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depressionforums Will Hall at Unitarian Church Vancouver Canada March 2012 - Transcript | Madness Radio My friend Irit Shimrat of Vancouver Canada, author of Call Me Crazy: Stories From The Mad Movement, transcribed the talk I gave at Unitarian Church in Vancouver last March. You can read the entire transcript here, thanks Irit! Will Hall, March 16 On the evening of March 16, 2012, the Adult Education Program at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver hosted the first of several events featuring Will Hall. Stephen: Welcome to an extraordinary evening and also a fabulous weekend. This year, at the Unitarian Church, we are focusing on promoting emotional, mental and physical well-being. Which leads me into introducing our evening’s speaker. [applause] Thank you so much, Stephen, for that nice introduction, and thank you, everybody, for coming out. I want to welcome all the different roles that are here. One of the things that often happens when I give talks is that people look at me and think, “Gosh, he doesn’t look schizophrenic!” [five minutes of discussion within audience] [laughter] And I did.
If your friend threatens to end their own life Having a friend who is feeling suicidal can be a pretty confronting thing to deal with. If you think they are in immediate danger, there are services you can call. Sometimes it can be tough if your friend needs your help, but there are always things you can do to help. Make sure you look after yourself first and if you feel like it’s more than you can handle, talk to someone who can help. This might help if… you’re worried about your friend you think your friend is suicidal you’re not sure what to do What you can do right now If you need help now please call Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. How can I be sure they need my help? If your friend tells you they are feeling suicidal or that they want to end their life, it’s important to take it seriously. Things you can do Don't keep it a secret Your friend may have asked you to keep it a secret or made you promise not to tell anyone. If your friend refuses to see someone Keep encouraging them to see someone. Finally
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland TMS is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation that relies on electromagnetic induction using an insulated coil placed over the scalp, focused on an area of the brain thought to play a role in mood regulation. The coil generates brief magnetic pulses, which pass easily and painlessly through the skull and into the brain. The pulses generated are of the same type and strength as those generated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. rTMS has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated procedure that can be an effective treatment for patients with depression who have not benefitted from antidepressant medications or cannot tolerate antidepressant medications due to side-effects. We are pleased to announce that the Johns Hopkins Brain Stimulation Program is now offering Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) utilizing the H-coil, which is a novel rTMS tool that enables direct stimulation of deeper and larger brain volumes. rTMS therapy is not appropriate for all patients.
Policy: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims Science and policy have collided on contentious issues such as bee declines, nuclear power and the role of badgers in bovine tuberculosis. Calls for the closer integration of science in political decision-making have been commonplace for decades. However, there are serious problems in the application of science to policy — from energy to health and environment to education. One suggestion to improve matters is to encourage more scientists to get involved in politics. Perhaps we could teach science to politicians? In this context, we suggest that the immediate priority is to improve policy-makers' understanding of the imperfect nature of science. To this end, we suggest 20 concepts that should be part of the education of civil servants, politicians, policy advisers and journalists — and anyone else who may have to interact with science or scientists. We are not so naive as to believe that improved policy decisions will automatically follow. Differences and chance cause variation.
How to Deal with Depression - Noah Kagan I was hanging with my uncle Kenny at a Mexican restaurant (obviously) a month ago in San Diego and we started talking about smoothie recipes. It dawned on me at that moment how grateful I was to be alive. There were so many more smoothie recipes to make the next day and I had something to look forward to… Compare this to October. I’m not completely sure. For the great week, life was simple, my mind was insanely clear, I was trying new recipes / activities, I knew what I wanted in almost all decisions and was able to empower others to surprisingly high levels. Then the 2 following weeks I hardly wanted to take phone calls, life seemed pretty dully and our refreshing of AppSumo seemed like another setback instead of progress. It’s SO much easier to NOT feel depressed when business is going well. Over the past months I’ve been clearing out distractions in my life. I have some assumptions why I may be “down”: BUT sometimes it’s hard to know what changed or why we are in this funk. AND (bonus!)
Brain science should be making prisons better, not trying to prove innocence Every week, I wait for the cold steel bars to close behind me, for count to be called, and for men who have years – maybe the rest of their lives – to spend in this prison to come talk with me. I am a clinical psychologist who studies chronic antisocial behavior. My staff and I converted an office in a Connecticut state prison into research space that allows us to measure neural and behavioral responses. Recently, Joe, a man serving a life sentence, came into our prison lab. Before I could even review our research consent form, he said, “You know it is all about the brain.” In that moment, I realized that he, like many other inmates and people in the general public, holds unfounded expectations about the wonders of neuroscience. These expectations place a great burden on a science still in its infancy. What’s still neuroscience fiction For instance, despite Joe’s request, we can’t just peek into a brain and see clear evidence of innocence or guilt. Living within a prison environment
Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog for Your Boils — I don't want to interrupt this height party, but what are your thoughts on Phineas Gage? Can you train yourself to develop 'super senses'? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to hear what people whispered behind your back? Or to read the bus timetable from across the street? We all differ dramatically in our perceptual abilities – for all our senses. But do we have to accept what we’ve got when it comes to sensory perception? Differences in perceptual ability are most obvious for the more valued senses – hearing and vision. Women have been shown to be better at feeling touch than men. Perceptual learning The sensory receptors on our body largely set a limit on what we can perceive. This research reveals that, in the same way we can train to improve skills such as sports or languages, we can train to improve what we can see, hear, feel, taste and smell. The trainee usually has to make a judgement about the two stimuli, such as whether they are the same or different. By the end of training, participants were asked to identify various visual stimuli including the one they had “seen” in training. Dramatic results
Tea and Skeletons - Lauretta Bender is perhaps best known for devising... What does taking a long hard look at yourself mean? What's the process? Where do you start? What promotes a change for the better?