“High School and College Student Anxiety: Why the Epidemic?” AND More on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best of 5 Reads. Lets begin!

1) High School and College Student Anxiety: Why the Epidemic?

Do you know a high school or college student struggling with anxiety? While most teenagers worry from time to time, anxiety that’s too frequent and too intense can be dreadful.

2) A Psychiatrist Visits Belgium: The Epicenter of Psychiatric Euthanasia

A clinical psychiatrist and medical ethicist reviews some of the history, the data, the emerging reality of a remarkable slippery slope, and some profound ethical concerns raised by these practices.

3) Active Shooters: Not Mentally Healthy, But Not Mentally Ill

“In short,” the FBI report concludes, “declarations that all active shooters must simply be mentally ill are misleading and unhelpful.” But once again, the lack of a diagnosis of mental illness doesn’t mean that active and mass shooters are mentally healthy. In most cases, they’re not. The same could be said for a substantial part of the “normal” population (if that strikes you as illogical, ask yourself whether most of the population is physically healthy).

It’s also possible that some active shooters did actually have a mental disorder, but were undiagnosed and untreated. Either way, these shooters may not appear that different from you and me or our family members and friends, and there seems to be a window of time in which intervention might be possible.

4) Common Psychiatric Disorders Share Genetic Underpinnings

A massive undertaking by the Brainstorm Consortium to analyze the genomes of nearly 900,000 individuals has revealed strong genetic overlap between common psychiatric disorders.

These include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder (MDD), and schizophrenia. Neurologic disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, appear more distinct from each other.

5) Functional Restoration for Chronic Pain and Depression in the Elderly: Pharmacotherapy and Beyond

Functional restoration is a multimodal approach to chronic pain and depression, and includes psychoeducation about pain, biofeedback, mindfulness training, physical and occupational therapy, and detoxification of narcotics.

Thank you for your time and see you tomorrow for more articles.

Best Regards,

Vikram


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