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A fresh look at mental illness

A fresh look at mental illness | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
In a paper published in Neuron, Joshua Buckholtz and co-author Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg identify a biological reason for why many mental disorders share similar symptoms, a situation that makes diagnosis challenging.
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Depression – not just in your head, it’s also in your genes

Depression – not just in your head, it’s also in your genes | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Shorter gene telomeres and depression risk.
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the link between a mother's depression and her daughter's telomeres!!

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A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.

A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D. | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it

ADHD as a difference that can have advantages:-)The problem is not just your brain. The problem is boredom.

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ADHD as neuro-differences that can have advantages:-) associated with it!

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Is this video game the future of ADHD and Alzheimer's treatment?

Is this video game the future of ADHD and Alzheimer's treatment? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Studies have shown some video games increase cognitive skills. What happens when neuroscientists decide to design one specifically for ADHD patients?
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We are coming full circle: from video games as addictions to video games as treatments:-)

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Being Suicidal: What It Feels Like to Want to Kill Yourself | Bering in Mind, Scientific American Blog Network

Being Suicidal: What It Feels Like to Want to Kill Yourself | Bering in Mind, Scientific American Blog Network | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
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"Suicide rates are lowest on Fridays and highest on Mondays; they also drop just before the major holidays and then spike sharply immediately after the holidays. Baumeister interprets these patterns as consistent with the idea that people’s high expectations for holidays and weekends materialize, after the fact, as bitter disappointments. "

I could have thought of a simpler explanation- the drudgery of returning to (an unacceptable ) daily grind:-)

Also, some of the steps towards suicidal ideation/ execution could have been labeled more simply like sudden losses in life(falling short of standards) , perceived loneliness (self-awareness) , guilt and shame ( negative affect), acute existential boredom forcing one to focus on concrete aspects ( cognitive deconstruction) and prior exposure/ habituation to pain ( dis-inhibition) ....look out for these in you and your loved ones and seek help!!

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Suicidal ideation and actually completing a suicide are complex psychological and behavioral phenomena. “Concluding simply that depression causes suicide and leaving it at that may be inadequate for several reasons. It is abundantly clear that most depressed people do not attempt suicide and that not all suicide attempters are clinically depressed.” Read this EXCELLENT article about the intense feelings and perceptions that commonly lead to suicide.

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Psychological treatments: A call for mental-health science

Psychological treatments: A call for mental-health science | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Clinicians and neuroscientists must work together to understand and improve psychological treatments, urge Emily A. Holmes, Michelle G. Craske and Ann M.
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more bridges between many types of therapies and their neuroscience basis will really help advance the mental health field further!

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A Career That Has Mirrored Psychiatry's Twisting Path - New York Times

A Career That Has Mirrored Psychiatry's Twisting Path - New York Times | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Thomas H. McGlashan has extinguished some of psychiatry's grandest notions over the last five decades, none more ruthlessly than his own.
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Neither medicine nor therapy seem to be effective in preventing psychosis in the pro dorm.

 

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Nomophobia: the fear of being out of cell phone contact. - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com

Nomophobia: the fear of being out of cell phone contact. - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Photo: flickr/schottchene Most people these days are so hooked to their cell phones that they are hardly seen without one, and many (including us) don't ev
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No-mobile-phone-phobia, really?!? after internet addiction, another new kid on the block trying to get a legit status:-)

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The 10 Best Mental Health Apps for Medical Professionals - Capterra Blog

The 10 Best Mental Health Apps for Medical Professionals - Capterra Blog | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
“ 10 of the best mental health apps for medical professionals, from iPhone to Android. Capterra helps people find and compare software for their business.”
Via Allison Hermann, PhD
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Some cool free apps too in the collection.
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Brian the Mentally Ill Bonobo, and How He Healed

Brian the Mentally Ill Bonobo, and How He Healed | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
It took a troop of apes, and a psychiatrist, and a little Paxil.
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care and concern trumps everything else.

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Animals suffer from mental distress too, and the causes aren't always clear

Animals suffer from mental distress too, and the causes aren't always clear | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it

the maladies that haunt naimals too:From anxious dogs to depressed gorillas, animals suffer from mental distress just like humans, and the causes aren't always clear. An excerpt from Laurel Braitman's "Animal Madness."

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The maladies that haunt animals too:-)

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How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders — PsyBlog

How Long-Term Stress Causes Serious Mental Disorders — PsyBlog | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
The delicate balance between white and grey matter is disrupted by chronic stress.
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chronic stress is really deleterious!

