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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 […]
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5:00 PM | National Alliance for Grieving Children
The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.

September 12, 2014

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2:00 PM | How to help your children recover from a burglary
Today’s post is a guest post from Elli Bishop, an expert on home security who works in outreach at SafeWise. Further information on SafeWise is below. Being the victim of any crime is a disheartening and stressful experience, but a burglary is an especially traumatic one. In addition to the financial impact of property damage […]

September 10, 2014

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5:42 PM | Can a Website Answer Life's Big Questions?
Now in beta-testing, Cloverpop is a virtual life coach to help you deal with the hard stuff. Continue reading →

September 09, 2014

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6:59 PM | Reversing the Emotions of the Memory: Scientists Find a Way to ‘Erase’ Negative Memories
Depression, anxiety and PTSD disorder – these conditions have one thing in common. They are built upon negative memories, sometimes even highly traumatic events called emotional associations or Valences. These Valences are directly responsible for reminiscence, but in the negative form. Social anxieties and other disorders grow as the negative … READ MORE
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3:30 PM | The new Scooby Doo movie really steps in it
For those of you in the same age demographic as me, you probably grew up hearing this tune on Saturday mornings: “Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you? We got some work to do now. Scooby Dooby Doo,Where are you? We need some help from you now.” And oh boy, oh boy do we need some help. […]

September 08, 2014

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5:00 PM | The Observer
Published 10 times per year by the Association for Psychological Science, the Observer educates and informs the Association on matters affecting the research, academic, and applied disciplines of psychology; promotes the scientific values of APS Members; reports and comments on issues of national interest to the psychological scientist community; and provides a vehicle for the dissemination of information on APS.
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3:01 PM | Watching for the warning signs of an eating disorder
Consider the following scenario: you have a preteen or teen who is a little plump. Perhaps they are just a little overweight, or they need to do some growing up to account for what’s grown out, or perhaps they are actually obese and at risk for various health conditions associated with obesity, such as type […]

September 06, 2014

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12:05 AM | Slenderman-obsessed Florida teen sets fire to house
Slenderman, the fictional character, has been a hot topic since two girls tried to stab to death their friend to appease the spindly creature. Now, whenever the name is even MENTIONED, it seems to create an overreact in adults. Florida teen obsessed with Slender Man set fire to own home as mom, brother slept: cops… Source: Doubtful News

September 05, 2014

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9:11 PM | Psychedelic Therapy: Scientifically Confirmed Ways Psychedelic Drugs Can Treat Mental Disorders
In the midst of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” craze of going to help raise awareness for another worthy cause, psychedelic research. I’m going to approach this article a little differently; I’m going to write this as more of a research (past and current) based summary than most typical articles. This … READ MORE
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7:25 PM | Being Happy As An Artist
“I’ve suffered enough. When does my artwork improve?” Refrigerator magnet The tortured artist mythology is an ancient and enduring one: The idea that art depends on suffering, and artists need to be suffering with dark emotions, and need their pain to create. But that is a wrong and destructive idea. For example, in his appearance […]
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3:23 AM | World Suicide Prevention Day
  September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This day exists to raise awareness and to eliminate the stigma that surrounds suicide. I want to talk about the importance of this day a bit early, because 1) its a most important conversation to have, and 2) I have a personal connection to this cause this […]

September 04, 2014

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6:25 AM | Mental illness and sexual abuse: the shocking link | Richard P Grant
Violence perpetrated on the mentally ill shows that victim-blaming is nothing more than a cover-up for subhuman behaviourSome years ago, the Mufti of Australia got into hot water when he likened women who failed to wear the hijab to uncovered meat, at risk of being devoured by cats. In other words, if a woman who dressed immodestly were to be raped then she should share, if not take all, the blame. Sadly, despite the outcry that followed, this attitude that of blaming the victim is still […]

September 03, 2014

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11:10 PM | Why Did Apollo Astronauts Keep Wiping Out on the Moon?
When watching NASA’s historic video footage of the Apollo astronauts on the moon, it becomes clear that the alien lunar gravity was a little troublesome. The moonwalkers would often trip, stumble and wipe out as they explored the dusty landscape. … Continue reading →
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6:55 PM | Compulsive Poetry In Epilepsy
The case of a woman who began compulsively writing poems after being treated for epilepsy offers a rare glimpse into the ‘inner’ dimension of a neurological disorder. Here’s the paper in Neurocase from British neurologists Woollacott and colleagues. The story in a nutshell: the patient, age 76, had been suffering from memory lapses and episodic […]The post Compulsive Poetry In Epilepsy appeared first on Neuroskeptic.
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12:00 PM | Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Something on your Mind?
We can all get a little het-up about things, whether it’s something big like moving cities or something smaller like getting ready for a first date! It’s inevitable that people […]
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9:34 AM | A Study: Mental Disorders in Women Survivors of Human Trafficking
By Sharon E. Chin  A study from BioMed Central Psychiatry was conducted in response to reports of women survivors of human trafficking suffering from symptoms of mental disorders. The purpose of the study was to describe the risk factors for diagnosed mental disorder among women survivors, which had not been researched in the past. Survivors used for the study were Moldova residents who experienced human trafficking as defined by the United Nations. Interviews were conducted to […]
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8:27 AM | mH2 – the future of mental healthcare
Mental healthcare is often described as the Cinderella of medicine – overlooked, disparaged, and generally neglected. In the UK, mental healthcare is the single biggest item on the NHS budget (£12.16bn in 2010/11), but in practice this means that only about 11% of the overall spend is allocated to deal with 23% of the disease ...read more
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7:30 AM | Involve service users in design and delivery of services for better outcomes, advises new report
This new report, from National Voices and Think Local Act Personal, considers what matters most to mental health service users in terms of their experience and outcomes.  The report accompanies an earlier publication which considers evidence from research and consultations on what patients and service users want and expect from support which is person-centred and coordinated. “No [read the full story...]

