Monthly archives for June, 2015

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 […]