Fibromyalgia Questions Comments & Brain

Fibromyalgia Questions, Comments and the Brain

Fibromyalgia Questions, Comments and the Brain Many experts believe that fibromyalgia is less a disease than an abnormal body response to stress. Areas of the brain responding to stress react differently in fibromyalgia patients than in healthy people. There is decreased activity in the opiod receptors, which may be why there is often accompanying depression and poor…

Misunderstanding Adult ADHD

Misunderstanding Adult ADHD

Misunderstanding Adult ADHD—It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore Some of what I write about concerning adult ADHD comes from an article in Psychiatric Times. “Adult ADHD: A Review of the Clinical Presentation, Challenges, and Treatment Option” by Jennifer Reinhold, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP. We typically think of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a childhood problem, and…

Substance Abuse Treatment

New Approach in Substance Abuse Treatment

New Approach in Substance Abuse Treatment: The Self-Medication Model There are many theories for addiction, and almost all of them involve “craving”. Much of the substance abuse treatment is based on trying to diminish or eliminate that craving. I think this approach takes us in the wrong direction in understanding substance abuse, and it leads…

Medications for Psychiatric Disorders

The Same Medications for Different Psychiatric Disorders. Why?

How Do Drugs From 1 Psychiatric Disorder Treat Symptoms of Another How is it that Lamotrigine, an antiepileptic, can help depression, a seemingly different disorder altogether? And why can Prozac, an antidepressant, help reduce anxiety? Or an antipsychotic for schizophrenia help depression? In other words, how is it that drugs for one type of major psychiatric disorder treat…

Drugs in War

Drugs In War

The following is based on an article in the NY Times on 4/6/13 by Richard Friedman, MD. → Wars On Drugs The Use Of Psychoactive Drugs In War Last year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide primarily from depression and addictions than died in battle. Another statistic, only somewhat less startling, is that drug prescribing for the use of psychoactive drugs…

Treatment for Depression

Important New Treatment For Depression

Will We See Ketamine Related Antidepressants In The Near Future? There has always been dissatisfaction among doctors and patients with anti-depressants. They often take 4-6 weeks to work, have significant side effects, and when they are helpful, relief it is often partial. A significant percentage of depressed patients find that anti-depressants provide no relief at all. Recent…