Mental Health

10:42am

Mon May 20, 2013
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ADHD In Childhood May Feed Obesity In Adults

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 6:07 am

Does ADHD affect eating and weight?
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Men who were diagnosed with ADHD as children are more likely to be obese in adulthood, according to a new study.

The men who had ADHD weighed 19 pounds more at age 41 than otherwise similar men who hadn't had ADHD as boys, the researchers found.

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1:04am

Mon May 20, 2013
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If Your Shrink Is A Bot, How Do You Respond?

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 3:19 pm

Ellie is a computer simulation designed to engage real people in meaningful conversation and take their measure. The computer system looks for subtle patterns in body language and vocal inflections that might be clues to underlying depression or other emotional distress.
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3:27pm

Sat May 18, 2013
Mental Health

Alzheimer's Cases Rise, But Hope Remains

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 5:47 pm

Amy Goyer moved back to Phoenix to look after her father, Robert, when he began to show signs of Alzheimer's. He is just one of 5 million Americans living with the disease.
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More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease, and the National Institute on Aging estimates that that number is going to triple by 2050 — in part due to aging baby boomers.

The cost of coping with the disease — currently estimated at $215 billion — is projected to rise to half a trillion dollars by 2050. That amount will likely tax our overburdened health care system, the economy and the families of those affected.

Amy Goyer realized her 84-year-old father Robert's health was deteriorating one night while watching a movie with him.

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3:07pm

Fri May 17, 2013
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Experts Agree: 'Psychiatry's Bible' Is No Bible

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 6:05 am

The new version of the psychiatric "bible" is more of a dictionary, psychiatrists say.
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When the American Psychiatric Association releases its new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -- DSM-5 -- this weekend, lots of journalists and commentators will refer to it as "psychiatry's bible."

That's a term that makes the manual's authors and other mental experts cringe.

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3:21pm

Thu May 16, 2013
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Why Is Psychiatry's New Manual So Much Like The Old One?

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 10:51 am

Despite significant advances in neurology and imaging, researchers still don't have simple lab tests for diagnosing patients with mental disorders. Diagnoses are still mostly based on a patient's signs and symptoms.
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The American Psychiatric Association is about to release an updated version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM helps mental health professionals decide who has problems such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

Psychiatry's new manual, DSM-5, has been nearly 20 years in the making. During that time, scientists have learned a lot about the brain. Yet despite some tweaks to categories such as autism and mood disorders, DSM-5 is remarkably similar to the version issued in 1994.

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