Mental Health

Want To Be A Therapist? 5 Signs You'd Be Great At It

Mental Health - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 05:27

For nearly twenty-five years, people in my office have shared their secrets, their fears, and their hopes. They've confessed wrongs, explored love and relationships, worked through childhood traumas , explored dreams and nightmares ; some lasted a few sessions, others stayed for years.

Staff shortage stunts psychiatry services

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:18

IN DEMAND: Bendigo Health psychiatric services executive director Phil Tune, Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards and Bendigo Health chairman Bob Cameron tour the parent-infant unit at the new hospital. Picture: DARREN HOWE MENTAL health staff recruitment difficulties are affecting Bendigo Health's capacity to open beds at the new hospital, the head of psychiatry said.

Narrow networks get even tighter when shopping for mental health specialists

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 23:18

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.

Half of P.E.I. psychiatrist positions filled by actively working doctors says province

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

Only half of P.E.I.'s psychiatrist positions are filled by actively working doctors - leaving 7.5 psychiatrists working, while the provincial complement is 15 full-time positions, according to Health PEI. "It's greatly concerning to us to discover that our acting psychiatrists in the province have reached such a low level of numbers."

How to Find Help When the Person You Love has Mental Illness

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:57

Mental illness, particularly severe forms, bring with it devastating symptoms. But individuals and their families are also faced with the monstrosity that is the mental health system.

On the Myth of the Chemical Imbalance

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:53

"I don't believe I have ever heard a knowledgeable, well-trained psychiatrist make such a preposterous claim [that patients have a chemical imbalance], except perhaps to mock it.... In truth, the 'chemical imbalance' notion was always a kind of urban legend-never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists." - Ronald W. Pies, M.D, Professor of Psychiatry, the State University of New York and Tufts University School of Medicine Having practiced psychotherapy now for nearly a decade, I continue to be amazed by the number of patients who come in and claim to have a chemical imbalance in their brain .

A Duty To Warn: The Most Dangerous Man In the World

Mental Health - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 00:49

The Trumpian lunacy spirals onward: The delusions - "Virtually no President has accomplished what we have accomplished in the first 9 months!" - the irrational rages - unfathomably, he is still harassing football players - and the narcissistic view of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico or any other disaster, which is always about him and the "great marks" he's getting even though it's hard - "It's in the middle of an ocean! And it's a big one!" - but not to worry, because he's from New York and some of his best friends are Puerto Rican. Yes. He said that.

Ketamine for Rapid Treatment of Depression

Mental Health - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:23

A team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health recently discovered why the drug ketamine may act as a rapid antidepressant. Ketamine is best known as an illicit, psychedelic club drug.

'Saturday Night Live' Star Pete Davidson Opens Up About His Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis

Mental Health - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 02:19

The Saturday Night Live star appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast on Monday, where he revealed a psychiatrist had diagnosed him with Borderline Personality Disorder. "Around October [or] September last year, I started having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after.

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.

Cape Breton remains short on psychiatrists after 2 hires back out

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

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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.

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