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September 01, 2014

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4:00 AM | Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness
By Joel Gold and Ian Gold Synopsis: What if you woke up with the alarming suspicion that you were being watched? One day in 2003, a patient unlike any other that Dr. Joel Gold had seen before was […]
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1:35 AM | Say Hello To ‘Michael Scotti Jr’ Creator of the #doubtfireface
In my last few posts, you got to see My #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge.  Also, my research on American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the #doubtfireface challenge this led me to Michael Scotti, Jr. creator of the viral video: Say “Helloooo” to #suicideprevention! I reached out to him via e-mail and he I asked if […]

August 27, 2014

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2:58 PM | Diagnostic Profile in Pathological Gamblers
Behavioral disorders like pathological gambling (PG) rarely occur alone as a single uncomplicated disorder.In a previous post, I noted the overlap of PG with personality disorder, anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.A recent study from Germany adds to our knowledge of the general diagnostic profile in the PG population.Erbas and Buchner reviewed German national data sources and other German studies to come up with a series of findings:Twelve month prevalence rates […]

Erbas B & Buchner UG (2012). Pathological gambling: prevalence, diagnosis, comorbidity, and intervention in Germany., Deutsches Arzteblatt international, 109 (10) 173-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22470406

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August 26, 2014

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6:35 PM | When Happiness Isn’t a Choice
American poet T. S. Eliot wrote: I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without […]

August 25, 2014

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7:38 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 3: Can Patients Imagine Recovery?
Today I have the distinct pleasure of writing about one of my favourite articles about eating disorder recovery by Malson et al. (2011) exploring how inpatients talk about eating disorder recovery. I have personally found this article to be very helpful in understanding some of the difficulties of understanding and achieving recovery in our social context. As Malson and colleagues explain (and as we’ve established), eating disorder recovery is elusive. Often, poor prognosis is described […]

Malson H, Bailey L, Clarke S, Treasure J, Anderson G & Kohn M (2011). Un/imaginable future selves: a discourse analysis of in-patients' talk about recovery from an 'eating disorder'., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, 19 (1) 25-36. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21182163

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August 22, 2014

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10:51 PM | Using Animal Research to Justify Eating Disorder Treatment Practices: Are We Going Too Far? (On Eating Junk Food in Treatment – Part II)
As a follow up to Shirley’s post on eating hyper-palatable foods during eating disorder treatment , I asked Liz–SEDs’ resident expert on animal behaviour, particularly in relation to binge eating and drug addiction–to look at some of the studies that Julie O’Toole mentioned as evidence for Kartini Clinic’s guidelines of avoiding hyper-palatable foods for the first year of eating disorder recovery. If you missed Dr. O’Toole’s […]

Hagan, M.M., Wauford, P.K., Chandler, P.C., Jarrett, L.A., Rybak, R.J. & Blackburn, K. (2002). A new animal model of binge eating: key synergistic role of past caloric restriction and stress., Physiology & Behavior, 77 (1) 45-54. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12213501

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August 20, 2014

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5:45 PM | Letting Go of Imagined Symbolism in Psychosis
In the midst of a psychotic episode, whether the result of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, one of the main motivating factors in our jilted decisions is the imagined symbolism in meaningless circumstances or objects. I can remember when I was out on the streets of New York and Boston, deep in the midst of a […]
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5:42 PM | Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones
Scientists are still discovering new information about the function of the amygdala, a region of the brain important for learning about threats The post Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones appeared first on Lab Land.
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4:00 AM | The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
By Oliver Sacks Other Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Synopsis: In his most extraordinary book, “one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century” (The New […]

August 15, 2014

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7:20 PM | In Defense of Eating Junk Food in Eating Disorder Treatment
Should eating disorder patients be introduced to “junk food” or “hyper-palatable” foods during treatment? A few days ago, I stumbled across a blog post where Dr. Julie O’Toole, Founder and Director of the Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating, argues against introducing “junk food” during ED treatment. The crux of the argument is that “hyperpalatable foods”—e.g., chips and Cheetos—are not real food and should never be forced or […]

Spring, V.L. & Bulik, C.M. (2014). Implicit and explicit affect toward food and weight stimuli in anorexia nervosa., Eating Behaviors, 15 (1) 91-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24411758

