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Fears are a common part of an individual’s life. However, a phobia is more than a simple fear. It starts and develops into something massive when the affected person begins to organise their life around avoiding the feared object – be it an animal, insect, place, situation or just about anything.
Targeting symptoms, rather than disorders, might help reduce work impact of mental health issues

Targeting symptoms, rather than disorders, might help reduce work impact of mental health issues

​Symptoms such as insomnia and emotional distress account for much of the work impact of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, reports a study in the February issue of Medical Care. [More]
Study finds discrepancies in prevalence estimates of mental disorders in middle-aged and older adults

Study finds discrepancies in prevalence estimates of mental disorders in middle-aged and older adults

Common methods of assessing mental or physical disorders may consistently underestimate the prevalence of mental disorders among middle-aged and older adults, a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. [More]

Minnesota professor receives Hazelden's Dan Anderson Research Award for hybrid CBT study

Matt G. Kushner, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) has earned the latest Dan Anderson Research Award for his study examining the effectiveness of a hybrid cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of individuals with co-occurring anxiety disorders and alcohol dependence. [More]
Connectivity, size of brain can predict degree of anxiety in young children

Connectivity, size of brain can predict degree of anxiety in young children

Prolonged stress and anxiety during childhood is a risk factor for developing anxiety disorders and depression later in life. Now, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have shown that by measuring the size and connectivity of a part of the brain associated with processing emotion - the amygdala - they can predict the degree of anxiety a young child is experiencing in daily life. [More]
FDA approves OTREXUP injection for adults with RA, children with active pJIA

FDA approves OTREXUP injection for adults with RA, children with active pJIA

Antares Pharma, Inc. today announced the approval of OTREXUP (methotrexate) injection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. OTREXUP is the first FDA approved subcutaneous methotrexate for once weekly self-administration with an easy-to-use, single dose, disposable auto injector. [More]
Only small proportion of adults receive formal diagnosis, treatment for ADHD

Only small proportion of adults receive formal diagnosis, treatment for ADHD

Up to two-thirds of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder find their disorder persists into adulthood yet only a small proportion of adults ever receive a formal diagnosis and treatment, research suggests. [More]
Comorbid anxiety warns of bipolar psychotherapy need

Comorbid anxiety warns of bipolar psychotherapy need

Comorbid anxiety may flag those patients with bipolar depression who are in particular need of intensive psychotherapy, suggest findings from the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder. [More]
Evidence shows that fear memories can be reduced during sleep

Evidence shows that fear memories can be reduced during sleep

A fear memory was reduced in people by exposing them to the memory over and over again while they slept. It's the first time that emotional memory has been manipulated in humans during sleep, report Northwestern Medicine- scientists. [More]

Case for targeting perfectionism in patients with bipolar disorder

Anxiety and stress symptoms may mediate the association between perfectionism and depressive symptoms in patients with bipolar disorder in a “transdiagnostic” process, say researchers. [More]

Gender warns of bipolar I disorder risks

Researchers have confirmed several features that differ between men and women with bipolar disorder, which may impact on the course and treatment of the condition. [More]

Trypophobia: The most common phobia may occur as result of specific visual feature

Does the sight of soap bubbles, aerated chocolate or a lotus flower seed pod bring you out in a cold sweat and make you feel panicky? If so, you could be a sufferer of one of the most common phobias you have never heard of - trypophobia, or the fear of holes. [More]

Psychotherapist discovers effective behavioral psychology approach to treat relationship stress

Counselor Robert A. Moylan, LCPC has discovered through forty years of psychology research and life experience the simplest and most effective behavioral psychology approach currently available in the world to treat addictions, depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, and personality disorders. His book for adults, "Emotional Core Therapy" is currently the top rated book on Amazon.com in two different categories: "Mental Health" and "Emotions". [More]

Adolescents with symptoms of depression also may be at risk for developing anxiety

Some adolescents who suffer with symptoms of depression also may be at risk for developing anxiety, according to a new study of children's mental health. [More]
USC study shows missing brain protein may be responsible for severe over-worry and fear

USC study shows missing brain protein may be responsible for severe over-worry and fear

A little bit of learned fear is a good thing, keeping us from making risky, stupid decisions or falling over and over again into the same trap. But new research from neuroscientists and molecular biologists at USC shows that a missing brain protein may be the culprit in cases of severe over-worry, where the fear perseveres even when there's nothing of which to be afraid. [More]

Scopolamine can help boost effectiveness of exposure therapy for anxiety disorders

The drug scopolamine has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including nausea and motion sickness. A new study by UCLA life scientists suggests that it may also be useful in treating anxiety disorders. [More]

Scientists discover functional control strategies in emotional circuits of people with social phobia

Fear is a protective function against possible dangers that is designed to save our lives. Where there are problems with this fear mechanism, its positive effects are cancelled out: patients who have a social phobia become afraid of perfectly normal, everyday social situations because they are worried about behaving inappropriately or being thought of as stupid by other people. [More]

Spirituality associated with poor mental health

Individuals who describe themselves as spiritual are more likely to have used drugs, or be dependent on drugs, and also more likely to have generalized anxiety and neurotic disorders than those who are neither spiritual nor religious, research shows. [More]

Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety-related dizziness

Patients with chronic subjective dizziness that is related to anxiety may substantially benefit from a short course of cognitive behavioral therapy, report researchers. [More]
Gastritis linked to mood, anxiety disorders

Gastritis linked to mood, anxiety disorders

Patients with gastritis are at significantly increased risk for mood and anxiety disorders, study results suggest. [More]

Gastritis linked to mood, anxiety disorders

Patients with gastritis are at significantly increased risk for mood and anxiety disorders, study results suggest. [More]