Adult ADHD diagnostic challenges: brief summary for the generalist, with link to more info

Adult ADHD diagnostic challenges: brief summary for the generalist, with link to more info

Mental health clinicians who are not ADHD specialists may find it challenging to assess and make treatment recommendations for adult patients with potential ADHD symptoms. “6 Challenges in Assessing ADHD in Adult Patients” provides a concise summary of the issues and a link to a more detailed resource.

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JAMA advice to PCPs about anxiety treatment, opportunity for collaboration

JAMA advice to PCPs about anxiety treatment, opportunity for collaboration

JAMA published “Treating Anxiety 2017: Optimizing Care to Improve Outcomes” on July 18, 2017. This article provided information to primary care physicians about how to manage anxiety in their office settings, and some of the information provided potentially supports coordination of care between PCPs and behavioral clinicians. A portion of the article is available for free online, but accessing the entire article requires either a subscription to JAMA or paying a user fee, and MHConcierge was glad to pay the fee in order to be able to report to loyal readers about the entire article.

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Yoga as a complimentary, and effective, treatment for depression – even treatment-resistant depression

Yoga as a complimentary, and effective, treatment for depression – even treatment-resistant depression

“Yoga Effective at Reducing Symptoms of Depression” reports on several studies presented at the American Psychological Association 2017 Annual Convention. The studies utilize different versions of yoga, including hatha yoga and Bikram yoga, varying durations of “treatment,” and people with diverse symptoms, including people with anxiety, depression, and even treatment-resistant depression.

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Should clinicians “prescribe” exercise for people with a family history of Alzheimer’s?

Should clinicians “prescribe” exercise for people with a family history of Alzheimer’s?

“Exercise Top Lifestyle Factor for Alzheimer’s Prevention?” Reports on a presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 in London. This study evaluated the relationship between two different levels of exercise and Alzheimer’s symptoms.

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Social Isolation and Mortality – As Much Risk as Obesity?

Social Isolation and Mortality – As Much Risk as Obesity?

“Loneliness May Represent a Greater Public Health Hazard Than Obesity” reports on a presentation at the American psychological Association Annual Convention. The presentation reviewed the results of two very thorough meta-analyses, one with a total of 300,000 participants and the other with more than 3.4 million participants in several countries. The focus was on the role of social isolation, loneliness, or living alone contributed to mortality.

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Addiction and Mental Illness: The Connection, and Coping Resources

Addiction and Mental Illness: The Connection, and Coping Resources

This article was written by a guest contributor to the mhconcierge.com psychology healthcare newsletter, Jennifer McGregor.  Jennifer is a medial student and contributor to publichealthlibrary.org, a new website that provides resources for medical students and the public interested in progressive healthcare resources. 

People who struggle with mental illness are much more likely to experience an addiction than those without mental illness. Similarly, people with an addiction are more likely to develop either the symptoms of a mental illness or a fully established mental illness. Coping when you are handling both a mental illness and addiction is never easy and can make your situation worse. If this describes your situation, there are some things to know about the connection between these conditions and how you can start recovering.

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