Invitations to Crucial Re-orientation

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In this lecture for the Forum for Existential Psychology and Therapy, Søren Hertz, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Denmark, challenges our tendencies on to focus on individual...

Staggering Levels of Health Spending in U.S.

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From the Center for Health Journalism: In 2015, the U.S. spent a staggering $3.2 trillion on health care. This budget is often spent ineffectively; our spending...

Living Through the Catastrophe

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In this piece for ROAR Magazine, Jerome Roos explores the psychological, social, and economic impact of living under the imminent threat of catastrophic man-made climate...

The Link Between Opioids and Unemployment

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From The Atlantic: A recent study found that increases in unemployment rates are associated with increased opioid overdoses and emergency room visits. Article →­

“The Curious Case of the Antidepressant, Anti-Anxiety Backyard Garden”

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“My vegetable beds have even buoyed me through more acute stressors, such as my medical internship, my daughter’s departure for college, and a loved one’s cancer treatment,” writes Dr. Daphne Miller. Now neuroscientists are attempting to study the antidepressant effects of soil microbes in hopes of unlocking the secrets of a powerful mood enhancer.

How War Gets “Under the Skin”

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In this piece, Patrick Larkin explores the impact of war on growth and human development. A study he conducted on Hmong refugees in French Guiana...

Here’s a Great This American Life Segment About Being Neurotic

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From Science of Us: This week's This American Life, which addresses questions regarding whether extraterrestrial life exists, reveals a great deal of truth about what it...

How Your Germs Control Your Politics

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In this podcast for Cracked, Alex Schmidt and David Wong discuss how our fear of germs has shaped our politics, preferences, and personalities throughout history. "Stop...

Touches Early in Life may Make an Impact on Newborns’ Brains

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From Science News: A recent study found that early tactile experiences are associated with important differences in infants' brain responses and and patterns. Article →­

Risk of Psychosis Greater for People from Ethnic Minorities

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From The Guardian: A new UK study shows that people from ethnic minorities have up to a five times greater risk of psychotic disorders than...

Knowledge of Other Cultures is Changing the Field of Psychology

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From The Conversation: Human behavior and mental processes have long been thought to be universal. However, recent studies show that culture plays an important role...

Protecting the LGBT Community is Good Health Policy

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From The Hill: Research shows that LGBT individuals experience higher rates of physical and mental health problems than heterosexual people. Legislative policies that protect the rights of...

“Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems”

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NPR reports how loneliness can change our bodies and affect our physical and mental health. "There are things we can do to get out of a depressed or lonely state, but they're not easy," they report. "Part of the reason is because these negative psychological states develop some kind of molecular momentum."

Time Spent in Green Places Linked With Longer Life in Women

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From Harvard Health Blog: A 2016 analysis found that women living in areas with higher levels of green vegetation had lower rates of mortality. Spending time...

Coping With Trauma in the Classroom

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From the Stamford Advocate: Increasing numbers of students have been affected by trauma; almost half of American adolescents have experienced an adverse childhood event. It...

Reflections on the Cruel and Subtle Costs of Racism and Bigotry

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In this essay for the Psychiatric Times, Dr. Edward Khantzian reflects on the pain and grief caused by all forms of racism and bigotry, from...

“Pharmaceutical Prosthesis and White Racial Rescue in the Prescription Opioid ‘Epidemic’”

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Critical psychiatry researcher, anthropologist and NYU professor Helena Hansen writes: “Opioid maintenance acts as a kind of pharmaceutical prosthesis which promises to return white ‘addicts’ to regaining their status as full human persons and middle-class consumers. Meanwhile, black and brown users are not deemed as persons to be rescued, but rather dangerous subjects to be pharmaceutically contained within the public discipline of the state.”

“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.

The Persistence of the Radioactive Bogeyman

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From Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Since 1950, a noteworthy number of American and European horror movies have used radiation as a plot device. The...

Bill Would Introduce Fraud Convictions for Gay ‘Cure’ Therapists

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From PinkNews: A new bill has been introduced in California would would see practitioners of gay conversion therapy prosecuted for fraud. "The bill would build on the...

Minority Groups Found Less Likely to Get Mental Health Care

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From California Healthline: Although people of color are much more likely to suffer from severe psychological distress, they are less likely to receive mental health...

Scientists Start to Tease Out the Ways Racism Hurts Health

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From NPR: Scientists are beginning to understand the subtle ways that experiences of racism and discrimination affect people's health on both a physiological and psychological...

“NIH Awards $150 million for Research on Environmental Influences on Child Health”

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The National Institutes of Health announced $157 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to launch a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child...

Bringing Trauma-Informed Care to Children in Need

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From STAT: Numerous studies have confirmed that adverse childhood experiences are common and can lead to negative long-term health outcomes. Many pediatricians and hospitals are working...

A New Paper Breaks Down the Effects of the Election

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From Science of Us: A new research paper examines the mental and physical health effects of the 2016 presidential election, including the impact of toxic...