Michigan says no to medical marijuana for anxiety and depression

Michigan says no to medical marijuana for anxiety and depression

Michigan has approved 11 new conditions to be treated with medical marijuana. However, anxiety and depression are some of the many diseases to be denied medical marijuana treatment in the state. According to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the conditions to be treated with medical marijuana include chronic pain, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Parkinson’s disease, autism, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, Tourette’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and spinal cord injury. Read more

Anxiety after menopause increases chance of bone injuries, says study

Anxiety after menopause increases chance of bone injuries, says study

Anxiety is a serious mental health problem that can affect the quality of life, and in case of women, it can also harm their bone health, according to a recent study. Developing anxiety in the postmenopausal ages increases the risk of osteoporosis in women, thereby, increasing the chance of suffering from fractures and bone injuries, said the study, published in the Menopause in May 2018. Read more

Antidepressants are less effective for mild anxiety and panic disorder, says study

Antidepressants are less effective for mild anxiety and panic disorder, says study

Antidepressants are usually used for treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), major depressive disorder (MDD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). However, a research published in the journal Depression and Anxiety in May 2018 demonstrated that therapeutic benefits of antidepressants may depend on the severity of symptoms. Therefore, the efficacy of antidepressants is minimal in patients of panic disorder (PD) and mild GAD, the study said. Read more

People with certain allergic problems are vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, finds study

People with certain allergic problems are vulnerable to psychiatric disorders, finds study

The wide prevalence of psychiatric disorders has compelled an increasing number of researchers to look into their possible reasons and effects. Though there may be many causes behind a person developing some kind of mental problem, a group of researchers has suggested that patients suffering from asthma and hay fever are more prone to psychiatric illnesses.

The researchers in their study published recently in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry identified asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and atopic dermatitis (eczema) among the most common allergic problems. They have stressed how people with the three problems find themselves on an emotional back foot. Looking at the increasing prevalence of comorbidity of allergies and emotional distress, the researchers wanted to check if allergic diseases had anything to do with psychiatric problems. Read more

Characters in picture books can help relieve anxiety in children, says study

Characters in picture books can help relieve anxiety in children, says study

Children too tend to suffer from anxiety for myriad reasons; however, unlike adults, they are unable to express their fears and problems. Anxiety is a big health concern among children today, especially due to the disintegration of joint families and the rapid progress in the field of technology. While science has proposed a variety of methods to alleviate anxiety in children, experts are now relying on the power of picture books to help them deal with anxiety. Read more

Fearne Cotton on secretly battling depression and feeling anxious at events

Fearne Cotton on secretly battling depression and feeling anxious at events

An eternal optimist, a happy-go-lucky star and a successful radio presenter-turned-author, Fearne Cotton, has had the best of life. But no matter what the world saw on the outside, on the inside, she struggled with depression. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Cotton revealed her struggles with mental disorder, putting on a fake smile and going to work while crying and feeling numb on the inside. The mother of two admitted that while she became overly sensitive and thought too much about everything, she took her mental illness to be somewhat of a normal 20-something moment. But slowly, the spark inside her began to extinguish. Read more

Dogs can sense anxiety from afar

Dogs can sense anxiety from afar

It’s often said that a man’s best friend is a dog. They are loyal and can understand human commands and emotions more easily than other animals. While most of us find pleasure in the presence of the dogs, many go to great lengths to avoid being in the same room with a dog. They stop visiting friends who own dogs and exhibit the typical symptoms of anxiety, such as breathlessness, clammy hands, increased sweating and panic attack, in the presence of a dog, no matter how friendly it is. Read more

People with anxiety disorders respond better to CBT, says study

People with anxiety disorders respond better to CBT, says study

People struggling with anxiety disorders can respond better to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) than to medications, a recent study suggested. According to the study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, CBT is more effective in helping people with anxiety having high baseline error-related negativity (ERN) as compared to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications. ERN is an electrical brain signal (measured with an electroencephalogram) that occurs when an individual commits a behavioral error. Read more

Differences in brain structure of people with anxiety and depression, reveals study

Differences in brain structure of people with anxiety and depression, reveals study

Major depressive disorder (MDD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD) are two of the most debilitating mental disorders affecting millions of people across the globe. People with MDD or SAD often find difficulty in completing everyday tasks, and maintaining social and personal relationships. An overlap in the clinical symptoms between the two disorders often points to similar brain mechanisms. Very few studies have directly compared the brain structures of people afflicted with these illnesses. A recent study by Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, found that there is a common pattern of structural abnormalities in brains of people suffering from depression and social anxiety. Read more