Director’s Blog Released today, the World Health Organization (WHO)'s report, ” Preventing Suicide: A global imperative ,” provides the first global view of how often suicide attempts and deaths occur, and how suicide-related behaviors affect all ages, nationalities, economic levels, and cultures. Every year around the world more than 800,000 people die by suicide. Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15- to 20-year-olds.

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Abstract: Hashimoto’s encephalopathy (HE) which carries kaleidoscopic clinical presentations, is easily misdiagnosed in clinical practice. Early diagnosis and prompt initiation of steroid therapy are associated with good prognosis. We describe a 50-year-old female patient who had subclinical hypothyroidism, presented herself with gradual cognitive impairment, accompanied with auditory hallucination and delusion

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The summer is far from over, but already we can say that this has been an exceptional season for research on mental illness. Three recent discoveries are worth noting. Gulsuner and colleagues just published a report on genes disrupted by de novo mutations in schizophrenia.

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Abstract: Objective: Trichobezoar, a hair ball in the gastrointestinal tract, is usually the result of the urge to pull out one’s own hair (trichotillomania) and swallow it (trichophagia). It is almost exclusively seen in young females and may cause serious medical complications.

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