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Month: June 2010

Psychotropic Drugs Have Potential to Cause Birth Defects

Researchers at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Studies at University of Copenhagen (UC) have found that children of pregnant women who use psychotropic medications are at an increase risk of birth defects. UC Professors Lise Aagaard and Ebba Hansen’s study investigating the adverse drug reactions of psychotropic medications on children 17 years and younger over a …

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Veterans with Substance Abuse Disorders More Likely to Commit Suicide by Violent Means

Of the more than 30,000 suicides that take place in America each year, approximately 20% of them are committed by veterans, according to the Secretary of U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA). It is well known that veterans face multiple mental health risks following combat duty—including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, homelessness, and …

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Poor Neurotransmitter Activity Linked to Mental Illnesses

Like a fast-moving relay race, neurotransmitters are the vehicle by which messages travel from one nerve cell to another in the brain. They affect mood, memory and our ability to concentrate, as well as several physical processes. When these chemical messengers are disrupted, the message may go right back to the transmitter or be lost …

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Anger and Aggressiveness Linked to Specific PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

A new study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Veteran Affairs, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine reveals that focusing on particular symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may help health officials better treat anger and aggression issues among veterans returning home from the Afghanistan …

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Self-Stigma Brought on by Mental Illness Can Make Problem Worse

There is a certain stigma amongst those with mental problems. For some, this stigma is brought about by peers or acquaintances who do not understand the anguish mental illness can create. For others, it is their own fears of reactions among their peers, family members or colleagues that drives them deeper into depression or significantly …

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PTSD in Veterans Linked to Dementia in Later Life

A new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institute on Aging investigated the relationships between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in aging veterans. After researching the trends in these older service members’ mental health over a seven-year time span, the study found that veterans diagnosed …

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