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Mental health groups hail star’s bipolar admission

OS ANGELES (AFP) – Catherine Zeta-Jones’ admission that she has bipolar disorder has been welcomed by mental health groups as helping fight the stigma attached to the disease, which afflicts a number of celebrities. Doctors also emphasize that the Welsh actress, treated following the stress of husband Michael Douglas’s recent…

Electrode therapy aids compulsive disorder: scientists

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The use of brain surgery to treat psychiatric disorders has long been controversial, but new technologies are emerging that can help people with severe illnesses, scientists said on Friday. However, experts urged caution because they still do not understand exactly how these therapies work, and so they…

Doctors turn X-Box game into PTSD therapy

US doctors are treating soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder by plunging them back into combat using a virtual reality game that simulates scenes from Iraq and Afghanistan. The therapeutic game, called Virtual Iraq or Virtual Afghanistan, was developed from the X-Box game Full Spectrum Warrior, a combat tactical simulation…

Epidemic? Half of US teens ‘meet criteria for mental disorder’

WASHINGTON — Around half of US teens meet the criteria for a mental disorder and nearly one in four report having a mood, behavior or anxiety disorder that interferes with daily life, American researchers say. Fifty-one percent of boys and 49 percent of girls aged 13-19 have a mood, behavior,…

No link found between vaccine mercury and autism

A new government study adds to the evidence that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative until recently found in many vaccines, does not increase children’s risk of autism. It shows kids who had been exposed as babies to high levels of the preservative — through vaccines they received or their mothers received…

Misdiagnosed anti-psychotic drug may be killing stressed veterans

Traumatized vets take potent drug to help them sleep, but questions loom about potential risks Andrew White returned from a nine-month tour in Iraq beset with signs of post-traumatic stress disorder: insomnia, nightmares, constant restlessness. Doctors tried to ease his symptoms using three psychiatric drugs, including a potent anti-psychotic called…

Soldiers with PTSD dismissed, told they have ‘personality disorder’

At the height of the Iraq war, the Army routinely dismissed hundreds of soldiers for having a personality disorder when they were more likely suffering from the traumatic stresses of war, discharge data suggests. Under pressure from Congress and the public, the Army later acknowledged the problem and drastically cut…

Obama plans to expand PTSD care with ’21st century’ veterans administration

President Barack Obama announced Saturday his administration will make it easier for military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder to receive the benefits they need. “This is a long-overdue step that will help veterans not just of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, but generations of their brave predecessors who…

More troops hospitalized for mental health than any other reason

More U.S. troops were hospitalized for mental health disorders than any other reason in 2009. Mental health hospitalizations throughout the military topped injuries, battle wounds and even pregnancy and childbirth for the first time in 15 years of tracking by the Pentagon’s Medical Surveillance Monthly report. USA Today‘s Gregg Zoroya…

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