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Pamela Fox, Woebot's chief technology officer, center, talks to Alison Darcy, Woebot's founder and chief executive, at the offices of the start-up in San Francisco. Pamela Fox, Woebot's chief technology officer, center, talks to Alison Darcy, Woebot's founder and chief executive, at the offices of the start-up in San Francisco.

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Mental Health - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:27

Psychology of Youth Muscat initiative targets the youth in the hope to empower them and educate them on mental health awareness. Psychology of Youth Muscat initiative targets the youth in the hope to empower them and educate them on mental health awareness.

The Psychology Of Eclipses

Mental Health - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 02:50

Martin Voracek, Maryanne Fisher and Gernot Sonneck, psychologists based at the University of Vienna published a study entitled 'Solar Eclipse and Suicide ', examining whether the total solar eclipse which occurred over Austria in 1999, might have influenced suicide rates. An eclipse is clearly a profoundly emotional experience for many.

Depression: What About Ketamine?

Mental Health - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 13:42

You've likely seen ketamine in the news lately. It's rapid action in reducing/eliminating depression is sparking enthusiasm in both psychiatrists and patients.

People on the Move

Mental Health - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 04:47

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized attorney Patrick J. Doyle Jr. as a Two Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The institute is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state.

Gadgets can be addictive like consuming alcohol, says expert

Mental Health - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:06

Around 203 delegates from across the country came together to take part in the 13th Annual National Conference of Indian Association of Biological Psychiatry got underway Saturday. "The conference has been planned to deliver the most recent advancements in Biological Psychiatry by eminent psychiatrists from across the country," said a statement.

Psychiatric Treatment as Religious Experience

Mental Health - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:34

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is frequently described by the general public and the mental health profession alike as the "bible of psychiatry." It is not a coincidence that the DSM has come to be known colloquially as a bible for guiding psychiatric diagnosis.

Sioux Trails takes telemental counseling to the next level

Mental Health - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 02:33

A new service at a local mental health clinic means clients will be able to lie on their own couch during sessions instead of their therapist's. Sioux Trails Mental Health Clinic is expanding its telemental health program to allow therapy clients to communicate with their therapists via video-chat.

Why Some People Don't Develop Bipolar Disorder Despite High Genetic Risk

Mental Health - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:14

Can we escape from our DNA? Evidence in recent years has led psychiatrists to conclude that bipolar disorder-a mental health disorder characterized by abnormal shifts in mood and energy level-has genetic roots, a notion that could lead us to believe it is unavoidable for those carrying the relevant genes. But new research suggests that our brains may be able to overcome the genetic pull, and even allow those at high risk for the condition to avoid it completely.

Silver Hill names new president and medical director

Mental Health - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:44

John Santopietro, M.D. has joined Silver Hill Hospital as its new president and medical director, effective in September. John Santopietro, M.D Santopietro is the successor to the hospital's current President and Medical Director Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, who has served in this capacity for 14 years.

Democrats in Congress Explore Creating an Expert Panel on Trump's Mental Health

Mental Health - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:23

Three congressional Democrats have asked a psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine to consult with them about forming an expert panel to offer the legislators advice on assessing President Trump's mental health. Yale's Dr. Bandy Lee told STAT that over the last few weeks members of Congress or their staff have asked her to discuss how members might convene psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals "to review the president's mental health, and review it on a periodic basis."

More on "Behavior Priming" and Unconscious Influences

Mental Health - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:23

Last year, psychologists B. Keith Payne and colleagues breathed new life into the debate over 'social priming' with a paper called Replicable effects of primes on human behavior . Behavioral or social priming - the idea that subtle cues can exert large, unconscious influences on our behaviour - was a major topic of research for many years, but it's since been largely discredited.

Democrats in Congress Explore Creating an Expert Panel on Trump's Mental Health

Mental Health - Scientific American - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:15
There is also a bill aimed at establishing a “commission on presidential capacity”

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Psychiatric training ban sparks RHH site visit

Mental Health - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:29

REPRESENTATIVES from the nation's peak psychiatry college will make an urgent visit to the Royal Hobart Hospital after a decision to withdraw the hospital's training accreditation. It was revealed last week that the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists had cancelled the RHH's accreditation, with the decision linked to the hospital's inability to cope with demand.

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health Care

Mental Health - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 20:14

Advances in the understanding of the causes of mental illness have important implications for therapeutic uses of complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of depressed mood, bipolar disorder , schizophrenia , and other mental health problems. Recently, innovative new approaches to understanding and treating mental illness have emerged into the mainstream.

What Makes a Good Psychiatrist

Mental Health - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:35

In 2003 after seeing many psychiatrists, I finally found the psychiatrist I see today. It took me years to find a doctor that I felt comfortable and I believed had my best interests at heart.

New President & Medical Director Taking The Reins At Silver Hill Hospital

Mental Health - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:33

Dr. John Santopietro will take over the job as new president and medical director at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, effective in early September. "On behalf of the entire board, I am delighted to make this announcement," said Peter Orthwein, chairman of the Silver Hill Hospital Board of Directors.

Salem's double-dealing: Editorial valley

Mental Health - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:57

Gov. Kate Brown, who did not veto a single piece of legislation in the 2015 or 2016 legislative sessions, delivered some surprises last week. She announced that she plans to use her authority to block two bills and delete four projects in a spending bill.

Do You Have a Psychiatrist or a Therapist or BOTH?

Mental Health - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:49

I have both a psychiatrist and a therapist. I was recently diagnosed with bipolar type I. I am not going to lie, I resent my diagnosis and I sometimes wonder if it's accurate.

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Mental Health - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:49

A well-respected colleague once told me that classical psychoanalysis is like an original Rembrandt and the newer, "evidence-based" therapies are like a cheap impostor, pretending to be equal to the original but failing miserably when faced with any critical scrutiny. Having seen hundreds of patients who have been treated off-and-on for years with drugs and the newer therapies only to present to me later for psychoanalysis, I can say that this analogy is a fitting one.

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