Mind-Body Interventions for Mood Disorders in Older Adults

By Arline Kaplan © 2014 (All Rights Reserved) Complementary use of mindful exercise, such as Tai Chi and yogic meditation (Kirtan Kriya), can improve clinical outcomes of mood disorders in older adults, as demonstrated in brain scans, biomarkers of cellular aging and mental health rating scales, an expert in geriatric psychiatry and holistic medicine said […]

Creativity and Touch of Madness

By Arline Kaplan ©2014 (All Rights Reserved) No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.–Aristotle or Seneca1 Recent large-scale Swedish registry studies and brain imaging studies are exploring the validity of this ancient observation linking creativity/genius and psychopathology, and the results are mixed. Since the terms, genius, and creativity have received multiple […]

Call in the Troops

By Arline Kaplan © 2015 (All Rights Reserved) Your wife has undergone a diagnostic test for a life-threatening illness, but the results will not be known for a few days. You begin asking, “What if, she has the illness?” “What will we do?” “What if I lose her?” Or your son calls you tearfully on […]

Inositol for Trichotillomania and Skin Picking

By Arline Kaplan c 2004 (All Rights Reserved)  Inositol, one of the B-vitamins, may help in the treatment of compulsive hair pulling (trichotillomania) and compulsive skin picking, according to recent case reports published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Seedat et al., 2001). Researchers Soraya Seedat, M.B., and Dan J. Stein, M.B., of the University […]

Disturbing Behaviors and Moods in Dementia: What You Can Do

  Disturbing Behaviors and Moods in Dementia: What You Can Do   By Arline Kaplan © 2000 (All Rights Reserved) “Sometimes he is joyful, other times he is ugly in his behavior, especially his vulgar talk…and he angers easily in crowds of people.” “He has lost interest in everything.” “Daddy left the house for the […]

For Caregivers: Finding Support and Help

  For Caregivers: Finding Support and Help By Arline Kaplan © 2000 Because you are a devoted caregiver, you are at risk of becoming a hidden victim of the disease. For your own well-being and that of the person you are caring for, it is important that you Monitor your stress level and find ways […]

Complementary and Alternative Treatments For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Arline Kaplan © 2013 (All Rights Reserved) More than half of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) give them complementary or alternative treatments (CATs).  Aware that many parents are acting with little or no guidance, experts recently reviewed the scientific evidence for 19 CATs, recommending three and listing several others as worthy of […]

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy: Exploring the Issues

By Arline Kaplan © 2013 (All Rights Reserved) The extent to which antidepressant use during pregnancy is associated with increased risks of postnatal adaptation syndrome (PNAS), persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn (PPHN), first-trimester teratogenicity, stillbirth and infant mortality is explored in two recent journal articles.1, 2 In a recent interview, Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, […]