Category Archives: Psychiatry

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

Depression: FDA Checks Out Ketamine

The FDA is currently reviewing a fast-track procedure for whether ketamine can be approved for the treatment of depression. Several studies demonstrate effectiveness – especially in patients who do not respond to conventional therapies. more...

Article by Pascale Huber

Psychiatry: Day of the Unlocked Door

Locked wards in psychiatry are supposed to protect patients. Yet suicide attempts and absconding are more common with locked wards than in hospitals with "open doors". A new study makes it clear: coercive measures tend to jeopardise therapy. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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Resilience: Seeking Out Rambo-DNA

What makes up a person who doesn't succumb to a stress load despite it being constant? Resilience is considered a character trait that over the course of life can change again and again. Stress researchers have helped make an ever clearer picture emerge of what happens more...

Article by Erich Lederer

Schizophrenia: Hereditarily-Conditioned Synapcide?

The aetiology of schizophrenia has until now been unclear. Researchers have now discovered that certain gene variants are associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia and may lead to excessive pruning of synapses during adolescence. more...

Flexikon Write Club

The Flexikon is all about medical knowledge. Get ready for the battle: We show you all the important tips and tricks to win the fight against ignorance! The principle of the Flexikon Write Club is simple: Participate – share your medical knowledge. But there are some more...

Article by Alexandra Schritz

Suicide Therapy: Opioids Celebrate Comeback

Suicides often mark the end of a mental health history. Researchers have discovered other risk factors and other approaches for treating suicidal people the as well. Now opioids are making a comeback. They might soon enrich the therapeutic portfolio. more...

Autism: Born out of SSRI?

The use of SSRIs during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of autism in children – researchers recently made headlines with this result of a recent study. But what's really true in this story? more...

Warning: Words Can Make You Fat

It's not just the sight of chocolate, but merely reading words which may cause someone to shove in more kilojoules. How pronounced this effect is depends on stress at that given moment and on genes. Suitable strategies might be able to help in resistance. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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