Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Study Explores Correlates of Low-Level Physical Activity and Psychosis

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A study examines the variables correlated with low levels of physical activity in persons diagnosed with psychosis in low and middle-income countries

Researchers Blog about Links Between ADHD Prescribing and Drug Costs

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University of Toronto and Princeton University researchers take to Bloomberg View to discuss the findings from their large-scale, long-term study of ADHD and medicating...

“Emotional Child Abuse May be Just as Bad as Physical Harm”

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Reuters covers a new study in JAMA Psychiatry that suggests that children exposed to physical abuse and emotional abuse suffer from similar psychological and behavioral problems. “Even though doctors and parents often believe physical or sexual abuse is more harmful than emotional mistreatment or neglect, the study found children suffered similar problems regardless of the type of maltreatment endured.”

Terrorism Science: 5 Insights into Jihad in Europe

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"Terrorism researchers are trying to understand how young people in Europe become radicalized, by looking for clues in the life histories of those who have committed or planned terrorist acts in recent years, left the continent to join ISIS, or are suspected of wanting to become jihadists. A mixture of sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and psychologists, such researchers are drawing on information generated by police, judicial inquiries and the media, and, in some cases, on interviews. They also study factors at play in prisons and socially-deprived areas. Some of their insights are summarized here.”

“Wage Gap May Help Explain Why More Women Are Anxious and Depressed Than Men”

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“According to a new study, the consequences of this wage gap extend beyond the checking account: women who earn less than their male peers...

“Expert Reaction to Antidepressant Use and Suicidality”

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Last week a study in BMJ linked antidepressants to the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviors. The Science Media Centre has compiled responses to...

Watch: “I Hear Voices in My Head, But I’m Fine”

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"Eleanor Longden started hearing voices when she was 18. She was drugged and hospitalised, then told she was schizophrenic. A psychiatrist even told her...

The Great Psychoanalysts 2: Melanie Klein

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This piece for The Philosophers' Mail profiles Melanie Klein, a Viennese psychoanalyst best known for applying the principles of Freudian psychoanalysis to children. Klein's work primarily focused...

Your Instagram Posts May Hold Clues to Your Mental Health

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From The New York Times: New research suggests that Instagram users who have been diagnosed with depression tend to post darker, bluer, and grayer photos...

“The Vacuum of the Mind: A Self-Report on the Phenomenology of Autistic, Obsessive-Compulsive, and...

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In this month’s Schizophrenia Bulletin, a person diagnosed with autism, OCD, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and major depressive disorder provides a first-hand close reading and description of their own psychiatric experiences.

Higher Minimum Wage May Result in Fewer Suicide Deaths, Study Finds

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New research suggests that minimum wage laws provide financial security that may help prevent suicide.

From Protesting to Taking Over: Using Education to Change Mental Health Care

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As we develop critical awareness about the mental health “treatments” that don’t work and that often make things much worse, the question inevitably comes up, what can those who want to be helpful be doing instead?

“Recovery, Not Progressive Illness, Should Be the Expectation in Schizophrenia”

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-Two Canadian psychiatrists argue that the body of scientific evidence about schizophrenia shows that it is not a progressive illness and therefore we should have much higher expectations of full recoveries than we do.

“Psychosis Risk Syndrome is Back to Haunt Us”

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Allen Frances adds to his catalog of DSM-5 mistakes with the return of the controversial - and ultimately rejected - "Psychosis Risk Disorder", under...

“I Overmedicated my Kid: No, it Isn’t ADHD — Big Pharma’s Attention Obsession Puts...

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Physician Daniela Drake writes on Salon that "When we rush to prescribe boatloads of Adderall, we miss lesser-known disorders holding kids back. I know...

Arts Participation May Improve Mental Well-Being and Social Inclusion

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Introductory arts courses at Open Arts Essex show improvements in mental well-being and social inclusion for individuals with mental health challenges.

“Children Today Suffer From a Deficit of Play”

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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...

More Research Links Autism to Pesticides

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Autism and rates of other neurogically-related problems are higher in areas where large amounts of chemical pesticides are used, according to University of California...

“Generation Meds: the US Children Who Grow Up on Prescription Drugs”

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“In America, medication is becoming almost as much a staple of childhood as Disney and McDonald’s,” writes Sarah Boseley in the Guardian. In this piece photographer Baptiste Lignel follows six boys and girls to examine the long-term effects of these drugs.

“MHRA Consultant Calls for Antidepressant Use in Young”

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Bob Fiddamen dissects the issue of suicidality, bizarre behavior and antidepressants in light of BMJ Open's publication of "Suicide-related events in young people following...

Dr. Andrew Weil Says We’re Taking Too Many Medicines

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From The New York Times: According to Dr. Andrew Weil, who is best known for popularizing the concept of integrative medicine, the problem of overmedication...

Rise in Children With Mental Health Concerns After Terror Attacks

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From The Guardian: According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the number of children and young people seeking mental health support has spiked since recent...

“How Much Do We Know About Schizophrenia and How Well Do We Know It?”

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Research from Australia asks the question noted above, and answers "subtle, but diverse, structural brain alterations, altered electrophysiological functioning and sleep patterns, minor physical...

“Kids’ Anxiety – it’s a Normal Part of Growing up”

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Psychology professor Line Caes writes for The Conversation: “While it’s important to acknowledge children’s worries and reassure them that things are okay, children at...

“‘ADHD: Half Century of Misdiagnosis?’”

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The Charlotte Observer announces the September arrival of New York Times writer Allen Schwarz's “ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of An...

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