April 25, 2015

5:59 PM | Mental disorders do not predict violence, so please stop
When Sandy Hook happened, it was so shocking that to this day, some don’t actually believe it happened. Shortly after, something frustrating happened, the shooter was labeled with aspergers. This helped drive the mental health and violence connection to the point that Time came out with an article dispelling that myth. Even now according to […]

Elkington, K., Teplin, L., Abram, K., Jakubowski, J., Dulcan, M. & Welty, L. (2015). Psychiatric Disorders and Violence: A Study of Delinquent Youth After Detention, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54 (4) 302-31200000. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2015.01.002


April 22, 2015

12:05 AM | We’re still in this together
Image via Trisweb, Creative Commons License. Last April, This is Your Mind on Grad School, by Sebastien Lounis and Denia Djokic, garnered more views—by two orders of magnitude–than anything we’ve ever covered. The piece broke not only our record for page views, but also, temporarily, our website. Through interviews and survey data, Lounis and Djokic […]The post We’re still in this together appeared first on The Berkeley Science Review.

April 21, 2015

11:41 AM | Mental health: how much does the UK spend on research?
Mental health issues affect millions of people in the UK, but comparatively little is spent on research into these conditions. Wellcome Trust funding helped establish the charity MQ, with the aim of supporting much needed research into mental health. Neil Balmer, Head of Communications at MQ, explains the findings of their recent report ‘UK Mental […]

April 20, 2015

12:08 PM | My closet filled with little boxes of bad deeds
In my mind there is a closet. It has one shelf and I must stand on my tip-toes to reach the little brown boxes on it. I don’t reach for those […]
10:31 AM | Patient Health Bloggers Gather at HealtheVoices 15 – #HealtheVoices15
I had an inspirational experience at a health blogger summit this past weekend called HealtheVoices 15. The conference was sponsored by Janssen in partnership with Everyday Health and gathered together approximately 60 of some of the best health bloggers from around the country for a […]

April 18, 2015

10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: April 18, 2015
Can you spot a genuine smile from a fake one? How much do you know about creating a mental health plan for your child before college? What about true happiness — do you actually experience it? Learn about these topics and more in this week’s […]

April 17, 2015

7:52 AM | Higher cancer mortality rates associated with mental illness
The findings reported by Steve Kisely and colleagues [1] were of some interest recently and their assertion that despite cancer incidence being "the same as the general population for most psychiatric disorders" or even slightly reduced when a diagnosis of schizophrenia was for example received, mortality due to cancer was "increased in psychiatric patients."Such findings were based on their examination of: "Mental health records [that] were linked with cancer registrations and death […]

Kisely S, Forsyth S & Lawrence D (2015). Why do psychiatric patients have higher cancer mortality rates when cancer incidence is the same or lower?, The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID:


April 15, 2015

10:45 AM | 3 More Habits that Spike Stress and How to Cope
We do many things we aren’t even aware of that spike our stress. That includes everything from saying yes too often to worrying what others think to ruminating about the past. (See more in this previous piece.) But once we name these habits, we can […]
10:03 AM | Male vs Female Brains
Women are from Venus and men are from Mars, or so we have long been told. There are obvious physical differences between the sexes, but do these disparities extend to our brains? And if there are sex differences to be found in the brain, are they there from before birth, or are they a product of our upbringing? As well as being interesting areas for scientific study, these questions open up some ethical conundrums - if we did find robust, biological sex differences in the brains of men and […]

April 13, 2015

9:55 PM | New Curriculum Designed to Combat Suicide by Teaching Hope
A new curriculum designed by the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred), Schools for Hope, was created based on research by The Ohio State University that suggests hope is a teachable skill — a vitally important aptitude because hopelessness is the leading […]
5:21 PM | New Method Demonstrates That the Eyes Are Actually the Window to Our Brains
Understanding brains is one of the largest research topics within science and with so many different areas; it’s easy to see why the subject is so fascinating to study. The eyes are often said to be the window of the soul, but it’s much more accurate to … READ MORE
10:45 AM | 3 More Mental Health Tips that Miss the Mark
In February we shared five mental health tips that get recommended over and over but actually aren’t accurate. This month we asked different clinicians to set the record straight on more myths. Here’s what they shared. 1. Myth: It’s important to have a job you’re […]

