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The “American Sniper” Lesson No One is Talking About

With all the controversy surrounding the movie American Sniper, one point is not getting enough attention:  the societal effects of untreated PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disabling condition resulting from severe stress or trauma.  It’s common in war … Continue reading

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Depression An Allergic Reaction in the Brain? Experts Say Yes.

Psychologists are finally confirming what many of us already suspected:  depression is a physical disorder, not a mental one.  Immune messengers known as cytokines–which help fight infections like the flu–can cause depression when chronically activated. When you’re sick with a … Continue reading

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Harnessing the Mood-Boosting Powers of Opioids

Opioids can have miraculous effects on depression and anxiety, as many addicts will attest to.  Now that information is being put to good use. Enter ALKS-5461, the latest antidepressant in the pipeline. ALKS contains the opioid buprenorphine combined with the … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Shocking Treatments

Today we take a trip back into psychiatry’s not-so-distant past; to a time when convulsions were believed to cure mental illness.  The crude methods used to produce these fits (insulin shock, metrazol and electroconvulsive therapy) are discussed in this “shocking” … Continue reading

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Brain Injury and Mental Illness: CTE

Driving into oncoming traffic.  Drinking antifreeze.  Shooting oneself in the heart.  These are just a few of the bizarre and horrifying ways ex-NFL players with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) have ended their lives. Traumatic brain injury is … Continue reading

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Hemochromatosis: The Celtic Curse that Killed Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a swashbuckling, globetrotting, Nobel prize-winning author who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 61.  While many factors likely contributed to his suicide (repeated head injury, his own father’s suicide, broken marriages, alcoholism), an … Continue reading

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Eye Movement and Schizophrenia

Finally, a subjective diagnostic test for a mental illness! According to a recent study at McGill University in Montreal, impaired reading fluency can be an indicator of schizophrenia.  The study compared the eye movements of 20 schizophrenic patients to those … Continue reading

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