Category Archives: Psychiatry

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

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
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