Category Archives: Psychiatry

Dementia: The Parkinson’s Prophecy

A characteristic aspect of Parkinson's disease is the presence of movement disorders. However intellectual abilities are also often impaired by the degradation processes in the brain. Neurologists have now developed a risk score to predict the course of progress of more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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Depression: Help From The Off

Around one in ten GP patients show signs of depression. Only the most minor percentage of them undertake initial therapy. A new treatment procedure has online support as its focus, which provides help before a severe depression develops. more...

Article by Erich Lederer
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Depression: The Pleasure Pacemaker

For patients with severe treatment-resistant depression, there may soon be a new treatment option. In one four-year study, seven out of eight patients benefited from deep brain stimulation. Four of the patients were cured. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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Suicide: A Grey Old Springtime

It's already a well known fact that winter and the darkness it brings with it dampens one's spirits. The surprising thing is that patients with depression often find it particularly difficult to deal with springtime. The suicide rate is then also elevated. Biological more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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My Leg Does Not Belong To Me

There are people who feel a strong need to be disabled: they want to live without a leg, paralysed, to be blind or deaf. Studies suggest that changes in the brain play a role. How can doctors deal with those affected? more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Depression: You Are What You Eat!

The results of the SMILES study offer hope: the first randomised controlled study examined whether a change in diet can have a positive impact on the development of depression. The authors see great potential in this simple form of therapy. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer

Phobias: The Algo As Fear Initiator

Neuroscientists have managed to remove fear-afflicted memories from the brains of volunteers. Their tools: algorithms ("algos"), and small rewards. A glimmer of hope for patients who wish to avoid confrontation therapy. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer

Binge-Eating: The Great Gorging

Binge-eating disorder is increasingly being recognised as a distinct condition: the sufferer shoves large amounts of food down his or her throat and does not vomit. Sufferers are often overweight. Treatment is therefore also important because of the risk of more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

When Fear Works Its Way Into The Body

People with generalised anxiety disorder constantly have exaggerated worries. Even children can suffer from it. Somatic symptoms often dominate the scope of attention – the condition itself is therefore often overlooked. Psychotherapy is helpful in many cases. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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Schizophrenia: Brotherly Divided

Genetic factors play an important role in mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. A major study has now investigated the risk of disease for siblings of those affected. Conclusion: physicians should be more aware of the increased risk. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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