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November 22, 2014

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7:45 PM | Mental Health- The invisible barrier for women’s care
A while back I wrote a post about mental health and jail sentences, it seems like no one takes mental health seriously and that leads to lack of care for […]

Xiang, X. (2014). Serious Psychological Distress as a Barrier to Cancer Screening Among Women, Women's Health Issues, DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2014.09.001

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November 19, 2014

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1:44 PM | How to nip antisocial personality disorder in the bud | Daniel and Jason Freeman
A study suggests that an intensive programme of intervention starting at six reduces long-term risk of mental illness and drug or violence-related convictionsMalcolm Gladwell calls it the “law of the few”: a small number of people can make a huge impact on the world. The law of the few certainly springs to mind when we look at the effect on society of those individuals who meet the criteria for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). They number about 1% of men and 0.2% of women, […]

November 18, 2014

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11:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: November 18, 2014
As colder, wetter — and for many, snowier — weather falls upon us, it’s tempting to snuggle up inside with a good book and maybe even some hot chocolate (yes, already!). Well, we definitely don’t discourage reading here at Psych Central! Consider adding these five top posts to your list this week. 3 Ideas to […]

November 17, 2014

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11:31 PM | Policing Mental Illness Crisis
A brief documentary on Crisis Intervention Teams for mental illness in policing.
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8:00 PM | Why you're particularly likely to run your first marathon when your age ends in a "9"
When we look at our lives, we tend to break them up into chapters, rather like the seasons of a TV box set. Potential dividers come in many forms, including the dawn of a new year, or the start of a new job. But if those events act as a marker between episodes, it is the decades of our lives that represent the more profound end of one series or season and the start of the next.According to the psychologists Adam Alter and Hal Hershfield, when we're on the cusp of one of these boundaries - in […]

November 14, 2014

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4:16 PM | Can you taste the rainbow?
This Friday our new Editor-in-Chief Cara Green tells us about synaesthesia. Read on to find out more about how some people can really taste the rainbow. A union of senses Synaesthesia, known as a “blending of the senses” is a  condition in which the stimulation of one neurological pathway triggers an unusual instantaneous response which can…
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11:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: November 14, 2014
As the seasons change and the holidays approach, some spotlights are shone on certain mental health factors. We might feel more stressed (and this isn’t isolated to adults!) or dealing with mental illness might become more of a challenge. Our bloggers tackle those topics and more in today’s Best of Our Blogs. The #1 Thing […]

November 13, 2014

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3:38 PM | Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets to Unlocking Your Brain’s Potential
The claim about humans using only 10% of their brain capacity has long been debunked. In fact, most parts of our brains are active almost all the time. It has been confirmed thanks to neuroimaging technologies, including positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which make it … READ MORE

November 12, 2014

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9:49 AM | Loneliness is a disease that changes the brain's structure and function
Loneliness increases the risk of poor sleep, higher blood pressure, cognitive and immune decline, depression, and ultimately an earlier death. Why? The traditional explanation is that lonely people lack life’s advisors: people who encourage healthy behaviours and curb unhealthy ones. If so, we should invest in pamphlets, adverts and GP advice: ignorance is the true disease, loneliness just a symptom.But this can’t be the full story. Introverts with small networks aren’t at […]

Cacioppo, S., Capitanio, J. & Cacioppo, J. (2014). Toward a neurology of loneliness., Psychological Bulletin, 140 (6) 1464-1504. DOI: 10.1037/a0037618

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November 10, 2014

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5:00 PM | Center for Deployment Psychology
The Center for Deployment Psychology trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality, deployment-related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families.

November 09, 2014

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5:48 PM | If being sad is “bad”, then why is there sad music?
We tell children not to look so sad. We tell adults to wipe that sad look off their face and smile. We even worry that if you are sad too long, […]

Taruffi L & Koelsch S (2014). The paradox of music-evoked sadness: an online survey., PloS one, 9 (10) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25330315

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11:45 AM | How to Talk to Your Doctor About Changing Your Meds
As anyone who has read my posts knows, the last few weeks have been touch and go. I’ve had some depression and paranoia problems which have accounted for a lot of weirdness in my daily life, from dealing with neighbors, to just generally being out in public. There was even a day when I went […]

November 07, 2014

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9:31 AM | When we get depressed, we lose our ability to go with our gut instincts
People who are depressed often complain that they find it difficult to make decisions. A new study provides an explanation. Carina Remmers and her colleagues tested 29 patients diagnosed with major depression and 27 healthy controls and they found that the people with depression had an impaired ability to go with their gut instincts, or what we might call intuition.Intuition is not an easy skill to measure. The researchers' approach was to present participants with triads of words (e.g. SALT […]
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8:00 AM | Equipping family carers with better information about in-patient assessment and treatment for people with learning disabilities
We know that access to accurate information is crucial if people are to make good decisions about the support they get from services. If someone with a learning disability is admitted to a hospital unit for assessment or treatment for a mental health issue or in response to behaviour that is challenging support services, this can be a particularly difficult and confusing time for all concerned. In her debut blog, Alison Giraud-Saunders, along with co-author Angela Cole, describes a booklet […]

November 05, 2014

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11:45 AM | The #1 Thing Mental Health Advocates Must Agree On for Global Movement
One of the most critical things impacting the future of mental health is happening right now, but very few people know about the process and how to impact change. The United Nations is currently in draft of the Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals, a road map for a future of global prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity […]

November 04, 2014

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8:00 AM | New guide to help commissioners involve young people in designing better mental health and wellbeing services
This new guide, which shares learning from the Right Here programme, offers practical tips for commissioners to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of young people (16-25 years of age).  Young people are often overlooked and can suffer as a result of poor transition from child to adult services.  A failure to connect with this group [read the full story...]

