Depression http://kplu.org en Therapist Uses Extreme Sports To Treat Mental Illness http://kplu.org/post/therapist-uses-extreme-sports-treat-mental-illness <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You might think you’d have to be crazy to jump out of an airplane or scale a mountain with no ropes, but new research suggests extreme sports could actually have some therapeutic benefits for people with mental illness.</span></p><p>A Seattle-area therapist is hoping that action sports can help troubled young people find some relief, just as they helped him with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Boy-With-Gun-ebook/dp/B00D3UV7UQ" target="_blank">his own struggles</a>.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9679 at http://kplu.org Therapist Uses Extreme Sports To Treat Mental Illness Could brain scans reveal the right treatment for depression? http://kplu.org/post/could-brain-scans-reveal-right-treatment-depression Finding the right treatment for depression can be a struggle. People find relief with the first treatment only 40 percent of the time. Trying different antidepressants or therapies can take months, which means months of suffering.<p>Scientists are trying to better the odds by searching for signals in the body or in behavior that could be signposts to the right treatment. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:55:00 +0000 9061 at http://kplu.org Could brain scans reveal the right treatment for depression? Could a club drug offer 'almost immediate' relief from depression? http://kplu.org/post/could-club-drug-offer-almost-immediate-relief-depression There's no quick fix for severe depression.<p>Although antidepressants like <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000885/">Prozac</a> have been around since the 1970s, they usually take weeks to make a difference. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:57:25 +0000 3971 at http://kplu.org Could a club drug offer 'almost immediate' relief from depression? Using art to thaw the winter blues http://kplu.org/post/using-art-thaw-winter-blues <p>Jenny Solomon has an entire room in her house dedicated to arts and crafts. She usually has 10 projects going on at the same time, and right now, she&rsquo;s knitting a balloon animal, beading jewelry and learning to draw.</p><p>Solomon is wearing a necklace and bracelet she made, too. And in the free time she has left over, she plays the harp, a hobby she picked up from her childhood.</p> Mon, 02 Jan 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 3524 at http://kplu.org Using art to thaw the winter blues Research into rat emotions could help develop human drugs http://kplu.org/post/research-rat-emotions-could-help-develop-human-drugs <p>A Washington State University researcher says new findings about the emotions of rats could lead to treatments for mental illness in humans. Jaak Panksepp writes in the latest issue of the journal, Science.</p><p>He was reacting to a new study showing that rats demonstrate empathy and altruism toward a fellow rat who was stuck in a trap.</p><p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:33:04 +0000 Colin Fogarty & Anna King 3420 at http://kplu.org