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Mild shock therapy may ease anxiety and depression, but not chronic pain

(Reuters Health) - People with anxiety and depression might feel a little better after they get mild electric shock therapy, but it ’s unclear how much it will help or whether this treatment might ease other conditions, researchers say.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

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Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling Ever wonder what other people are wondering about? I know I do. So, here are the top 10 health searches in Google for 2017. And just so you don’t have to look each one up, I’ve provided a brief answer. You’re welcome. 1.  What causes hiccups? I was surprised this one made it to the top 10 list of health searches. Maybe this search is common because hiccups are as mysterious as they are universal. I’ve written about hiccups before, but let’s just say the cause in any individual person is rarely known or knowable. Then again, the reason hiccups stop is als...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: This Scoping Review shows that functional capacity, sleep, personal development, peer support and family functioning are interesting lines in published works. However, gaps in knowledge are detected in areas such as risk behaviours, the consequences that pain can cause in adulthood and gender inequalities. PMID: 29452750 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Gaceta Sanitaria - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Gac Sanit Source Type: research
Discussion, we all know why they performed this study, what they expected it to show, and how it will be cited for years to come. It demonstrates an association between morphine and worse outcomes in patients with ST-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI). I don’t know why everyone has been ganging up on poor old morphine for acute coronary syndrome (ACS)—maybe because it’s been beloved by so many for so long—but while I may not be able to empathize with the hardships of being popular, I sympathize with the hate it’s been receiving and hope to offer some exculpation.   How did we g...
Source: EMS 12-Lead - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
AbstractThe purpose of the current study was to examine the relative utility of the most updated MMPI adult instrument, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF), which was designed to address psychometric limitations of the MMPI-2. To this end, we compared mean scores and correlates of emotional distress treatment outcomes using the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales in a sample of 230 patients (73 males, 157 females) who had completed an interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation program. Structural equation modeling analyses indicated that higher scale scores from all the MMPI-2-RF...
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
This study explored the mediating role of catastrophizing, acceptance, and coping in the relationship between pain and emotional distress/disability in a FM sample. Ninety-two FM patients and 51 healthy participants controls were evaluated on pain- and psychological-related variables. Catastrophizing, acceptance, behavioral coping, and emotional coping were significantly correlated with emotional distress and/or disability. Catastrophizing had a significant effect as a mediator on the relationship between pain and depression/anxiety. The current management of FM could improve by including cognitive techniques aimed at modi...
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
Patients experiencing chronic pain and depression may be more likely to stop taking opioids if they adhere to their antidepressants, reports astudy published in theBritish Journal of Psychiatry. Further analysis also suggests that halting opioid use contributes to improvements in depression.“Depression can worsen pain and is common in patients who remain long-term prescription opioid users,” Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine said in a press release. “Effective depression treatment may break the mutually reinforcing opioid-depression relatio nship and increase the li...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: antidepressant depression Jeffrey Scherrer medication adherence prescription opioid use Veterans Health Administration Source Type: research
The objectives of this study were to (1) translate and culturally adapt 10 − and 2-item versions of the Connor Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC), and the 13-item Pain Catastrophising Scale (PCS) into Nepali (PCS-NP) and (2) evaluate their psychometric properties. After translation, the CD-RISC-2, the CD-RISC-10 and the PCS were administered to Nepali-speaking individua ls with chronic pain along with measures of validity criterion (validated Nepalese versions of the 5-point PROMIS scale of pain intensity, 21-item Beck Depression Inventory, and 21− item Beck Anxiety Inventory).
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
The primary objective of this study was to survey patients referred to a university-based headache with headaches, and look at difference of chronic daily headaches (CDH) compared to episodic headaches regarding perceived stress, anxiety and depression. Patients referred to specialty headache clinics are more likely to have CDH, to be intractable, and have medication overuse. These patients report increased rates of mood, anxiety, and stress. All new patients at a tertiary headache clinic complete a detailed patient intake questionnaire prior to their first visit.
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
Pain is defined as a sensory and emotional experience, and research has mapped somatic sensations for various emotions in healthy individuals. We sought to extend this research to patients with chronic pain and to better characterize these patients and elucidate associations between pain locations and emotional distress, utilizing the Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry (CHOIR), an electronic patient registry and learning health system. Data were collected from 7,276 patients who completed an online survey of demographics, pain characteristics, PROMIS measures of depression, anxiety, and anger, and a bodymap...
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
Previous research has demonstrated that chronic pain (CP) is associated with decreased quality-of-life (QOL), including deteriorations in perceived social support (PSS), which is furthermore associated with decrements in other QOL domains. Despite recognition that PSS can be a positive coping resource for people with chronic pain, longitudinal research on the relationships between PSS and QOL is lacking. For the current study, it was hypothesized that higher levels of PSS (companionship, emotional support, informational support, and instrumental support) would predict improvements in QOL variables (pain interference, disab...
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
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