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Depression and its Antecedents

Depression and its Antecedents | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Today I will approach the problem of depression, but from a particular vantage point - that steeped in cognitive theory and informed by the work of Martin
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Depression and its relation to rumination, learned helplessness and pessimism.
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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A brain region known as the basal ganglia appears to be important in treating and understanding obsessive compulsive disorder.
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OCD as a dysfunction of basal ganglia?
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Does Depression Have an Evolutionary Purpose? - Issue 45: Power - Nautilus

Does Depression Have an Evolutionary Purpose? - Issue 45: Power - Nautilus | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
I had a tough time in high school. Like many other young adolescents, I saw myself as fundamentally flawed, and felt a searing isolation.…
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of course depression will have an evolutionary (ultimate) purpose as well as a more immediate or proximate purpose, but none of the current theories of depression seemed to have got it right....
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Don’t have a mental health issue? That’s crazy

Don’t have a mental health issue? That’s crazy | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Everyone gets the flu, chicken pox, and a broken bone or two by the time they hit 40, and if you don’t you’re in a very small minority that somehow lucked out. Scientists now believe the same is true when it comes to mental health disorders, and that if you happen to make it even half your lifetime without experiencing some type of temporary or chronic mental ailment, you’re actually pretty darn weird.

In a study of 988 individuals, just 171 (roughly 17%) of them claimed to have never experienced depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorder. The research, which was published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, revealed that roughly 41% of the respondents had dealt with a mental health issue for at least a short period of time by the time they reached age 38. The other 408 participants were shown to have endured longer lasting battles with mental ailments occurring over several years, and some had also been diagnosed with serious conditions such as bipolar disorder.

The study was conducted over the full lifetimes of the 988 individuals, with a total of 13 assessments taking place between their birth and when they hit age 38. The figures fall largely in line with other long-term mental health surveys, and give more concrete evidence that mental health is something that the vast majority of people struggle with at some point in their lives.

What the research also made clear is that those fortunate enough to have enduring mental health with no history of issues tended to be fairly similar in terms of their overall personalities at a young age. They were very positive as kids, with large social groups, and tended to be more mature than their peers. There was also a link between long-lasting mental stability and individuals whose immediate families had little or no history of diagnosed mental disorders.

So if you ever feel like a weirdo because you’re depressed, anxious or need to hit up the head doctor from time to time, just remember that you’re actually just like everyone else. For better or worse.
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comparing mental health ailments to stuff like common cold and flu!
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New Year’s Resolutions that Can Help Bipolar Disorder | Breaking Bipolar - HealthyPlace

New Year’s Resolutions that Can Help Bipolar Disorder | Breaking Bipolar - HealthyPlace | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
The right New Year's resolutions can help with bipolar disorder. Learn about the resolutions you should be making if you live with bipolar. Read this.
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A nice list of resolutions for a person suffering from bipolar disorder!
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Mind Control: How to win the war in your head | Owen Fitzpatrick | TEDxTallaght

In this age of propaganda, we find ourselves influenced not only by the voices of traditional and social media, but by our own inner voices. In this uniqu
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#poetry #depression how to combat negative automatic thoughts in your heads #CBT
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YEAR END MUSING AND RESOLUTION: As 2017 Dawns -It is Time to Talk “Mental Illness” in India”.

YEAR END MUSING AND RESOLUTION: As  2017 Dawns -It is Time to Talk “Mental Illness” in India”. | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
It is time to bid farewell to 2016 and make some audacious resolution for upcoming year. Among my resolutions for the year 2017 knocking at the door, the one closest to heart is - "It is time to Talk Mental Illness in India". In my lexicon it is time to talk "Of Madness and Sadness"…
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Opening up the conversation around mental health and illness.
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Virtual reality isn't just for gaming - it could transform mental health treatment

Virtual reality isn't just for gaming - it could transform mental health treatment | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
The results of our experiment paint a very striking picture of the power of therapy involving VR in treating patients with persecutory delusions
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Using VR to treat paranoia....the article is by 2 distinguished psychologists who have written a book on paranoia too and specialize in that subject
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13.7% Indians are mentally ill, study says - Times of India

