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...

“Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy”

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The Atlantic interviews Raj Raghunathan about his new book, If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? “If you were to go back to the...

Why U.K. Doctors Are Doling Out ‘Social Prescriptions’

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From CBS Radio: U.K. doctors are increasingly prescribing social interventions — community based solutions such as art classes, gardening clubs, and walking groups — as an alternative...

Why There’s Growing Interest in Art By People Diagnosed with Mental Illnesses

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-Artists who have "outsider" ways of thinking and expressing are reportedly becoming more popular with some galleries and collectors.

Hip Hop Therapy Psychiatrists Ask Media to Keep It Real

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The Guardian and other media outlets ran articles about two psychiatrists promoting "the use of hip-hop as an aid to the treatment of mental...

Asylum Magazine: Mad Studies Comes of R/Age, Part Two

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A new issue of Asylum Magazine is available. This issue is the second in a two-part series highlighting new and original work on the theme...

Using Shakespeare to Ease the Trauma of war

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From The New York Times: Learning Shakespeare can be a valuable way for veterans to begin to understand and heal from the trauma of war. Article →­

Webinar Discussion – Rethinking Madness

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A free recording of last week's webinar anchored to Phil Borges' Crazywise, a documentary exploring alternative approaches to mental health, is now available. Over 4,000 people...

“Making Theater Autism-Friendly”

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-The Atlantic reports on the growth of "autism-friendly" movie theaters, sports arenas and now live theaters.

Storytelling Therapy for Trauma and Bullying

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A study out of the University of Buffalo explores the use of Narrative Exposure Therapy to treat youth PTSD and substance abuse. “Trauma is...

Colleges Get Proactive in Addressing Depression on Campus

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From The New York Times: The number of college students with mental health concerns is rapidly increasing, straining many universities' mental health and counseling centers. Colleges...

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.

“The 6 Blessings of Mental Illness”

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-"I could not have written those six words 30 years ago, when panic episodes, anxiety disorders and Tourette's syndrome clouded my view," writes Jonathan Friesen.

“The Computer Will See You Now”

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The Economist reports on "Ellie," a programmed, virtual psychologist designed by researchers at the Institute for Creative Technologies in Los Angeles, who has a...

Sunday FM: Music Therapy Comes to Life in Documentary

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A new documentary coming to theatres around the US over the next few months explores Dan Cohen's Music and Memory program and its emotional...

How Our Ancestors’ Trauma May Influence Who We Are

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In this blog post, Dale M. Kushner explains how the field of epigenetics can illustrate the role of ancestral and transgenerational trauma in shaping our...

New Findings Suggest Masculinity is a Risk Factor for Suicidal Thinking

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Men who report being self-reliant may be at greater risk of suicidal thinking.

A Glimpse Into the Brain, Drawn by the Father of Neuroscience

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From The New York Times: A new exhibit at the Grey Gallery at New York University presents 80 hand-drawn renderings of the brain by Santiago...

Therapeutic Video Games?

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King5 News reports on video games that are being designed by psychologists to help players deal with emotional problems like anxiety and depression. Cheri...

Social Prescribing May Improve Self-Esteem and Mental Well-Being

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Systematic review suggests social prescribing benefits individuals with mental and physical health issues, but more program evaluations are needed.

Self-Differentiation and Why it Matters in Relationships

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From GoodTherapy.org: Research shows the tremendous impact we each have on one another's emotional and psychological health; our emotions, especially those that are negative, are...

Rap Embraces Schizophrenia and Owns It

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Vanderbilt University psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl, author of The Protest Psychosis, has published a brief history of "schizophrenia" in relation to African American culture in...

What Role Can Video Games Play in Psychiatric Treatment?

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-Psychiatry Advisor reviews the scientific evidence about using video games and virtual reality tools in psychiatric treatment.

Study Finds No Correlation between Personality at 14 and 77

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This result calls into question popular notions about the correlations between personality and later-life achievement and health outcomes.

Creativity and Feelings of Madness Closely Linked in Most People

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In his Scientific American blog, Scott Barry Kaufman discusses a study that provides new perspectives on the controversial question of the links between "mental...