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Dear CNRS: That mouse study did not "confirm" the neurobiological origin of ADHD in humans | Neuroscientifically Challenged

Dear CNRS: That mouse study did not "confirm" the neurobiological origin of ADHD in humans | Neuroscientifically Challenged | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
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Abnormalities of NE in superior Coliiculus in ADHD like mice

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New Depression Treatment So Obvious You Won’t Believe It’s NEVER Been Tried Before — PsyBlog

New Depression Treatment So Obvious You Won’t Believe It’s NEVER Been Tried Before — PsyBlog | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Study finds support for severe depression treatment that’s so obvious it incredible it hasn’t been tried before.
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Laughing gas as a quick-fix treatment for severe depression.

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Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia | BPS

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia | BPS | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
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The entire report is freely available using the link below the image on the BPS site....

What a pleasant departure form a predominantly medical/ etic model towards a more psychosocial/ emic model .....

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Frontiers | Creativity and schizophrenia spectrum disorders across the arts and sciences | Psychopathology

Creativity and schizophrenia spectrum disorders across the arts and sciences
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Interesting to see how autism and schizophrenia as opposite poles (which I had long back advocated) of creative/intellectual achievement  is becoming firmly established and a matter-of-fact in the literature....

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The Real Link Between the Psychopathology Spectrum and the Creativity Spectrum

The Real Link Between the Psychopathology Spectrum and the Creativity Spectrum | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Romantic notions of the link between mental illness and creativity still appear prominently in popular culture. But ever since scientists started formally investigating the link, there has been intense debate.
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Hypomanic and psychotic traits predisposing towards real-life creativity :-)

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Robin Williams: How to recognize suicide signs, where to get help

Robin Williams: How to recognize suicide signs, where to get help | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Friends of comedian Robin Williams , who died Monday at age 63 in an apparent suicide , urged the public Monday to seek help if they have suicidal thoughts and encouraged friends to stay alert to any warning signs of depression.
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Suicide and its immediate triggers are preventable; and the underlying long term causes like depression or other mental health issues are treatable.
Be on the lookout for these and other signs and help someone you love get over a temporary rough phase of life!

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New Neuroscience Tools Provide Fresh Hope for Improved Psychiatric Drugsis | MIT Technology Review

New Neuroscience Tools Provide Fresh Hope for Improved Psychiatric Drugsis | MIT Technology Review | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Drugs for psychiatric illnesses aren’t very effective. But new research is offering renewed hope for better medicines.
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How genetic approaches using stem cell techniques can aid new drug discovery for mental illnesses.

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MRI technique may help prevent ADHD misdiagnosis | Science Codex

MRI technique may help prevent ADHD misdiagnosis | Science Codex | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it

a goo technique that may also provide some insights as to the underlying difference in bOAK BROOK, Ill. – Brain iron levels offer a potential biomarker in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may help physicians and parents make better informed treatment decisions, according to new research published online

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A good technique that may also shed light on the differences in brains of ADHD folks

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Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking — PsyBlog

Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking — PsyBlog | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A serious mental health problem can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, according to a new analysis by psychiatrists.
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a really sorry state of affairs which can be prevented by providing the affected people treatment, care and respect.

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What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital

What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
 
The Shamanic View of Mental Illness
In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé.  Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.

What those
Sandeep Gautam's insight:

An alternate view of mental illness that informs a crucial way to make sense of those experiences and move on (to become a healer themselves? ).

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Natural sciences vs Indigenous knowledge?

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Inside the adult ADHD brain | McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT

Inside the adult ADHD brain | McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it

Via iPamba, Jocelyn Stoller
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The non-synchrony between parts of Default mode network (posterior cingulate / medial PFC) continues in adulthood for those who have adult ADHD.

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America's Most Depressing Jobs? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

America's Most Depressing Jobs? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
An interesting study just published examines the rates of clinical depression experienced by workers in different jobs. It turns out that people involved i
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are some jobs, say involving difficult interactions with others, inherently more depressing?

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Stories as a Window Into Schizophrenia

Stories as a Window Into Schizophrenia | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Oral history provides a new way of seeing people who are living with schizophrenia.
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Lets look at the whole person and grant those with mental illness a personality and a life!

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Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Mice by Curbing Synaptic Pruning — PsyBlog

Drug Reverses Schizophrenia in Mice by Curbing Synaptic Pruning — PsyBlog | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Experimental chemical restores some lost brain cell function in schizophrenia.
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Validates one key neural model of schizophrenia.

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