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July 28, 2014

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8:51 AM | The mistakes that lead therapists to infer psychotherapy was effective, when it wasn't
How well can psychotherapists and their clients judge from personal experience whether therapy has been effective? Not well at all, according to a paper by Scott Lilienfeld and his colleagues. The fear is that this can lead to the continued practice of ineffective, or even harmful, treatments.The authors point out that, like the rest of us, clinicians are subject to four main biases that skew their ability to infer the effectiveness of their psychotherapeutic treatments. This includes the […]

Lilienfeld, S., Ritschel, L., Lynn, S., Cautin, R. & Latzman, R. (2014). Why Ineffective Psychotherapies Appear to Work: A Taxonomy of Causes of Spurious Therapeutic Effectiveness, Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9 (4) 355-387. DOI: 10.1177/1745691614535216

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July 27, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Suggestive Logos, Un-Christian Christians, Mom’s Purse, and the Medical Model of Disability
Categories: Meta StuffTags: AirbnbComeniusDBTdisabilityeducationEscepticagraphic designgrounded parentsimmigrationMad Art Labmedical model of disabilitymental healthmusicParentingpedagogyphysicsReligionresearch fundingSamaritansschool of doubtSkeptabilityspiritualityswaddlingTeen SkepchickThe Great DidacticSunday Funny: Chaos (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 107: The Subjective Side of Physics Mindy explores the physics of sound. DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness […]
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1:10 AM | Feeling Pressured To Create
One kind of pressure is feeling an intense urge to create; it is probably an inherent part of being a creative person. But other pressures can lead to stress and overwhelm, and being pulled away from the joys of creating. Annemarie Roeper (founder of the Roeper School and The Roeper Review, a professional journal on […]
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12:33 AM | New Study: The More Education You Have, The Slower Your Brain Ages
A group of Danish researchers recently made an interesting discovery about the relationship between our education level and how fast we age. The researchers were led by Eigil Rostrup, who works as a doctor at Denmark’s Glostrup Hospital. The study, published in the journal Human Brain Mapping, was based off of data from a group of 2,400 […]

July 26, 2014

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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: July 26, 2014
Learn how to keep a regular meditation schedule, anxiety-proof your moments, find inspiration from famous names who manage depression and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Travel-Proof Your Meditation Practice This Summer: 6 Simple Steps: Keeping a regular schedule for anything is tough when you’re on the road, but these six steps might […]

July 25, 2014

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3:12 PM | Spotted at last: “Homo economicus”?
Are we selfish? Economists like to say that, to a first approximation, we are. In other words, that we tend to seek to maximize our own rewards, in a more or less rational manner. The trouble is that this theory (at least, a straightforward interpretation of it) doesn’t describe how people behave in many situations. […]The post Spotted at last: “Homo economicus”? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Yamagishi T, Li Y, Takagishi H, Matsumoto Y & Kiyonari T (2014). In Search of Homo economicus., Psychological science, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25037961

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July 22, 2014

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10:47 PM | When Crazy becomes a Crime
My friend has a glass eye, you would never notice and unless you knew the story you might not think anything of it. His older brother did it. Yes, you […]

Dana Goldman,, John Fastenau,, Riad Dirani,, Eric Hellend,, Geoff Joyce,, Ryan Conrad, & Darius Lakdawalla, (2014). Medicaid Prior Authorization Policies and Imprisonment Among Patients With Schizophrenia, The American Journal of Managed Care, 20 (7) Other:

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July 21, 2014

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11:44 PM | We're all gonna die!
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July 20, 2014

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7:43 PM | Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry
A fascinating little paper in Brain examines Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon. It’s a collaboration by British neurologist Edward H. Reynolds and Assyriologist James V. Kinnier Wilson. The sources they discuss are almost 4,000 years old, dating to the Old Babylonian Dynasty of 1894 – 1595 BC. Writing in cuneiform script impressed into clay tablets, […]The post Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Reynolds EH & Kinnier Wilson JV (2014). Neurology and psychiatry in Babylon., Brain : a journal of neurology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25037816

