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February 23, 2015

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8:34 PM | Introducing Practical Psychoanalysis
The world of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory is one steeped in the very history of psychiatry, with some of the most recognizable names practicing it. But modern psychoanalysis is different than psychoanalysis from a century ago. The process and techniques have been updated, so it’s not at all what is typically portrayed in old Hollywood […]

February 20, 2015

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5:22 AM | One Brain Network for All Mental Illness
What do schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anxiety have in common? A loss of gray matter in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) and bilateral anterior insula, according to a recent review of the structural neuroimaging literature (Goodkind et al., 2015). These two brain regions are important for executive functions, the top-down cognitive processes that allow us to maintain goals and flexibly alter our behavior in response to […]

Goodkind, M., Eickhoff, S., Oathes, D., Jiang, Y., Chang, A., Jones-Hagata, L., Ortega, B., Zaiko, Y., Roach, E., Korgaonkar, M. & Grieve, S. (2015). Identification of a Common Neurobiological Substrate for Mental Illness, JAMA Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2206

Kanai, R. & Rees, G. (2011). The structural basis of inter-individual differences in human behaviour and cognition, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 12 (4) 231-242. DOI: 10.1038/nrn3000

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February 17, 2015

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11:37 AM | When can you have sex after a heart attack? Most doctors do not talk about it.
Each year in the United States about 720,000 people have heart attacks and about 124,000 people in the UK and 55,000 people in Australia will have them as well. Since the 1980s, survival rates from heart attacks have improved – a lot of people get them, but more and more people are surviving. A recent study of patients in Denmark showed that in 1984-1988 31.4% of patients died within a month of having a heart attack. From 2004-2008 this was... Read more
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11:37 AM | When can you have sex after a heart attack? Most doctors do not talk about it.
Each year in the United States about 720,000 people have heart attacks and about 124,000 people in the UK and 55,000 people in Australia will have them as well. Since the 1980s, survival rates from heart attacks have improved – a lot of people get them, but more and more people are surviving. A recent study of patients in Denmark showed that in 1984-1988 31.4% of patients died within a month of having a heart attack. From 2004-2008 this was... Read more

February 14, 2015

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9:53 AM | Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry
Have you remembered? Flowers from the nearest petrol / gas station or something a little more amorous for February 14th?So as not to take up too much of your time today, I want to briefly draw your attention to the paper (personal view) from Jerome Sarris and colleagues [1] carrying the same title as that of this blog post: 'Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry' published in The Lancet Psychiatry.Aside from applauding the notion that nutrition is potentially of some importance to […]

Jerome Sarris, Alan C Logan, Tasnime N Akbaraly, G Paul Amminger, Vicent Balanzá-Martínez, Marlene P Freeman, Joseph Hibbeln, Yutaka Matsuoka, David Mischoulon, Tetsuya Mizoue & Akiko Nanri (2015). Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry, Lancet Psychiatry, Other:

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February 12, 2015

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3:00 AM | Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind
By Ben Shephard Synopsis: How did the human brain evolve? Why did it evolve as it did? What is man’s place in evolution? In the final decades of the nineteenth century, these questions began to occupy […]
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12:00 AM | Sarah Keenihan Reviews Severed: A history of heads lost and heads found
Review by Sarah Keenihan Severed – A history of heads lost and heads found By Frances Larson Author’s Homepage: http://franceslarson.com Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrancesRLarson At the risk of appearing macabre, I’ll admit that heads have been on my […]

February 11, 2015

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3:00 AM | Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found
By Frances Larson Synopsis: A serious and seriously entertaining exploration of the dark and varied obsessions that the “civilized West” has had with decapitated heads and skulls. The human head is exceptional. It accommodates four of […]

February 07, 2015

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9:00 AM | Over a third of US children will have a behavioural / emotional disorder by 16 years of age
I had to do a second-take when it came to the clinical report from Carol Weitzman and colleagues [1] (open-access here) talking about promoting 'optimal development'  and "the need to increase behavioral screening" when it comes to the children and youth of the United States.The title of this post kinda said it all derived from the sentence: "Between 37% and 39% of children will have a behavioral or emotional disorder diagnosed by 16 years of age, regardless of geographic location in […]

Carol Weitzman, Lynn Wegner & et al (2015). Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems, Pediatrics, Other:

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February 06, 2015

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11:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: February 6, 2015
Are you obsessively reading blog posts and researching articles online, texting a friend or asking everyone you know about an illness, symptom or problem you have? You may be searching the wrong place to find a solution to your problem. External resources can be an important way to receive answers, but oftentimes the source of all […]

February 05, 2015

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4:41 PM | Excoriation disorder: When scratching becomes more than a nervous habit
Jon Grant's research looks to understand the impulsive behavior that drives some people to scratch their skin to the point of physical harm.

February 04, 2015

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7:50 PM | Beyond Thinness: Men, Muscularity and Eating Disorders
Eating disorder research tends to focus on girls and women. Which makes sense: eating disorders disproportionately affect women. However, it isn’t just the research on eating disorders that focuses on women: it’s the entire history of eating disorders as a diagnosis. The first descriptions of anorexia nervosa by William Gull and bulimia nervosa by Gerald Russell were both based primarily on observations of female patients (although Russell did include two men). Therefore, it’s […]
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