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August 30, 2014

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5:38 PM | Listen: Dr. Brian Goldman’s Soft Take on Alternative Medicine
Dr. Brian Goldman (@nightshiftmd), host of a great CBC radio show called White Coat Black Art that dares to pull back the curtain on the hidden world of medical practice, seems to be the latest victim of integrative medicine (IM). This IM movement has been gaining traction with Western physicians and medical institutions: many North American hospitals … Continue reading →

August 27, 2014

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1:29 PM | How is Potassium Permanganate Used to Treat Koi?
The effects of potassium permanganate (KMnO4) to treat koi’s external parasites have been known for over 200 years, but this product can be very dangerous to the fish if not used correctly. If you google it, you’ll find many accounts of very high doses applied to a pond, consequently killing all the fish. Potassium permanganate can [...]

August 26, 2014

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9:48 PM | Headspace: Mental, Physical, and Social Health for Youth
A brief look at Australia's Headspace national youth mental health service.

August 25, 2014

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7:38 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 3: Can Patients Imagine Recovery?
Today I have the distinct pleasure of writing about one of my favourite articles about eating disorder recovery by Malson et al. (2011) exploring how inpatients talk about eating disorder recovery. I have personally found this article to be very helpful in understanding some of the difficulties of understanding and achieving recovery in our social context. As Malson and colleagues explain (and as we’ve established), eating disorder recovery is elusive. Often, poor prognosis is described […]

Malson H, Bailey L, Clarke S, Treasure J, Anderson G & Kohn M (2011). Un/imaginable future selves: a discourse analysis of in-patients' talk about recovery from an 'eating disorder'., European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association, 19 (1) 25-36. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21182163

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10:30 AM | Couples You Meet in Counseling: The Ice Queen and the Martyr
My first post in this series tackled Mr. Perfect and his crazy wife. Here we turn to The Ice Queen and the Martyr, another commonly seen couple. Here are some examples of what you hear from The Martyr in session: “No matter what I do, it’s not good enough. She doesn’t show any appreciation or affection. I guess […]

August 24, 2014

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6:35 PM | The Importance of Getting Help for Fear and Anxieties
Getting professional help for dealing with your persistent fears and anxieties is the single most important step in your recovery. Many people are reluctant to get the help they need for various reasons. Here are 6 reasons on why getting help is important. 1. Learn New Strategies: Getting professional help can lead to additional insights […]
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10:30 AM | How to Be Diligent in Your Recovery
Recovery is a long process. It takes time and it takes patience to achieve a relative balance and to find a measure of health after you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness. When I was diagnosed eight years ago with schizophrenia I was so riddled by delusions and paranoia that I could hardly step foot […]

August 23, 2014

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2:04 PM | Depressed? You Should Be in Therapy & Taking an Antidepressant
If you’re like most people with depression, you probably should be engaging in two simultaneous treatments — some type of psychotherapy combined with an antidepressant medication. That is, if you have moderate to severe depression and you’ve had it for less than 2 years. So says yet another study confirming what we’ve now known for […]

August 15, 2014

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7:20 PM | In Defense of Eating Junk Food in Eating Disorder Treatment
Should eating disorder patients be introduced to “junk food” or “hyper-palatable” foods during treatment? A few days ago, I stumbled across a blog post where Dr. Julie O’Toole, Founder and Director of the Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating, argues against introducing “junk food” during ED treatment. The crux of the argument is that “hyperpalatable foods”—e.g., chips and Cheetos—are not real food and should never be forced or […]

Spring, V.L. & Bulik, C.M. (2014). Implicit and explicit affect toward food and weight stimuli in anorexia nervosa., Eating Behaviors, 15 (1) 91-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24411758

Steinglass, J.E., Sysko, R., Glasofer, D., Albano, A.M., Simpson, H.B. & Walsh, B.T. (2011). Rationale for the application of exposure and response prevention to the treatment of anorexia nervosa., The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44 (2) 134-41. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20127936

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August 12, 2014

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4:51 PM | Tragic Loss By Suicide and the Question “Why?”
For every suicide there is an estimated six or more “suicide survivors,” people who are left behind trying to cope with this traumatic loss. They include spouses, parents, siblings, friends and relatives. When the person lost is Robin Williams, a famous comedian and actor whose creativity and art brought laughs to millions, it illuminates the […]

August 11, 2014

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11:30 PM | Thriving with Mental Illness: Q&A with Heather Foster
“Thriving with Mental Illness” is a regular interview series featuring individuals who have a mental illness and are living well. Unfortunately, we don’t hear these stories nearly enough. We don’t hear nearly enough about people with mental illness who are living healthy, meaningful lives. And we don’t hear nearly enough about how they manage their […]
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5:23 PM | Unpacking Recovery Part 2: The Multiple Facets of Recovery
One of the most common definitions of eating disorder recovery I have seen comes from a 2010 study by Bardone-Cone et al. Before I begin exploring this study I thought I might direct readers to some more resources on recovery: Carrie Arnold over at ED Bites wrote a few posts about recovery on her blog, and the first in the series can be found here. In this post, Carrie looks at the 3 dimensions of recovery that surface in Bardone-Cone’s article, so I thought I might also explore a study […]
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2:27 PM | Contrary Mary & Denial of Mental Illness
What therapists can learn from a client with schizophrenia, one who is in denial.

August 10, 2014

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6:08 PM | What does a monkey selfie have to do with big pharma?
Intellectual property disputes are normally quite boring – even if they involve industrial heavyweights such as Apple and Samsung, but the reason the current big IP case is set apart from the regular snooze-fests is as simple as it is wonderfully captivating: It involves a monkey. Not just a monkey – but a monkey that…

August 07, 2014

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10:35 PM | Obamacare Helps Young Adults Get Mental Health Treatment
Despite all the hype and hand-wringing done over Obamacare — aka the Affordable Care Act — there’s a lot of good coming already from its implementation. And if some politicians want to undo this good, they may find themselves up against an increasing vocal minority of their citizens who’ve benefited. The latest data suggests that […]

August 06, 2014

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10:34 AM | CDC FAQ On Experimental Ebola Treatments & Vaccine Development
  # 8918     Although there are no FDA  approved specific treatments for Ebola infection,  it has been widely reported that two Americans afflicted with the virus have been given – and may have benefited from - an experimental drug cocktail called ZMapp (see CIDRAP News Report Experimental Ebola drug may have helped 2 US patients).   While early results are encouraging, ZMapp is extraordinarily difficult to produce in quantity, and in very short […]

August 04, 2014

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2:43 PM | Unpacking Eating Disorder Recovery Part 1: The Recovery Model
What does eating disorder recovery really look like? When you say the word “recovery,” differences of opinion loom large. The lack of definitional clarity around the concept of recovery came up many times at ICED, and continues to surface in discussions among researchers, clinicians, and individuals with eating disorders themselves. We’ve looked at recovery on the blog before (for example, Gina looked at how patients define recovery here; Tetyana surveyed […]

Dawson L, Rhodes P & Touyz S (2014). The recovery model and anorexia nervosa., The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927735

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2:43 PM | Unpacking Eating Disorder Recovery Part 1: The Recovery Model
What does eating disorder recovery really look like? When you say the word “recovery,” differences of opinion loom large. The lack of definitional clarity around the concept of recovery came up many times at ICED, and continues to surface in discussions among researchers, clinicians, and individuals with eating disorders themselves. We’ve looked at recovery on the blog before (for example, Gina looked at how patients define recovery here; Tetyana surveyed […]

Dawson L, Rhodes P & Touyz S (2014). The recovery model and anorexia nervosa., The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24927735

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