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Anxiety

Doctor Warns Against Using “Natural” Anxiety Treatments

In a broad-based review of studies focused on drugs that treat anxiety, a Saint Louis University doctor found no evidence supporting the use of so-called “natural” treatments in combating the effects of anxiety. St. John’s wort, kava extract, and valerian, herbal remedies touted on the Internet, have not been proven to be effective in treating …

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Short Online Questionnaire a Valid Tool for Screening Psychiatric Illnesses

A one-page, 27-item questionnaire that is available free online is a valid and effective tool to help primary care doctors screen patients for four common psychiatric illnesses, a study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes. Results of the My Mood Monitor (M-3) checklist study are published in the March/April 2010 …

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New Scale Measuring Anxiety Outcomes Developed

A new questionnaire and outcomes measurement scale developed by the department of psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital has proven to be a reliable and valid measure of anxiety. The scale can easily be incorporated into routine clinical practice when treating psychiatric disorders. The study appears online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Depressed People More Likely to Feel Gray, Not Blue

People with anxiety and depression are most likely to use a shade of gray to represent their mental state. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medical Research Methodology describe the development of a color chart, The Manchester Color Wheel, which can be used to study people’s preferred pigment in relation to their state of mind.

Mindfulness Mental Training Eases Anxiety and Depression

Mental training based on mindfulness – or an emotional self-regulating tool consisting of a focus on what we are doing, thinking about or feeling at every moment – helps to fight against psychological diseases such as anxiety, depression, concern or complaints about health. According to a doctoral thesis from the University of Granada and summarized …

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Certain Antidepressants Change Personality

A new study suggests that antidepressants like Paxil do more than just make people feel less sad and stressed. Such drugs may alter two key personality traits linked to depression—neuroticism and extraversion—independently of their effect on depression symptoms. “Medication can definitely change people’s personalities, and change them quite substantially,” says the lead author of the …

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Military Children Suffer More Emotional Challenges than Other Children

A new study shows that children in military families may suffer from more emotional and behavioral difficulties when compared to other American youths. The study also found that when a parent is deployed overseas, older children and girls struggle the most. Science Daily reports that RAND Corporation researchers found that having a parent deployed for …

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Depression as Deadly as Smoking, New Study Finds

A study has found that depression is as much of a risk factor for mortality as smoking, according to researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s College London. Utilizing a unique link between a survey of more than 60,000 people and a comprehensive mortality database, the researchers …

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Research Suggests Depression and Anxiety Very Different Disorders in Adolescents

Depression and anxiety are often classified as very similar conditions; so much so that many anxiety disorders are treated with the same medication as that prescribed for depression. When this approach is taken with adolescents, the results can be devastating. A new Science Daily release found that adolescent depression and anxiety disorders are two very …

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