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a mix of clinical psychology and psychiatry
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Could a drug prevent depression and PTSD?

Could a drug prevent depression and PTSD? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman shares news of a serendipitous breakthrough treatment that may prevent mental disorders like depression and PTSD from ever developing. And listen for an unexpected -- and controversial -- twist.
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Ketamine use for depression prevention/ treatment is very promising; but given the potential for abuse, there is also need to ensure all safeguards are in place. 
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There's Now a Brain Scan to Tell if You're Depressed – And What Treatment Is Needed

There's Now a Brain Scan to Tell if You're Depressed – And What Treatment Is Needed | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Yes!
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Patient Voices: Bipolar Disorder

Patient Voices: Bipolar Disorder | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Riding the ups and downs of bipolar disorder can cause havoc for those with the condition and their loved ones. Here are firsthand accounts of living with bipolar disorder.
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Bipolar voices: #LetsTalk Mental illness
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Could a blood test accurately diagnose autism?

Could a blood test accurately diagnose autism? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A new study reveals a potential new diagnostic tool that could allow doctors to identify whether a child is on the autism spectrum through a simple blood test. But can the mystery of autism be reduced to a few simple biomarkers or is the disorder much more complex?
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Hope more work is focused on the metabolite pathways 
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Drugs Don't Cause Addiction: This Brilliant Animated Video Will Change Your View on Drugs Forever

The brilliant short animated video below will explain to you why drugs don't actually cause addiction, changing your view on drugs forever.
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In the same league as " Pakistan didn't kill my dad' - addiction is a complex phenomena and while social factors are very important , genetic vulnerability for some and the presence and ease of availability of drugs all are instrumental- but ya, the video makes a very good point! 'Other people matter'
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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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How to Turn Stigma about Mental Illness into Compassion

How to Turn Stigma about Mental Illness into Compassion | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Stephen Hinshaw explores what it meant to be raised by a father with psychosis—and how that experience has informed his work as a psychologist.
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Time to end the stigma and talk about our struggles and triumph against mental illness
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You May Soon Be Able To Take A Drug To Prevent Depression

You May Soon Be Able To Take A Drug To Prevent Depression | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
At TED, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman talked about pharmaceutical methods of preventing stress as a way to stop depression before it starts.
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Preventive psychopharmacology---seems like a  promising new field, but this is juts the beginning and all precautions need to betaken before actually starting prescribing Ketamine for potentially acutely stressful situations. 
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They battled depression as students. Here’s how they won the fight

They battled depression as students. Here’s how they won the fight | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Every hour, a student in India commits suicide. Read four true stories about what it feels like to be at war with yourself and emerge victorious.
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The problem of student depression in India; wish colleges were sensitive and did something about it!
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Growing From Depression

Growing From Depression | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
"Growing from depression" is a short, easy read on the subject of the depressive experience and how to make best use of and grow from that experience. The book
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#LetsTalkDepression on World Heath Day; reposting a recent book review on growing from depression.
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This Type of Thinking Can Help with Depression

This Type of Thinking Can Help with Depression | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
The secret to better mental health may be learning how not to dwell on these negative thoughts, according to new research.
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A new kind of therapy for depression 
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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

Mind, Myth and Madness | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
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

Suffering out loud: More people coming out about mental illness to fight stigma | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
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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