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2008-12-16 14:49:21

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is more common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and is estimated to affect 2 percent of the population. In a new study, a University of Missouri researcher and Dutch team of research collaborators found that genetic material on chromosome nine was linked to BPD features, a disorder characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image and behavior, and can lead...

2008-12-15 09:00:00

Achievements of Past Century Include Major Milestones in the Advancement of Rights and Treatment for Individuals with Mental Health Conditions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mental Health America, today announced the launch of its Centennial Year: "Celebrating the Legacy, Forging the Future." The 100-year history of Mental Health America is the remarkable story of one person who turned a personal struggle with mental illness into a national movement and of the millions...

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2008-12-03 09:53:32

Study finds that few receive appropriate treatment for disorders Though effective treatments are available for individuals suffering from chronic depression and anxiety, very little is known about how often these treatments are used or how prevalent these conditions are among the nation's general population. But in a first-of-its-kind study, UCLA researchers have developed estimates for both the prevalence of chronic psychiatric illness in the general population and how often individuals...

2008-10-03 15:00:06

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congress passed mental health parity today, taking a great step forward in the decade-plus fight to end insurance discrimination against those seeking treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. The legislation is part of the new bill that includes tax extenders, changes to FDIC limits and the financial rescue plan. When enacted, this legislation will require that health insurance equally cover both mental and physical health. The...

2008-09-23 06:00:11

In a new paper published in the online open-access journal PLoS ONE, http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0003150, David Pickar and colleagues of Gabriel Sciences report that 74.5% of 200 community-based schizophrenic patients, who were individually interviewed and evaluated (including a review of clinical records), were treated with off-label medication treatments. Specifically, 42.5% of subjects reported that they were simultaneously treated with more than one antipsychotic drug, an...

2008-09-19 00:00:02

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) - A government agency has dropped plans for a study of a controversial treatment for autism that critics had called an unethical experiment on children.The National Institute of Mental Health said in a statement Wednesday that the study of the treatment - called chelation - has been abandoned. The agency decided the money would be better used testing other potential therapies for autism and related disorders, the statement said."There will be parents who...

2008-09-15 12:00:21

The 14th Annual Staglin Family Music Festival for Mental Health raised approximately $3 million at its September 13 event to help support pioneering mental health research. Co-hosts Shari and Garen Staglin announced that scientists who have been conducting research with seed funding from previous festival earnings were recently awarded a $21 million grant by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to begin a large multi-center study. A jubilant mood set in as R&B legends The...

2008-09-05 00:00:26

A $10 million federal grant will allow the University of Pittsburgh to establish a new center for studying schizophrenia, officials announced Wednesday. The Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders will focus on developing new treatments for the disease, which affects more than 2 million adults in the United States. It was established with a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. "Our goal is to understand how schizophrenia affects brain function, to identify new...

2008-09-04 00:00:22

A $10 million federal grant will allow the University of Pittsburgh to establish a new center for studying schizophrenia, officials announced today. The Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders will focus on developing new treatments for the disease, which affects more than 2 million adults in the United States. It was established with a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. "Our goal is to understand how schizophrenia affects brain function, to identify new...

2008-09-02 03:00:09

By Braithwaite, Kisha The etymology of the phrase "mental health" rests on the foundation of the Latin term mens and the Greek term nous, both of which mean mind, or that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings and is the seat of the faculty of reason. From a holistic perspective, balance among biological, psychological, social, and spiritual health yields an optimal sense of general well-being. However, in the United States, fully integrating into society and actualizing the...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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