Archive for April, 2007

Dealing with the Traumatic Aftermath

April 19th, 2007
VT
Psychologists and other mental health professionals are helping Virginia Tech students, faculty, family and friends in Blacksburg, VA deal with the traumatic aftermath of the deadly tragedy of April 16, 2007. These professionals are utilizing new techniques ...

Why Some Binge Eaters Are Lean

April 19th, 2007
Everyone seems to know individuals who binge eat, yet stay lean and conversely, individuals who ingest less than a thousand calories a day yet are obese. Scientists believe they are on the cusp of identifying how genetic and neurochemical processes produce a ...

Addicted to Pain-Killers?

April 19th, 2007
Addiction to prescription medications, especially prescribed painkillers, is a growing problem. A new study will evaluate if individuals addicted to opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, can effectively be treated with drug treatments currently used for heroin addiction. The addiction has become ...

Asthmatic Kids at Risk for Psychosocial Problems

April 19th, 2007
Until recently research on childhood asthma has centered on improving management of the disease. Scientists have now discovered a higher incidence of behavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression among asthmatic children. The accompanying mental health conditions can ...

Virginia Tech Killer Committed for Psychiatric Evaluation in 2005

April 18th, 2007
Cho Seung-Hui
Cho Seung-Hui, the murdering 23-year-old student from South Korea responsible for the deadliest shooting spree in modern U.S. history, apparently had a recent history of mental health issues, including a short stay at a psychiatric hospital in ...

Student Mental Health After Carnage

April 18th, 2007
According to experts, about 60 percent of Virginia Tech's students will bounce back with little or no psychological damage from the shootings that left 33 dead on April 16. Another 20 percent will suffer minor psychological problems. A final 20 percent are ...

Knowing Genetic Risk Lowers Anxiety

April 18th, 2007
Unraveling of the human genome has provided remarkable information on the genetic risk for disease. However, when an individual learns they are at high risk for a particular disease, say breast cancer, does this knowledge ease or heighten their stress and anxiety? ...

Antidepressants OK for Children and Teens

April 18th, 2007
Upon a review of 27 major studies, researchers are confident that antidepressants are safe and effective for treating anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and major depressive disorder in children and adolescents. The finding questions the controversial "black box" warnings placed on the ...

Medication for PTSD Sleep Problems

April 18th, 2007
According to experts, sleep disturbances associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are difficult to treat and can lead to drug and alcohol abuse and even suicide. A new study reports an inexpensive, widely available drug can help reduce symptoms in chronic ...

‘Chill Out’ Live Longer

April 17th, 2007
A benefit of the aging process long thought to improve quality of life, may in fact extend life. Purdue University researchers have shown that mellowing or decreasing neuroticisms, may help you live longer. Neurotic and non-neurotic men were compared over time and ...