Mental Health

Did DNA influence Japan's collectivist society?

Mental Health - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 03:20

If you've spent any time in Japan you will have heard the expression, " Deru kugi wa utareru " . The phrase is used to explain how Japanese society traditionally prefers conformity and social harmony to independence and individual expression.

CCHR International: Defending Human Rights

Mental Health - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 23:02

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful.

Scientologists send M-rated anti-psychiatry DVD to primary schools

Mental Health - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:40

The Victorian Government has advised principals to ignore materials sent from the Church of Scientology, after primary schools received a DVD and pamphlets warning of the dangers of psychiatrists and antidepressants. The church sent the "glossy material" and an M-rated DVD titled Psychiatry: Friend or Foe? to schools in Victoria and New South Wales.

"Community grandmothers" can help others with depression and anxiety

Mental Health - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:40

Mental Health America, an advocacy group, paints a bleak picture of psychological care in the United States. Almost 20 percent of Americans suffer from a mental illness, according to data from 2016, but more than half of these individuals never receive help.

Exclusion from school can trigger long-term psychiatric illness

Mental Health - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:51

Excluding children from school may lead to long- term psychiatric problems and psychological distress, a study of thousands of children has shown. Research by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Psychological Medicine this month, found that a new onset mental disorder may be a consequence of exclusion from school .

When Older Drugs are Better Drugs

Mental Health - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:01

Bill's world was a dangerous one. He believed that people could control his mind using devices similar to a TV remote.

Doctor speaks out about poor access to psychiatrists

Mental Health - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:08

A DOCTOR has warned he is struggling to provide the best care for his patients because of poor access to consultant psychiatrists. Dr James Mather, of New Court Surgery, Malvern, said it is 'near impossible' to get his adult patients seen by a consultant psychiatrist.

Settlement Creates Uncertainty in Determining EMTALA Obligations

Mental Health - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:54

On June 23, 2017, a South Carolina-based hospital system, AnMed Health, agreed to pay $1,295,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act . The HHS OIG alleged AnMed held individuals with unstable psychiatric conditions in its emergency department rather than admitting them as inpatients.

Philanthropist, UConn Donor Dr. Raymond Sackler Dies

Mental Health - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:54

Dr. Sackler and his wife Beverly generously supported the University - especially in the arts, human rights, and medical research - for more than 30 years. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from UConn in 1998.

Redefining 'Transgenderism' as Normal Behavior

Mental Health - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 03:01

In December 2012, the American Psychiatric Association announced changes to its official guide to classifying mental illnesses. Gender identity disorder had been classified for decades in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a mental disorder.

Therapy is Expensive

Mental Health - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:54

I saw my psychiatrist today. He's located in a fancy neighborhood in Manhattan and I can't afford him.

Reversing fetal alcohol damage after birth

Mental Health - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 17:59

Two commonly used drugs erased the learning and memory deficits caused by fetal alcohol exposure when the drugs were given after birth, thus potentially identifying a treatment for the disorder, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. "We've shown you can interfere after the damage from alcohol is done.

New mental health portal helps fill void

Mental Health - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 13:16

A GP working in the remote Goldfields hopes a new integrated service model will prevent mental health patients in the region "disappearing" in the system. Dr Charl Du Plessis was one of about 40 people learning about the new Mental Health Portal and Mental Health Alliance being established to streamline services in the Goldfields at a forum hosted by the WA Primary Health Alliance at the Rydges on Friday.

Low-dose anxiolytics can ameliorate social disadvantage related to trait anxiety

Mental Health - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:24

Psychologists speak of anxiety in two forms: "state" anxiety, which refers to anxiety arising from a particular situation; and "trait" anxiety, which refers to anxiety as part of a person's overall personality. Studies have shown that high trait anxiety can seriously hamper a person's ability to compete in a social context, thus putting "highly anxious" individuals in a circle of social disadvantage and more anxiety.

$1m mental health funding for Katherine a 'bandaid' solution

Mental Health - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 03:49

Mental health advocates in Katherine are questioning the efficiency of support services in the town, despite the recent announcement of federal funding for a new youth mental health service. Earlier this month the Commonwealth announced Katherine was one of 10 regional Australian towns to receive a portion of $28.9 million in funding for new Headspace centres.

a Grandmothersa help others fight depression and anxiety

Mental Health - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 23:22

Mental Health America, an advocacy group, paints a bleak picture of psychological care in the United States. Almost 20 percent of Americans suffer from a mental illness, according to data from 2016, but more than half of these individuals never receive help.

View Press Release

Mental Health - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:02

Dr. Sackler died on July 17, after a brief illness. He was 97 years old. Dr. Raymond Sackler was a noted philanthropist, physician, entrepreneur, business leader, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor to many.

The number of illustrations in storybooks influences children's word learning

Mental Health - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 07:15

New research shows that the number of illustrations presented in a storybook can influence preschool children's ability to learn words from shared reading. The study of 3.5-year-olds shows that children learn significantly fewer words from storybooks with double page illustrations compared with story books with single spreads; however, this effect can be removed if the person reading the book to the child gestures to the appropriate page when reading.

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Mental Health - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 02:58

For the past couple of weeks, we have been talking about the connection between the physical brain and the mind. It is a subject about which scientists know a great deal and not very much at all.

Losing a Pregnancy Only to Lose One Again

Mental Health - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 00:56

Anna R. was having an ultrasound, prepared to see her baby for the first time. When she asked the technician what the sex of the baby was, the tech quickly left the room.

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