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A Political Debate On Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A Political Debate On Stress Disorder

The chickens are coming home to roost for the Bush Administration as it begins to see the indirect costs of fighting "quick" conflicts overseas -- conflicts that linger on and on and on. Guess what they found? The more soldiers you send to combat, the more they end up with trauma-related mental disorders, such as PTSD. And lo and behold, PTSD is expensive to treat.

So, normally when faced with a problem where a lot of people...
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About 1 in 10 US teens face major depression

About 1 in 10 US teens face major depression

Nearly one in 10 American teenagers experienced major depression last year and fewer than half were treated, according to government statistics released on Thursday that doctors say confirm the problem is still overlooked among young people.

Overall, 9 percent of teenagers, or million, were depressed, with older teens more at risk than their younger peers, said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA.

About 12 percent of youths aged 16 or 17 faced...
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A Sudden Shift in Moods – Cyclothymic Disorder

A Sudden Shift in Moods

The Washington Post has an informative article about cyclothymic disorder. This disorder is basically a milder, longer-term form of mild bipolar disorder (bipolar II disorder), and often gets little of the attention slathered in bipolar disorder. Yet it still ends up affecting over 2 million Americans each and every year.

Cyclothymic disorder, as it is sometimes known, is a milder cousin of bipolar disorder. Like bipolar disorder, cyclothymia has high and low phases, though the highs are not as...
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Impulsivity, alcohol linked to suicide

Impulsivity, alcohol linked to suicide

Men with severe depression are more likely to commit suicide if they abuse alcohol and have "cluster B" personality disorder, which relates to impulsive and/or aggressive behavior, new study findings suggest.

"Why some patients with major depressive disorder die by suicide while others with seemingly the same disorder do not, is a question of enormous clinical relevance," Dr. Gustavo Turecki and colleagues write in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The researchers compared psychiatric factors among men with major depressive disorder, 104...
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Japan’s humanoid robots: Better than people?

Japan's humanoid robots

Robots, you see, are wonderful creatures, as many a Japanese will tell you. They are getting more adept all the time, and before too long will be able to do cheaply and easily many tasks that human workers do now. They will care for the sick, collect the rubbish, guard homes and offices, and give directions on the street.

This is great news in Japan, where the population has peaked, and may have begun shrinking in 2005. With too few young workers...
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The End of an Era, The Beginning of Confusion

For the Most Needy, A Tough Switch

Unbelievably, the new Medicare Part D plan will nicely screw those who most need their medications.

What I'm having a hard time understanding is why more people aren't up in arms about these changes. "It doesn't affect me." Fine, it's going to affect your parents or grandparents though, and it's definitely going to affect you eventually.

If this is "progress," it feels like the "two steps back" kind.

To those administering Medicare's new Part D drug benefit, Keys is...
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Transcript with Dr. Rosenthal on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Discussion About Cyclothymia, Bipolar Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Norman E. Rosenthal, , who is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School engaged in an online chat on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 on these topics. This transcript is available at The Washington Post and makes for an interesting read on seasonal affective disorder, depression, cyclothymia, bipolar disorder and other...
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Happiness, Not Working Hard, is Key to Success

The recipe for success: get happy and you will get ahead in life

The Guardian has this interesting article about research conducted showing that how generally happy you are influences how successful you will be in your life. This is the exact opposite expectation many people have, which is thinking similar to,

"If I only had a good job, I'd be happy."
"If I only had a good relationship, I'd be happy."
"If I only had a good childhood, I'd be happy."

Apparently, it works the...
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Pills for (Weight) Losers

Pills for Losers

If you haven't heard of hoodia or green tea extract, you haven't been checking your e-mail or spending much time on the Web. Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year banned ephedra, the long-standing leader among supplements promoted to help people lose weight, hoodia and green tree extract have taken a high profile among the products being offered to fill the void. E-mail blasts promoting them are sent to millions of addresses, and Web sites promoting them are ubiquitous...
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