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April 15, 2014

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4:50 PM | Gorski on Charting – Patient Placement
One more cartoon published one the  Medivance Billing services blog. If you remember, I told you I’ve had “the privilege and honor of illustrating each blog post with my Mental Health Humor  style of cartooning” – LOL I’m quoting myself! The cartoon series created for Terry is titled “Gorski On Charting“. In his latest article […]
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11:55 AM | DNews: Why Do We All Procrastinate?
If you're watching this video, you might be procrastinating! Why do we procrastinate and should we feel guilty about it? Annie discusses how procrastination evolved in us.

April 14, 2014

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6:47 PM | Help Without Heaven
Categories: ActivismTags: atheismatheistDo Better Challengefacebookmental healthsupport groupsAs part of my ongoing Do Better Challenge, I am seeking out people who are doing volunteer work and good deeds to help out in the various secular communities. We see a lot of negativity in the world and because of that, every now and then, I like to try to focus your attention on some of the good people out there doing great things. Miri Mogilevsky and Courtney Caldwell are two very inspirational women […]

April 13, 2014

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3:47 PM | The Many Problems with the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act
We haven’t yet spoken up about the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013 (HR 3717), sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy because we were hoping Congress would see through this less-than-subtle attempt to gut SAMHSA, coerce states to pass new forced-treatment laws (even if their citizens don’t want them), and create yet another […]

April 08, 2014

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5:38 PM | Dogs Can Go Temporarily Nuts When Kenneled
When kenneled, a large percentage of dogs show behaviors commonly associated with mental illness. Some even bounce off the walls -- literally. Continue reading →
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3:39 PM | Track Your Treatment Progress! Target Zero Symptoms to Thrive
Psych Central is pleased to be a partner with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in their project for April — Target Zero to Thrive. The campaign wants people to consider complete remission of your mental illness symptoms as a goal to strive toward. We think too many people involved in treatment of mental […]

April 07, 2014

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10:45 PM | Peer Support, Peer Problems
For Steve Harrington, president of the National Association of Peer Supporters, the loss of a relationship triggered a deep depression with psychotic features, resulting in hospitalization. For Leah Harris, communications and development coordinator for the National Empowerment Center, it was her parents dying young from a combination of mental illness and the “toxic effect of […]
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5:00 PM | PsychoTube
Free psychology videos dealing with a myriad of topics, from Mood Disorders to Cognitive Behavioral Therapies to Anxiety Disorders. Also listed are clinical psychology, developmental psychology, therapy, learning psychology, cognitive psychology, memory and other forms of psychotherapies. Psychotube is a new way to share video and audio clips with other psychology teachers. Many psychology teachers use short video and audio clips to facilitate their teaching of psychology and this site […]

April 04, 2014

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1:30 PM | Floating Away: The Science of Sensory Deprivation Therapy
I tried not to panic. I was floating effortlessly in a pitch-black tank filled with salty, skin-temperature water, wearing earplugs and nothing else. Within minutes I could no longer feel the sponge in my ears or smell the musty scent of water. There was no light, no smell, no touch and – save for the […]The post Floating Away: The Science of Sensory Deprivation Therapy appeared first on The Crux.
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10:00 AM | Why Are Artists and Musicians More Prone to Suicide?
Was Kurt Cobain’s profession as a musician a risk factor?
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10:00 AM | Did Shooter's PTSD Cause Violence at Fort Hood?
Gunman complained about symptoms relating to post traumatic stress disorder, but experts say combat not always to blame.
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7:30 AM | Do television and video games impact on the wellbeing of younger children?
We’re often bombarded with panicky stories in the news about the dangers of letting children watch too much television or play too many video games. The scientific reality is that we still know very little about how the use of electronic media affects childhood behaviour and development. A new study from a team of international researchers led by Trina Hinkley at Deakin University might help to provide us with new insights.The study used data from 3,600 children from across Europe, taken […]

April 03, 2014

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7:26 PM | Are The Mafia Psychopaths?
The view that the Mafia is an organization of especially ruthless psychopaths is wrong – in fact, members of ‘Cosa Nostra’ have lower psychopathic traits than other criminals. That’s according to a new study from Italian researchers Schimmenti and colleagues, who, appropriately enough, are based in Sicily, the Mafia’s birthplace. Schimmenti et al went to […]The post Are The Mafia Psychopaths? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Schimmenti, A., Caprì, C., La Barbera, D. & Caretti, V. (2014). Mafia and psychopathy, Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, DOI:

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April 01, 2014

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12:06 AM | Kinder, gentler med school: Students less depressed, learn more
Removing pressure from medical school while teaching students skills to […]

March 31, 2014

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5:00 PM | International Positive Psychology Association
Positive psychology is an exciting new field of inquiry that has captured the interest of thousands of researchers, practitioners, and students from around the world. This burgeoning area of psychology focuses on the study and practice of the positive emotions, strengths, and virtues that make individuals and institutions thrive. Since its inception in 1998, the field has seen an investment of tens of millions of dollars in research, the founding of several scientific journals, the development […]
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9:46 AM | CIT Not Just a Law Enforcement Program
I recently attended the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Indiana’s Criminal Justice Summit in Indianapolis, IN. The morning’s keynote speaker was Major Sam Cochran (ret.), who is nationally known for his work in developing the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model in Memphis, TN. Cochran’s message was clear: CIT is not just a law enforcement […]
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5:01 AM | Curing the Blue Mondays With Mental Health Humor Brainstorming
Curing the Blue Mondays With Mental Health Humor Brainstorming It’s been raining here in Florida for what seems to be a full, straight week… The weather reminds me of Springtime in New England… The problem is: this is Florida and it should not be this cold! The mental health humor cartoon brainstorming is my version […]

