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a mix of clinical psychology and psychiatry
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The Network Structure of Symptoms of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

The Network Structure of Symptoms of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Although current classification systems have greatly contributed to the reliability of psychiatric diagnoses, they ignore the unique role of individual symptoms and, consequently, potentially important information is lost. The network approach, in contrast, assumes that psychopathology results from the causal interplay between psychiatric symptoms and focuses specifically on these symptoms and their complex associations. By using a sophisticated network analysis technique, this study constructe
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Structure of DSM based diagnosis largely confirmed by network analysis of individual symptoms.

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How Cotard’s and other phenomena throw light on the self

How Cotard’s and other phenomena throw light on the self | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Can the Cotard’s syndrome tell us something about the self? A person suffering from Cotard’s syndrome is likely to claim that he/ she is dead- can such a delusional experience make us a…
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the mysteries of self illuminated by various disorders of the brain/ mind!

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Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you’ve never heard of that affects millions

Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you’ve never heard of that affects millions | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
One in 50 of us are victims, left feeling like robots – and yet even doctors have to Google it. Now one sufferer is intent on helping millions out of their torment
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we need more awareness about DPD

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Urge by Oliver Sacks

Urge by Oliver Sacks | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Walter B., an affable, outgoing man of forty-nine, came to see me in 2006. As a teenager, following a head injury, he had developed epileptic seizures—these first took the form of attacks of déjà vu that might occur dozens of times a day. Sometimes he would hear music that no one else could hear. He had no idea what was happening to him and, fearing ridicule or worse, kept his strange experiences to himself.
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one of the last written pieces by Sacks!

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The Algorithm that Predicts Psychosis

The Algorithm that Predicts Psychosis | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A new study finds a computerized word analysis is flawless guessing whether a person will have a psychotic episode.
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Scary at one level......what if companies decided to use such algorithms to 'weed out' potential psychotics from the hiring process?

 

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Which countries are researched more on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease?

Which countries are researched more on the treatment of Parkinson’s disease? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative then moves if nothing is done, hence the importance of the research to stop it.
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Autism in 100 Words

Autism in 100 Words | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A short article in the current BJ of Psychiatry where psychologits are asked to condense an important point, concept or theory into only 100 words.  A need for succinctness required.  This time aro...
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On autism

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What's Wrong with Antianxiety Drugs?

What's Wrong with Antianxiety Drugs? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A possible path towards better options
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Time to differentiate between the conscious feelings of anxiety / fear and the physiological reactions/ affects.

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New study reveals a fascinating relationship between bipolar disorder and earnings

New study reveals a fascinating relationship between bipolar disorder and earnings | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it

r earnngs on an avarage, but if you are sucessful 9and part of t may be because of taking reguar medication) then it iFlickr/Nestor LacleMental illness is not something we often talk about at work, but for those who suffer from a mental illness, it often affects how they go

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having bipolar is not good for your earnings, on an average, but if you are successful (partly due to your taking regular medications) the chances are you are super successful!  

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Mild Jolt to Brain Can Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia Patients

Mild Jolt to Brain Can Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia Patients | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Applying mild electrical stimulation to the brains of schizophrenia patients has been found to improve certain aspects of cognition, according to a new study by psychologists at Vanderbilt University. Specifically, the small jolt allows patients to recognize...
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tDCS as a treatment for error monitoring in schizophrenia.

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How do common medications influence moral decisions?

How do common medications influence moral decisions? | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A recent study shows that medications used to treat depression and Parkinson’s disease can alter moral decision-making in healthy people. Lead author Molly Crockett discusses what we can and cannot conclude from these findings.
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The effect of taking antidepressants and levodopa on healthy people's moral behaviour.

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Happiness an Attainable Goal in Schizophrenia

Happiness an Attainable Goal in Schizophrenia | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Happiness may be an attainable goal for at least some patients with schizophrenia and is associated with positive psychosocial attributes that can be enhanced.
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Good news for those suffering from schizophrenia....as high as 38 % of the outpatient population may be quite happy....

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Memory System May Overcome Diverse Disorders

Memory System May Overcome Diverse Disorders | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Declarative memory, rooted in the hippocampus, could help the brain pick up slack for diverse impairments across many developmental disorders such as autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder
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declarative memory shown to play a big part in compensation strategies.

