Mental disorders and gender

Psychiatric evaluation related to age and gender Gender is correlated with the prevalence of certain mental disorders, including[1] depression, anxiety and somatic complaints.[1] Major depression is twice as common in women.[1] The lifetime prevalence rate of alcohol dependence is more than twice as high in men, and men are more than three times as likely…

Alzheimer’s Disease

Looking into the Crystal Ball for Alzheimer’s Disease William J. Mack University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA. E-mail: William.Mack@med.usc.edu As our population ages, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) continues to increase at a rapid rate. An estimated 5 to 10% of individuals over 65, and 40% of individuals over 85, will be…

Neurons in the Adult Brain still divide!

Neuroscience. 2nd edition. Generation of Neurons in the Adult Brain It has long been known that mature, differentiated neurons do not divide (see Chapter 22). It does not follow, however, that all the neurons that make up the adult brain are produced during embryonic development, even though this interpretation has generally been assumed. The merits…

Mental Retardation: Diagnosis

Andrea Barkoukis, M.A., Natalie Staats Reiss, Ph.D., and Mark Dombeck, Ph.D.   If you believe your child might have symptoms of Mental Retardation, discuss your concerns with your pediatrician.  Ask for the name of a recommended child psychologist, if necessary, who can properly assess your child (this clinician should have expertise in testing children).  Assessment…

Fragile X Syndrome

What is fragile X syndrome? Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental problems including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. Usually, males are more severely affected by this disorder than females. Affected individuals usually have delayed development of speech and language by age 2. Most males with fragile X syndrome…