A research group from Los Angeles has found that mentally ill, those who are disabled, African Americans, Latinos, Chinese Americans, Korean Americans, and non-US citizens experience a disproportionate burden of the psychosocial impact of terrorism threats. Vulnerable populations were more likely to perceive population-level risk as high. These groups also reported more worry and avoidance […]
The relation between obesity and suicidal behavior remains unclear. In a recent study, data were collected on about 19,000 non-industrial London-based male government employees. In this prospective cohort study, obesity and unexplained weight loss were both independently associated with an increased risk of suicide mortality. It should be noted that unexplained weight loss may be […]
Obesity is a major public health problem in the U.S. and many other countries. Weight loss has been an important target for cardiovascular illness risk reduction. The authors of a review that has recently been published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology suggest that increasing physical activity is enormously important and benefits of exercise are […]
Researchers have long studied the link between creativity and mental illness, and the lines between the two are often blurred. Research suggests that creative people often share more personality traits with the mentally ill than “normal” people in less creative pursuits. One study compared patients with bipolar disorder with a group of healthy people. It […]
An interesting research report suggests that people model each other’s internal states up to 3 degrees away. A group of researchers in the U.S. found that the merriment of one person can ripple out and cause happiness in people up to three degrees away. So if you’re happy, you increase the chance of joy in […]
Leo Sher, M.D. The syndrome of “seasonal affective disorder” (SAD) is a condition where depressions in fall and winter alternate with nondepressed periods in the spring and summer. It has been suggested that in order to be diagnosed as having SAD a patient must met the following criteria: a history of major affective disorder; at […]
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex disorder precipitated by exposure to a psychologically distressing event. PTSD first appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders (DSM-III) in 1980, arising from studies of the Vietnam war, and of civilian victims of natural and man-made disasters. However, the study of PTSD dates back more […]
Alcohol misuse is associated with multiple neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, endocrine and other medical problems.
The association between alcohol use and violence has been documented by many studies. A review of the literature indicated that alcohol was present, during the time of the transgression, in 30–70% of suicide attempters, 18– 66% of suicide completers, 28–86% of homicide offenders, 24–37% of assault offenders, 7–72% of robbery offenders, 13–60% of sexual offenders, […]
Alcohol–induced brain damage Alcohol can damage the brain in many ways. The brain is vulnerable to the toxic effects of alcohol itself and can be affected by alcohol-related damage to other organs, including the liver, pancreas, and heart.