The Troubling Trend of Baby Boomers

One of the major health issues affecting aging men has nothing to do with cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, or any of the usual suspects you hear so much about. It’s something many deal with privately until it’s too late.

A troubling trend has emerged in the past decade that’s affecting Continue reading

Many Reluctant to Tell Doctors about Depression: Study

Some people with depression symptoms may not tell their family doctor about it — often out of worry they will be placed on an antidepressant, a new study suggests.

In a survey of more than 1,000 California adults, researchers found that 43 percent had at least some misgivings about telling their primary care doctor about any depression symptoms.

Their top concern was the possibility that their doctor would prescribe an antidepressant — a worry voiced by 23 percent of the whole study group.

Another 16 percent thought it was not their doctor’s job to “deal with emotional issues.” And a similar percentage worried that someone — like an employer — Continue reading

Visit a Therapist without Leaving your Home

In an article in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Thomas F. Dwyer, a Massachusetts psychiatrist, says he has practiced “telepsychiatry,” via video teleconferencing, for five years. Its “adoption by psychiatrists and patients,” he predicts, “will proceed quickly if the organizers cope with the irrational responses of some users.”

But wait: That article appeared almost 40 years ago. It told how microwave television signals were used to connect a satellite clinic to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Today, even with the rise of the Internet, virtual therapy hasn’t been widely adopted. But several start-up companies are trying to make Dr. Dwyer’s decades-old vision a workaday reality. Continue reading