Thousands of Toddlers Are Inapprorpiately Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries

By ALAN SCHWARZ More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data presented on Friday by an official at the Center. The report, which found that toddlers covered by Medicaid are particularly prone to be put on medication suchContinue reading “Thousands of Toddlers Are Inapprorpiately Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries”

Boosting Excess Neuron Activity Builds Resilience In Mice Vulnerable To Depression

A new study has found that activating natural resilience in the brain could reduce susceptibility for stress in mice, and potentially humans. Depressive behaviors in mice are often linked to “out-of-balance” neuron activity in the brain’s reward circuit. Suppressing or stopping this hyperactive neuron activity was typically thought to treat this susceptibility to depression orContinue reading “Boosting Excess Neuron Activity Builds Resilience In Mice Vulnerable To Depression”

Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

by Jon Hamilton Veterans who smoke marijuana to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder may be onto something. There’s growing evidence that pot can affect brain circuits involved in PTSD. Experiments in animals show that tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that gives marijuana its feel-good qualities, acts on a system in the brain that is “critical for fearContinue reading “Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe”

Psychiatry’s Guide Is Out of Touch With Science, Experts Say

Just weeks before the long-awaited publication of a new edition of the so-called bible of mental disorders, the federal government’s most prominent psychiatric expert has said the book suffers from a scientific “lack of validity.” The expert, Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said in an interview Monday thatContinue reading “Psychiatry’s Guide Is Out of Touch With Science, Experts Say”