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Seven Ways to Manage Anxiety

CBT Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) includes a variety of techniques ranging from exposure therapies – where the person either vividly imagines the feared situation or gradually confronts it in real life with the support of a therapist, in order to modify the irrational fear response – to learning cognitive techniques to change the patterns of [...]

By |2020-10-30T10:28:12+11:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Anxiety Or ADHD? Why They Sometimes Look The Same And How To Tell The Difference

Anxiety and ADHD are very different, but sometimes the symptoms can look similar. The correct diagnosis is critical to guide treatment and to make sense of things when kids seem to be struggling or when something doesn’t feel quite right. As much as the right diagnosis can heal, the wrong one can also harm. Understanding [...]

Anti-depressants In Young People May Do More Harm Than Good

Pixabay Images The majority of antidepressants do not work on children and teenagers and prescribing them could do more harm than good, a major study in The Lancet has warned. A review of clinical trial evidence found that of 14 antidepressant drugs only one, fluoxetine - marketed as Prozac - was better than placebo [...]

‘Death Pill’: Fentanyl Disguised As Other Drugs Linked To Spike In US Overdoses

The tablets look just like pharmaceutical grade pills, or Pez candy. They are marked as the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, prescription painkillers or packaged in colorful candy wrappers. The buyer may know they’re getting a drug, but what they don’t know is that the drug they’re getting is fentanyl, between 50 and 100 times as powerful [...]

By |2020-10-30T12:40:52+11:00May 29th, 2016|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Could Tamping Down Inflammation Lift The Fog Of Depression?

One of the world’s largest drug makers is testing whether an anti-inflammatory drug can help people with depression. Photo: APSTOCK One of the world’s largest drug makers is testing a radical new approach to treating depression — by dialling down inflammation in the body, rather than tinkering with chemicals in the brain. If it works, it’s [...]

Still in a Crib, Yet Being Given Antipsychotics 

Andrew Rios’s seizures began when he was 5 months old and only got worse. At 18 months, when an epilepsy medication resulted in violent behavior, he was prescribed the antipsychotic Risperdal, a drug typically used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults, and rarely used for children as young as 5 years. When Andrew screamed in his sleep and seemed to interact [...]

What’s a ‘Skittles Party’?

Before attending a skittles parties, teenagers raid their parent's medicine cabinets and get their hands on as much medication as they can. At the party, they pool the prescription and over-the-counter drugs they've gathered into a communal bowl. Partygoers then take handfuls of pills, often with alcohol to get high. The parties, also known as [...]

Both Talk Therapy and Medication May Be Less Effective for Depression The benefits of talk therapy for depression have been overstated in the scientific literature, according to a study in the journal PLOS ONE. The finding comes several years after a similar study reached the same conclusion about antidepressant drugs. Both talk therapy and antidepressant drugs "are efficacious," says Steven Hollon, a professor [...]

Parenting, Rites of Passage and Technology

In a time of unlimited opportunities more young people than ever have mental health issues. How can it be that the western world is more technologically advanced than ever and yet at the most basic level of supporting our young adults we are in major crisis? At the same time as we have the entire globe digitally connected [...]

Medicating Women’s Feelings

More Americans are on psychiatric medications than ever before, and in my experience they are staying on them far longer than was ever intended. Sales of antidepressants and antianxiety meds have been booming in the past two decades, and they’ve recently been outpaced by an antipsychotic, Abilify, that is the No. 1 seller among all [...]

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