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November 5, 2018 Mental Health News

Diagnosis of ADHD in children and adolescents increased to 10.2% in 2016.

The diagnosis of ADHD increased from 6.1% in 1997-1998 to 10.2% in 2015-2016 across age, gender, race/ethnicity, income and geography, but is notably twice as high in girls and Hispanic children and has more than doubled for Black children, according to a study just published in the JAMA Network Open.  (George, Cindy. September 7, 2018. ADHD on the rise in the U.S. Texas Medical Center News.)

Several Texas Medical Center experts said the analysis confirmed the trends they have observed over the last two decades.  “Many parents recognize that they have it, so they are willing to let their kids be diagnosed.” according to Memorial Hermann Health System child psychiatrist Carlos Guerra, M.D.


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November 5, 2018 Mental Health News

In 23 states, medical marijuana is allowed for treatment of post traumati stress disorder (PTSD). Texas is not on that list. State Senator José Menédez from San Antonio filed bill 269 in 2017 , hoping to help make medicinal marijuana available in Texas, just like many other prescription drugs on the market. (Durain, Leah. March 23, 2017. Veteran pushes pot for PTSD treatment. 12newsnow.com)

No hearings are scheduled for that legislation in Texas for now. So patients dealing with the symptoms of PTSD must still rely on the following traditional treatments and therapies.


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October 17, 2018 Mental Health News

A study reported in News-Medical.net of adults with treatment-resistant depression identified dosage levels of the anesthetic drug ketamine that appears to provide significant symptom relief. The study found that two different low dose levels were more effective than an active placebo in reducing depression symptoms over a three-day period. Shrourou, Alina, BSc (October 11, 2018) Researchers identify effective ketamine dosage levels for patients with treatment-resistant depression News-Medical.net


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October 16, 2018 Mental Health News

ADHD Awareness Month is celebrated every October with events and activities around the world and on the Internet designed to educate the public.  The adhdawarenessmonth.org event is focused on sharing the most recent developments in best practices for dealing with ADHD based on the evidence of science and peer-reviewed research.


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September 12, 2018 Mental Health News

The constant, increasingly urgent news reports about this year’s Hurricane season and the oncoming Hurricane Florence is triggering a lot of memories about Hurricane Harvey’s impact in Southeast Texas almost exactly a year ago. For many people those memories can induce memories of the stress of the event and the emotional burden of coping through recovery that followed.

The Beaumont Enterprise recently reminded us a year later that Harvey triggered severe depression and anxiety in many people, especially working class and people living in poverty. (Lozano, Juan A. Associated Press (Thursday, August 23, 2018) Year after Harvey, poor having toughest time recovering Beaumontpress.com)


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