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Connecting Autistic Behavior to Brain Function

Connecting Autistic Behavior to Brain Function | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Even given our significant advances in understanding how the brain works, there hasn't been evidence to tie autistic behavioral patterns together with corresponding neural functions. Until now.
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Crazy good: How mental illnesses help entrepreneurs thrive

Crazy good: How mental illnesses help entrepreneurs thrive | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
New research finds mental illnesses are common among entrepreneurs, and actually help them succeed.
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You need some craziness to venture out!

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Madness and Meaning

Andrew Scull, author of “Madness in Civilization,” a new cultural history of madness, examines more than a dozen depictions of insanity.
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History of madness in pictures!

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2 Supplements Proven to Improve Depression

2 Supplements Proven to Improve Depression | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
2 Supplements Proven to Improve Depression. Depression is one the of the top causes of mental illness in the world and represents a significant problem in many developed and developing countries.
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Eat your way out of depression:-) (juts kidding, eating these supplements would help, but don't stop your medication/ therapy:-)

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About Your Boss' Lack Of Emotional Intelligence...

About Your Boss' Lack Of Emotional Intelligence... | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
My recent post, Why Your Boss Lacks Emotional Intelligence, really struck a nerve here on Forbes. Many of the messages I received came from people who had experienced first hand what our data set shows—emotional intelligence diminishes as you move up the corporate ladder. We analyzed the score profiles of more [...]
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amusing; proves what one intuitively guessed.......in higher management echelons  lot of scope for better EQ and people skills.

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6 Unexpected Blessings of Mental Illness

There are silver linings to the storms of mental illness.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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a refreshing take on the upside of mental illness:-)

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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....
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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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Poetry Kept My Patient Alive

Poetry Kept My Patient Alive | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
It soothed. It agitated. It connected him to others.
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Poetry in the therapeutic context!

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Leadership Across Cultures

Leadership Across Cultures | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Some unexpected strengths (and weaknesses) in today’s world
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difference in leadership traits amongst different regions of the world.

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Got ADHD? You May Live a Shorter Life, Study Shows

Got ADHD? You May Live a Shorter Life, Study Shows | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to die earlier than those without the condition — and the causes tend to include fre...
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the risk of accidents become high given the impulsivity and distractibility of those with ADHD.

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Breathing polluted air may increase risk of suicide: researchers

Breathing polluted air may increase risk of suicide: researchers | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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interesting, some of it may be due to social- demographics factors.

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Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction

Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Visionaries throughout history reported that intrusive ideas helped them create and caused them anguish. Here's why
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OCD and intrusive thoughts!

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Warped Brain Lobes Could Underlie Depression Symptoms

Warped Brain Lobes Could Underlie Depression Symptoms | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Wraparound occipital lobes found to be highly common in depression
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Interesting!

 

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It was a struggle to wake up: Deepika Padukone on suffering from depression - Hindustan Times

It was a struggle to wake up: Deepika Padukone on suffering from depression - Hindustan Times | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
HT Exclusive In 2014, while Deepika was being appreciated for her work, she was struggling with depression. She opens up about how counselling and medicines helped her get through the shooting of Happy New Year, and how she finally accepted her condition.
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the stigma of mental illness has to go and people have to become more accommodating and understanding of those who suffer. Kudos to Deepika for coming out and spreading awareness and fighting stigma. 

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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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