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July 23, 2014

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7:26 PM | Physicians face difficult choices when treating patients with bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorders
New research suggests patients with both bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder should receive treatments for bipolar disorder alone.1 Bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder therapies taken together can cause worsening of disease symptoms, making it difficult for physicians to treat both conditions. This is a concern as over 1 in 5 patients with bipolar disorder […]

Pacchiarotti I, Bond DJ, Baldessarini RJ & et al. (2013). The International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) task force report on antidepressant use in bipolar disorders., The American journal of psychiatry, 170 (11) 1249-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24030475

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7:26 PM | Physicians face difficult choices when treating patients with bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorders
New research suggests patients with both bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder should receive treatments for bipolar disorder alone.1 Bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder therapies taken together can cause worsening of disease symptoms, making it difficult for physicians to treat both conditions. This is a concern as over 1 in 5 patients with bipolar disorder […]

Pacchiarotti I, Bond DJ, Baldessarini RJ & et al. (2013). The International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) task force report on antidepressant use in bipolar disorders., The American journal of psychiatry, 170 (11) 1249-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24030475

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July 21, 2014

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5:00 PM | World Psychiatric Association
The core missions of WPA include the following: To encourage the highest possible standards of clinical practice To increase knowledge and skills about mental disorders and how they can be prevented and treated To promote mental health To promote the highest possible ethical standards in psychiatric work To disseminate knowledge about evidence-based therapy and values based practice To be a voice for the dignity and human rights of the patients and […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Darian Leader
Special thanks to Darian Leader for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Strictly Bipolar Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and author. His books include Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us […]

July 19, 2014

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2:35 PM | Join the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in DC on Sept. 16
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will present cutting-edge information on early intervention, relapse prevention and recovery at Discovery to Recovery: A Path to Healthy Minds. The mental health conference for caregivers, family members, people living with mental illness, and mental health professionals takes place Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ronald […]

July 18, 2014

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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 18, 2014
There is a great deficit in our country. But it doesn’t have to do with money. It has everything to do with love. It is the real reason why we’re unhappy, why our partners can never do anything right, and why our kids/parents are never good enough. Underneath our fancy clothes, impressive cars and perfect […]

July 15, 2014

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2:42 PM | What’s it Like to Experience and Recover from Psychosis?
A short documentary made by a person with lived experience of psychosis, on what it's like and recovery.

July 14, 2014

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5:06 AM | Young People on Psychosis
Hands on description of psychosis and it’s consequences. An enthralling short film made by John Richardson (former service user) and Belinda Giles. Surrounding the experience of psychosis and the positive role the Early Intervention service can play in that often rocky voyage. Featuring captivating personal insights alongside a tightly woven narrative. Provocatively packed with vintage […] Related posts:Cannabis use in young people: The risk for schizophrenia Should young people […]

July 13, 2014

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10:45 AM | Take Charge of Your Health, One Appointment at a Time
“Really, it’s not you. It’s me,” I said to my psychiatrist this morning at an appointment. I felt as though I were telling a boyfriend that I needed space, that I had been having lunch with another guy and now I was confused about where to go or how to proceed or what I wanted. […]

July 11, 2014

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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 11, 2014
It was 3 in the morning. The baby would not stop crying. It had been an hour of this and I was done. I was drained of energy and ideas on what to do next. I knew it was going to be another long day with little sleep. I was on the verge of tears, […]

July 10, 2014

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10:58 AM | Can a Failed Schizophrenia Drug Prevent PTSD?
In the 2000s, enthusiasm was high that a novel class of drugs would reach the market as blockbuster treatments for psychiatric disorders. These drugs act on receptors for a group of neuropeptides known as tachykinins (or neurokinins). These peptides — substance P (SP), neurokinin A (NkA), and neurokinin B (NkB) — function as neurotransmitters or neuromodulators in the central nervous system, but are quite different from the usual monoamines targeted by current psychotropic […]

Andero, R., Dias, B. & Ressler, K. (2014). A Role for Tac2, NkB, and Nk3 Receptor in Normal and Dysregulated Fear Memory Consolidation, Neuron, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.05.028

Spooren, W., Riemer, C. & Meltzer, H. (2005). NK3 receptor antagonists: the next generation of antipsychotics?, Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, 4 (12) 967-975. DOI: 10.1038/nrd1905

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July 07, 2014

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4:01 PM | How Scientists Predicted With 70% Accuracy Which 14-Year-Olds Would Be Binge Drinkers By 16
Five years ago, Robert Whelan, a former postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry at University of Vermont (UVM) and current lecturer at University College in Dublin, joined forces with Hugh Garavan, associate professor of psychiatry at UVM. The pair of psychiatric researchers wanted to see if they could determine the factors that predicted binge drinking in teens. In […]

July 05, 2014

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10:00 AM | Psychology Around the Net: July 5, 2014
From Facebook’s creepy psychological experiment to the new “Happiness Blanket” from British Airways, check out what’s been going on around the ‘Net this week! Selfie Psychology: Is There an Age Expiration Date for This New Trend? Ask yourself these questions to determine whether you should (still) be taking selfies. Facebook Admits Manipulating 689,003 Users Emotions […]

June 27, 2014

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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: June 27, 2014
All I could think about was I was late again, I was the only one who forgot snacks at our mommy group, and why oh why do other people seem ____ (calmer, more put together/accomplished) than me? That’s one perspective to take. I could have also focused on the fact that I manage to get […]

June 26, 2014

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11:32 PM | The Dollars and Cents of Eating Disorders
I must admit that I cringe slightly every time I try to think about healthcare from an economics perspective. To me, this comes a little close to putting a dollar value on human beings, which feels uncomfortably post-humanistic to me. Nonetheless, there is no ignoring the ways in which economic concerns factor into policy decisions that drive our human services, including health care. There are also a number of pragmatic reasons for thinking about the costs associated with illnesses; talking in […]

Crow S (2014). The economics of eating disorder treatment., Current psychiatry reports, 16 (7) 454. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24817201

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7:45 PM | Delusional Thinking 101: How Blaming Mental Illness Won’t Help Stop Mass Shootings
We’ve written in the past how there’s is a real delusional disconnect between the desire to act to stop future mass shootings, and people constantly pointing the finger at mental illness as being the root of the problem. I say “delusional” because the leap of logic it takes to utter statements like, “mentally ill people […]

June 24, 2014

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7:13 PM | Hallucinogens, starvation, and magnets: A new cure for depression?
What do hallucinogens, starvation and magnets all have in common? No, they’re not the key ingredients for a wild and crazy weekend; they are all potential alternative treatments for depression that are being explored by researchers and clinicians alike. Scientists … Continue reading →
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