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July 18, 2014

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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 18, 2014
There is a great deficit in our country. But it doesn’t have to do with money. It has everything to do with love. It is the real reason why we’re unhappy, why our partners can never do anything right, and why our kids/parents are never good enough. Underneath our fancy clothes, impressive cars and perfect […]

July 16, 2014

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10:32 PM | National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA)
Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, the national Tourette Syndrome Association is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field. Our mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome. We offer resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS. We raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS. Our membership includes individuals, families, […]
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4:58 PM | Experts Call for More Mental Health Treatment for People with Diabetes
In an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Louis Philipson, Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center, and colleagues call for better mental health screening and treatment for people coping with the daily challenges of diabetes.
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8:06 AM | What does it feel like to be depressed?
We're used to reading about depression as a checklist of symptoms. These lists have their uses, but arguably they miss the human story of what depression truly feels like. Now the psychologists Jonathan Smith and John Rhodes have published their analysis of the first-hand accounts of seven therapy clients, (three women and four men) about what it's like to be depressed for the first time. The participants had an average age of 44, and all had been referred for therapy in London.The first theme […]

July 15, 2014

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5:03 PM | How to explain to kids the passing of a pet
Today’s post is a guest post is from Hank McKinsey, a stay-at-home-dad blogger at Home By Hank. While the research literature does not contain much on helping children process the death of a pet, Hank has pulled together what is known from research about grief and child development in general to offer some tips. Talking […]
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12:38 PM | Perfectionism: Uncertainty Training
Psychologically speaking, koans are a unique way to inoculate a human mind to the anxiety of uncertainty. When we encounter uncertainty, we are stumped. Uncertainty frustrates us with its enigmatic nonsense. Koans, in their unanswerable quality, effectively simulate such moments of uncertainty. Author Hee-Jin Kim explains: the koans are “realized, not solved” (1975, 101). Admittedly, […]

July 14, 2014

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2:36 PM | Oooops! 80 Percent of Mentally Ill are Not Jobless
While I’m sure NAMI appreciates all the media coverage on their new National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) report on the state of unemployment and people who suffer a mental illness, some of the stories are missing a pretty big qualifier. It’s not among all people with mental illness who have the 80 percent jobless […]

July 13, 2014

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6:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Open Wireless, Nature vs Nurture, Urine Therapy, World Cup, and Pro-GMO
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Assassins CreedbiologyDBTEnglishEscepticaevolutionfeminismFIFA World Cupfoodfootballgenetically modified organismgmogrammargrounded parentshigher educationinternetlanguageMad Art Labmental healthnaturenurtureopen wirelessParentingphysicspro-GMOpseudosciencequantum physicsQueerekaschool of doubtsoccersocial justiceTeen Skepchickthe Castroundergraduate degreeurine therapyvideo gamesTeen Skepchick Science Sunday: With Liberty and Internet Access for All Elizabeth […]
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2:35 PM | Help Support TILT Magazine
A longtime colleague of mine, DeeAnna Nagel, has asked for my help, and I’m glad to oblige. She and co-founder Kate Anthony started a beautifully produced publication called TILT Magazine to help mental health professionals and students better understand how technology impacts their profession. Where does a therapist go to learn about online interventions? How […]
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12:51 PM | The Psychology Of Nature’s Number One Killer: Stress
“Don’t allow others to pull you into their storm. Instead, pull them into your peace.” The majority of us know of the dangers of stress and the impact it has on the human mind. But do you wholly understand what happens to your brain when your adrenal glands release cortisol? … READ MORE

July 12, 2014

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10:00 AM | Psychology Around the Net: July 12, 2014
Think seasonal depression is limited to the winter months? Ever wonder why some of us are so drawn to vampires? learn more about these topics and more in today’s Psychology Around the ‘Net! 10 Signs of Summer Depression: Winter isn’t the only month when people start to feel seasonal blues. The Psychology of American Patriotism: […]

