription Painkillers Second to Marijuana in Abuse Rates

  A new government report states that prescription drug abuse is now second only to marijuana in rates of abuse in the United States. According to report, based on a survey of approximately 67,500 people and issued by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), some 22 million Americans have abused prescription since 2002. Commenting on the report, Dr. G. Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, said, “The public health community has begun to recognize the scope of the epidemic. “One of the factors that has contributed to the epidemic are well-intentioned efforts to try to improve the identification and treatment of patients with pain.” In an interview with reporter Steven Reinberg of HealthDay, SAMHSA director of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Substance Abuse

Tricyclic Antidepressants

  Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are a class of antidepressant used to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia, among other conditions and disorders.  Though still widely used to treat some conditions, they have fallen out of favor in recent years, largely replaced by newer antidepressants that cause fewer and less severe side effects.  Nonetheless, TCAs can be very effective in treating depression and anxiety when other options have failed. Dr. Annette Ogbru, a medical author for the WebMD network, lists the following TCAs as having been approved for use in the United States: amitriptyline (Elavil) amoxapine (Amoxapine) clomipramine (Anafranil) desipramine (Norpramin) doxepin (Sinequan) imipramine (Tofranil) nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl) protriptyline (Vivactil) trimipramine (Surmontil)   Among the many conditions TCAs have been used to treat, as listed by the website, are the following: ADHD Anxiety Bulimia Burning Mouth Syndrome Chronic Myofascial Pain Chronic Itchiness Coughing Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Depression Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Dysautonomia Dysthymia Fibromyalgia Hyperhidrosis Insomnia Interstitial Cystitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Migraine … Read entire article »

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Experimental Drug Mimics Effects of Lithium in Bipolar Patients

  British researchers have developed a new drug to be used to treat bipolar disorder that appears to have most of the same properties as lithium without the side effects that often come with that drug. The drug, called ebselen, could be “repurposed,” meaning it might be used to treat conditions other those it was originally intended for.  Ebselen has long been used to treat ischemic stroke, and may be effective in treating tuberculosis and ulcers as well. According to Grant Churchill of the department of pharmacology at Britain’s Oxford University, “Ebselen is an experimental drug that has been tested in people for other conditions, and does not have problematic side effects like lithium does.” He went on to say that he and his team gave mice used in the experiment small doses of … Read entire article »

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