New Data on the Adverse Effects of Meditation and Mindfulness

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Study reports on the less-examined findings of difficult and painful meditation-related experiences.

Mirror, Mirror: Study Challenges Notion of a Narcissism Epidemic Among Youth

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One study indicates that pointed fingers incriminating youth for narcissism may be pointed in the wrong direction.

More Critiques of the Lancet Antidepressant Study

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Researchers and advocates have continued to critique The Lancet's recent study claiming to prove definitively that antidepressants are more effective than placebo. Below are a...

“A Community Faces the Mental Health Impact of Climate Change”

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“In Nunatsiavut, climate change is already a terrible reality, and it’s taking a heavy toll on mental health,” Ellie Robins reports for the influence....

What It Feels Like When Your Identity is Heavy

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In this piece for Science of Us, Jesse Singal describes the burdensome stress of being a member of a minority group and having an identity...

Puerto Rico’s Mental Health Crisis (Podcast)

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From The New York Times: Months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island is experiencing a severe mental health crisis. Public health officials say...

Letter Endorsing the Recent UN Report on Mental Health

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Mental Health Europe and the British Psychological Society are looking for signatories to a letter endorsing the recent United Nations Special Rapporteur's report on...

How Compassion Can Triumph Over Toxic Childhood Trauma

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From Medical Xpress: New research findings suggest that when pregnant women who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) feel supported by those around them, their...

Systemic Racism Erodes Mental Health, Study Finds

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New research out of the United Kingdom examines the cumulative impact of systemic racism on the mental health of minorities over time.  The study,...

Why Lifestyle Tips Won’t Cure the Mounting Stress People Face

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From The Independent: Mental health awareness campaigns inundate us with lifestyle tips for managing stress such as mindfulness, meditation, exercise, and nutrition. But these tips...

13 Reasons to Watch 13 Reasons Why

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From Acting NT: Many mental health advocates have objected to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which centers around the suicide of a teenage girl. Here...

WSJ Hosts Debate on Depression Screening

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued a controversial recommendation that all adolescent and adult patients undergo depression screening in primary care. The...

“Kids in Foster Care Three Times More Likely to be Diagnosed with ADHD”

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PsychCentral presents a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found that foster care children are three times more likely than other children on Medicaid to receive a diagnosis of ADHD. Overall, more than one in four children in foster care receive such a diagnosis. CDC statistician Melissa Danielson interpreted these results as revealing a “substantial need” for more medical and behavioral services for kids in foster care.

Blaming Mental Health Won’t Solve Gun Violence, Says APsaA

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According to a new statement released by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), the causes of firearm violence are complex and multifactorial, and gun violence...

“Why are Doctors Plagued by Depression and Suicide?”

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For STAT news, Judith Graham reports on the escalating crisis of depression, burnout, and suicide among physicians. “Male doctors are 1.4 times more likely to kill...

Mental Health Disability Claims Continue to Climb

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According to new research by Joanna Moncrieff and Sebastião Viola, mental health problems have become the leading cause of disability claims in the UK. While the overall number of claims for other conditions has decreased by 35%, claims related to “mental disorders” have increased 103% since 1995.

Environmental Neurotoxins and Autism

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-A discussion of some of the links that have been found between neurotoxins polluting the environment and higher risks of developing autistic symptoms.

Eating Oily Fish While Pregnant Could Prevent Schizophrenia

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From The Conversation: According to a recent study from Japan, pregnant mice that are deprived of an essential fatty acid, called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are...

Situationism in Psych: Milgram & Stanford Prison Experiments

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This episode of the podcast The Partially Examined Life explores the way that Stanley Milgram's experiments on obedience and Philip Zimbardo's Stanford prison experiment show that...

Intergenerational Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences

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The daughters of children evacuated from Finland during World War II show an increased number of psychiatric hospitalizations.

The Great Psychoanalysts 1: Donald Winnicott

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From The Philosophers' Mail: Donald Winnicott, an English pediatrician and child psychoanalyst, deserves a place in history for drawing attention to the significance of parenting in...

‘Take Your Pills’ is a Fascinating Look at the Adderall Craze

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From The Michigan Daily: Netflix's new documentary "Take Your Pills" examines the historical, cultural, social, and systemic factors that have shaped the ever-increasing rates of...

“The Miseducation of Frank Waln”

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Studies of modern Native Americans have shown that “historical trauma,” the name that social workers give to the perception of historical loss passed down through...

Dealing With Changes in Psychiatry Through the Years

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In this guest post for Shrink Rap, Dr. Maher critiques the ways psychiatry has changed over the years. While psychiatry used to be humanistically, psychodynamically oriented,...

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

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More than 8,000 people responded to the recent New York Times article on antidepressant withdrawal. Here, reporter Benedict Carey describes differences in the way various...