Archive for the ‘Research and Treatment’ Category

Your phone knows if you’re depressed

July 15th, 2015

// Time spent on smartphone and GPS location sensor data detect depression NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CHICAGO — You can fake a smile, but your phone knows the truth. Depression can be detected from your smartphone sensor data by tracking the number of minutes you use the phone and your daily geographical locations, reports a small Northwestern Medicine study. […]

1 in 5 Primary Care Visits were Mental Health-Related

December 11th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s November 28, 2014, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), highlighted that in 2010, 20% of all visits to primary care physicians included at least one of the following mental health indicators: depression screening, counseling, a mental health diagnosis or reason for visit, psychotherapy, or provision of a psychotropic […]

Getting Help for Depression

August 12th, 2014

In any given year, 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. are affected by depression. Depression is a brain disorder that affects how you feel, think, and act. People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual and his or her […]

Over One Third of Adults With MDE Did Not Speak With a Health Professional

February 27th, 2014

In any given year, about 7% of the U.S. adult population experiences a major depressive episode (MDE). In a recent issue of The NSDUH Report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration looked at combined data from the 2008 to 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) that showed that more […]

Integrated Healthcare Works

September 12th, 2013

In Minnesota, individuals with serious mental illnesses lose 24 years of life expectancy compared to those without these disorders. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and obesity contribute to this early mortality. However, many of these health risks can be prevented or managed by early detection, treatment, and healthy lifestyle changes. An integrated […]

Study Finds that Lifestyle Changes Can Lead to Weight Loss for People with SMI

April 11th, 2013

For people with serious mental illness (SMI) the risk for being overweight or obese is significant. Four out of five people with SMI are overweight or obese in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being overweight or obese can increase your risk for coronary heart disease, type 2 […]

A Reason To Make a Change?

October 3rd, 2012

Antipsychotic medications can be effective in treating psychotic symptoms among people with schizophrenia or related disorders. Unfortunately, some commonly used antipsychotics are associated with serious metabolic side effects such as weight gain and heightened cholesterol levels. These health complications can lead to heart disease or diabetes. In some circumstances, it may be possible for people […]

Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Be Informed!

September 6th, 2011

According to findings from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), approximately 38% of American adults used some form of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) and spent about $33.9 billion on CAM services and products. The increased use of CAM shows that individuals are seeking ways to enhance their health and wellness; however, the effectiveness […]

Medication vs. Therapy?

July 25th, 2011

Which of these treatments is most effective?  This is a question that doesn’t always have a clear answer.  Antidepressants have become the most frequently prescribed drug in doctor’s offices and outpatient clinics today.  In fact, between 1996 and 2005 the number of people in the United States taking antidepressants has doubled in size. In a […]

FDA Safety Alert – Risperidone (Risperdal) and Ropinirole (Requip): Medication Errors – Name Confusion

June 16th, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified health care professionals and the public of medication error reports in which patients were given risperidone (Risperdal) instead of ropinirole (Requip) and vice versa. In some cases, individuals who took the wrong medication needed to be hospitalized. The FDA determined that the factors contributing to the confusion between […]