Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Future of Mental Health Interview Series: Eleanor Longden

The following interview with Eleanor Longden, who is well known for her Ted Talk and her activism in the psychiatric survivor movement, is part of a “future of mental health” interview series that I’m currently conducting on my Psychology Today blog Rethinking Mental Health. To see the full interview roster, please visit http://ericmaisel.com/interview-series.

Seeking Emotional Moderation in an age of Extremes

From Science of Us: Temperament, or emotional moderation, may be an important component of psychological well-being and healthier relationships. Article →­

“Childhood Poverty Linked to Brain Changes”

“Children from poorer families are more likely to experience changes in brain connectivity that put them at higher risk of depression, compared with children from more affluent families,” according to new research covered by Medical News Today. "Poverty doesn't put a child on a predetermined trajectory, but it behooves us to remember that adverse experiences early in life are influencing the development and function of the brain. And if we hope to intervene, we need to do it early so that we can help shift children onto the best possible developmental trajectories."

If Money can Make you Happy, can Debt Make you Sad?

From Aeon: While research shows that having financial resources contributes to our happiness and satisfaction, borrowing money and being in debt add to our dissatisfaction and...

The Impacts of Structural Stigma With Mark L. Hatzenbuehler

In this video for Worldview Stanford, clinical psychologist Mark L. Hatzenbuehler discusses the adverse physical and mental health outcomes that often result from structural stigma.

Effects of Racism on Depression in Black College Women

Black college women endorse more perceived stress and depressive symptoms than White college women, highlighting the impacts of racism.

One Psychologist’s Mission to Save Talk Therapy

In this episode of WBUR's On Point Radio, psychologist Enrico Gnaulati explains why long-term psychotherapy has been devalued ever since the release and marketing of Prozac....

“Children Today Suffer From a Deficit of Play”

Boston College Psychologist Peter Gray writes for Aeon about the impact of the gradual erosion of children’s’ play in the United States. “Over the...

Why Social Media can Never Fill the Void in our Depressing Lives

From VICE: According to Marcus Gilroy-Ware, author of Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism & Social Media, society's widespread use of social media stems from and is exploited...

No Guns in Schools

The Society for Humanistic Psychology has released a statement by psychology faculty and students from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in opposition to the notion...

Marijuana and Suicide

A new three-part series from Parents Opposed to Pot explores the link between marijuana and suicide. Part 1: Marijuana and Suicide, a Growing Risk for Our...

“Mental Illness” and the Spiral of Shame

A researcher from the University of California in Santa Barbara writes today in the Journal of Social Psychiatry that "one reason that theories of...

Using Chosen Names Reduces Suicide in Transgender Youths

From UT News: A new study has found that allowing transgender youths to use their chosen name at home, school, and work dramatically decreases their risk...

Vets Who Receive Legal Aid Show Improved Mental Health

From Yale News: A new study shows that veterans who receive legal help with housing, benefits, and consumer or personal matters have increased income, fewer...

Big New Study Challenges a Genetic Link to Stress, Depression

From Psych Central: A new meta-analysis found no evidence for a previously reported connection between the serotonin gene, depression, and stress. "For years, scientists have been trying...

“There are no ‘Schizophrenia Genes’: Here’s Why”

Richard Bentall and David Pilgrim offer their critique of genetic theories of schizophrenia for the Conversation. "The high heritability estimates reported in earlier quantitative...

Researchers Suggest Traumatic Experiences May Cause Psychotic Symptoms

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry investigates the relationship between trauma and psychotic experiences.

The Rise of Solitary

From Dissent Magazine: In her recently published book 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement, scholar and advocate Keramet Reiter discusses the...

“Being Smart About Your Child’s Brain”

In an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Frank Bruni weighs in on the “concussion crisis,” and the long-term effects that sports-related brain injuries...

Badiou, the Event, and Psychiatry, Part 2

In the second part of a two-part series on philosophy and psychiatry, Vincenzo Di Nicola describes an alternative model of psychiatry that rejects some of...

Psychologists Advise How to Help and Minimize Harm Working With Migrants and Refugees

While well intentioned, providers and volunteers can do more harm than good at the border. The Global Psychosocial Network issues guidelines on how to work for the benefit of migrants and refugees.

“Forensic Psychiatric Patients and Staff View the Effects of ‘Mental Illness’ Differently”

“Offenders sentenced to forensic psychiatric care do not consider their mental illness to be the main reason for their crime. Instead, they point to abuse, poverty or anger toward a particular person.”

Study Confirms Higher Suicide Risk for Sexual Minority Adolescents

Researchers report that sexual minority adolescents have considered, planned, and attempted suicide substantially more than their heterosexual peers.

Large Study Finds Epigenetic Changes Associated with Trauma Explained by Smoking

A new study suggests that epigenetic changes that have been associated with trauma may actually be due to environmental toxins.

10 Reasons Survivors Might Know More Medicine Than Psychiatrists

We've been discussing a potential role for psychiatrists on this site, and I wanted some of the doctors to understand why many mental health...

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