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Tag: Mental Health


Here Are Six Problems America Has That Are Worse Than Terrorism

Every time a person of Middle Eastern heritage who ought to have been committed to an insane asylum but wasn’t (because rich people who don’t want to pay taxes successfully lobbied to get rid of insane asylums) commits violence, our press and politicians hit the panic button.

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Moving During Childhood Can Have Major Consequences Later in Life

A new study might make you think twice before picking up and leaving town if you have kids.

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The American Medical Association Voted to Allow Guns in Hospitals That Treat Mental Health Patients

The United States’ largest association of physicians recommends that hospitals and healthcare facilities allow guns and tasers in facilities that house patients with mental health issues.

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Samantha Bee Demands Americans Work, Not Pray, for Change in Wake of Orlando Massacre (Video)

“There is no shortage of troubled 20-somethings out there, and whether they’re radicalized by ISIS or homophobia or white nationalism or a dislike of movies,” said the “Full Frontal” host, “we are making it far too easy for their derangement to kill us.”

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Americans Are Killing Themselves at the Highest Rate in 30 Years

More than 42,000 Americans killed themselves in 2014, and middle-aged people are leading the trend.

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Frequent Marijuana Use Raises Risk of Psychotic Disorders in Vulnerable People

The potential for marijauana to cause lasting damage to the mental health of some users, especially the young, is serious enough to warrant global public health campaigns, international drug experts say.

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‘Modern Life Is Not Good for Mental Health’

Our forebears were less depressed and anxious than we are today, sociologist Jean Twenge concludes after studying the frequency of symptoms associated with these conditions.

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Stop, Breathe and Think: Tips for Effective Pre-Election Posting

Those who are active on social media during this contentious presidential campaign may find themselves either firing off or being hit with nasty language, or both. Here’s some advice for more civilized participation in online exchanges.

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Psychologist: Mental Illness Is a Result of Intolerable Circumstances, Not Defective Genes (Video)

The health professions make a grave mistake when they treat mental illnesses as “discrete brain conditions that are largely genetically determined and barely influenced by the slings and arrows of misfortune,” writes clinical psychologist and researcher Richard Bentall.

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The Story of Autism

From midcentury institutions where children deemed feebleminded were committed to live in dark corners covered with their own excrement, to the millennial vaccine mania that corrupted autism research and set health policy back years, a new book paints the story of autism in sweeping, cinematic bursts.

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An Assault on Justice

About a year ago, I finished a 23-month stay in a federal prison for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. I couldn’t believe some of the things I saw there.

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The Wealthy, Too, Have Problems

Money is a divide across which many people feel comfortable hurling scorn. But the rich suffer depression and loneliness too—and for very real reasons, say their psychologists.

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VIDEO: John Oliver Dares Politicians to Actually Do Something About Mental Health

“If we’re going to constantly use mentally ill people to dodge conversations about gun control,” comedian John Oliver said angrily on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” “then the very least we owe them is a fucking plan.”

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Boredom Is Not a Problem to Be Solved

“Don’t replace boredom with work or fun or habits. Don’t pull out a screen at every idle moment. Boredom is the last privilege of a free mind,” writes Gayatri Devi.

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A Third of Those Born in the U.K. in 2015 Will Develop Dementia, Study Predicts

The charity Alzheimer’s Research UK is warning of a national health crisis, predicting that one in three people born in the country this year will develop dementia.

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Jeremy Corbyn Creates a Minister for Mental Health Role in His Opposition Party’s Cabinet

Britain’s new Labour leader, a staunch advocate of mental health programs, has appointed Luciana Berger to the new post in his administration. “We have delivered a unifying, dynamic, inclusive new Shadow Cabinet which for the first time ever has a majority of women,” Corbyn said.

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Young Black Man Jailed Since April for Alleged $5 Theft Is Found Dead in Cell

A young black man who reportedly had mental health problems was found dead in jail in Portsmouth, Va., after spending almost four months behind bars without bail on suspicion of stealing groceries worth $5.

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Modern Life Is Making Dementia in Your 40s More Probable

Bournemouth University health and social science professor Colin Pritchard urges governments to act on research showing more and more people are getting dementia in middle age.

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Creatures of a Day

A new book on confronting mortality by Dr. Irvin Yalom illustrates that, when in the midst of another human being’s darkness, we should worry less about shining a light, and instead simply hold the person’s hand and stay in the darkness with him or her.

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The Habits of Depression

A tendency to get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking is common to the depressed person, writes Guardian opinion editor David Shariatmadari in a long consideration of the affliction. “Any set of thoughts that is repeated builds synaptic pathways,” one neuroscientist explains in the article. “Thoughts that are repeated over and over build structure into the brain and therefore increase their own likelihood.”

