Depression And You

Do you suffer from depression?  If so, you are not alone.  In fact, you are far from being alone.  Depression ranks as the most common form of psychiatric disorder suffered by people in the United States.  To give some sense of just how many people actually suffer from depression, “in 2015, an estimated 16.1 million […]

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Living With Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder that can have a dramatic negative impact on a person’s ability to interact effectively with his/her environment.  To be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a person would have to present with two or more of the following symptoms over a significant portion of a given one-month period:  delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, […]

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Current State: Drug Development – Psychiatric Disorders

Over the past decade, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of medications designed to specifically treat mental health disorders.  These include six drugs for the treatment of schizophrenia, five for Major Depressive Disorder, three for Bipolar Disorder (i.e., manic-depressive disorder) and three for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CenterWatch).  Nonetheless, many people […]

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Medications To Treat Memory Loss: Buyers Beware

With the aging of America and baby boomers entering into retirement age in large numbers, concerns surrounding the risk of experiencing a reduction in cognitive sharpness or worse, memory loss due to Alzheimer’s or related disorders, have become increasingly important to many aging individuals.  This fact has not escaped those out there who are looking […]

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PTSD: Not Restricted To Those Who Saw Combat Action In The Military

According to the National Center For PTSD, “about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others”.  It is further estimated […]

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Update: Bipolar Disorder

More and more is being heard about bipolar disorder these days, in part, because some very well known and highly successful celebrities have courageously come forward to reveal that they have been battling the disorder throughout their lives.  Just by way of example, listed below is a short list of people, many of which may […]

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Why Has There Been So Little Progress In Finding A Treatment For Alzheimer’s Disease?

This writer began his research career in 1980 in academia (Wayne State University and Lafayette Clinic in Detroit) trying to understand and elucidate the biological processes within the brain that underlie learning and memory.  My initial research was in animals where I found that I could easily and reliably impair or enhance learning and memory […]

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Depression: General Overview – Facts and Statistics

Depression is a very common and complex psychiatric disorder that is estimated to affect between six to nine percent of the overall US population each year.  Potentially more alarming is that there is growing evidence to suggest that the number (i.e., incidence) of people qualifying for a diagnosis of depression may actually be rising.  It […]

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The Importance Of Participating In Ongoing Osteoarthritis Clinical Trials Within The New York Metropolitan Area

Osteoarthritis is considered to be the most common form of arthritis.  It develops when the normal layer of lubricating cartilage covering the bones within the affected joints deteriorates over time resulting in bone on bone abrasion.  Why the cartilage suddenly begins to deteriorate is not well understood.  Possible causes include, protracted stress to affected joints […]

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Drug Development and Schizophrenia: Where To Go Next?

Coping with schizophrenia can be challenging.  It is a complicated disorder that manifests itself in a variety of ways and degrees of severity.  Significant advances have been made over the years in the development of drugs to treat and manage the positive and negative symptoms of this disorder. Nonetheless, there are number of areas where […]

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