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Sleep Medication Recommendations Clinicians and Patients May Not Have Expected from the Sleep Academy

Recently, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reviewed the evidence from randomized controlled trials to give clinicians a guide to prescribing medications for chronic insomnia in adults. They defined chronic insomnia as more than 3 months of insomnia with 3 or more episodes a week.   One recommendation was for CBT-I (cognitive behavior therapy for …
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Is There Evidence for Antidepressant Medications in Children and Adolescents?

When a young individual presents with serious symptoms of depression, parents have difficult decisions to make about how to address the condition. A recent meta-analysis in the Lancet (statistical analysis of many different studies) aimed to shed light on the evidence base for the prescription of antidepressant medication (such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like …
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Lab Tests for an Anxious Person?

When someone is experiencing anxiety, usually the first thought is that it is generated primarily in the mind and that there are no other possibilities for the symptoms. After a thorough mental health exam, further exploration of the physical health is also important to make sure that a general medical disorder is not present in …
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DSM 5 Updates, Bringing Mind and Body Together

The new DSM 5 (the standard in the assessment of mental health disorders) has been rolled out and as clinicians become more familiar with the changes, two disorders in particular has had significant changes in conceptualization. The previous manual (DSM IV-TR) contained somatization disorder which consisted of such stringent criteria that it’s diagnosis was made …
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Psychiatry and Preschool Children

Treating mental illness in young children (preschoolers: defined by the CDC as ages 3-5) is a unique challenge and in some cases can involve the use of psychiatric medication. This is an area where a child psychiatrist is best suited, but even with specialized training, following current literature and evidence is very important. The Preschool …
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Lifestyle Intervention for Mental Health- Nutrition

A healthy diet can have many health benefits including improving one’s mental functioning and mood. Pay attention to the kinds of food you’re eating, and also if you’re getting adequate nutrition during the day. Sometimes, with a very busy schedule, we skip meals or eat inadequate portions or types of foods. Ensuring that we have …
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Lifestyle Intervention for Mental Health- Exercise

Exercise can assist us in having improved mental health. Even light exercise, such as a 30 minute slow walk on a consistent basis can have positive effects on mood. Most of the evidence supports exercise improving symptoms of depression, but it could potentially have use in other conditions such as anxiety. It can be very …
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Can Depression Symptoms Be Related to a Physical Condition?

Often it is thought that the diagnostic possibilities of depression, a rather common mental health issue, would include dysthymia (mild and chronic depression not meeting the full criteria of major depression), adjustment disorder (excessive reaction to life stress), and bipolar disorder, to name a few. However depression symptoms can also be a sign of a …
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Sleep Medication Recommendations Clinicians and Patients May Not Have Expected from the Sleep Academy

Recently, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine reviewed the evidence from randomized controlled trials to give clinicians …

Medication

Is There Evidence for Antidepressant Medications in Children and Adolescents?

When a young individual presents with serious symptoms of depression, parents have difficult decisions to make about how …

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Lab Tests for an Anxious Person?

When someone is experiencing anxiety, usually the first thought is that it is generated primarily in the mind and that there …