Archive | psychiatry

“To sleep:  perchance to dream…”  

Sleep is something so many take for granted and yet insomnia affects a large proportion of the population, 22.1% by recent estimates .  Untreated insomnia can lead to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression and insomnia commonly occurs in those with psychiatric disorders. Treating the underlying psychiatric disorder will generally improve sleep. In the long […]

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Folate, Genetics & Mental Health

Micronutrients in Mental Health Series III Folic acid has been widely researched for the treatment of depression. In this post we will continue our Micronutrients in Mental Health Series, covering the 3rd nutrient implicated in depression and anemia with our discussion of folate. The name ‘folate’ is derived from the Latin ‘folium’ which means foliage, […]

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Common herbal supplements a concern for bipolar disorder?

Antidepressant-induced hypomania or mania is defined as a short-term reaction to medication. This phenomenon, referred to as “switching”, occurs within 2 months of treatment initiation (if it occurs).1  Antidepressants can also cause long-term mood destabilization even in the absence of a short-term manic switch.1,2  Properly diagnosing bipolar disorder is challenging and can take time.  It […]

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