November 03, 2014

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5:00 PM | The APA Youtube’s Channel
With nearly 130,000 members, the American Psychological Association advances psychological science to promote health, education and human welfare.
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12:59 PM | Dalai Lama enlightens and enraptures contemplative scientists in Boston | James Kingsland
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, had mindfulness researchers eating out of his hand, but tactfully ducked the controversial question of applications in the militaryWhen the Dalai Lama began a dialogue with cognitive scientists in 1987 to explore how the insights gained by Buddhist contemplatives could be used to inform research and find new ways to promote human wellbeing, he could not have imagined that businesses and even the US military would one day want to harness some of those […]

November 02, 2014

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11:35 PM | The National Alliance on Mental Illness 2014 Conference
The 2014 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Convention in Washington, D.C. in September was, by any measure, a huge success. Mingling with consumers, family members, mental health advocates, and a wide range of mental health providers, I couldn’t help but be swept up in the atmosphere of expectation that often permeates these annual gatherings. […]

November 01, 2014

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6:46 PM | Psychologistes Sans Frontières – Can clinical psychologists perform aid work?
One of my colleagues recently spoke to the team about her experiences when she volunteered to help in a children’s hospital in Myanmar with the charity World Child Cancer. Her experiences sounded tough and inspiring, and conveyed a real sense of uncertainty about the role psychology might have in such settings. This included the feasibility […]

October 31, 2014

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3:45 PM | How Mindful Analogies Can Help Kids in Therapy
School-aged children (6 to 11 years) often wonder why they are sitting in your office for therapy. Many thoughts and emotions are associated with coming to a mental health provider’s office, including curiosity, anxiety and even fear. In order to help kids deal with whatever may be bringing them to therapy, it’s important that they […]
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8:00 AM | Evidence to guide treatment of dementia in people with learning disability may be lacking, but new areas of research might help
As people with learning disabilities are living longer, then they are also experiencing age related disorders such as dementia, where they have been shown to have a higher risk than the general population. Here we look at a review of the current state of knowledge which looks at a range of issues, from prevalence, assessment, treatment and future directions for research. The post Evidence to guide treatment of dementia in people with learning disability may be lacking, but new areas of […]
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7:30 AM | The stereotype of scientist as crazy genius does no favours to the mentally ill
People who suffer from mental health issues also suffer from its stigma. Portraying mental illness as a good thing helps no one It is not funny or cool to have a mental disorder. Unless, however, youre a a scientific genius: then it appears to be quite all right, and sometimes even lauded. But in the same way that laughing with your pals at the online quiz flagging you as a schizophrenic adds to mental health stigmatization, so does praising madness as the root of genius. The Mental Health […]
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3:00 AM | Jian Ghomeshi -His Antics -And Me
Canadians have been rocked by a sex scandal this week. Beloved radio and tv host/journalist Jian Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC because of his sexual antics. Faced with being outed by an ex-girlfriend regarding his sexual preferences (BDSM) he decided to take a leave of absence from his show Q, and after it was […]

October 30, 2014

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3:50 AM | What Three Words Need to be Rehearsed to Say to a Police Officer During a Mental Health Crisis (Full Cartoon)
Link to full size cartoon strip: Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewarto-Stewart-Family-Stew-Police-FC.jpg Person Videoing one: Oh Ya, this’s on going on Youtube…he is Awesome! Person Videoing two: Is this dinner theater? Caption: Ever been out & seen something so awesome that you just had to stop and video it? #AwesomeStreetPerformer Continue: Panel One | Panel […]

October 29, 2014

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7:15 AM | QUIZ: What mental disorder do you have? | Dean Burnett
There are many online quizzes that claim to tell you what mental disorder you have, but this one takes the issue seriouslyYou cant move for online quizzes these days. Nearly every fourth Facebook post seems to be the result of a far-fetched but strangely specific quiz that claims to reflect some aspect of your personality, like What kind of candy are you? or Which Disney Ear Hat should you wear? or What Office Supply are you? (All of these are real.)Bit annoying if youre not interested, […]
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2:13 AM | Comedian Ruby Wax Laughs at Mental Illness
Ruby Wax gives a funny TED Talk about mental illness.

October 28, 2014

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11:19 AM | A Banality
If we know how to, we love our kids (which is a big “if” (since many of us weren’t loved or were not loved “right”)). They take that love and, hopefully, pass it on (a big “hopefully” since they are so many matching and existential variables involved). That’s how the world is righted, a heart […]

October 27, 2014

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9:32 AM | Doing the "happy walk" made people's memories more positive
Walking in a more happy style could help counter the negative mental processes associated with depression. That's according to psychologists in Germany and Canada who used biofeedback to influence the walking style of 47 university students on a treadmill.The students, who were kept in the dark about the true aims of the study, had their gait monitored with motion capture technology. For half of them, the more happily they walked (characterised by larger arm and body swings, and a more upright […]
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