By Jill U. Adams, Special To The Washington Post Back-to-school season is upon us, and while some kids look forward to returning to class, others are a bundle of nerves. Parents may reassure and soothe, but they may also worry: Does my anxious child have a real problem? “Anxiety is a normal, healthy human emotion,” says John Walkup, a psychiatrist at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. That’s because there are plenty of things in our lives, and our children’s lives, to worry about, and worry can activate an appropriate response. A middle school student worried about an upcoming test should be motivated to study. A first-grader worried about a bee on the playground will move away to avoid being stung. But what about a third-grader who’s worried that something terrible will happen to her parents while she’s at school? That’s a worry that’s hard to quell and may leave the child in no state to learn the new math lesson. So … [Read more...] about Your child is nervous about the new school year, which may be normal — or not
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WASHINGTON -- All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday. The new guidelines, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, calls attention to the fact that millions of Americans suffer from depression and many are not receiving treatment. "Depression is among the leading causes of disability in persons 15 years and older," the task force stated in a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It affects individuals, families, businesses, and society and is common in patients seeking care in the primary care setting. Depression is also common in postpartum and pregnant women and affects not only the woman but her child as well." "It's a major statement," CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips said on "CBS This Morning." Screening simply involves health care providers asking about certain symptoms even if patients don't … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo New depression guidelines: Who should get screened?
Produced by Clare Friedland, Susan Mallie, Chris Young Ritzen and Mead Stone NEW YORK CITY – "There's never gonna be a night I don't fall asleep feeling awful for what I've done," Jacob Nolan told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. To this day, Jake insists his mind was not his own when he set out to kill Dr. Michael Weiss at his office on Nov. 12, 2012. "The knife was in my pocket. And the sledgehammer was over my shoulders … He sees the sledgehammer and charges at me … and I reached for the knife," Jake told Van Sant. "Here I am with this knife. And the guy's bleeding. And I'm bleeding. And I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, this is terrifying.' It's as if I woke up from a bad dream," he continued. After Jake stabbed him, Dr. Weiss fought back furiously. Both men ended up in the hallway of the Manhattan high-rise, where Weiss also lived. "I see two men sitting on the ground up against the wall. The younger man is bleeding from the chest. And the other man is … [Read more...] about The Psychiatrist and the Selfie
No wonder the adventure of space flight can also be stressful, isolating and depressing. So scientists are working on giving a computer the ability to offer some of the understanding guidance - if not all the warmth - of a human therapist, before psychological problems or interpersonal conflicts compromise a mission. Clinical tests on the four-year, $1.74 million project for NASA, called the Virtual Space Station, are expected to begin in the Boston area by next month. The new program is nothing like science fiction's infamous HAL, the onboard artificial intelligence that goes awry in "2001: A Space Odyssey." The Virtual Space Station's interaction between astronaut and computer is far less sophisticated (and far more benevolent). In the project, sponsored by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, a recorded video therapist guides astronauts through a widely used depression therapy called "problem-solving treatment." The recording helps astronauts identify reasons for their … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Designing Computer Therapy For Astronauts
GWEN STEFANI had a very big hit with "Hollaback Girl" back in 2005. Yet, along with the hits, there has been one very big and public miss ... a real blow to her personal life. She talks about that and more with our Lee Cowan ... For The Record: Gwen Stefani is, underneath it all, a superstar who doesn't brag. Her collection of awards -- including her Grammys -- are tucked away in a closet in her Beverly Hills home. "I thought I had more than that?" he expressed to Cowan, showing off three Grammys. After two decades on the charts, Stefani has had the time and the talent to rack up all kinds of recognition. But last year's Grammys were bittersweet. It was the last night the pop star would be truly happy for a long, long while. "Everything for me kind of fell apart last February, right after the Grammys, the day after the Grammys," she said. "I woke up that morning and it was like my life changed forever." Stefani's high-wattage marriage to Gavin Rossdale, the lead singer of the … [Read more...] about Gwen Stefani: Writing from the heart