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|January 28, 2010
|| Brain Imaging Machine Can Diagnose Post-Traumatic Stress
A brain mapping technology from the 1960s might have a new use in the 21st century: Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is able to accurately identify post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in about 90 percent of people with the condition, according to a study published in the Journal of Neural Engineering and reported by CNET. The machine could substantially increase the likelihood of figuring out whether returning soldiers might need treatment.
|January 26, 2010
|January 21, 2010
|| Psychological Recovery for Haitians and Rescuers Won’t Be Quick or Easy
Psychological recovery from the humanitarian disaster in Haiti will take much longer than other types of recovery, according to experts interviewed by the Voice of America and ABC News. Many residents of Haiti and those who have traveled to the country to aid in recovery efforts are expected to suffer extreme psychological hardship in the wake of the 7.0-magnitute earthquake that struck the island January 12.
|January 15, 2010
|January 14, 2010
|| Black Men Overly Diagnosed as Schizophrenic
Black men, particularly civil rights activists, have historically received an incorrect diagnosis of schizophrenia at five times the rate of any other group of people, according to a new book by Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry and women’s studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
|January 07, 2010
|| Antidepressants Might Benefit Only Severe Depression
Antidepressants might benefit only people with more severe depression, according to a new study published January 6 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and reported by The New York Times.
|January 06, 2010
|| Depression Treatment Reaches Few
Only about half of people with major depression receive treatment for the disorder and one fifth receive treatment consistent with current practice guidelines, according to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry and reported by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). What’s more, African Americans and Mexican Americans were the least likely to receive treatment.
|January 05, 2010
|| HIV Experts: Transgender Identity Is a Medical Condition, Not a Mental Illness
Transgender identity should be classified as a medical condition and not a mental illness, according to HIV experts as reported by Pink News. The issue was raised at the second International Experts’ Meeting on HIV Prevention for MSM, WSW [men who have sex with men, and women who have sex with women] and Transgenders in Amsterdam last November.