Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment for Depression

A new study from Emory University researchers is showing hopeful results when using Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression. Could this be the beginning of the end for SSRI’s? The study, published in the online issue of Biological Psychiatry, reports that the technique is “generally safe” and gives meaningful improvements in patients as early as…

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental neuropsychiatric disorder in which there are significant problems with executive functions (e.g., attentional control and inhibitory control) that cause attention deficits, hyperactivity, or impulsiveness which is not appropriate for a person’s age. These symptoms must begin by age six to twelve and persist for more than six…

Music In The Mind Made By Rare Hallucinations

Some hear choruses singing folk songs, others hear Mozart or even the Glenn Miller Orchestra. But there is no music; they are hallucinating. Research in the August 8 2000 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology, confirms the region of the brain and condition that causes this rare and bizarre…

Dangerous Personality Disorders

There are many types of personality disorders, some of which can lead to dangerous and deadly behavior if not closely watched. This article will give you a brief understanding of each of the dangerous personality disorders and how they can become so dangerous. In fact, studies have shown that the majority of homicides reported in…

Psychotic Depression

Perhaps the most surprising aspect many an elderly individual and also their caregivers experience when faced with depression is the fact that psychotic depression is indeed part of the elderly depression spectrum. Although extremely rare in diagnosis, in retrospect many an elderly individuals suicide is linked back to an episode worthy of being classified as…

ADD and Effexor

Effexor (Venlafaxine hydrochloride) is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) approved to treat depression. Effexor XR, the extended-release version, is approved to treat depression, generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. Additionally, Effexor and Effexor XR are used off label for treatment of ADD. Attention Deficit Disorder is not an objectively quantifiable illness, rather…

Anxiety Defined

Anxiety is something we all feel on an every day basis in life, this may be because of finances, work or relationships. It may be just be thinking about arriving on time for an event or social outing. Most people can easily manage the anxiety they feel in one way or another but not every…

OCD and Paxil Withdrawal

Paxil is not a controlled substance like cocaine or marijuana, but the withdrawals are just as potent. Health care professionals do state that the withdrawals can be severe and recommend a monitoring program on the drug. The withdrawals are the reason health care professionals wean their patients off of Paxil instead of cutting them off…