13.7% Indians are mentally ill, study says - Times of India | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A countrywide National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (Nimhans) study has revealed a shocking prevalence of mental illness in India. At least 13.7 per cent of India’s general population has been projected to be suffering from a variety of mental illnesses; and 10.6 per cent of this requires immediate intervention.
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not a heartening news!
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The BioPsychoSocioEnvironmental model

The BioPsychoSocioEnvironmental model | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Most of us have heard about the BioPsychoSocial model of mental illnesses and have also heard about the stress-diathesis model. Today as I was contemplating the
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Bridging biopsychosocial model and stress-diathesis model.
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The Mystery of Urban Psychosis

The Mystery of Urban Psychosis | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Why are paranoia and schizophrenia more common in cities?
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The nuanced relation between city living and psychosis!
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The Four Neural Sub-Types of Depression

The Four Neural Sub-Types of Depression | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Regular readers of The Mouse Trap will be familiar with my obsession with knowing how nature is carved at its joints or in other words what are the natural
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Different subtypes of depression
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Brain Imaging Identifies Different Types of Depression

Brain Imaging Identifies Different Types of Depression | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Biological markers could enable tailored therapies that target individual differences in symptoms
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of the four sub-types identified, one is quite responsive to TMS
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Mind, Myth and Madness

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From schizophrenia to depression we assume our psychiatric diagnoses are real. But as the mental health epidemic turns global, the categories now seem like the cause. Is it time to abandon our biological account of mental illness? Or is it the best strategy we've got?
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An important conversation on mental health between Richard Bentell, Simon Baron Cohen and Dr. Dinesh Bhugra.
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Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal

Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Those who stay mentally healthy from childhood to middle age are exceptions to the rule.
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Medical Model - Treating Mental Disorders | Simply Psychology

Medical Model - Treating Mental Disorders | Simply Psychology | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
The medical model of abnormal psychology treats psychological disorders in the same way as a broken arm, i.e. there is thought to be a physical cause.
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Medical model is not the only model when it comes to conceptualizing mental illnesses.
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Suffering out loud: More people coming out about mental illness to fight stigma

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Suffering out loud: More people coming out about mental illness to fight stigma
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Good to know that there seems to be a movement in the making, at least in the US.
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A tale of two diseases

A tale of two diseases | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
I have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). I am also bipolar. Now which of the above statements shocked/ surprised you more? If I am guessing correctly the latter
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on my tryst with bipolar:-)
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Manic Depressive Leaders in a Time of Crisis

Manic Depressive Leaders in a Time of Crisis | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
S. Nassir Ghaemi, in his book, A First Rate Madness: Uncovering the links between Leadership and Mental Illness, makes a case for the fact that while 'normal'
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The surprising benefits of being Bipolar!
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Tests raise hopes for radical new therapy for phobias and PTSD

Tests raise hopes for radical new therapy for phobias and PTSD | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Researchers able to reduce anxieties without asking people to think about them consciously, making it more appealing than current therapies
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A lot needs to be done before this becomes available for therapy...for starters, the fMRI scanning is very costly , but hope some good comes out if this new research. 
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The Precise Sleep Schedule That Helps Fight Depression - PsyBlog

The Precise Sleep Schedule That Helps Fight Depression - PsyBlog | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Antidepressants are more effective when accompanied by the correct sleep schedule.

Via Luis Valdes
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get your 8 hours of sleep!
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get your 8 hours of sleep!
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Surprising Finding | Mental Illness vs. Mental Health: Continuum or Matrix?

Surprising Finding | Mental Illness vs. Mental Health: Continuum or Matrix? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A few days ago, I shared some research by Carol Ryff and Corey Keyes on the structure of psychological well-being. Today, I'd like to highlight more of Keyes'  work. When we think about psychological health, we typically have a kind of continuum in mind. On the one end, there are states such as satisfaction and…
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Mental illness a separate construct than mental health.
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