March 05, 2015

8:45 PM | How to Redefine Boundaries to Your Own Personal Freedom
“The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.” - Tara Brach I was in the heart of my Ph.D. program when I received the diagnoses: OCD, depression, and binge eating disorder. It explained a lot, of course. All those years of anxiety, self-doubt, and intrusive thoughts were not normal after […]
7:18 PM | Not “just” crazy – Some psychoses caused by autoimmunity
Antibodies defend the body against bacterial, viral, and other invaders. But sometimes the body makes antibodies that attack healthy cells. In these cases, autoimmune disorders develop. Immune abnormalities in patients with psychosis have been recognized for over a century, but it has been only relatively recently that scientists have identified specific immune mechanisms that seem to […]
3:51 PM | Seeking Mental Health Services as a Medical Student
I am wearing my favorite scrubs, the teal ones a friend gave to me while I was volunteering in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. My first-year classmates and I are in front of the anatomy lab at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, waiting to see our cadaver for the first time. Our group enters [...]

March 04, 2015

4:41 PM | Rejecting what is known about viral microRNAs and nutrient-dependent microRNAs
Of Cells and Limits Leonard Hayflick has been unafraid to speak his mind, whether it is to upend a well-entrenched dogma or to challenge the federal government. At 86, he’s nowhere near retirement. By Anna Azvolinsky | March 1, 2015...Read more
1:55 AM | Larry Sanders & the Need for Understanding
Larry Sanders, the former Milwaukee Bucks basketball player, recently disclosed that he’d taken a leave of absence from the team in order to be treated for depression and anxiety. He later took a buyout of his contract and currently is not playing anywhere in the NBA. Someone I used to work with, who apparently somehow […]

February 28, 2015

3:28 PM | Is Worry Part of Your Creative Life?
Probably most of us experience worry, stress and various kinds of anxiety to some extent, but creative people may be especially vulnerable to these mood and health challenges. As psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel notes, “Life produces stress, the artistic personality produces additional stress, creating produces even more stress, and living the artist’s life […]
3:23 PM | Kaiser Continues to Improve, But Can Do Better for California
Apparently a $4 million stick wasn’t big enough to encourage Kaiser Permanente in California to offer residents better mental health care in the state. While Kaiser fixed two of the deficiencies originally identified by the government agency charged with oversight of care in California, it still didn’t fix two others to the agency’s satisfaction. The […]
11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: February 28, 2015
Check out this week’s Psychology Around the Net to learn more about smokers and their relationships to anxiety and depression, how your state ranks regarding the five aspects of life satisfaction, neurons that predict how we might react in particular situations, and more. Neurons That Help Predict What Another Individual Will Do Identified: Scientists have […]

February 27, 2015

1:29 PM | Depression, obsession and rumination
I once heard a guy say that he tries to wear his life like a comfortable old t-shirt. I like that and I’ve been trying to do it lately but I think I must have shrunk that t-shirt in the dryer because it’s tight as hell right now. From the outside you might not notice […]
10:13 AM | What do clients think of psychotherapy that doesn't work?
Psychotherapy works for most people, but there's a sizeable group for whom it's ineffective, or worse still, harmful. A new study claims to be the first to systematically investigate what the experience of therapy is like for clients who show no improvement after therapy, or who actually deteriorate.Andrzej Werbart and his colleagues conducted in-depth interviews with 20 non-improved clients (out of a larger client group of 134) who were enrolled in individual or group psychoanalytic […]

February 25, 2015

5:02 AM | Can’t stand the sounds of chewing, loud breathing, or pen clicking? Dutch psychiatrists propose that may be the symptom of a new disorder
In 2013, Dutch psychiatrists proposed that misophonia – a hypersensitivity to common, irritating noises like eating, loud breathing, and pen clicking – be classified as its own psychiatric disorder. After evaluating 42 Dutch patients with the disorder, the psychiatrists concluded … Continue reading →

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February 24, 2015

10:35 PM | How Personal Writing Can Positively Affect Mental Health
When I write, I aim to get my work published and share my stories with others, hoping that it could leave an impact of some kind. If I can touch at least one person with my writing, I deem the whole process worth it. “If I can string words together to explain life, in some […]

February 23, 2015

8:54 PM | Movies and Mental Health: Did This Year’s Oscar-Winning Films Portray Brain Disorders Accurately?
Actress Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her starring role in the drama “Still Alice” at the 87th Academy Awards last night, but did the movie accurately depict early-onset dementia? Actor Eddie Redmayne also received one of the coveted gold statues, but was his portrayal of Stephen Hawking’s neurological disorder scientifically defensible in the biopic … Continue reading →

