A mother shares her futile attempts to get treatment for her mentally ill son and the last few moments of his life.
A man with schizophrenia describes what it is like to be psychotic and not know it.
Read the first-hand account here - http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/about-us/our-blog/69-no-state/2503-what-its-like-to-be-psychotic-guest-column
In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about the importance of recent large philanthropic gifts to fund basic research on the brain.
Read the full post at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2014/funding-research-it-takes-a-village.shtml
In referring to the recent death of Robin Williams, Dr. Insel talks about the continuing need for research to develop better treatments for serious mental illness.
Read the full post at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2014/robin-williams.shtml
This issue of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinical Digest provides information on what the science currently says about the clinical effects of massage for several health conditions, including pain, cancer, and depression.
Want to learn more? Go to - http://nccam.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/massage?nav=upd
In a blog about Brain Awareness Month, NIMH Director Thomas Insel talks about the complexity of the brain and challenges ahead for research to understand it.
Read the full post at - http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2014/brain-awareness.shtml
Most people who abuse prescription opioid drugs get them for free from a friend or relative – but those at highest risk of overdose are as likely to get them from a doctor’s prescription, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers reported in the JAMA Internal Medicine. This finding underscores the need for prevention efforts that focus on physicians’ prescribing behaviors and patients at highest risk for overdose.
View the full press release here - http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0303-prescription-opioids.html
Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., a NIMH grantee at the University of North Carolina, debunked nine myths about eating disorders at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD. Among her key messages:
• Eating disorders do not discriminate; they affect males and females, young and old.
• You can’t tell by someone’s size whether they have an eating disorder.
• Families do not cause eating disorders – they can be patients’ best allies in treatment.
• Both genetic and environmental factors influence eating disorders.
• Eating disorders are serious biologically-influenced mental illnesses, not passing fads.
• Complete recovery is possible.
Go to http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2014/9-eating-disorders-myths-busted.shtml to watch a video about each myth
The largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among U.S. military personnel released its first findings related to suicide attempts and deaths in a series of three Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry articles. Findings from The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) include: the rise in suicide deaths from 2004 to 2009 occurred not only in currently and previously deployed soldiers, but also among soldiers never deployed; nearly half of soldiers who reported suicide attempts indicated their first attempt was prior to enlistment; and soldiers reported higher rates of certain mental disorders than civilians, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intermittent explosive disorder (recurrent episodes of extreme anger or violence), and substance use disorder.
Nearly one-third of incarcerated women are currently suffering serious mental illness and 43 percent of women in jails and prisons meet criteria for having ever had a serious mental illness, concludes a new report published in the journal Psychiatric Services in Advance.