 

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Psychedelics Could Be The Next Big Thing In Mental Health Care

Psychedelics Could Be The Next Big Thing In Mental Health Care | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A new review of studies finds that LSD, psilocybin and MDMA hold potential for treating mental illness.
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Psychedelic assisted therapy- a new paradigm indeed!

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Got Weaknesses? Good! Research Shows They're a Sure Sign of Talent - Fulfillment Daily

Got Weaknesses? Good! Research Shows They're a Sure Sign of Talent - Fulfillment Daily | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Most of us feel ashamed of what we believe are our weaknesses and perceive them as stumbling blocks. However, research is showing us that we are wrong and that, in fact, these "weaknesses" are actually indicators of talent.
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terrible headline; but good article on neurodiversity!

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A Red Flag for a Neurodegenerative Disease That May Be Transmissible

A Red Flag for a Neurodegenerative Disease That May Be Transmissible | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Animal experiments show how a just-discovered prion triggers a rare Parkinson’s-like disease
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Multiple system atrophy (MSA) found to have prion like transmission!

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Roots of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s May Be in How You Sleep | Brain Blogger

Roots of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s May Be in How You Sleep | Brain Blogger | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
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quite a provocative finding....

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Researchers use brain scans to predict response to antipsychotic medications

Researchers use brain scans to predict response to antipsychotic medications | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that brain scans can be used to predict patients' response to antipsychotic drug treatment.
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use of fMRI as a step towards precision medicine.

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Study identifies symptoms of suicide risk for people with depression

Study identifies symptoms of suicide risk for people with depression | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A major multinational study has identified some of the behaviors that come before a suicide attempt. People who show these behaviors are a significant suicide risk.
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Mixed episodes indicative of suicidal risk

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Intelligence, creativity and bipolar disorder may share underlying genetics

Intelligence, creativity and bipolar disorder may share underlying genetics | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Study linking high childhood IQ with bipolar traits later in life suggests that mood disorders may be the genetic price we pay for intelligence and creativity
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high intelligence confer risks for manic traits!

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Marissajt's curator insight, September 15, 2015 9:38 AM

I'm a little skeptical of this article and study, not because I don't believe this is possible, but because there is such little information on the study. I am curious to know more information about this study such as what exactly were the 100 questions they asked the children in their 20's and how did they test their IQ.

 

While I am skeptical, I still think this article and research studies such as this are wonderful for creating awareness about mental health. I think articles and studies which shine a positive light on bipolar and other mental illnesses can decrease stigma and help individuals suffering from mental illness to feel more "normal" and less of an outsider. Also, research in general, typically help people feel less alone; with articles like this individuals don't feel like they are the only person in the world suffering from this disease.

 

I wonder if this study was done in the US if it would have the same results? This study was completed in the UK. I am curious if there is anything in the two countries that would create different results or findings from the same study.

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Suicidal behaviour predicted by blood test showing gene changes

Suicidal behaviour predicted by blood test showing gene changes | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Variations in gene activity seem to indicate when someone is considering suicide. A test for it could save lives – and shake up psychiatry
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Gene expression can predict suicidal ideation in the following year 

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Clinics offering ketamine injections to treat depression blame negative publicity for closures

Clinics offering ketamine injections to treat depression blame negative publicity for closures | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
A controversial commercial chain of depression clinics offering injections of the party drug ketamine claim they have been forced to close down due to negative publicity.
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There needs to be more level headed discussion and research around ketamine use for depression.

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Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.
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Love this: "the opposite of addiction is not sobriety; it is connectedness:-) "

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Childhood biography forms adult health – Donna Jackson – Nakazawa Aeon

Childhood biography forms adult health – Donna Jackson – Nakazawa Aeon | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
Adversity in childhood can create long-lasting scars, damaging our cells and our DNA, and making us sick as adults
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childhood adversity liked to poor health outcomes in later adult life.

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Why CBT is falling out of favour

Why CBT is falling out of favour | Abnormal Psychology | Scoop.it
‘Researchers have found that CBT is roughly half as effective in treating depression as it used to be’
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CBT's effectiveness seems to be decreasing!

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