A Mad World: Capitalism and the Rise of Mental Illness

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From Red Pepper: Capitalism produces much of the mental distress that is categorized as "mental illness" by turning human creativity and connectivity into social isolation,...

Physical Activity Predicts Fewer Symptoms of Depression in Children

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An article published in Pediatrics is the first to examine the relationship between physical activity and depression in middle childhood (years 6 to 10) longitudinally.

Justifiably Maladjusted

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From Unbound: In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. preached that he was proud to be psychologically maladjusted to racism, slavery, segregation, religious bigotry, and economic...

Feel Bad About Feeling Bad? Embrace Negative Emotions Instead

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From Big Think: According to new research, habitually accepting negative emotions rather than criticizing or suppressing them positively impacts our long-term psychological health. "There is a lot more...

Married Individuals with Schizophrenia Show Better Outcomes, Study Finds

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

Suicide Rate for Teen Girls Hits 40-Year High

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From TIME: According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate among teen girls reached a 40-year high in 2015. From 2007...

A Mental Health Crisis is the True Cost of University Marketization

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From Red Pepper: University students are facing unprecedented rates of mental health crises due to a combination of financial insecurity and ever-increasing academic pressure. "Meanwhile, our futures...

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...

Same-sex Marriage Laws Linked to Drop in Teen Suicide Attempts

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From MinnPost: Laws legalizing same-sex marriage are associated with a significant drop in teen suicide attempts. In states that legalized same-sex marriage before June 2015, when...

Personalized Medicine may Treat Rather Than Prevent Diseases

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From The Conversation US: Although personalized medicine, which involves tailoring health care to each person's individual genetic makeup, has helped make progress in the treatment...

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...

Researchers Argue that ‘ADHD’ Doesn’t Meet DSM Definition of a Disorder

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New research questions whether the diagnosis of ADHD even meets the criteria for a disorder, as set out in the manuals used by the medical and psychiatric fields.

The Industrial Revolution Left Scars That Can Still Be Seen Today

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From the Harvard Business Review: While the Industrial Revolution brought about unprecedented technological and economic progress, it has also left a negative psychological impact. Research shows...

Problem Behaviors are Medicalized in White Children and Criminalized in Black Children

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Race often determines whether school punishment or therapy and drugs will be used to address children’s problem behaviors.

How to Stop Violence

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From Slate: While many people are quick to blame those diagnosed with mental illness for mass shootings, the reality is that violence results from anger. Children,...

Reporter was Locked in Mental Hospital for 10 Days

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This piece from Newsner chronicles the life and work of Elizabeth Cochran Seaman, a journalist who went undercover to expose the conditions at an infamous mental...

The Power Threat Meaning Framework One Year On

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The team that developed the Power Threat Meaning framework as a diagnostic alternative reflects on the response to the framework after one year.

We Need to Address the Socioeconomic Causes of Distress

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From The Independent: Over the past several years, mental health awareness has become a high priority. But in order to truly make a difference in people's...

Child Poverty Linked to Early Neurological Impairment

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A new NIH-funded study suggests that children from low-income environments are more likely to have neurological impairments. The researchers claim that these neurodevelopmental issues are “distinct from the risk of cognitive and emotional delays known to accompany early-life poverty.”

The Impacts of Structural Stigma With Mark L. Hatzenbuehler

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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.

Comments on Jeffrey Lieberman and Ogi Ogas’ Wall Street Journal Article on the Genetics...

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The March 3rd, 2016 edition of the Wall Street Journal featured an article by past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Jeffrey Lieberman and his colleague, computational neuroscientist Ogi Ogas. The article was entitled “Genetics and Mental Illness—Let’s Not Get Carried Away.” In their piece, the authors started by expressing the belief that a recent study identified a gene that causes schizophrenia, and then discussed whether it is desirable or possible to remove allegedly pathological genes in the interest of creating a future “mentally perfect society.” The authors of the article, like many previous textbook authors, seem unfamiliar with the questionable “evidence” put forward by psychiatry as proof that its disorders are “highly heritable” In fact, DSM-5 Task Force Chair David Kupfer admitted that “we’re still waiting” for the discovery of “biological and genetic markers” for psychiatric disorders.

High Rates of Questionable Research Practices Found in Ecology and Evolution

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A new study, published online by the Open Science Foundation, suggests that questionable research practices (QRPs) are prevalent in the fields of ecology and evolution.

Dickinson’s Legacy is Incomplete Without Discussing Trauma

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In this piece for The Establishment, physician Isabel C. Legarda explores the possibility that the poet Emily Dickinson may have been a survivor of sexual violence. "Absent...

A Quiet Rise in Wildland-Firefighter Suicides

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From The Atlantic: Over the past decade, there has been a quiet acknowledgement that suicide is widespread within the wildland firefighting community. Both the trauma...

Racial Discrimination a Clear Contributor to Youth Mental Health Disparities

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Greater perceptions of discrimination during adolescence are linked to more depressive and internalizing symptoms.