Sunday Oddity: “How do you diagnose and treat an illness that doesn’t linguistically exist?”

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Canoe.ca reports on the doings of Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Kutcher, previously exposed by MIA Blogger Alison Bass for his role as a co-author...

“Letter to the Editor: Guns and Mental Illness”

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The president and president-elect of the American Psychological Association penned a letter to the New York Times calling on “Congress and other policy makers to address these factors with interventions supported by evidence rather than avoiding them by scapegoating the mentally ill.”

A Declaration of Interdependence for the Era of the Murphy Bill

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How we think about health, happiness, and self-fulfillment, how they are linked with flawed systems of government has been assigned to the domain of social scientists. The most influential of those are the psychiatrists who have been given the government-mandated power to diagnose, incarcerate and forcibly drug those who are perceived to have a form of mental illness. I believe that such power is arbitrary, unjust and frequently harmful.

Current Immigration Policies Create Mental Health Vulnerabilities for Families

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Researchers investigate the impact of immigration policies on the mental health of arriving Mexican and Central American immigrants.

Climate Change Negatively Impacts Mental Health, Study Finds

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Climate change-related extreme weather and increasing temperatures associated with higher rates of mental health challenges.

Mental Health Apps May Lead to Overdiagnosis, Study Finds

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A new study finds that mental health apps promote a one-dimensional view of mental health.

Do Social Network Sites Help or Harm Well Being?

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How does social network site use influence well-being? Researchers suggest this depends on the extent to which site use is “connection-promoting."

The Psychological Effects of the Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy

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Journal releases a compilation of articles detailing how zero-tolerance policy may impact mental health.

Researchers Call for Structural Competency in Psychiatry

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Structural competency in psychiatry emphasizes the social factors shaping patient presentations and encourages physician advocacy.

Emphasis on Nutrition Needed to Reform Mental Health Treatments

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Even thought current mental health treatments are “suboptimal,” there is a lack of attention paid to the preventative effects of diet and nutrition. Recent studies suggests that nutritional changes can influence the risk for mental health issues and that nutritional supplements, called nutraceuticals, can be prescribed for existing conditions.

Economic Policy Uncertainty Linked to Higher Suicide Rates in Men

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A new study, published in Social Indicators Research, investigates the association between economic policy uncertainty and suicide rates in the US.

Training Health Workers in Therapy Leads to Improvements and Less Medication Use

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A Nigerian study finds that more than three-quarters of patients improved, even when only 13% were prescribed medication.

When International Psychiatric Aid Gets it Wrong: Street Children in Cairo

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Study questions how international psychiatric treatment of street children in Cairo could be reinforcing their marginality and vulnerability.

“Personalized Medicine: A Faustian Bargain?”

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In a guest blog for the Scientific American, Eleonore Pauwels and Jim Drawta write about the “dark side of the data revolution —the successor to the Industrial Revolution, with personal data as the new coal, oil or shale gas to be extracted or traded away, enshrined in an updated Faustian pact.”

“The Impact of Shift Work on Health”

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Medical News Today provides an overview of the research on the effects of shift work on the physical and mental well-being of employees. "Although...

Green Space in Childhood May Protect Against Adult Mental Health Issues

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A new study suggests proximity to green space as a child is linked to lower rates of mental health issues in adulthood.

First Systematic Review of Leading School-Based Mental Health Programs

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Results reflect moderate to strong evidence in support of the non-pharmacological school-based interventions reviewed in the study.

How Do We Prevent Loneliness?

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Loneliness has been linked to negative health outcomes, but there are no interventions clearly proven to ‘fix’ the problem.

Underestimating Social Determinants of Health Linked to Right-Wing Authoritarianism

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Social determinants have been seen to have an equal, if not greater, influence on health as individual behaviors, yet this evidence is largely ignored. Researchers investigate why this is the case.

European Expert Group Calls for Investment in Community Based Services

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In Europe, millions of people live in segregated institutional settings, excluded from mainstream society. Without adequate, person-centered support in the community, institutionalisation will sadly continue.

“Veterans Let Slip the Masks of War: Can This Art Therapy Ease PTSD?”

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“Service members suffering from PTSD often feel like they’re wearing a mask,” Samantha Allen writes in Invisible Wounds. Melissa Walker, an art therapist, asks them to make one. “The results are stirring. One mask, striped in red and black with hollow chrome-colored eyes, is wrapped in razor wire with a lock where its mouth should be.”

New Review Suggests Higher Recovery and Remission Rates for Psychosis

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Meta-analysis gives updated recovery and remission rates for persons identified as having a first-episode psychosis and those diagnosed with schizophrenia.

“What Will President Trump Mean for Science?

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Sarah Kaplan for the Washington Post reports that while “Trump has pledged to cut federal spending he hasn’t offered details on how this will affect funding for scientific research.”

Reducing Overuse of Low-Value Treatments

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Researchers provide an action-planning framework to engage providers in the reduction of low-value healthcare.

Do Family Interventions for Psychosis Translate in China?

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Researchers explore how family interventions for psychosis might be adapted to China’s emerging integrated mental health care landscape.