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442 Mental Health Experts Call for an End to Austerity

Austerity cuts and “neoliberal thinking” among policymakers are having a “profoundly disturbing” effect on Britons’ psychological and emotional well-being, say hundreds of counselors, psychotherapists and academics in a letter to The Guardian.

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Are Pilots Deserting Washington’s Remote-Control War?

The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in a kind of crisis: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.

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Student Debt Is Seriously Hurting Grads’ Mental and Physical Health

A new study reveals what those of us carrying large loads of student debt probably already knew: Those college loan payments aren’t hurting just your bank account.

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On Nerd Pain

In response to a vulnerable personal comment on “nerd trauma and male privilege” published by MIT professor Scott Aaronson, New Statesman editor and columnist Laurie Penny wrote a compassionate and highly desirable essay on the experiences of pain, frustration and loneliness common to both nerdy males and females in general.

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My Age of Anxiety

Understanding a fundamental aspect of anxiety—the fear of being revealed—highlights the bravery of Scott Stossel’s book, which explores the author’s lifelong struggle as “a twitchy bundle of phobias, fears, and neuroses.”

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Global Recession Has ‘Led to 10,000 Suicides’

U.K. researchers report that the economic crisis in Europe and North America has contributed to the suicides of more than 10,000 people.

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Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health

A Q&A with an expert who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence.

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Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

Mindi has never harmed her daughter and is capably raising a son, but authorities took her daughter under a concept sometimes called “predictive neglect.”

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Shooting Tragedy in Santa Barbara Leaves 7 Dead

A 22-year-old man with apparent social difficulties is suspected of killing six people and injuring seven late Friday near the University of California campus in Santa Barbara.

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Star-Spangled Baggage

Amid the barrage of coverage of Specialist Ivan Lopez’s shooting spree at Fort Hood, evidence that has been in plain sight for years of how the violence of America’s distant wars comes back to haunt the “homeland” was missing. In that context, Lopez’s killings are one more marker on a bloody trail of death that leads from Iraq and Afghanistan into the American heartland.

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Get Me to Hogeweyk Before It’s Too Late

In an attempt to keep patients as physically and psychologically comfortable as possible, a town-within-a-town in the Netherlands allows people with dementia to walk, shop and eat—and nearly everything else one does in a community—safely.

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How Does Commuting Affect Your Health?

“Commuters are more likely to be anxious, dissatisfied and have the sense that their daily activities lack meaning than those who don’t have to travel to work even if they are paid more,” says a Guardian report on a study of commuting and personal well-being.

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Where Does Depression Hurt? A Map of World Clinical Diagnoses

The second leading cause of disability, clinical depression is a widespread disorder. A new study shows the rates at which each country suffers depression and speculates as to the reasons why, for example, Afghanistan has the most incidences of depression while Japan has the fewest.

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New Rule Makes Mental Health Care Available to Millions of Americans

Acting on a law passed way back in 2008, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor made a final ruling that forces many health insurers to treat mental illnesses like physical ones.

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Police Brutality, Mental Illness and ‘The Memphis Model’

Elsa Cruz filed a federal lawsuit in New York this week, months after police shot her husband dead.

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Americans Need More Downtime—Seriously

Napping, meditating, anything that gives your mind a bit of respite from the ever-quickening rat race of modern day life are essential to allow your brain to recover. And here’s the kicker (which we all pretty much already know but haven’t quite put into practice): Downtime increases productivity.

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British Psychologists Find Fault With DSM-V

England’s Division of Clinical Psychology, which represents more than 10,000 practitioners, has criticized the latest edition of the field’s leading diagnostic manual for its categorizing of normal behaviors—such as shyness in children and depression after the death of a loved one—as medical problems treatable with drugs.

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The Recession’s Toll on Your Health

A broken economy means broken bodies—bodies that give way under stress, inadequate and unavailable health care, and in some places, fewer available supplies to treat the increased numbers of ill. Greece points the way.

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Mental Health: Time to Stop White-Knuckling It

As anyone who has ever experienced a panic attack well knows, one of the most difficult aspects of managing anxiety disorders is having to do it in secret for fear of being labeled a freak.

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Stress Disorders and Drone Pilots

Researchers report that drone pilots experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft deployed in the Middle East.

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Death Wish Recognized: A Case for Long-Term Treatment

Who creates a massacre? Can we identify those people? Can they be stopped? Congress hopes to address these questions, but where will these answers come from? Enter the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, the Connecticut legislators who will draft a bill, informed in part by public hearings related to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook.

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Now Is the Time

The horror in Newtown, Conn., should shake us out of the cowardice, the fear, the evasion and the opportunism that prevent our political system from acting to curb gun violence.

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Mild Head Injury Upsets Brain’s Resting State

MRI scans conducted by researchers at NYU’s School of Medicine have shown that the resting state functioning of brains that have suffered mild trauma corresponds to a host of problems, including cognitive dysfunction, depression, anxiety and fatigue.

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