#Mental Disorder

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Prolonged grief disorder recognized as official diagnosis. Here’s what to know about chronic mourning.

With the United States surpassing 727,000 deaths from covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, millions have been left grieving the losses of their loved ones. As a psychologist, I bear witness to the emotional and physical pain, sadness, anger, fear, isolation and struggle of those who mourn. They often feel like there is a wall between them and the rest of the world, like our accelerated, progress- and positivity-centered society does not allow for grieving and honoring the deceased.
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Why are teen girls developing tics after watching Tourette Syndrome TikToks?

Sure, the Megan Knees Challenge might leave you with some lingering leg soreness, but most TikTok content is pretty harmless. What worries some mental health experts are the subtle effects the video app can have even after young people put away their phones. A Wall Street Journal story suggests that it makes not only challenges and dances go viral — but also behaviors typically associated with neuropsychiatric disorders. On Tuesday, the outlet reported that doctors have noticed an increase in teenage girls reaching out about twitching movements and vocal outbursts, known as tics. Most of them had watched TikToks of influencers who they said have Tourette syndrome, a nervous system disorder in which tics are the primary symptoms.
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International Business Times

Doctors Remove 13-Pound Hairball From 20-Year-Old Woman's Stomach

A 20-year-old woman, who has a rare mental disorder, was rescued by doctors who removed a hairball weighing 13 pounds from her stomach. The woman suffers from trichotillomania, which triggers a recurrent, irresistible urge to pull out hair from the scalp or body. The patient, whose identity has not been...

Can Drug Addiction Cause Bipolar Disorder?

Once called manic depression, bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can severely disrupt a person’s life. Bipolar symptoms include extreme mood swings, emotional dysregulation and drastically shifting energy levels. In this article, we’ll explore the relationship between mental health disorders like bipolar disorder and substance use disorder...

The fleeing man (37) beheaded the grandfather

This person is wanted by the French police. He is said to have beheaded his grandfather. The operation took place in the French city of Pollen in the south of France. Horror in southern France! On Wednesday morning, a man was beheaded and destroyed in the southern French city of Bologna. According to the BFMTV broadcaster, two nurses found the body in the accused’s apartment.

Drug use disorders impact families and individuals

Rowan Marrs, visual communication design freshman, witnessed her stepmother and her stepmother’s sister struggle with substance abuse, and she has experienced how it could tear a family apart, she said. “A lot of the time, people don’t realize it’s happening,” Marrs said. “You need that helping hand, you need somebody...

Bipolar Disorder: Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health disorder characterized by emotional extremes. People with bipolar disorder typically experience periods of abnormally elevated or irritable moods and increased energy (known as mania or the milder hypomania) and periods of depression. They may also experience mixed episodes that share features of both mania and depression.

How Graphic Narratives Make My Illness Feel Seen

As a writer, I am instinctively drawn to using language as my descriptive tool of choice. I have an arsenal of tricks to use: metaphors, similes, analogies, references, the objective correlative, and more. With the robust English language at my fingers, it would seem that nothing could be indescribable as there are words for everything.
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9 Foods and Beverages That May Promote Calm

Raw fruits and veggies, walnuts and dark chocolate may help promote calm. Some foods and beverages can help promote feelings of calm. If you ever feel anxious, jittery or uneasy, you're in good company. Overall, more than 40 million U.S. adults – a little more than 19% – suffer from an anxiety disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Expert Opinion: Why ADHD Is Not Just A Kid’s Problem

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD are often thought of as simply being hyperactive, distracted or generally disorganised. However, there’s much more than meets the eye. While this attention disorder is usually associated with kids, interestingly, it’s also common in adults. Psychiatrist Dr Laura Comrie explains. How your...

How PR pros can help reduce the stigma around mental illness

Even as more public figures like American gymnast Simone Biles share their own struggles with anxiety and depression, our society is still woefully underprepared for the mental health conversations that will be needed as the COVID-19 pandemic heads into its third calendar year. Reducing the stigma around mental illness has...