September 02, 2014

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8:17 AM | On being labelled "schizophrenic", in the words of the diagnosed
The label "schizophrenic" is loaded with connotations. For many, its utterance provokes thoughts of madness, of violence and oddity. No wonder that clinical psychologist Lorna Howe and her colleagues found the people they interviewed - all diagnosed with the illness - had strived to avoid the label.In all, the researchers conducted in-depth interviews lasting up to 90 minutes with seven participants diagnosed with schizophrenia. There were three men, four women (average age 44), and they'd […]
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7:55 AM | A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry | Mo Costandi
In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of water, drank it, then sat back and waited for the drug to take effect. Huxley took the drug in his California home under the direct supervision of psychiatrist Humphry Osmond, to whom Huxley had […]

September 01, 2014

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5:00 PM | MindYourMind
MindYourMind is an award-winning, non-profit mental health program that engages youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to co-develop reliable and relevant resources.

August 31, 2014

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10:52 PM | Public Health in the News – August 31, 2014
Global To fight the outbreak of Ebola, we need developed countries to assist with basic healthcare, public health officials are arguing. Scientists have now sequenced the genome of Ebola, which may help lead to better treatments and vaccines. An article in Aeon explores the history of infectious disease outbreaks and argues that the next pandemic […]
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4:15 PM | Yoga: If It’s Good Enough For the A-Listers
  Let me tell you something about me, in about 8 days time, my life is about to explode and I will become an over-scheduled, sometimes cranky, workaholic for the next 10 months. Along with my regular 40 hour a week full time job, I also have a part time teaching practice (that is just […]
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12:15 AM | Celebrities are Humans Too
I have been spending the afternoon glancing at celebrity gossip sites, and reading the many comments those kinds of sites bring. And I have to ask, have we forgotten that celebrities are human too? As members of the human race, we are allowed to make mistakes. Even entitled to make mistakes. This is what helps […]

August 30, 2014

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12:12 PM | The Myth Of “Roid Rage”?
Are men who inject testosterone and other anabolic steroids at risk of entering a violent “roid rage“? Many people think so. Whenever a professional athlete commits a violent crime, it’s not long before someone suggests that steroids may have been involved. The most recent example of this is the case of Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver. […]The post The Myth Of “Roid Rage”? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Lundholm L, Frisell T, Lichtenstein P & Långström N (2014). Anabolic androgenic steroids and violent offending: Confounding by polysubstance abuse among 10,365 general population men., Addiction (Abingdon, England), PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25170826

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10:30 AM | Meet the mother and father of cognitive neuroscience | Mo Costandi
Independently and almost single-handedly, husband and wife Uta and Chris Frith have transformed the way we view autism and schizophrenia.Chris Frith sits at the kitchen table in his northwest London home, cutting slices of smoked salmon into irregularly-shaped pieces and then placing them in a meticulous tiling pattern onto pieces of buttered brown bread. It is, according to his wife Uta, the kind of obsessive, repetitive behaviour that is characteristic of children with autism. There are […]

August 28, 2014

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6:55 PM | Compulsive Poetry In Epilepsy
The case of a woman who began compulsively writing poems after being treated for epilepsy offers a rare glimpse into the ‘inner’ dimension of a neurological disorder. Here’s the paper in Neurocase from British neurologists Woollacott and colleagues. The story in a nutshell: the patient, age 76, had been suffering from memory lapses and episodic […]The post Compulsive Poetry In Epilepsy appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

August 27, 2014

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11:35 PM | (False?) Positive Psychology Meets Genomics
Academic bunfight ahoy! A new paper from Nick Brown – famed debunker of the “Positivity Ratio” – and his colleagues, takes aim at another piece of research on feel-good emotions. The target is a 2013 paper published in PNAS from positive psychology leader Barbara Fredrickson and colleagues: A functional genomic perspective on human well-being. The […]The post (False?) Positive Psychology Meets Genomics appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Brown, N., MacDonald, D., Samanta, M., Friedman, H. & Coyne, J. (2014). A critical reanalysis of the relationship between genomics and well-being, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1407057111

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