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October 01, 2014

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2:15 AM | Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: Suicidal Ideation
Death is Depressed: I want to Live!!! Death Dancing: (Spinning Death Reaper | Jazz Hands | Tip Tap -Tap Tap Tapp shoes (dancing on graves) Caption: Resurrect ideation: Unusual preoccupation with Life. As we bring Suicide Prevention Month to a close, it is fitting we remember those lost and have hope for those we can help […]

September 29, 2014

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2:23 PM | Benzodiazepines & Alzheimer’s Disease
If you’re taking an anti-anxiety medication referred to as a benzodiazepine — such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan or Klonopin — there’s a new eye-opening study out that should get your attention. When used PRN — on as needed basis — sparingly for times of increased anxiety, these drugs can be life-savers. But some people use […]

September 23, 2014

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1:00 AM | ADHD Does Not Exist
By Richard Saul Synopsis: In this groundbreaking and controversial book, behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul draws on five decades of experience treating thousands of patients labeled with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder—one of the fastest growing […]

September 18, 2014

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1:20 PM | The "Glass Delusion" Was The Most Popular Madness Of The Middle Ages
Do mental illnesses have certain eras? When we look at history, it seems like they do. There was the famous dancing sickness that struck medieval Europe. And then there was a strange delusion, first experienced by a king, in which the sufferer thought they were made of glass.Read more...
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4:00 AM | Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood
By Oliver Sacks Synopsis: From his earliest days, Oliver Sacks, the distinguished neurologist who is also one of the most remarkable storytellers of our time, was irresistibly drawn to understanding the natural world. Born into a […]

September 17, 2014

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3:28 PM | Antidepressants Modulate Memory in the Healthy Brain
The mechanism of antidepressant drug response is not well understood.One theory posits antidepressant effects are only seen in those with clinical depression leaving the healthy brain unchanged.In a previous post, I outlined a study demonstrating effects of antidepressants on brain connectivity measures in the healthy brain.A recent fMRI study extends our understanding of the potential mechanisms for antidepressant drugs.CT Cerqueira and colleagues from Brazil studied the effects of the […]

Cerqueira CT, Sato JR, de Almeida JR, Amaro E Jr, Leite CC, Gorenstein C, Gentil V & Busatto GF (2014). Healthy individuals treated with clomipramine: an fMRI study of brain activity during autobiographical recall of emotions., Translational psychiatry, 4 PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24984192

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September 16, 2014

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1:42 AM | How the media covers suicide: Day 1
Covering Suicide and Mental Illness is a three-day seminar for journalists sponsored by The Poynter Institute, The McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Here are my thoughts on issues covered during today’s session. #suicidereporting What the DSM is to mental health, the AP Stylebook is to journalism. The Stylebook is […]

September 15, 2014

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5:12 PM | How the media covers suicide and mental health
I am on a plane, flying to Washington, DC. For the next three days I will be immersed in suicide – specifically, how the media covers suicide and mental health. The seminar is being sponsored by The Poynter Institute, the McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. As a journalist, this is […]

September 14, 2014

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11:00 AM | A History of the Essex Lunatic Asylum: Part 2
The search for biological causes and effective remedies continued unsuccessful for some years, fostering a growing sense of therapeutic nihilism within the psychiatric profession. The available treatments were viewed as non specific, and a major emphasis remained on fresh air (outdoor relief) and a healthy environment, distinctly unglamorous interventions compared to the technological advances being made in medicine.

September 06, 2014

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6:11 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 5: Clinical Recovery Without a Clinic?
It can be somewhat controversial to suggest that untreated recovery from eating disorders is possible. Certainly, people have varied opinions about whether someone can enact the difficult behavioral and attitudinal changes necessary to recover without the help of (at the very least) a therapist and a dietitian. Nonetheless, we still hear stories about individuals who consider themselves recovered without having sought out external sources of professional support. When I think about untreated […]

Vandereycken W (2012). Self-change in eating disorders: is "spontaneous recovery" possible?, Eating disorders, 20 (2) 87-98. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22364341

Woods S (2004). Untreated recovery from eating disorders., Adolescence, 39 (154) 361-71. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15563044

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6:11 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 5: Clinical Recovery Without a Clinic?
It can be somewhat controversial to suggest that untreated recovery from eating disorders is possible. Certainly, people have varied opinions about whether someone can enact the difficult behavioral and attitudinal changes necessary to recover without the help of (at the very least) a therapist and a dietitian. Nonetheless, we still hear stories about individuals who consider themselves recovered without having sought out external sources of professional support. When I think about untreated […]

Vandereycken W (2012). Self-change in eating disorders: is "spontaneous recovery" possible?, Eating disorders, 20 (2) 87-98. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22364341

Woods S (2004). Untreated recovery from eating disorders., Adolescence, 39 (154) 361-71. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15563044

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September 04, 2014

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4:51 PM | Dark Material: Reflections on a Suicide Conference
There is a great value in quality academic work carried out with integrity. However, especially in psychiatry, we must remember what, and who, we are working for. Understanding psychic pain requires more than measuring brain chemicals and gene associations. In order to help those who are driven to end their existence, we may need to question ours.
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1:30 PM | Retraction appears for psychiatrist sought for arrest in alleged fraud scheme
Want bogus data, million-dollar fraud allegations and a scientist on the lam? We give you Alain Malafosse. The British Journal of Psychiatry has retracted a June 2013 paper by Malafosse and his colleagues on the genetics of bipolar disorder in children because Malafosse allegedly fabricated key data in the study. The article, “Childhood maltreatment and […]
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