More kids getting anxiety medication without therapy: Research

More kids getting anxiety medication without therapy: Research

If children and adolescents get help for an anxiety disorder, it’s usually medications and not counseling according to a study published Wednesday in Pediatrics. In fact, there was an inverse relationship between need for therapy and what was given over more than a decade. As the number of young people with anxiety disorders has risen … Read more

Ketamine can treat depression as effectively as electroconvulsive therapy

Ketamine can treat depression as effectively as electroconvulsive therapy

The “dissociative anesthetic” ketamine is looking increasingly promising as a safe and effective treatment for intractable depression. A new randomized study by researchers in the United States has shown that ketamine injections are at least as effective as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in treating nonpsychotic forms of major depression. After starting ECT or ketamine therapy, patients … Read more

Can physical activity relieve anxiety? The study investigates the potential and pitfalls of fitness as a therapy

Can physical activity relieve anxiety?  The study investigates the potential and pitfalls of fitness as a therapy

In a recent study published in the journal Advances in cardiovascular diseaseresearchers explore whether exercise could be used to treat anxiety. Study: Is exercise a valid therapy for anxiety? Systematic review of recent literature and critical analysis. Image credit: GP PIXSTOCK/Shutterstock.com The mental health benefits of exercise Lifestyle psychiatry recognizes the impact of various health … Read more

AI could be your next therapist for loneliness and anxiety

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When you wake up in the middle of the night feeling overwhelmed due to the recent death of a loved one, your new shrink could be an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot. It offers advice and suggests techniques to improve one’s mood. And it’s almost like you’re texting with a human therapist. Opening your heart to … Read more