Need treatment? Find help or get online counseling right now!

Brain Abnormality Linked to Hyperactivity Disorder

Brain Abnormality Linked to Hyperactivity Disorder

Brain scans of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder show abnormalities in the fiber pathways along which brain signals pass, scientists said on Monday.

The finding indicates the disorder may be more than just a chemical imbalance, they added.

Using an imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging, researchers found subtle anatomical differences in children diagnosed with ADHD that may affect communication between key areas of the brain -- the frontal cortex, basal ganglia, brain stem and cerebellum.

"These...
Continue Reading

Health Privacy at Taylor University

Health Privacy at Taylor University

Wow. Apparently Taylor University doesn't much care for how they handle the privacy of their students' healthcare records. Which appears to be in direct violation of the Federal privacy standards guaranteed by HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (definition). It's sad to read someone who has to deal with this from their own university,...
Continue Reading

Medical-Pot Fight Goes to Justices

Medical-Pot Fight Goes to Justices

Angel Raich, a 39-year-old mother of two, smokes marijuana eight times a day in her Oakland home.

She does it to relieve pain from a brain tumor and more than a dozen other maladies. And she does it with her doctor's blessing and the permission of the state of California, which allows medical patients to use the otherwise illegal weed if recommended by a physician.

Since 1996, California and 11 other states have passed laws that ease or eliminate sanctions for...
Continue Reading

Suicide victim’s wife sues maker of Zoloft

Suicide victim's wife sues maker of Zoloft

The wife of an Orlando suicide victim is suing Pfizer Inc. over its widely used antidepressant drug Zoloft, according to court records and the woman's lawyer.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in state Circuit Court in Orlando by attorney David Paul, alleges that the man committed suicide two weeks after his family physician prescribed the drug for him, according to a news release sent from Paul's office Tuesday...
Continue Reading

The Antidepressant Dilemma

The Antidepressant Dilemma (New York Times Magazine, free reg. req'd)

On June 30, 1997, the Millers took Matt to see Dr. Douglas Geenens, a child psychiatrist referred to them by Matt's primary-care physician. In addition to the doctor and the Millers, both Mark and Cheryl remember there being two other people in the room, who Dr. Geenens explained were his trainees. Matt sat silently for almost the entire 50-minute session. Cheryl did most of the talking, sketching out Matt's emotional deterioration since the start...
Continue Reading

Depression treatment boosts employee productivity

Depression treatment boosts employee productivity

High-quality care for depression can improve productivity at work and lower rates of workplace absenteeism, according to a new report.

A two-year program for depressed employees treated at 12 primary care practices nationwide improved productivity at work by an average of 6 percent, or an estimated annual value of $1,491 per depressed full-time employee. The program reduced absenteeism by 22 percent in two years, saving the companies an estimated $539 for each depressed full-time employee....
Continue Reading

Data support Americans’ sense of accelerating ‘time warp’; balance between work and family elusive

Data support Americans' sense of accelerating 'time warp'; balance between work and family elusive

While the work week, or hours spent working for pay by the average employee, has not significantly changed over the past 30 years, the demands of work and family are certainly colliding. According to research by sociologists, there is a growing split of the labor force into those squeezed by family and work time demands, usually at the top end of the pay scale, and those unable to find...
Continue Reading

University seeks recruits for Parkinson’s Disease study

University seeks recruits for Parkinson's Disease study

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are seeking people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) to help them better understand how mood-- particularly depression-- affects their symptoms. The study will investigate the way depression impacts on the thinking processes of those with PD, and look at how this mood disorder can be treated.

Research psychologist Anthoula Lioni said: " Depression is very common in people with PD and we believe that their problems with elaborate thinking processes -- for example,...
Continue Reading

Internet offers relief of holiday blues

Internet offers relief of holiday blues (Reuters via USA Today)

When the going gets tough at the stores this holiday season, the tough go shopping online. When life gets really tough, there's online therapy.

"I think it's invaluable this time of the year," said John Grohol, spokesman for International Society for Mental Health Online, which promotes the development of Web technology for the mental health...
Continue Reading

Rise in antidepressants for children

Rise in antidepressants for children

Doctors are prescribing more antidepressants for children and adolescents although there is little evidence about their safety or efficacy in youngsters, researchers say.

Prescription rates for young patients under 18 years old rose in nine countries in Europe, North America and South America between 2000-2002.

Britain had the highest rate of increase with 68 percent while Germany, with 13 percent, had the...
Continue Reading