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Dr. David Peachey, author of report guiding Winnipeg health overhaul, weighs in on changes

Mental Health - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 22:07

The first phase of a major health-care overhaul in Winnipeg is slated to move forward next week, with one emergency department converting to an urgent care centre and one urgent care centre shutting its doors. Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen has called the reform the biggest change to health care "in a generation," and says it will result in more efficient, higher-quality care for patients.

When Your Loved One has Mental Illness but Refuses Help

Bipolar Disorder - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:33

I get heartbreaking messages every week. Parents email me because they desperately want to help their adult child who has a mental illness, but refuses help.

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Cape Breton remains short on psychiatrists after 2 hires back out

Mental Health - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 17:24

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Pregnant women still unaware of epilepsy drug risks - EMA hearing

Bipolar Disorder - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 16:50

More than three decades after links emerged between Sanofi's epilepsy drug valproate and birth defects, many pregnant women remain unaware of the risks, patients, doctors and researchers said on Tuesday. Prescribed globally for epilepsy and bipolar disorders - and in some cases migraines - valproate is included in the World's Health Organisation list of essential medicines.

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Genetically altered mice display traits of bipolar disorder, respond to lithium treatment

Bipolar Disorder - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:10

By manipulating a specific brain protein, the researchers triggered overexcited behavior in the mice in line with the "mania" of bipolar disorder. Exposing those altered mice to stressors also brought out the depressive side of the mental disorder, which is marked by swings between the two moods.

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The power of facial expressions-influence on competitions

Mental Health - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:08

Facial expressions influence competitions. They do so in Music and Miss/Mister elections as well as leadership assessments.

How sleep deprivation can improve depression

Mental Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 22:57

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Misophonia: The sound sensitivity syndrome

Mental Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:28

The sound people make while chewing sugarcane makes my eyes water. In fact I am almost convinced that if I was tied to a chair and made to listen to that sound for 10 minutes, I would have a heart attack.

Kids Who See Hollywood Gunplay More Likely to Pull the Trigger

Mental Health - Scientific American - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:45
A randomized experiment suggests movie exposure to firearms boosts chances of holding gun longer, using it

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Drugs Taken By 1 in 8 People Increase Risk of Death 33%

Mental Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:58

What is less well-known is that serotonin is also used in the heart, kidney, lungs and liver - indeed all the major organs. I think people would be much less willing to take these drugs if they were aware how little is known about their impact outside of the brain, and that what we do know points to an increased risk of death."

'Treated like animals': Woman describes mental health unit seclusion

Mental Health - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 02:25

A Riverina woman has described in a public submission how she was stripped of her clothes, drugged to a dangerous level and unfairly isolated at a Wagga Wagga mental health unit. One patient ended his life in the hospital's emergency department in 2007, while another died when on leave from the Wagga Wagga Mental Health Unit in 2011.

Is Trump Mentally Ill? Or Is America? Psychiatrists Weigh in

Mental Health - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 13:04

THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President By Bandy X. Lee . Thomas Dunne Books.

Baltimore psychologist heads effort to 'warn' about Trump's mental health

Mental Health - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 08:38

Put psychologist John Gartner on a couch and ask him about his childhood and one of the first stories he will recall is about his mom, Diana, and a touchstone moment in the fight for women's rights. In 1969, Diana Gartner and other leaders of the relatively new National Organization for Women made a reservation at the Oak Room Bar in New York under the name "Dr. Gartner."

Hamilton Center selected as 1 of 5 new Indiana opioid treatment programs

Mental Health - Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:05

Tribune-Star file/Austen LeakeWorking together: Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, spoke to the media with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, right, and Hamilton Center CEO Mel Burks, center, in June about the national opioid epidemic after touring Hamilton Center corporate office and in-patient facility to learn about its efforts Tribune-Star file/Austen LeakeWorking together: Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, spoke to the media with Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, right, and Hamilton Center CEO Mel Burks, center, in June about the national opioid epidemic after touring Hamilton Center corporate office and in-patient facility to learn about its efforts For the past 45 years, Hamilton Center has been changing lives for thousands of adults, children and families in the Wabash Valley and beyond.

Asheville agencies address complexities of opioid addiction and treatment

Mental Health - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 17:24

STUNNING REVERSAL: Jesse Smathers of Vaya Health, right, shows Gov. Roy Cooper how to assemble a Narcan kit during Cooper's recent visit to the agency's administrative office. Narcan reverses the effects of opiate overdose.

Life Story: A lifetime of compassion from Pirkko Verrier Jones

Mental Health - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:14

OBITUARY: A doctor in a rural African village, a psychiatrist, a language buff and an art history graduate - Pirkkoa Pauliinaa Verrier Jones was a woman of varied talents who spread her wisdom across three continents, several hospitals and her nine grandchildren. The eldest of three siblings, Pirkko, known as Pauliina, was born during a harsh Finnish winter on December 21, 1926.

Narrow networks get even tighter when shopping for mental health specialists

Mental Health - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:29

If you've got a plan offered on the federal health law's insurance marketplace and you're looking for a therapist, you may have to look really hard: The average provider network includes only 11 percent of all the mental health care providers in a given market, according to a recent study . An average marketplace plan's network, the study added, includes just under a quarter of all psychiatrists and 10 percent of all non-physician mental health care providers.

Dem to join mental health group advocating Trump's removal

Mental Health - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 01:41

A House Democrat is slated to appear next month at a gathering of mental health professionals who are questioning President Trump's fitness for office, adding to a line of lawmakers openly suggesting he is not psychologically able to serve. A spokeswoman confirmed that Rep. Jamie Raskin is scheduled to speak at a town hall organized by Duty to Warn, a group of mental health professionals calling for Trump's removal from office under the Constitution's 25th Amendment because they think he is not psychologically fit.

A Dedicated Epilepsy Unit Opens at NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn

Mental Health - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:28

Newswise - NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn recently opened a new unit specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, the fourth most common neurological illness and one that is newly diagnosed in more than 2 million individuals annually in the U.S. "The need for epilepsy care in the community is immense. To facilitate access at NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn we have opened a dedicated epilepsy monitoring unit," says Blanca Vazquez, MD , director of clinical trials in the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone Health and head of the epilepsy program in Brooklyn.

To Drive or Not to Drive: That Is the Question

Mental Health - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:03

A colleague recently came to see me to talk about his 83-year old mother. After catching up, I asked him what the issue was.

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