Discontinuing Antidepressants Can Have Unintended Side Effects
Monday, May 22, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRI's, are the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants, and following their widespread use, psychiatrists note the pr... more


Mixed Messages on Children and Media
Friday, May 19, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Do hours in front of a television or computer screen deaden a child's mental faculties, or does this constant influx of multi-media material better prepare them to process and analyze informatio... more


Kyle Ambrogi's Story
Thursday, May 18, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

Way back in October we posted on the story of University of Pennsylvania football player Kyle Ambrogi. A favorite son of the city of Philadelphia, Ambrogi committed suicide October 10th, shooting him... more


A Disturbing Report on Intimate Partner Violence
Thursday, May 18, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

Yesterday, Reuters reported on a study recently performed in the Seattle area that focused on the incidence of intimate partner violence (IPV) in enrollees of a health care program. Funded by the Age... more


Partnership Survey Confirms Teen Prescription, OTC Drug Abuse
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

The most recent evidence of the growing teen prescription and over-the-counter drug epidemic comes from the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Released this week, the non-profit coalition's indepen... more


Financial Burden of Health Care Becoming Clear
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Our Psychology

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released their report of health care projections. This year health care spending should exceed $2 trillion. That sounds bad, but not when compared to t... more


The Question of Homophobia
Tuesday, May 16, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Our Psychology

It wasn't until December 15th, 1973, that the American Psychiatric Association unanimously voted to remove homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders, as catalogued in what was then the seco... more


New Research Leads to Growing Awareness of Autism
Monday, May 15, 2006 By Blog Meister
Category: Autism, Asperger's, PDD

A new Time Magazine cover story sheds light on an unusual and thoroughly misunderstood condition: autism. Though much of the public draws their information on the disorder from pop culture references ... more


Insufficient Sleep Tied to Obesity in Children
Monday, May 15, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Diet , Aging and Eating Disorders

Researchers have long understood that sleep loss can lead to mood changes, energy depletion, and increased risk of injury, but it also contributes to obesity. A newly published study by the Univ... more


Insufficient Sleep Tied to Obesity in Children
Monday, May 15, 2006 By Blog Meister
Category: Eating Healthy/ Eating Disorders

Researchers have long understood that sleep loss can lead to mood changes, energy depletion, and increased risk of injury, but it also contributes to obesity. A newly published study by the Univ... more


Hartford Courant Story Raises Questions, Only Research Data Will Provide Answers
Monday, May 15, 2006 By Blog Master
Category: Trauma/PTSD

Yesterday, the Hartford Courant published a lengthy, extensively reported story entitled "Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight." The piece has stirred some media attention, due mainly to its no-holds-ba... more


Hartford Courant Story Raises Questions, Only Research Data Will Provide Answers
Monday, May 15, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

Yesterday, the Hartford Courant published a lengthy, extensively reported story entitled "Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight." The piece has stirred some media attention, due mainly to its no-holds-ba... more


Debate Continues Over Traditional, Progressive Teaching Methods
Friday, May 12, 2006 By Blog Meister
Category: Classroom Issues

A recent Washington Post article highlights the latest stages in a century-long educational conflict: the philosophies of teaching in a traditional style†which focuses heavily on†"content"†versus a mo... more


Dissecting a Dream, Reality Catches up with Science Fiction
Friday, May 12, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Our Psychology

Dreamscapes have been represented in many shapes and forms over the years, but there has long been very little in the way of hard evidence on the processes behind dreaming. But MRI and PET scanning h... more


Schools Help Parents Deal with a Child's Mental Illness
Friday, May 12, 2006 By Blog Meister
Category: Parenting

Today there is an interesting article from the Baltimore Sun that details how some schools in the Baltimore area are helping parents deal with their children's mental health disorder diagnoses. The p... more


University Applicants Scoring Lower on New SATs
Friday, May 12, 2006 By Blog Meister
Category: Assessment & Evaluation

New statistics reveal that students applying for fall admission to some of this country's top universities scored lower†on the SAT than†in previous years, and many academic counselors attribute the de... more


Schools Help Parents Deal with a Child's Mental Illness
Friday, May 12, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Parenting

Today there is an interesting article from the Baltimore Sun that details how some schools in the Baltimore area are helping parents deal with their children's mental health disorder diagnoses. The p... more


Pfizer's Smoking Cessation Drug Gets FDA Approval
Thursday, May 11, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

For the first time in nearly a decade, there will be a new drug to help those who are hopelessly addicted to cigarettes. The addiction to cigarettes can be one of the strongest known addictions, ... more


GAO: PTSD Going Untreated
Thursday, May 11, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Stress

Today's entry for outraging failure to protect our servicemen comes from the newly released Government Accountability Office (GAO) study into the screening for post traumatic stress disorder of soldie... more


Prescriptions, Over the Counter Drugs Sending High Numbers to the ER
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Addiction

Today the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)†released the findings of a study that looked at emergency room visits for all of 2004.† According to the results, there has been an ... more


Making "The Rounds"
Tuesday, May 09, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Our Psychology

The latest edition of Grand Rounds is up at Aetiology. The blog's owner, Tara, has some great links. She is a researcher whose work currently centers on investigation of hypervariable proteins in th... more


Cell Phones in Schools Allow for Distraction and Violent Pranks?
Monday, May 08, 2006 By Blog Meister
Category: Bullying/Victimization

Several European high schools moved to ban student cell phones in response to reported growth of the phenomenon called "happy slapping," a practice in which teenagers use their cell ... more


Manditory Swim Tests Are Not Outdated at Some Colleges
Monday, May 08, 2006 By Blog Meister
Category: College Life

Despite the seeming irrelevance of the requirement, some colleges still insist that students pass a swimming test before successfully completing their education. University of North Carolina is th... more


Placebo Effect Not Always Understood in Depression Treatments and Study
Monday, May 08, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

In a talk that she gave at this year's meeting of the Society for Neuroscience Dr. Helen Mayberg discussed the often misunderstood role of the placebo in depression treatments. Clinical Psychiatry Ne... more


Senator Looks to Help Others by Sharing His Experience with Suicide
Monday, May 08, 2006 By BlogMeister
Category: Depression

Three years after his sonís suicide at 21, Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-Oregon) has published a book and co-sponsored Congressional legislation with the ultimate goal of helping to prevent suc... more


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