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By DR. ASHUTOSH SINGH | Latest updates from the field of Psychiatry-- curated by Dr. Ashutosh Singh, Consultant Psychiatrist, Apollo Hospitals Indore

Why Are Millions of People Tweeting #BellLetsTalk?

Sorry Kanye West, but #BellLetsTalk is the most important thing happening on Twitter right now.<p>The hashtag has been tweeted by millions as part of a …

This Is Why You Should Get Screened for Depression

And screened regularly.<p>Depression affects an increasingly large portion of the U.S. population. Yesterday, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a report recommending that all people over the age of 18, including pregnant and postpartum women, get regularly screened for …

Depression

7 things you’ve always wanted to know about depression, but were afraid to ask.

By Parker Molloy (words) and Kayla Pekkala (illustrations)<p>I live with depression.<p>For the past 10 years, starting right around the time I went off to …

Paroxetine in early pregnancy once again linked to birth defects

(Reuters Health) - Women who take the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat) early in pregnancy may be more likely to have babies with birth defects, a review of previous research suggests.<p>While the absolute risk of birth defects remains small at 1 percent to 3 percent across all pregnancies, …

Pregnancy

Dear Media: People With Mental Illness Are Not Monsters -- Stop Making Them Look Like They Are

Dear Media,<p>I get it. I get why you constantly scare people. Fear gets higher ratings than brilliance.<p>But I am wondering, have you thought about the ramifications of portraying people with mental illness as evil, scary monsters who commit heinous crimes? Of telling only one story about mental …

Mental Disorders

I'm Schizophrenic, Not a 'Person with Schizophrenia' — So Please Stop Correcting Me

“You’re a person! You come before your disorder!”<p>Have you ever wanted to correct how someone identifies their mental disorder? You might think you’re …

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Seasonal Depression

It's more than just the winter blues.<p>For some, the winter is hardly "the most wonderful time of the year."<p>Seasonal affective disorder is a condition that affects nearly 10 million American adults and can make a few months out of the year feel downright unbearable. It's common to feel bouts of the …

Depression

After A Buddy's Suicide, These Friends Are Ending The Stigma

"I know that mental illness isn't in someone's control, it's a disease."<p>On an early June morning in 2014, University of Missouri students Alexander Lindley and Danny Kerth learned that their childhood friend and fellow Mizzou classmate Ryan Candice had died by suicide.<p>Candice was the type of person …

Mental Health

This Cancer Scientist Faked Tons Of Studies, Say Feds

On Monday, some nine years after Anil Potti first wrote about a new way to pick the best chemo treatment, government investigators announced that he made most of it up.<p>Nearly a decade after cancer researcher Anil Potti published a much-lauded paper on how to choose the best kind of chemotherapy for …

I'm a Young Woman with Feminist Views; Here's Why Men's Mental Health Matters to Me

I thought long and hard about whether or not to write this blog post, for fear of being ridiculed by men, or trolled by feminists, some of whom might …

Mental Health

Glenn Close Wants to End the Fear That People Battling Mental Illness Are 'Dangerous'

After her sister Jessie confided her suicidal thoughts to her over a decade ago, Glenn Close set out on a journey to end the destructive stigma …

My son’s struggle with OCD showed me the unfairness people with mental illness face

Improving mental health services would have a massive impact on the wellbeing of the country, the economy – and families like mine<p>When our oldest son, Archie, was 16, he was clearly very unhappy. He eventually told us just how distressed and troubled he had become. We got a referral to our local …

Mental Health

Don't believe the antidepressant scaremongering - my medication isn't a "dirty little habit"

It’s no secret that there’s a stigma against mental illness. But what is perhaps less recognised is the stigma against the medication that can help …

No one told me about the loneliness, the emotional roller coaster, and how to stay sane when I could only eat a spoonful of mashed potatoes

I thought bariatric surgery would solve all my problems; 180 pounds later, I realized I was wrong<p>Eight years ago, tipping the scale at 314 pounds, I decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery. A skilled bariatric surgical team spent a morning in May of 2007 shrinking my stomach to the size of a …

Mental Health

'Game-Changer' Study Says There's A Better Way To Treat Schizophrenia

New evidence that early intervention can make a huge difference.<p>A groundbreaking new study adds to a growing body of evidence that people with schizophrenia can do much better if they get the right treatment at the right time.<p>Psychiatrists are sure to pay attention to the results. Policymakers …

Research

Labeling Suicide 'Selfish' Is Just Stupid

My daughter Heather has a condition called schizoaffective disorder. It's a weird mix of schizophrenia symptoms, in her case voices in her head and occasional conversations with people who aren't there, and mood swings -- in both directions, lately it seems more often to the depressive side. But …

Mental Health

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Here's The Real Truth About Mental Health

It's time to shatter the stereotypes.<p>Every day, we think, feel and emote with even greater frequency than we move our bodies. So why is there still a stigma around making sure our mind is healthy?<p>Approximately one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in his or her …

Mental Disorders

World Mental Health Day: recovery depends on the medicine of hope

It’s easy to write off people with mental illness, but a more positive culture could lead to better outcomes<p>I was talking to an acquaintance recently about our respective experience of work. He is happily married, plays a big role in his local community, has a demanding and successful salaried …

I thought I'd seen it all as a psychiatrist. But there was one visit I misjudged

Working with older people with mental health and alcohol problems isn’t easy, your safety is always on the line<p>When you work in the community, often your only protection from serious dangers is a gut feeling. Referral letters from GPs frequently fail to communicate the real risks in a situation – …

Mental Health

7 Subtle Signs of Depression You Shouldn't Ignore

Depression isn't just about feeling sad.<p>About one in 10 Americans experience depression at any given time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many people with depression don't even know they have it.<p>Depressive symptoms may range from mild to severe and they can vary …

Wellness

How alcohol affects a person living with mental illness

Stronger versions of illicit drugs, such as crystallised methamphetamines or 'ice', are causing increased difficulty in the treatment of patients, …

Mental Disorders

FDA Approves Alkermes’ Schizophrenia Treatment Aristada

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved Alkermes PLC’s schizophrenia treatment clearing the way for the Dublin-based biopharmaceutical company to start selling the drug.<p>Aristada, or aripiprazole lauroxil, will be available as a once-monthly and six-week injection. It is a new chemical …

Medicine

Before working in psychiatry, I didn't think mental health problems were real

If I, a medical student, had this distorted view of mental illness, there isn’t much hope for society<p>As a first-year medical student, there is nothing quite as exciting as your first-ever clinical placement, where you can finally feel like a doctor in training. That is, unless you’re placed in …

What’s the deal with modafinil?

Recent hype surrounding neuroenhancing drugs should set alarm bells ringing for scientists<p>A great deal of excitement has been generated in recent weeks by a review paper examining the literature on the drug <i>modafinil</i>, which concluded that “modafinil may well deserve the title of the first …

Prince Harry Opens Up About Mental Health, His Mother And His Relationship Status

The royal family is speaking out on the stigma associated with mental health.<p>During a 17-mile hike with charity, Walking With The Wounded, Prince …

Mental Health

The Fascinating Link Between Placebo and Antidepressants

A new study finds that people who are depressed and respond strongly to placebo treatments also reap the most benefit when they're given real …

Depression