Monday, August 21, 2017

Turns out Action Video Games Really can Harm Your Brain

From Global News: According to a recent Montreal study, habitually playing action video games can lead to grey matter loss in the hippocampus, which is...

The Therapist who Saved my Life

In this creative nonfiction piece for Literary Hub, one woman shares her story of trauma, depression, and suicidality, and recounts the unconventional approach of the...

Researchers Challenge Popular Beliefs About Adolescent Risk Taking

Adolescent risk taking is explored contextually, beyond models of brain imbalances and adverse consequences.

Does Marijuana Make for Depressed Brains?

From U.S. News & World Report: While some medical marijuana advocates claim that certain strands of weed may help with depression, research on the effects of...

Married Individuals with Schizophrenia Show Better Outcomes, Study Finds

14-year study of a rural sample in China shows those who were married had higher rates of remission from schizophrenia.

Social Prescribing May Improve Self-Esteem and Mental Well-Being

Systematic review suggests social prescribing benefits individuals with mental and physical health issues, but more program evaluations are needed.

Bipolar Disorder: Childhood Trauma Modulates Impact

From Psychiatry Advisor: Childhood trauma modulates the effects of bipolar disorder on the amygdala and hippocampus; it is associated with increased volumes of gray matter. "'Childhood maltreatment has...

New Collaborative and Feedback-Informed Family Therapy Approach

Attempts to bridge the gap between research and practice result in a family therapy approach which employs clients as co-researchers.

Your ZIP Code Might Impact Your Health as Much as Your Genes

From NPR: Doctors and healthcare professionals are increasingly recognizing the importance of social factors to patients' health. Some hospitals and providers are now asking patients for information...

The “It’s All in Your Head” Diagnosis Endangers Women’s Health

From Los Angeles Times: Many physicians are quick to dismiss women's serious health concerns as psychological issues, leading to the delay of proper treatment and...

Creative Approach to Mental Health Underfunded

From Stuff: Ōtautahi Creative Spaces, a center that offers art therapy workshops, was recently set up in response to the earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, where...

Prenatal Exposure to Psychotropic Medication Linked to Long Term Cognitive Impairment

School aged children exposed prenatally to psychotropic medication show poorer outcomes in cognitive ability.

The Moving Basis of Mental Health Diagnosis

In this opinion piece for The Chronicle Herald, Dr. A.J. discusses the subjective nature of psychiatric diagnosis and the DSM. Citing research by Paula Kaplan,...

Targets are Damaging Students’ Mental Health

In this piece for The Guardian, a schoolteacher explains how unrealistic expectations of students' academic performance as well as a strong emphasis on test scores have harmed students'...

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

From The Atlantic: The pattern of constant smartphone and social media use among post-Millennials may be leading to a public mental health crisis. Research shows that...

The Risk That Survives a Psych Ward Stay

From OZY: The suicide rate for former psychiatric inpatients is 44 times higher than that of the general population. According to Australian psychiatrist and professor Christopher Ryan,...

PhD Students at Higher Risk of Developing a Psychiatric Disorder

From Business Insider: According to a new study, PhD students are almost twice as likely to develop symptoms of poor mental health as the highly educated...

What if we are all Wrong About Mental Illness?

From Thoughtful Living: The biomedical model of psychiatry, along with the DSM, is deeply flawed and can often be misleading. To improve, mental health services...

The Politics of Mental Health

In this piece for Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century, Hazel Croft argues for a more radical approach to mental health, exploring the impact of neoliberal...

Providing Social Welfare Can Save Billions of Dollars, Researchers Say

Researchers suggest that treatment is more effective and healthcare costs are reduced when contextual care is implemented that addresses social and economic needs.

Many are Depressed Because They’re Expected not to be

From The Conversation: New studies suggest that Western cultural values - specifically the high value we place on happiness - may be the reason that...

A Glimpse Inside US Mental Health Detention Centre

From The Sun: New York photographer Lili Holzer-Glier was recently allowed inside the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago, where 35 percent of inmates...

Childhood Bipolar Disorder More Rare Than Previously Claimed, Study Finds

Re-examination of meta-analytic claims finds the prevalence of pediatric bipolar disorder is close to zero.

Marshmallows Aren’t Likely to Fix Low-Income Kids’ Problems

From BOLD Blog: Starting in the late 1960s, researchers conducted an experiment offering young children a choice between one marshmallow at the present or two...

What Meditation can do for us, and What it Can’t

In recent years, American scholars and thinkers have increasingly argued for the secularization and modernization of Buddhism, proposing meditation as a fully secular form...

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