Magnetic seizure therapy may help reduce suicidal thoughts in bipolar disorder

Magnetic seizure therapy may help reduce suicidal thoughts in bipolar disorder

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) defines bipolar disorder as a maniac depressive disorder characterized by periods of intense depression followed by an excessively happy or elevated mood known as a maniac period. Bipolar disorder is a severe mental condition which is debilitating and also lasts a lifetime. Read more

New health care system proposes 24X7 treatment for mental health and substance use disorders

New health care system proposes 24X7 treatment for mental health and substance use disorders

Elected officials to the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, Matt Haney and Hillary Ronen, have announced a new health proposal to take care of mental health and addiction patients. Mental Health SF, as the plan is being called, is set to provide 24×7 free treatment for mental health disorders as well as substance use disorders. If approved the plan is set to be the first of its kind to be set up in the U.S. Read more

Nurses offer to help overcome shortage of mental healthcare workers

Nurses offer to help overcome shortage of mental healthcare workers

Millions of Americans struggle with mental health disorders every year. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in a given year, at least 1 in 5 Americans grapple with a mental illness, which corresponds to 47.6 million people. However, approximately 57 percent of American adults dealing with a mental illness do not receive treatment. While some choose not to seek treatment due to the social stigma associated with mental health, others cannot afford it. Read more

Divided by boundaries, mental health treatment suffers in California

Divided by boundaries, mental health treatment suffers in California

Case 1 in Sonoma County, California: 20-year-old Christy McDonald suffered her first bout of psychosis in January 2019. Confused and unable to handle her emotions, she locked herself in her room for 4 days straight. Eventually she went into a state of unresponsive stupor. Jim McDonald, her father, immediately rushed her to a local hospital. While surfing the internet, he came across a wonderful program for young adults experiencing the first phase of psychosis. However, there was a problem – the program was not available in Sonoma County. The reason was that mental health treatment centers in her county offered programs in accordance with the insurance rules applicable there. Read more

Study suggests new type of transcranial magnetic stimulation for PTSD treatment

Study suggests new type of transcranial magnetic stimulation for PTSD treatment

A variant of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS), has come up as an effective treatment solution for helping manage and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), revealed a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Read more