News on Emotional Health

Mental or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.  Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics.  Mentally and emotionally healthy people have a general sense of contentment, resiliency to bounce back from adversity, the ability to laugh and have fun, a sense of meaning or purpose in life, flexibility to learn and adapt to change, the capacity to maintain a balance in the different areas of their lives and an overall self-confidence.

03/02/2010 - News

Exercise Reduces Anxiety in Patients with Chronic Illness

Anxiety is an unpleasant mood characterized by thoughts of worry. If anxiety becomes severe and chronic, it can develop into a debilitating disorder that affects a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Anxiety symptoms and disorders are common among people with chronic illness, but it is often overlooked by physician as an expected response to illness so it may go unrecognized and untreated. In the February 22, 2010 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, scientists report that exercise training reduces anxiety symptoms among sedentary patients with chronic illness. Read more

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02/05/2010 - News

Brain Stimulation Effective for Post-Traumatic Stress

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to an ordeal, such as war, a natural disease, or a violent assault, in which serious physical harm was threatened or occurred. The main treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder is psychotherapy. However, according to an online report in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, non-invasive brain stimulation is effective for relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more

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01/13/2010 - News

Diabetes Distress May Affect Blood Sugar Control

Diabetes distress is a term that encompasses the concerns a person with diabetes may have about disease self-management, emotional support, and the psychological aspects of dealing with a chronic disease. According to new research published in the January 2010 issue of Diabetes Care, the effects of diabetes distress may extend beyond psychosocial consequences to physiological ones. Read more

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12/23/2009 - News

Depression Increases Mortality in Atrial Fibrillation

 Depression has been associated with worse outcomes in many cardiac conditions, including congestive heart failure (CHF). Read more

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07/03/2009 - News

Suicide Linked to Alcohol Intoxication

During 2001-2005, an estimated annual 79,646 alcohol-attributable deaths (AAD) were attributed to the harmful effects of excessive alcohol use and an estimated 5,800 AAD were associated each year with suicide. Read more

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06/18/2009 - News

FDA Investigating Behavior Changes with Asthma Medication

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement about their ongoing investigation of a possible association between use of the asthma and allergy drug, montelukast (marketed as Singulair®), and the development of behavior or mood changes, including suicidal thoughts and suicide . Read more

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06/18/2009 - News

News for Caregivers

The number of caregivers, people who take care of other adults or children with special medical needs, is growing. Read more

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04/30/2009 - News
06/26/2008 - News

Antipsychotics Get a New Label

Physicians sometimes use antipsychotic medications to manage behavioral problems in patients with dementia. Read more

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03/28/2008 - News

The Genetics of Post-Traumatic Stress

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after being exposure to a terrifying event, such as military combat, a terrorist attack, or a natural disaster, in which serious physical harm was sustained or threatened. At least 7-8% of the US population is affected by PTSD. Read more

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