Psychology Around the Net: December 21, 2019

This article lists 8 simple things we can do to help minimize anxiety during the holidays. Grounding Techniques for Holiday Gatherings: During the holiday season, even the most healthy individuals can become destabilized — when your internal sense of calm and confidence is unexpectedly thwarted. And if you struggle with mental health issues, your chances for destabilization increase even more. In this article, the author shares four simple ways we can ground ourselves when we’re feeling unhinged. Lonely, Burned-Out, and Depressed: The State of Millennials’ Mental Health Entering the 2020s: The mental health forecast for Millennials — those who turned 23 to 38 in 2019 — isn’t looking particularly good, according to a new Business Insider report. From burnout to loneliness to deaths of despair, this article details 12 ways in which mental illness has plagued the Millennial generation. 3 Little-Known Disorders Relating to Anxiety: While most people have heard of OCD, PTSD, social anxiety and GAD, there are a few lesser-known anxiety disorders. And for those who struggle with these conditions, they are just as real and disruptive as the more common ones. In this article, the author describes these debilitating disorders and how they are treated. Air Pollution Linked to Increased Risk of Depression and Suicide: Do you live in a polluted city? A growing body of research suggests air pollution has a harmful effect on mental health. Now a new meta-...
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Atypical chest pain is of diverse origin. Typically, we initially consider cardiac etiology. When pain appears non-cardiac, there is a tendency to underestimate the illness, especially if the patient has neuropsychiatric illness. Our resident with dementia and anxiety disorder had chest pain; the diagnosis was unexpected.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: research
Up to 38% of individuals with advanced dementia experience clinical depression. Although studies demonstrate lower rates of clinical depression as dementia advances, this may be attributed to the difficulty of assessment at this stage. Clinical interviews are thorough in assessing depression, though they are time- and resource-contingent. As such, healthcare providers often turn to screening tools or scales. However, conventional tools for assessing depression have problems with validity in this population.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: research
There has been a growing emphasis towards emotional well-being in the care of older adults. This is especially important with regards to residents in a nursing home, where they can often feel marginalized or depressed. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of pet-therapy in improving the mood and well-being in this subset of the population.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: research
Nursing home (NH) residents are at increased risk for malnutrition compared to community-dwelling older adults. Poor nutrition is associated with depression, functional decline, and higher 1-year mortality. Communal dining environments create a social dining atmosphere that increases the amount of food being consumed.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: research
Parkinson ’s disease (PD) is a multifaceted condition that impacts a wide range of functions, including speech. The effect of loss of communication ability creates a cascade of effects which includes decreased participation in social events, social isolation, and potentially depression. If improvements in v oice occur, the cascade can be diverted. A physiological basis, as well as research evidence, supports use of singing to improve voice of those with PD. The implementation of a choir for those with PD has the potential to provide a socially engaging intervention, which is cost effective.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: research
Post-traumatic hydrocephalus (PTH) or secondary normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) are common complications that follow traumatic brain injury (TBI). PTH clinical features are similar to NPH and can be characterized by a triad of gait apraxia, cognitive deficits, and urinary incontinence. Symptoms may progress to psychomotor slowing, dementia, and the need for institutionalized care. Additionally, patients with TBI often experience a loss of impulse control, aggressive behaviors, and personality changes.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Source Type: research
This study investigated whether this risk varied across months and/or methods of suicide. METHODS: Time, date, method (eg, firearm, poisoning), and demographic information for 35,338 suicides were collected from the National Violent Death Reporting System for the years 2003-2010. Time of fatal injury was grouped into 1-hour bins and compared to the estimated hourly proportion of the population awake from the American Time Use Survey for 2003-2010. Negative binomial modeling then generated hourly incidence risk ratios (IRRs) of suicide. Risks were then aggregated into 4 categories: morning (6:00 am to 11:59 am), afterno...
Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: J Clin Psychiatry Source Type: research
Authors: Velasco Á, Rodríguez-Revuelta J, Olié E, Abad I, Fernández-Peláez A, Cazals A, Guillaume S, de la Fuente-Tomás L, Jiménez-Treviño L, Gutiérrez L, García-Portilla P, Bobes J, Courtet P, Sáiz PA Abstract BACKGROUND.: Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), monocyte-to-lymphocyte ratio (MLR), and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) have emerged as important peripheral inflammatory biomarkers. Recent data suggest a possible role of the immune system in the pathophysiology of suicidal behavior (SB). The aim of this study is to evaluate th...
Source: Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Eur Psychiatry Source Type: research
The objectives of this study are: (i) to assess the frequency of self-stigma in a multicentric nonselected psychiatric rehabilitation SMI and ASD sample; and (ii) to investigate the correlates of elevated self-stigma in different SMI conditions and in ASD. METHODS.: A total of 738 SMI or ASD outpatients were recruited from the French National Centers of Reference for Psychiatric Rehabilitation cohort (REHABase). Evaluations included sociodemographic data, illness characteristics, and standardized scales for clinical severity, quality of life, satisfaction with life, wellbeing, personal recovery, a large cognitive batte...
Source: Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Eur Psychiatry Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS.: The findings indicate a potential beneficial role of T-PEMF therapy as an augmentation treatment to ongoing pharmacotherapy in treatment-resistant depression. PMID: 32093804 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Eur Psychiatry Source Type: research
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