Elise Blanchard

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Kratom Tea Is the Beverage of Recovering Heroin Addicts

Kratom is a plant-based legal drug commonly ingested in the form of hot tea. Often used to aid recovering heroin addicts, kratom is gaining popularity at bars in North Carolina and Florida.<p>Someone told me about a place in Wilmington, North Carolina, that sells tea brewed from "some weird drug …

Alcohol

This Father Has Non-Verbal Alzhheimer’s. Watch What Happens When He’s with the Family Dog

Lisa’s father has Alzheimer’s and he has lost almost all of his speech. However, when he’s with the family dog, something magical happens. The …

Pets

Scientific Study Shows Meditators Collapsing Quantum Systems At A Distance

I'm in!<p>Numerous scientists over many years have studied the role of consciousness and how it can directly influence our physical material world, and …

Those With Adderall Euphoria Less Likely to Develop ADHD, Schizophrenia

People with a genetic variant that results in euphoria-like feelings after taking d-amphetamine (the active ingredient in Adderall) have a reduced …

How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?

You wake up one morning with your head all congested and a bit of a fever. You keep sneezing. Your throat is sore. By mid-afternoon you are miserable …

Sleep's Effect on Bipolar Disorder and Vice Versa

What do you need to know about sleep and sleep patterns when you have bipolar disorder? If you've found that your sleep patterns abnormal, for …

Bipolar Disorder

A New Smartphone App Could Detect Mental Illness Just From Hearing Your Voice

Those diagnosed with bipolar disorder have notorious difficulty adhering to their medications. Not only do mood modulations require medication adjustments, but people who experience episodes of mania often develop, as one of their symptoms, the conviction that medication is unnecessary. This makes …

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

A Schizophrenia Simulator Shows What This Disorder Is Really Like

Illustrated By Austin Watts.<p>For most of us, mental illnesses are concepts we can comprehend in the abstract — but actually empathizing with someone …

Psychedelic mushrooms put your brain in a “waking dream,” study finds

Psychedelic mushrooms can do more than make you see the world in kaleidoscope. Research suggests they may have permanent, positive effects on the human brain.<p>In fact, a mind-altering compound found in some 200 species of mushroom is already being explored as a potential treatment for depression and …

Guidelines for Choosing the Right Therapist–Does the Shoe Fit?

I will never forget a lecture that I heard in 1973 (which says a lot since there is so much that I don’t remember). The speaker was the late David …

GAD7 Anxiety Test Questionnaire

Patient professional reference<p>Professional Reference articles are written by UK doctors and are based on research evidence, UK and European …

Taking a Transdiagnostic Approach to Understanding Self-Injury

Millions of people are affected by self-injury, especially adolescents and young adults. Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has been the focus of …

Psychology

What Your Personality Has To Do With Your Health

Your personality colors the lenses through which you view the world, and now a new study suggests it could also have an impact on your health down the road.<p>Specifically, conscientious people have a lower risk of having health problems a decade later than their less-conscientious peers, according to …

For Depression, Prescribing Exercise Before Medication

Aerobic activity has shown to be an effective treatment for many forms of depression. So why are so many people still on antidepressants?<p>Joel Ginsberg was a sophomore at a college in Dallas when the social anxiety he had felt throughout his life morphed into an all-consuming hopelessness. He …

Ketamine's Rapid Effects in Depression and OCD: Cause for Hope and Caution

For the past six months, I've fielded increasingly more questions about ketamine.<p>My patients: "Will ketamine help me?"<p>My colleagues: "Is ketamine safe for my patients?"<p>Ketamine is an FDA- (Food and Drug Administration) approved drug for anesthesia during surgery and for pain relief -- in adults and …

Neuroscience

Why Antidepressants Won't Solve the Depression Epidemic

Some 35 million American adults struggle with depression. The World Health Organization projects that by 2030, the amount of disability and life lost due to depression will be greater than that of any other condition, including accidents, war, suicide, cancer, and stroke.<p>How have we responded to …

"The Suicide Paradox"

Jacques-Louis David’s painting The Death of Socrates (Photo: Wally Gobetz)<p>If I were to ask you what’s more common in the U.S., homicide or suicide, …

Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. And now a Michigan psychiatrist is developing an app he hopes doctors will someday use to predict when a manic episode is imminent in patients with bipolar disorder.<p>People with the disorder alternate between crushing …

The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk

One of the things I fuss about a lot (especially at Buffer) are words—very simple words, in fact. Should it say “Hi” or “Hey?” Should it be “cheers” …

Public Speaking

The Secret Power Of Introverts

If you had to guess, what would you say investor Warren Buffett and civil rights activist Rosa Parks had in common? How about Charles Darwin, Al Gore, J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Google’s Larry Page? They are icons. They are leaders. And they are introverts.<p>Despite the …

16 Fiction Book Characters' Myers-Briggs Personality Types

You may remember the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator from your high school homeroom class, or that crazy ex who said your opposite psychological preferences made you doomed to fail. If not, here's the run-down:<p>It's a personality quiz based on Carl Jung's typological theories that divides people into 16 …