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Anxiety sensitivity linked to future psychological disorders
People who get scared when they experience a pounding heart, sweaty palms or dizziness -- even if the cause is something as mundane as stress, exercise or caffeine -- are more likely to develop a clinical case of anxiety or panic disorder, according to a Florida State University researcher in Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 7, 2006, 14:18
Anxiety Disorders and Physical Illness
Anxiety disorders appear to be independently associated with several physical conditions, including thyroid disease, respiratory disease, arthritis and migraine headaches. This co-occurrence of disorders may significantly increase the risk of disability and negatively affect quality of life.
Oct 23, 2006, 17:42
Men, women have similar rates of compulsive buying
Contrary to popular opinion, nearly as many men as women experience compulsive buying disorder, a condition marked by binge buying and subsequent financial hardship, according to new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Oct 2, 2006, 01:32
Mental illnesses double up in Katrina survivors
According to the most comprehensive survey yet completed of mental health among Hurricane Katrina survivors from Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, the proportion of people with a serious mental illness doubled in the months after the hurricane compared to a survey carried out several years before the hurricane.
Aug 29, 2006, 21:19
Kids with OCD bullied more than others
Children with obsessive-compulsive disorder are three times more likely to be bullied than other children, and the name-slinging could cause symptoms of OCD to worsen, University of Florida researchers have found.
Aug 15, 2006, 02:43
Psychological debriefing after trauma does not reduce PTSD
Individual psychological debriefing does not reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or depression after psychological trauma, a new study from The Netherlands has found. People who are highly aroused after a trauma may actually be made worse by single-session emotion-focused psychological debriefing.
Aug 9, 2006, 12:44
Tsunami Survivors Face Increased Risk of Mental Disorders
There has been increase in the rate of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder among children in the tsunami-affected areas of Southern Thailand
Aug 3, 2006, 14:52
Substantial burden of PTSD among people after disasters
In the year after a hurricane, tornado, terrorist attack or other natural or man-made disaster, 30 to 40 percent of adults who were directly affected may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a University of Michigan researcher.
Jun 9, 2006, 18:12
OCD has multiple genetic associations
A federally funded team of researchers including several from Johns Hopkins have identified six regions of the human genome that might play a role in susceptibility to obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. The study was published online June 6 in Molecular Psychiatry.
Jun 8, 2006, 05:30
Intermittent Explosive Disorder could be behind cases of road rage and spousal abuse
A seldom-studied mental illness called Intermittent Explosive Disorder, characterized by recurrent episodes of angry and potentially violent outbursts--seen in cases of road rage or spousal abuse--has been found to be much more common than previously thought. Depending upon how broadly it is defined, this disorder affects as many as 7.3 percent of adults, or 16 million Americans, in their lifetimes. In a year, Intermittent Explosive Disorder affects nearly 4 percent of Americans, or 8.6 million adults, reports Ronald Kessler, PhD, professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and colleagues. The study also found that Intermittent Explosive Disorder may predispose people to other mental illnesses and substance abuse. Intermittent Explosive Disorder attacks are out of proportion to the social stressors triggering them and are not due to another mental disorder or the effects of drugs or alcohol, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). People with this disorder overreact to situations with uncontrollable rage, feel a sense of relief during the angry outburst, and then feel remorseful about their actions.
Jun 8, 2006, 03:16
Pregabalin Receives a Positive Opinion from CHMP for the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Adults
Pfizer Inc said that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency issued a positive opinion recommending marketing authorization of Lyrica® (pregabalin), a novel mechanism for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults.
Jan 28, 2006, 12:37
Anxious fathers make caesarean ops more painful for mothers
Fathers who are anxious during a caesarean operation may increase the pain experienced by the mother after the delivery of their baby, according to new research published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
Jan 26, 2006, 23:45
Chronic work stress could lead to heart disease, diabetes
Chronic work stress could lead to heart disease and diabetes, but lifestyle changes can help tackle the situation, says a study.
Jan 20, 2006, 13:27
Panic disorder shown to be the single best predictor of a relapse to alcohol dependence
Anxiety disorders and alcohol dependence co-occur at an alarming rate. A study in the August issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research examines what effects a co-existing anxiety disorder may have on relapse following treatment for alcoholism. Results indicate that two of the most common anxiety disorders found among alcoholics – social phobia and panic disorder – are more strongly associated with alcohol relapse than other anxiety disorders.
Aug 15, 2005, 20:32
Riluzole eases obsessive-compulsive symptoms
A medication used to ease symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, also is helpful in treating people with treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to a pilot study at Yale School of Medicine.
Jul 30, 2005, 16:55
Size of ventromedial prefrontal cortex could signal vulnerability to anxiety disorders
The size of a particular structure in the brain may be associated with the ability to recover emotionally from traumatic events. A new study by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that an area called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex is thicker in volunteers who appear better able to modify their anxious response to memories of discomfort. The report will appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and has received early online release on the PNAS website.
Jul 12, 2005, 12:59
Life events generate more symptoms of PTSD than traumatic events
Life events (e.g. divorce, unemployment) can generate more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than traumatic events (e.g. a road accident, war), according to a new study.
Jun 2, 2005, 16:24
PTSD after Nairobi and Oklahoma terrorist bombings - Study
There were many similarities in the psychological problems found among survivors in the two cultures, following the terrorist bombings in Nairobi and Oklahoma City. However, coping responses and treatment were quite different.
Jun 2, 2005, 16:24
9/11 Babies Have Markers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Pregnant women present during the September 11 World Trade Center collapse have passed on markers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to their unborn babies through transgenerational transmission. The findings strengthen the evidence for in utero or early life risk factors for the later development of adult mental or physical disorders. The study will be published online today in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, one of the four journals produced by The Endocrine Society.
May 4, 2005, 18:38
Increased mortality risk in men for anxiety disorders
For men, but not for women, there is an increased mortality risk for anxiety disorders, according to a study from the Netherlands published in the November issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Nov 2, 2004, 15:26
More men than women admitted to psychiatric hospitals for depression and anxiety
A study in the October issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry has found that, contrary to belief, and the findings of population morbidity surveys, psychiatric admissions are more common for men than for women, and for depression and anxiety than for psychosis.
Oct 5, 2004, 16:12
Stress of caring affects immune system
Two new studies have found that chronic stress in elderly caregivers is linked with impaired immunity to disease.
People who are informal caregivers report considerable psychological distress, which may have adverse effects on their immunity to disease. This distress may contribute to the development of new diseases, or hasten the progression of existing conditions.
Jul 13, 2004, 23:13
Carers have high levels of stress and anxiety themselves
Carers who are caring for people with mental health difficulties and dementia are more likely to say their own health is not very good or not at all good and have higher incidence of health and emotional problems, a survey released today by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in UK has found.
Jan 14, 2004, 15:50