April 11, 2015

3:00 PM | Study Supports Role of Oxygen Deprivation In Near-Death Experiences
More support for a psychological basis of near-death experiences comes from a new study involving cardiac arrest in rats. Continue reading →
10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: April 11, 2015
Learn more about changing mental health-related terms, the psychological factors that might lead to overeating, a new Medicaid and mental health law proposed by the Obama Administration, and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Can We Replace Misleading Terms Like ‘Mental Illness,’ ‘Patient,’ […]

April 08, 2015

7:00 AM | Inpatient mindfulness group improves self-reported intrapersonal skills
Mindfulness has been offered as a way to help reduce stress in family and carers but few studies have as yet looked directly at the effects of offering mindfulness-based interventions to people with learning disabilities themselves. In her debut blog, Leen Vereenhooghe looks at an attempt to evaluate a mindfulness group in an inpatient assessment and treatment unit through the experiences of those who took part. The post Inpatient mindfulness group improves self-reported intrapersonal skills […]

April 04, 2015

10:00 AM | Psychology Around the Net: April 4, 2015
This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers pilots and psychiatric evaluations, the effects of multitasking on your brain, the science-based claim that money can buy happiness (say what?!) and more. Inside a Pilot’s Mind: After Germanwings Plane Crash, Pondering Pilot Psychology: One former pilot’s op-ed […]

April 02, 2015

5:11 PM | Music Therapy: This Is How Music Heals Your Body and Enhances Your Mind
I recently met someone who has made a life out of selling instruments, teaching music theory, and practicing a method of healing through music. A lot of how music helps is in sharpening a person’s mind and coordination, which is an important part of music therapy. Studies … READ MORE

April 01, 2015

3:45 AM | Why Is It: Acts Of The Few Can Condemn Us All
Caption:  Concrete Mental Health Advocates Help Fill In the Gaps Mental Illness: Same Stuff Different Day! The acts of the few condemn us all.  I feel it around me more and more. You try to make something beautiful only to have someone defecate all over it! Yes, it’s like a thickening broth on the stove.  […]

March 31, 2015

6:22 PM | Bioethicist Art Caplan: Pilots Need Mental Health Screening — And Doctors Do, Too
A new piece by contributor Art Caplan on Forbes: The entirely predictable media obsession with the tragedy of the Germanwings jetliner that crashed into the French Alps on March 25 is moving forward full force. The media, especially cable television, love … Continue reading →
4:15 PM | The Curious Case of “Mr. Oft”
by Zachary Shapiro In the course of my year-long project with Petrie-Flom, I am studying the potential impact of neuroimaging techniques on criminal law. During the course of my research, I found a story of an individual whose case presents … Continue reading →
1:22 PM | Should airline pilots – and lawyers – reveal their mental illnesses?
As the world ponders the sensibility of psychological testing of airline pilots before we even know the diagnosis of GermanWings pilot Andreas Lubitz, comes word that the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Florida Supreme Court for the state Board of Bar Examiners’ policy of evaluating applicants for mental health diagnosis or […]
12:27 AM | Florida researchers find one in five college students may have misophonia – a hypersensitivity to sounds like lip smacking and pen clicking
Almost one in five college students are so sensitive to common, annoying sounds like lip smacking and pen clicking that they may have misophonia—a little-understood condition where people overreact to irritating noises. The results come from a University of South … Continue reading →

Wu MS, Lewin AB, Murphy TK & Storch EA (2014). Misophonia: incidence, phenomenology, and clinical correlates in an undergraduate student sample., Journal of clinical psychology, 70 (10) 994-1007. PMID:


March 30, 2015

8:20 PM | Do You Suffer From 'Exploding Head Syndrome'? You're Not Alone.
New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist. Known as "exploding head syndrome," the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought.Read more...
5:00 PM | National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center values education and training as a mechanism to improve the way crime victims are treated and understood. Tremendous progress has been made at the federal and state levels in securing rights, resources, and protections for victims of crime.

March 29, 2015

7:27 AM | The Week On Twitter: Hozier Defends SSM and VinB Baffles
With the exception of hysterical One Direction fans, this week’s Twitter trends featured some important topics. Unusually, the majority of Irish Tweeters were very politically aware and discussed everything from Irish politics and world news, to depression and murder trials. Here is the best of this week’s trends and tweets.   Heroic Hozier #SSM Two weeks ago, on [...] The post The Week On Twitter: Hozier Defends SSM and VinB Baffles appeared first on HeadStuff.

March 28, 2015

7:26 PM | Olfaction, ecology, and intelligence
“I should think we might fairly gauge the future of biological science, centuries ahead by estimating the time it will take to reach a complete comprehensive understanding of odor. It may not seem a profound enough problem to dominate all...Read more
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