Medications in Brief: Zyprexa

Zyprexa, the brand name for olanzapine, is an atypical antipsychotic that has been available in the United States for about twenty years. Structurally similar to clozapine (sold as Clozaril in the U.S.), Zyprexa is known to be an effective antipsychotic that also offers some efficacy as an adjunct in the treatment of depression. The manufacturer…

Coping with Panic Attacks

A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense fear or anxiety that is accompanied by physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, nausea, or dizziness. Panic attacks reach their peak within ten minutes, but they can last hours in extreme cases. Recurrent panic attacks may be associated with psychological conditions such as panic disorder or…

Eating Disorders and Social Anxiety

Research continues to demonstrate a link between eating disorders and social anxiety disorders. According to recent studies, it is not uncommon for people with eating disorders to also experience social anxiety. While the association between conditions appears understandable, more research needs to be done in order to find out how best to recognize anxiety disorders…

Cutting: A Cry For Help

Self-mutilation isn’t exactly a dinner-table topic. But cutting and piercings and self-harm are a growing phenomenon that parents and concerned family and friends simply cannot ignore. The problem is becoming more common among young people who lack self-esteem, have dysfunctional family situations, are experiencing extreme stress or pressure at school, or may have underlying mental…