March 30, 2014

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10:45 PM | The Usefulness of Collaborative Care
Many patients with mental health issues go to their primary care doctor either because they assume their symptoms are medical or simply because it is their only doctor. However, primary care doctors are not trained in mental healthcare and do not have the necessary time to address mental health concerns. How would you feel if […]
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8:46 AM | Mental health consequences of childhood cancer
Worldwide, more than 175,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year. Georgie Johnstone, a recent vacation scholar at the Trauma Recovery Lab talks you through some thought-provoking new research on cancer and PTSD. Overall, in children under 15 … Continue reading →

Phipps, Klosky, Long, Hudson, Huang, Zhang & Noll, R. (2014). Posttraumatic Stress and Psychological Growth in Children With Cancer: Has the Traumatic Impact of Cancer Been Overestimated?, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32 641-646. DOI:

Lund, Winther, Dalton, Cederkvist, Jeppesen, Deltour, Hargreave, M., Kjær, S., Jensen, A., Rechnitzer, C. & Andersen, K. (2013). Hospital contact for mental disorders in survivors of childhood cancer and their siblings in Denmark: a population-based cohort study, The Lancet Oncology, 14 971-980. DOI:

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March 27, 2014

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8:30 PM | Autism Diagnoses in US Kids Jump 30 Percent
As many as 1.5 percent, or 1 in 68 U.S. children on average may have autism, according to new estimates released today by the CDC.

March 26, 2014

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3:45 PM | Mental Illness Across Cultures: An Interview with Gayathri Ramprasad
As much stigma as there is in American homes regarding mental illness, it’s much worse in other countries. Gayathri Ramprasad grew up in Bangalore, India, where traditional Hindu culture has no concept of depression. There was no doctor to diagnose her anxiety disorder as an adolescent girl nor medicine to treat the condition. Now, as […]
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2:35 PM | The misguided race to diagnose Newtown
Journalists and psychologists alike risk flouting professional standards in the misguided race to diagnose the man behind a mass killingAt 9.41am on Friday, December 14th, state police in Connecticut received their first 9-1-1 call from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. at 3.52pm local time, barely 6 hours later, an 'expert' psychologist was plastered over the front page of MailOnline explaining the 'chilling psychology' behind the murders. "Head of psychology at Birmingham City […]

March 25, 2014

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10:34 PM | Alcohol May Not Help: Alcohol’s Impact on Your Mental Health
Alcoholism is common among people suffering from mental health conditions. People experiencing anxiety, depression, impulsivity, or other diagnosable mental illnesses often turn to alcohol to find temporary solace. Additionally, people who do not have a mental health diagnosis, yet are encountering a phase of overwhelming emotions, drink dangerously. For example, while struggling with the aftermath […]
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1:30 PM | Mentally challenging jobs may keep your mind sharp long after retirement
A mentally demanding job may stress you out today but […]

March 24, 2014

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6:38 PM | Could THESE BE THE Mushrooms that Lead to New Depression Treatments?
I took one look at Dr Rick Nauert PhD’s article “Could Mushrooms Lead to New Depression Treatments?” and I could not help to think of all my time spent playing Super Mario Brothers! I was INSPIRED and strangely compelled to draw this mushroom Mental Health Humor Cartoon. I guess in my mind, this is how […]
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4:21 PM | Curing the Blue Monday’s With Mental Health Humor
Lets try to Cure the Blue Monday’s with a little Mental Health Humor. We are going way-back to 2009 and my second annual cartoon-a-thon with this BLUE MONDAY CURE with my own Chato Stewart updated twist. Here I updated my old cartoon-a-thon gag after I drew a NEW Brainstorming Cartoon series character to this recovery […]

March 19, 2014

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7:07 AM | Ever Start Brainstorming Only To Have An Embarrassing Brain Fart?
Ever Start Brainstorming Only To Have An Embarrassing Brain Fart? Urban Dictionary is written by you. Define your world 7,649,471 definitions since 1999. When I looked “Brain Fart” this definition seem to fit my feeling drawing the Mental Health Humor cartoon.   “BRAIN FART:  When you are attempting to remember something very obvious, something that […]

March 17, 2014

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10:47 PM | God was speaking through ranting stenographer
In an update to this story, “He will not be mocked…” but you may be: Stenographer snaps, the ranting Congressional stenographer defends herself. House Stenographer: ‘I Did Not Have a Breakdown’ The House stenographer who was dragged from the floor by Capitol Police last fall after shouting about God, the Freemasons and a House divided… Source: Doubtful News
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5:00 PM | Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma
The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), originally founded at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict/post-conflict and natural disasters for over two decades. Its clinical program serves as a global model that has been replicated worldwide. HPRT designed and implemented the first curriculum for the mental health training of primary care […]
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12:27 PM | Study finds most common, costly reasons for mental health hospitalizations for kids
Nearly one in 10 children are hospitalized with a primary […]
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