Vol 3-1 Mini Review

The Use of Gardening and Green Space Therapy in Mental Health is Increasingly Important

Richard Thompson*

36, Dealtry Road, London, SW15 6NL, UK

Exposure to green plants, green space and gardening is now recognised as a valuable type of social prescribing for problems of mental and physical health, and the evidence behind their beneficial effects is strong.

DOI: 10.29245/2578-2959/2019/1.1173 View / Download Pdf View Full Text
Vol 3-1 Review Article

Animation Deformity in Breast Cancer Patients and Mental Health: A Review

Madeline O. Jansen, K. Brendan Butler, David A. Jansen*

Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Animation Deformity (AD) is a common and serious complication in breast cancer patients undergoing reconstructive surgery involving subpectoral breast implant placement. AD is associated with an increased risk of poor mental health outcomes, including diminished quality of life, depression, suicidality, body image dissatisfaction, and body dysmorphic disorder. Breast cancer survivors, especially those who elect to undergo reconstructive surgery, are known to be a vulnerable population for the development of mental health disorders. Because effective management of AD can be beneficial to a patient’s psychological wellbeing, this represents an important area of consideration for the surgical community. There are several methods for treating AD, which can involve repositioning the implant or inhibiting pectoralis muscle contraction. Such methods include manual muscle transection, neuromodulation, and selective nerve ablation. Research efforts have yet to examine which techniques produce more satisfactory improvements in psychosocial health. Thus, this may be an important area of focus for future research. This review examines contemporary research findings in order to broaden understandings of the relationship between AD and mental health, as well to highlight the importance of managing this complication.

DOI: 10.29245/2578-2959/2019/1.1174 View / Download Pdf View Full Text