Quase 600 consumidores de canábis internados por ano com surtos psicóticos

Hospitalizações de consumidores de canábis aumentaram quase 30 vezes em 15 anos. Episódios são graves e ocorrem sobretudo nos homens com idades próximas dos 30 anos.

 

Quase 600 pessoas consumidoras de canábis são hospitalizadas por ano com graves surtos psicóticos ou esquizofrenia. Têm em média 30 anos e, pelo menos, duas dezenas são menores de idade. Já estava provado que o risco de surtos psicóticos aumenta com o consumo de “charros”, mas é a primeira vez que se conhece a dimensão do problema. E os resultados são “assustadores”.

Os números constam de um estudo da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto (FMUP) e do Cintesis – Centro de Investigação em Tecnologias e Serviços de Saúde, publicado no “International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research”, uma das revistas científicas mais conceituadas da área.

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Maconha na adolescência é uma fábrica de losers

“Maconha na adolescência é uma fábrica de losers”, afirma psiquiatra Sérgio de Paula Ramos. – Especialista em dependência química com mais de 40 anos de carreira, o médico ressalta que a intervenção precoce é fundamental

A dependência química é uma doença democrática, define o psiquiatra e psicanalista Sérgio de Paula Ramos, 67 anos. Atinge, na mesma medida, as classes alta, média e baixa. No país, 12% da população têm transtorno por uso de álcool; de 4% a 5%, por consumo de outras drogas; e dependentes de tabaco somam 13% dos brasileiros. É o grande problema de saúde pública deste século, segundo o médico, uma das mais destacadas autoridades no tema.

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Brains of Schizophrenia Patients Attempt to Heal Themselves

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The brains of those with schizophrenia attempt to heal themselves, at least, in the early stages of the mental health disease, according to the findings of an international research team from the United Kingdom (U.K.) and China published in a study in the current issue of the journal Psychology Medicine. Through the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the researchers made the startling discovery that human brains have the ability to heal themselves, according to UPI. Leer Más



Yeast infection linked to mental illness

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In a study prompted in part by suggestions from people with mental illness, Johns Hopkins researchers found that a history of Candida yeast infections was more common in a group of men with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than in those without these disorders, and that women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who tested positive for Candida performed worse on a standard memory test than women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who had no evidence of past infection. Leer Más




The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves by Charles Fernyhough

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What shall I say about this book? Why do I like it?” This, were I to put into words what passed through my mind, was roughly what I said to myself before beginning to write this review. Hovering somewhere in the space between these thoughts, another voice, inaudible to anyone but myself, asked: “How about coffee? Or maybe wine? Yes? No, better stick to coffee.” These words, however, do not quite convey the actual experience, which was altogether a mistier and less definitive one. Leer Más


Research Reveals Nutrition Improves Mental Health Better Than Prescription Medication

Clinical psychologist, Julia Rucklidge, delivers an enlightening TED talk on the importance of nutrition and it’s role in mental health. Julia reminds us of a time when Dr. Semmelweis was ridiculed and dismissed for suggesting that doctors wash their hands before touching pregnant women. She compares the radical reaction that doctors had then, to the reaction some doctors have now, about the idea of nutrition being more effective than medication, when treating patients with mental illnesses, such as ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. Leer Más