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Our collective narrative is more and more dominated by fear and instability. Amy Edelstein explores how we need structural changes to reduce the influence of such elements in our collective psyche. A combination of advanced technology, a 24 hour media cycle, and troubled, alienated youth has splashed the unthinkable too frequently across our minds’ eye. We’re becoming no strangers to eruptions of fear in our youngsters, to shadowy threats in fleeting moments of our common patterns of life.
It was only when Gay Ellis fell ill with ME four years ago that she realised how lucky she was. The 67-year-old had moved into a small cottage in a pretty cluster of buildings in Dorset, where half the properties were privately owned, and half social housing . It wasn't just a new home she acquired, but a "second family ".
Their customs and rituals are as captivating as any tribe’s, and at least as mystifying. Every mental anthropologist who has visited their world seems to walk away with a different story, a new model to explain those strange behaviors. This weekend the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association will vote on whether to adopt a new diagnostic system for some of the most serious, and striking, syndromes in medicine: . Personality disorders occupy a troublesome niche in .
Main Category: Heart Disease Also Included In: Rehabilitation / Physical Therapy ; Psychology / Psychiatry Article Date: 27 Nov 2012 - 1:00 PST Current ratings for: Patients With Coronary Artery Disease Often Suffer From Kinesiophobia, A Fear Of Movement A doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has found that one out of five patients with coronary artery disease experience such a great fear of movement (kinesiophobia) that their health may suffer as a result.
Main Category: Psychology / Psychiatry Also Included In: Pediatrics / Children's Health ; Public Health Article Date: 01 Nov 2012 - 0:00 PST Current ratings for: The Long-Term Health Consequences Of Bullying Childhood bullying can lead to long term health consequences, including general and mental health issues, behavioral problems, eating disorders, smoking, alcohol use, and homelessness, a study by the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University found. "What is apparent from these results is that bullying victimization that occurs early in life may have significant and substantial consequences for those victims later in life," said Leana Bouffard, Director of the Crime Victims' Institute. "Thus, the adverse health consequences of victimization are much more far-reaching than just immediate injury or trauma.
Main Category: Mental Health Also Included In: Pediatrics / Children's Health ; Psychology / Psychiatry Article Date: 16 Oct 2012 - 0:00 PST Current ratings for: Preventing Childhood And Adolescent Suicide Suicide in children and adolescents has long been a matter of great concern to modern society, particularly for clinicians who deal with mental health problems of children and adolescents.
Main Category: Psychology / Psychiatry Also Included In: Public Health Article Date: 26 Sep 2012 - 1:00 PST Current ratings for: Inability To Distinguish Individuals In Other Races And Social Identity People often remark that people of a different race "all look alike." However, when we have trouble recognizing people from another race, it may actually have little to do with the other person's race.
Main Category: Psychology / Psychiatry Also Included In: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness ; Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Article Date: 13 Aug 2012 - 0:00 PST Current ratings for: Boosting Self-Control By Thinking Abstractly Many of the long term goals people strive for - like losing weight - require us to use self-control and forgo immediate gratification. And yet denying our immediate desires in order to reap future benefits is often very hard to do. In a new article in the August issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, researchers Kentaro Fujita and Jessica Carnevale of The Ohio State University propose that the way people subjectively understand, or construe, events can influence self-control.
Despite the passage of the mental health parity act a few years ago, and the help that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has also brought, many Americans still fall through the cracks of our disjointed, disorganized public mental health care system. Unlike public health care, the public mental health system is a patchwork quilt of disparate systems that vary incredibly from state to state. They also rely on significant state funding — funding that’s usually the first to be cut when state budgets are tight.
Main Category: Anxiety / Stress Also Included In: Psychology / Psychiatry ; Depression ; Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Article Date: 01 Jul 2012 - 0:00 PST Current ratings for: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Found To Be An Effective Way To Combat Anxiety Disorders Whether it is a phobia like a fear of flying, public speaking or spiders, or a diagnosis such as obsessive compulsive disorder , new research finds patients suffering from anxiety disorders showed the most improvement when treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in conjunction with a "transdiagnostic" approach - a model that allows therapists to apply one set of principles across anxiety disorders. The combination was more effective than CBT combined with other types of anxiety disorder treatments, like relaxation training according to Peter Norton, associate professor in clinical psychology and director of the Anxiety Disorder Clinic at the University of Houston (UH).
Main Category: IT / Internet / E-mail Also Included In: Psychology / Psychiatry ; Women's Health / Gynecology Article Date: 21 Jun 2012 - 0:00 PST Current ratings for: New Mothers Helped By Blogging New mothers who read and write blogs may feel less alone than mothers who do not participate in a blogging community, according to family studies researchers. "It looks like blogging might be helping these women as they transition into motherhood because they may begin to feel more connected to their extended family and friends, which leads them to feel more supported," said Brandon T.
Main Category: Psychology / Psychiatry Also Included In: Pediatrics / Children's Health ; Public Health Article Date: 20 Jun 2012 - 0:00 PST Current ratings for: The Health Effects Of Social-Class Discrimination On Teens Discrimination felt by teenagers based on their social class background can contribute to physiologic changes associated with poorer health, according to a new study published online in Psychological Science , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Main Category: Psychology / Psychiatry Also Included In: Mental Health ; Pediatrics / Children's Health ; Public Health Article Date: 20 Jun 2012 - 0:00 PST Current ratings for: Brain Development Should Be Taken Into Account When Criminal Law Involves Children The legal system needs to take greater account of new discoveries in neuroscience that show how a difficult childhood can affect the development of a young person's brain which can increase the risk of adolescent crimes, according to researchers.
Psych Syndromes The problem with psychiatric naming of ills is that they are MADE UP ! The psychiatrists get together and vote on what the name of the syndrome should be. There is no scientific evidence.
Main Category: Psychology / Psychiatry Also Included In: Genetics Article Date: 18 May 2012 - 1:00 PST Current ratings for: The Influence Of Genes On Psychological Well-Being Genes play a greater role in forming character traits - such as self-control, decision making or sociability - than was previously thought, new research suggests. A study of more than 800 sets of twins found that genetics were more influential in shaping key traits than a person's home environment and surroundings.
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