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Mental health problems threaten the knowledge economy
In a knowledge economy, people work increasingly with their heads instead of their hands. This makes mental health a crucial component of economic growth. However, the knowledge economy leads to high levels of stress and mental health problems. By damaging its ‘mental capital’ the knowledge economy undermines the basis for its own success. These are some of the conclusions of the report ‘Mental Capital’ by Rifka Weehuizen, researcher at UNU-MERIT - a joint research and training centre of United Nations University, and Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
Nov 4, 2006, 20:54
Raine Study: Breastfeeding boosts mental health
A new study has found that babies that are breastfed for longer than six months have significantly better mental health in childhood. The findings are based on data from the ground-breaking Raine Study at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, that has tracked the growth and development of more than 2500 West Australian children over the past 16 years. Researcher Dr Wendy Oddy said there was growing evidence that bioactive factors in breast milk played an important role in the rapid early brain development that occurs in the first year of life.
Oct 28, 2006, 05:41
Online video games found to promote sociability
Hang in there, parents. There is some hopeful news on the video-gaming front. Researchers have found that some of the large and hugely popular online video games – although condemned by many as time-gobbling, people-isolating monsters – actually have socially redeeming qualities.
Aug 19, 2006, 21:39
Drug approval processes may have delayed warnings about safety of Paroxetine
Drug approval processes may have delayed warnings about the safety of antidepressants, argues a senior doctor in this week’s BMJ. Following GlaxoSmithKline’s recent letter to doctors pointing to a sixfold increase in the risk of suicidal behaviour in adults taking paroxetine, Professor David Healy examines the regulation of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and asks were mistakes made and could they have been avoided?
Jul 10, 2006, 07:24
Living in the past indicates dissatisfaction with present
It might seem quite natural for the elderly to often slip happily into reminiscence but living in the past could indicate dissatisfaction with the present, says psychologists.
Apr 1, 2006, 19:14
So young, so sad, so listen - Relaunched
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is relaunching this highly popular cartoon-illustrated* book, first published in 1995, with a new Foreword by Philip Pullman, acclaimed author of the trilogy His Dark Materials and other works.
Sep 2, 2005, 02:33
Mental health charity warns of consequences of online gambling
Poker websites and other online gambling services may be exciting investors at the moment, but there may be dangers for online gamblers, warns a mental health charity.
Jun 27, 2005, 21:35
Patients may be just as happy as those without major medical conditions
The researchers made their surprising finding by having 49 pairs of dialysis patients and healthy people report their mood every few hours for a week, using a handheld personal digital assistant (PDA) such as a Palm. The patients had all been in dialysis for at least three months, visiting a hemodialysis center three or more times a week for hours at a time to have their blood cleaned because their kidneys had failed.
Feb 10, 2005, 18:17
Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes nice guidelines and MHRA advice on prescribing of SSRI medication in adults
The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes the much-awaited publication of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for Depression and Anxiety, and are pleased that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Body (MHRA) are now able to communicate its verdict on the safety of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and newer antidepressant drugs for adults.
Dec 7, 2004, 06:04
Internet therapy for depression
Little is known about the effectiveness of educational interventions for reducing the stigma associated with depression. A new study from Australia has found that the internet can offer an opportunity for people with depression to access programmes that reduce personal stigma.
Oct 4, 2004, 15:40
Assessment following self-harm in adults
Assessment following self-harm in adults is a new report from the Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It updates the College's 1994 report, The General Hospital Management of Adult Deliberate Self-Harm, modifying its recommendations in the light of developments that have occurred over the last ten years in national policies and research.
Sep 30, 2004, 21:03
New council report on psychiatric services for children and adolescents with learning disabilities
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued a new report, Psychiatric services for children and adolescents with learning disabilities. It is a joint report between the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability.
Sep 30, 2004, 20:59
SSRI "addiction is a myth"
Up to two out of three people who come off modern anti-depressants suffer short-term withdrawal symptoms including dizziness, nausea and low mood. But it is impossible for anyone to become addicted to SSRIs, the Royal College of Psychiatrists heard today.
Jul 10, 2004, 22:51
Campaign Launched To Help Carers of People with Mental Health Problems and Learning Disabilities
Carers are the ‘invisible army’ that supports millions of relatives and friends who cannot look after themselves.
There are an estimated 6 million carers in the UK
Jan 14, 2004, 00:14
The Nature of Panic – a walk though fear in pictures & words
A panic attack is a sudden rush of fear that comes out of the blue, often with no apparent trigger. Panic attacks are not uncommon: estimates range from one in four to one in 10 of us being affected at some time, with some developing chronic panic disorder. Fear of fear, apprehension about this apparently incomprehensible experience, can become crippling.
Jan 10, 2004, 23:17