July 11, 2014

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2:00 PM | My First SkepchickCon
Categories: EventsTags: CONvergencecosplaymental healthSkepchickCONBefore last weekend, I had never cosplayed (I’m on the far right in the amazing pic by Jamie Bernstein, above). I had never spoken on a panel. I had never made a large group of people laugh at me––on purpose. I had never talked about my mental health issues face-to-face with a roomful of strangers. I had never prepared myself to talk about my former eating disorder only to be handed a can of Surly Furious by a […]
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2:00 PM | Every commissioner should address ethnic inequalities in mental health says panel of experts
Anyone can suffer from mental illness, but current mental health services may not be appropriate for the whole population. People from black and minority ethnic groups may have different requirements, and this guide aims to help commissioners reduce inequalities by procuring good health care for all. This guidance has been produced by the Joint Commissioning [read the full story...]
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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: July 11, 2014
It was 3 in the morning. The baby would not stop crying. It had been an hour of this and I was done. I was drained of energy and ideas on what to do next. I knew it was going to be another long day with little sleep. I was on the verge of tears, […]
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7:00 AM | Bradley report commission identifies solid progress, but still work to be done
Five years ago, Lord Bradley published his report looking at the situation of people with mental health problems and people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system. The Bradley report made a number of recommendations and this summer sees the publication of a progress report on these recommendations. The Bradley commission, established as an [read the full story...]

July 10, 2014

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1:07 PM | Why Misophonia Needs a New Ad Agency
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8:59 AM | By treating depression, do we also treat suicidality? The answer is far from straightforward
By guest blogger James Coyne.Edgar Allan Poe’s fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin warns against tackling questions that are too complicated to test, but too fascinating to give up. Whether psychotherapy or medication can reduce suicidality is probably such a question. Particularly if we are really interested in whether treatments can reduce attempted suicides, not whether they change patients’ answers in an interview or on a questionnaire.There is no doubt about the clinical […]
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7:00 AM | From Torture to Treatment: One Man’s Fight to Revolutionise Mental Health Treatment in Italy
Wellcome Trust funded researcher Professor John Foot spent two years exploring the history of revolutionary psychiatrist Franco Basaglia. Basaglia’s views on the treatment of psychiatric patients changed the political landscape of Italy and the field of psychiatry. Freelance science communicator Georgia Bladon found out more… Up until the 1960s, psychiatric patients in Italy were stigmatised […]

July 09, 2014

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12:39 PM | Life with autism: it’s not what you think
Imagine a world where the clink of a coffee cup chimed louder than Big Ben. Imagine what it would be like if a muttering crowd sounded louder than a World Cup roar. Envisage a desk lamp that burned brighter than the sun; or suppose a whiff of rotten fish lingered with you all day long. … Continue reading →

July 07, 2014

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8:09 PM | Is there such a thing as an anti-depression diet?
Summary: People who suffer from depression seem to experience more oxidative stress and inflammation than others.  A diet high in anti-oxidants, fermentable fiber and low in saturated and transfats may protect against inflammatory stress in the brain and elsewhere.  More research needed.  The topic is under investigation. Introduction: We recently posted an article about the […] The post Is there such a thing as an anti-depression diet? appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff […]

Moylan S, Berk M, Dean OM, Samuni Y, Williams LJ, O'Neil A, Hayley AC, Pasco JA, Anderson G, Jacka FN & Maes M (2014). Oxidative & nitrosative stress in depression: Why so much stress?, Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 45C 46-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24858007

Maes M, Kubera M, Leunis JC & Berk M (2012). Increased IgA and IgM responses against gut commensals in chronic depression: further evidence for increased bacterial translocation or leaky gut., Journal of affective disorders, 141 (1) 55-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22410503

Maslowski KM, Vieira AT, Ng A, Kranich J, Sierro F, Yu D, Schilter HC, Rolph MS, Mackay F, Artis D & Xavier RJ (2009). Regulation of inflammatory responses by gut microbiota and chemoattractant receptor GPR43., Nature, 461 (7268) 1282-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19865172

Pistell PJ, Morrison CD, Gupta S, Knight AG, Keller JN, Ingram DK & Bruce-Keller AJ (2010). Cognitive impairment following high fat diet consumption is associated with brain inflammation., Journal of neuroimmunology, 219 (1-2) 25-32. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20004026

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5:00 PM | Ask For Help
About 1 in 4 Americans suffer from mental illness in any given year. It's time we remove the stigma of asking for help. To start, we are providing resources and asking you to share your story so that we may help one another.
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