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Bipolar disorder linked with gray matter loss

A new study indicates global bipolar disorder is connected to thinning of gray matter in the brain regions responsible for inhibition and emotion. This finding comes from the University of Oslo’s Faculty of Medicine.

Ketamine provides hope for treatment of clinical depression

York - New research into the drug ketamine shows it can be used to treat some cases of depression where existing medications have not been successful. This has led some to call for the drug to be rolled out.

Essential Science: Virtual reality game detects schizophrenia

Exeter - A low-cost, but effective, means of detecting schizophrenia has been developed by means of a virtual reality "game." The computer program requires users to replicate the movement of a computer avatar.

Study links vitamin D deficiency to autism

Children who are born to women deficient in vitamin D, at 20 weeks, are more likely to show signs of autism by the time they reach the age of six, according to a new study from Australia.

Essential Science: Electroconvulsive shock treatment on the rise

Electroconvulsive shock treatment, once a fairly common treatment for mental illness, is regaining popularity and could be set to make a comeback to the psychiatric mainstream.

Gabon's mentally ill 'treated like animals'

- The buildings are decrepit, the lawns unkempt, the patients left to shuffle alone and unwatched among weeds -- welcome to Gabon's sole psychiatric hospital.

Catching depression early for good mental health

Is it possible to diagnose depression before it takes a grip? Two research groups think so and they have devised a new brain imaging system, aimed at children.

Broad Institute's groundbreaking announcement on psychiatric research Commissioned

On Tuesday, July 22, at 10 a.m. ET the Broad Institute and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research delivered a groundbreaking announcement about psychiatric research research.

Op-Ed: Banal science — Love or lust is where you look?

Chicago - In what may well be the behavioural science gimme of all time, scientists have stumbled on the information that whether a person looks at the face or body indicates love or lust. That was worth waiting 4 billion years to find out.

Morocco's mentally ill await deliverance from their 'demons'

- A thin mist hangs in the air as a handful of troubled souls wander aimlessly around the Bouya Omar mausoleum in central Morocco, the occasional chilling cry rising from behind its walls.

Op-Ed: World first — Memories being made seen for the first time

New York - This news is fascinating, but scary, too. Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have imaged the brain of a mouse creating memories using protein synthesis.

5 psychiatric disorders share common genetic link

Scientists recently identified the five psychiatric disorders that share a common genetic link: bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Depression and heart disease linked, calls for 'psychocardiology'

With science pointing to links between heart disease and mental disorders like depression, calls have emerged for a new sub-specialty on 'psychocardiology.'

Op-Ed: Is the DSM-V turning psychiatric diagnosis into a crock?

I'm not going to pretend to be an expert in psychiatry. But the proposed DSM-V - the bible of psychiatric diagnosis - seems fundamentally flawed to me. Can someone convince me this upcoming edition is not turning psychiatric diagnosis into a crock?

U.S. psychiatrists drop 'Asperger's disorder' from list

The term “Asperger's disorder" has been dropped from the official manual used by the American Psychiatric Association, which has recently been published. This could have implications for the diagnosis of cases of autism.

Op-Ed: The Legacy of Thomas Szasz

Thomas Szasz died September 8 this year. What is the legacy of the man who said there is no such thing as mental illness, and that psychiatry is a scam?

Op-Ed: Do selfish people have small minds? Physically, yes, in part

Sydney - If you’ve ever been inflicted with a really selfish person, seen the pettiness and the immaturity, “small minded” is one of the more natural, if much too polite, descriptions. It seems selfish people actually do have a smaller part of the brain.

Higher altitudes hide deadly problem: Increased risk for suicide

Salt Lake City - The Intermountain West in the U.S. is renowned for the beauty of its towering mountains and high deserts, but the region’s lofty altitudes significantly influence a deadly problem: the high prevalence of suicides in this part of the country.

Anti-psychiatry conference aims to bring about end of psychiatry

Toronto - When it comes to causes, this one ranks amongst the least supported in the world. Psychiatry is big business these days, and the anti-psychiatry movement does not enjoy popular public support.

Borderline Personality Disorder Under-Diagnosed

“She's really moody, “ my friend said. “Do you think she has borderline personality disorder?” I answered, “ I think that's difficult to say.” It turns out that new research supports how difficult that diagnosis is to make.

Scientology Claims 'Epidemic of Rape' by Psychiatrists

Scientology has declared that there is currently an "epidemic" of rape by psychiatrists, according to a recently released video. In addition, a leading Scientologist claims that all psychiatrists, "man for man," are "wildly sexually aberrant."

Op-Ed: Social psychiatry and the threat-assessment part of the brain

The mapping of the human brain continues much like the early exploration of Earth. A new world, in many ways. The only real difference is that people have to define what they’re looking for, instead of bumping in to things and naming them.

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