Reducing severity of PTSD symptoms long-term holds significant public-health and economic implications.
New research published in The Lancet Psychiatry finds that mental health diagnosis should be more collaborative. The study found evidence that service users can feel isolated, confused and distressed when a diagnosis is not discussed with them, is discovered via health records, in a letter or inadvertently mentioned in a care meeting. Instead, doctors should work alongside service users to approach diagnosis in a way that is sensitive to individual needs and preferences, so that they explain difficulties, give hope, empower and guide recovery.
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Epharmix, a digital health company, have created a new automated text messaging service that may curb opioid abuse and prevent relapse. Patients receive text messages to gauge if they're feeling OK or struggling with potential relapse. Patients also can activate a panic button to request immediate help.
People with Parkinson's disease who show signs of depression may actually have a condition called demoralization, according to a study published in the April 4, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. That study found demoralization may be common in Parkinson's disease.
Researchers have found that when a person rates their current mental health as 'positive' despite meeting criteria for a mental health problem, it can predict good mental health in the future, even without treatment.
A new paper published in Music Therapy Perspectives examines the importance of music therapy in military healthcare. There has been an increase in music therapy to treat combat-related injuries in recent years. With this growth in the use of the therapy, the researchers involved believe it's important for practitioners to publish more program evaluations and patient outcomes data.
'What patients bring to their clinicians is their stories,' writes behavioral scientist Thomas Egnew. It is through these stories that clinicians try to understand and treat patients' health.
In 2004 California voters created a special tax on people with high incomes to help pay for expanded mental health services. A new study finds that the tax has allowed Los Angeles County to reach the seriously mentally ill and those at risk for mental illness with services and prevention efforts.
Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should be recommended for genetic testing did not get it. A quarter of these patients were not counseled about their potential risk, a new study finds.
In a new study, two professors are looking at bullying based on stigma -- where one is treated unfairly or unjustly due to one's race, sexual orientation, gender, or other characteristic -- and examining the methods used to prevent this type of bullying and address it when it happens.