Comfort in the Dark: Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) catches me by surprise every year. It shouldn’t. Feeling down in the darker months is as much a part of the rhythm of seasons as the leaves changing in the fall and the first daffodil shoots in the spring. But for some reason, as the kids...

Regional specificity and clinical correlates of cortical GABA alterations in posttraumatic stress disorder

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) metabolism is implicated in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and may be altered in prefrontal-limbic brain regions involved in arousal regulation. This study used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to test the hypothesis that PTSD and trauma-exposed non-PTSD comparison (TENC) adults have significantly different GABA than healthy comparison (HC) subjects in two brain areas implicated in arousal (medial prefrontal cortex, insula) but not in a control brain area (posterior temporal cortex). We also examined whether GABA alterations correlated with hyperarousal and dissociation symptoms. One hundred and fourteen participants (39 PTSD, 34 TENC, 41 HC) underwent 3T MRS of the medial prefrontal, right insular, and right posterior temporal cortices, and the GABA plus macromolecule signal (GABA+) was normalized to creatine (Cr). The Clinician Administered PTSD Scale measured hyperarousal symptoms, including sleep disruption. The Dissociative Experiences Scale assessed dissociation symptoms. PTSD and TENC participants had significantly lower mPFC GABA+/Cr than HC participants, and this deficit was significantly correlated with greater dissociation. Compared with HC, PTSD patients but not TENC had significantly lower insula GABA+/Cr. Total hyperarousal symptoms and sleep disruption were not significantly associated with GABA+/Cr alterations in either region. Our findings point to lower GABA in cortical areas implicated in arousal regulation in PTSD and suggest that GABA alterations are associated with symptoms of trauma-related psychopathology but not always a biomarker of diagnosis. These findings also add to evidence that dissociation has distinct neural correlates within PTSD, including high excitability of medial prefrontal cortex.

What Are Neurobehavioral Disorders?

Neurobehavioral disorders are a group of conditions associated with brain impairments, injuries, or diseases such as dementia or multiple sclerosis. ADHD, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette's Syndrome are considered neurobehavioral disorders. In some instances, these disorders overlap. For example, this means that a child with one disorder, let’s say autism,...

RICHARDSON: Obsession-driven fishing

I looked up the term obsessive-compulsive disorder the other day because my friends have hinted strongly that there’s something wrong with me. They say I’m always going fishing, talking about going fishing, planning to go fishing or describing my latest exploits for their benefit. The medical dictionary describes an obsessive-compulsive...

PTSD Reclassification & Our Nation’s Heroes

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or ‘PTSD’ means many things to many people. Put simply, it is considered a disorder which occurs in persons who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. It often occurs in survivors of war, natural disasters, serious accidents, and other traumatic events. Symptoms range from person to person, but can include anxiety, nightmares, re-experiencing of trauma, and other symptoms. It is unfortunately a common occurrence amongst veterans of war, although statistics vary across different periods of wartime.

Do Not Drink, Do Not Drive: Alcohol Use Disorder in the Elderly

The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Case Conference is a weekly event in which physicians and staff discuss challenging and/or teaching cases of patients seen at the Institute’s Stead Family Memory Clinic. These conferences are attended by a multidisciplinary group that includes Banner Alzheimer’s Institute dementia specialists, community physicians (internal medicine, family medicine, and radiology), physician assistants, social workers, nurses, medical students, residents, and fellows. The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has an unusually ambitious mission: to end Alzheimer’s disease without losing a generation, set a new standard of care for patients and families, and forge a model of collaboration in biomedical research. The Institute provides high-level care and treatment for patients affected by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and related disorders. In addition, the Institute offers extensive support services for families and many unique and rewarding research opportunities.

NAMI Memphis president shares how the pandemic impacted his own mental illness

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Memphis is seeing an increase in the number of people reaching out for help during the pandemic. The chapter’s president has been impacted from COVID-19 on his own disorder. “I struggle with voices, with depression and anxiety every day,” said...