Steinglass, J.E., Sysko, R., Glasofer, D., Albano, A.M., Simpson, H.B. & Walsh, B.T. (2011). Rationale for the application of exposure and response prevention to the treatment of anorexia nervosa., The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44 (2) 134-41. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20127936

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7:20 PM | In Defense of Eating Junk Food in Eating Disorder Treatment
Should eating disorder patients be introduced to “junk food” or “hyper-palatable” foods during treatment? A few days ago, I stumbled across a blog post where Dr. Julie O’Toole, Founder and Director of the Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating, argues against introducing “junk food” during ED treatment. The crux of the argument is that “hyperpalatable foods”—e.g., chips and Cheetos—are not real food and should never be forced or […]

Spring, V.L. & Bulik, C.M. (2014). Implicit and explicit affect toward food and weight stimuli in anorexia nervosa., Eating Behaviors, 15 (1) 91-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24411758

Steinglass, J.E., Sysko, R., Glasofer, D., Albano, A.M., Simpson, H.B. & Walsh, B.T. (2011). Rationale for the application of exposure and response prevention to the treatment of anorexia nervosa., The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44 (2) 134-41. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20127936

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August 12, 2014

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10:53 PM | Robin Williams: Celebrity vs non-celebrity suicide
Robin Williams. Ernest Hemingway. Kurt Cobain. Marilyn Monroe. Vincent VanGogh. Sigmund Freud. Spalding Grey. Frida Kahlo. Shakir Stewart (Def Jam). Cleopatra. Junior Seau. Roy Raymond (founder, Victoria’s Secret). Socrates. Sylvia Plath. Hunter S. Thompson. L’Wren Scott. Virginia Woolf. Abbie Hoffman. David Carradine. Wendy O. Williams. Mary Kay Bergman (SouthPark voices) Robert Enke (soccer). These are […]
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4:51 PM | Tragic Loss By Suicide and the Question “Why?”
For every suicide there is an estimated six or more “suicide survivors,” people who are left behind trying to cope with this traumatic loss. They include spouses, parents, siblings, friends and relatives. When the person lost is Robin Williams, a famous comedian and actor whose creativity and art brought laughs to millions, it illuminates the […]
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9:51 AM | A House of Cards: On the Genetics of ‘Schizophrenia’
“…the greater part of all genetic work in psychiatry would immediately collapse like a house of cards if Kraepelin’s theory was shown to be altogether mistaken”.

August 11, 2014

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2:27 PM | Contrary Mary & Denial of Mental Illness
What therapists can learn from a client with schizophrenia, one who is in denial.

August 07, 2014

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10:35 PM | Obamacare Helps Young Adults Get Mental Health Treatment
Despite all the hype and hand-wringing done over Obamacare — aka the Affordable Care Act — there’s a lot of good coming already from its implementation. And if some politicians want to undo this good, they may find themselves up against an increasing vocal minority of their citizens who’ve benefited. The latest data suggests that […]

August 06, 2014

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12:51 AM | Romantic Chemistry
Learnings from the science of love may be useful in treating psychiatric conditions.

August 04, 2014

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2:43 PM | Unpacking Eating Disorder Recovery Part 1: The Recovery Model
What does eating disorder recovery really look like? When you say the word “recovery,” differences of opinion loom large. The lack of definitional clarity around the concept of recovery came up many times at ICED, and continues to surface in discussions among researchers, clinicians, and individuals with eating disorders themselves. We’ve looked at recovery on the blog before (for example, Gina looked at how patients define recovery here; Tetyana surveyed […]

Dawson L, Rhodes P & Touyz S (2014). The recovery model and anorexia nervosa., The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927735

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August 02, 2014

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9:12 PM | Could My Sleep Issues Be Part of A Psychiatric Disorder #positive6
The Family Stew Clock: 2:06 AM Precious DJ: I call him Bob… Belly AJ: DAD! Luke Bartholomew: DAD! SHE HAS MY GAME! Sweet Pea BB: [running away with video game] Chato B Stewart: [sleeping with air plugs] Caption: How do I get my ZZZ’s: Air plugs, Ambien and the melodious songs of my children. Could […]
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