February 21, 2015

7:36 PM | Mental illness and ultradian rhythms
In the relatively new 24 hour, always on the go, digital lifestyle we live — might living a structured life with regularly established mealtimes and early bedtimes lead to a better life and perhaps even prevent the onset of mental illness? Well according to a new study, it might do just that, you could have a better quality […]

Blum, I., Zhu, L., Moquin, L., Kokoeva, M., Gratton, A., Giros, B. & Storch, K. (2014). A highly tunable dopaminergic oscillator generates ultradian rhythms of behavioral arousal, eLife, 3 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.05105

11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: February 21, 2015
Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers! This week’s edition of Psychology Around the Net brings you information about the subtle signs of depression, how to change your attitude even when you can’t change your circumstances, the connection between being locked up and mental illness and poverty, and more. (Oh, and we even get an appearance from […]

February 20, 2015

9:28 AM | Is self-disgust the emotional trigger that leads to self-harm?
To help people who perform non-lethal self-harm, such as cutting and burning themselves, we need a better understanding of the thoughts and feelings that contribute to them resorting to this behaviour. Risk factors are already known, including depression and a history of sexual abuse. However, Noelle Smith and her colleagues wondered if these factors increase the risk of self-harm because they lead people to experience self-disgust. Viewed this way, the researchers believe "self-disgust may […]

February 17, 2015

4:27 PM | Pot Smokers 5 Times More Likely To Develop Psychosis
Regular pot smokers are at five times more risk for developing severe mental health issues, says a new study. Continue reading →

February 16, 2015

5:00 PM | National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

February 14, 2015

12:00 PM | Swear Off Love! 10 Apps for the Anti-Valentine
Valentine's Day is not for everyone.
11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: February 14, 2015
Happy Valentine’s Day, Psych Central readers! For those of you who observe Valentine’s Day, we have some interesting information about why single people actually might benefit more than those in relationships. Oh, and there’re are a few more fascinating reads — from taking a peek at some useful mental health apps to learning how successful […]

February 13, 2015

10:35 PM | Discrimination, by what yardstick?
By Kelsey Berry It’s time to talk about discrimination again — this time, in insurance benefit design. A recent study in NEJM by Jacobs and Sommers has coined the term “adverse tiering” to describe the use of drug formularies by … Continue reading →

February 11, 2015

5:49 PM | 5 Cognitive Enhancement Myths Debunked
When it comes to cognitive enhancement, the Internet is flooded with a ton of information on the subject. Unfortunately, a lot of that information is only based on speculation and flat-out lies rather than science and fact. With that in mind, we’ve decided to expose and debunk some of the … READ MORE

February 10, 2015

7:58 PM | Studies provide new insights into youth and adolescent concussion
By: Christine Baugh In the past several weeks there have been two studies with important implications for youth and adolescent concussions. They are summarized briefly in this post. Post-Concussion Rest. Thomas and colleagues recently published a study in the journal Pediatrics … Continue reading →
9:54 AM | Mental health in rural India
  In August 2001, 28 mentally ill patients burned to death while chained to trees in a village in India – a tragedy that shocked the country and forced sweeping changes in mental healthcare policy.   The patients were part of a faith-based “mental hostel” in the Erwadi village of Tamil Nadu. These privately run [...] The post Mental health in rural India appeared first on Neurobabble.

February 09, 2015

5:00 PM | National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
Founded in 1959 and based in Alexandria, VA, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) represents the $37.6 billion public mental health service delivery system serving 7.1 million people annually in all 50 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD (pronounced "NASH-bid") operates under a cooperative agreement with the National Governors Association and is the only national association to represent state mental health commissioners/directors […]
9:25 AM | Stress Busting
Inspired by recent reports of rising mental health problems in academia plus an acute increase in stress around the department this summer when many PhD students were writing up, we decided to run a “Dealing with stress” seminar at NERD club (ironically this session was canceled previously due to the PIs being “too stressed” to run it!). It turned out to be a really positive experience, and I’d definitely run something similar again. Here is what we found out! What […]
12:09 AM | Taiwan Outlaws Use of iPads and Other Technology By Toddlers, Controls Use By Children/Youth
Since the advent of commercial television in the late 1940s, parents around the world have been engaged in a constant battle to keep their children from getting “glued to the screen”. Today, that battle has been all but decided, with an endless stream of smartphones, tablets, game consoles and other gadgets making it extremely difficult to control children’s exposure to technology. And let’s be honest: even the best parents use the iPad every now and […]

February 07, 2015

11:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: February 7, 2015
Learn more about money and happiness, how our personality types affect our habits, and — *gasp* — whether practicing BDSM can actually reduce anxiety in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. The Psychology of Why Sports Fans See Their Teams as Extensions of Themselves: With the Super Bowl (and possibly DeflateGate — at least, somewhat) […]
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