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A New Focus on Depression

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Depression has proved remarkably hard to subdue, but cooperative biomedical research efforts are starting to show promise.

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Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 12, 2014 10:54 AM
1. Depression is hard to control. It is one of the most difficult illnesses to take care of. "A complex problem like depression is much larger than one scientist or lab can handle," Huda Akil, a professor or neurosciences and psychiatry at the University of Michigan said. Around 3/10 people resist treatment to some extent. The most they resist, they have a higher chance of slipping back into depression.
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How to Spot Psychopaths: Speech Patterns Give Them Away

How to Spot Psychopaths: Speech Patterns Give Them Away | Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Psychopaths may be cunning and manipulative, but how they speak can be revealing.

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Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 17, 2014 10:57 AM
7. "Psychopaths' language contained more words known as subordinating conjuctions" (Parry). "Because" and "so that" deal with cause-and-effect situations and that is what the psychopaths think that their crimes are.
Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 17, 2014 11:02 AM
8. Psychopaths live a more simple life rather than responding to needs such as family, religion or self-esteem. They talk about basic needs twice as much as normal and are concerned only about themselves. Compared to psychopaths, nonpsychopathic people just believed they committed a crime and mentioned religion and family rather than self preservation.
Jamie Swanstrom's comment, April 17, 2014 12:27 PM
"Psychopaths make up about 1 percent of the general population and as much as 25 percent of male offenders in federal correctional settings, according to the researchers." Social media is monitored and the text used can be analyzed to relate to scores on the Self-Report Psychopathy scale. "Text analysis software could be used to conduct a 'first pass,' focusing the work for human investigators" (How to Spot Psychopaths: Speech Patterns Give Them Away).
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How Inactivity Changes the Brain

How Inactivity Changes the Brain | Aspect 1 | Scoop.it
Being sedentary appears to alter the brain in ways that may affect heart health, a new study found.

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Loula Koteas's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:46 AM
If you want your brain to create new brain cells..exercise!
Teresa M. I. Schaefer's curator insight, January 23, 2014 9:16 AM

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes -- once again everyone -- take those mini breaks. Stand and move.

Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 12, 2014 11:18 AM
2. Several experiments have proved that exercising your brain can redesign it by creating new brain cells. Inactivity can have an effect as well. Scientists at Wayne State University School of Medicine studied rats by letting them run on their own wheels at first and then after three months, they were injected with a dye that colored specific neurons in their brain. The scientists wanted to mark neurons in an uncommon portion of the brain that control breathing and other things we do unconsciously. The rats that had been active had noticeably different neuron shapes in the nervous system region of brain than that of the inactive rats. The active rats' brains were shaped the same as before the experiment.
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Modern Insanity: What Really Makes Us Crazy

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The typical American lifestyle teems with risk factors for mental illness.

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Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 12, 2014 11:32 AM
3. Many illnesses are thought to be a result of problems in brain chemistry so they are treated with other chemicals. However, behavior can play a role in the changing of brain chemistry as well. First time habits might check the stress response and avoid making our brains ill. "A program developed by Ilardi and colleagues--that helps individuals adopt the habits of cool, collected cavemen--is proving more effective in treating mental illnesses than conventional medication" (Nixon).
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Inside the Brains of Psychopaths

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Scientists have found abnormalities in some psychopaths' brains.

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Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 13, 2014 12:37 PM
5. Psychopaths have a reputation of being manipulative but don't realize that the crimes they are committing are harmful. Out of 52 murderers, 14 of them were considered psychopaths and showed no signs of remorse or emotion when confronted on their crimes. They talked about food and money rather than the real problem that they are going through in terms of how they think.
Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 17, 2014 11:11 AM
9. When psychopathic prisoners were compared to those that didn't receive the diagnosis, brain scans showed that the psychopaths had weaker connections between parts of the brain associated with emotion, memory and fear. "Interactions between the vmPFC and the amygdala are believe to underlie aspects of emotion regulation, aggression and stimulus reinforced associations" (Parry). "Those two structures in the brain in the brain, which are believed to regulate emotion and social behavior, seem to not be communicating as they should," said Michael Koenigs, a study researcher and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
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Struggling With an Abusive Aging Parent

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A troubling but telling tale for adult children struggling with aging parents.

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Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 13, 2014 11:35 AM
4."Avoidance is a well-worn defense for these family members. But hostility works well, too, even when it’s directed at nursing home employees whose care is sometimes seen as collusion with the perpetrator. Occasionally I see the opposite: anger converted into fierce advocacy for the accused, as if the family members are giving what they never got. Although both approaches can bring some degree of psychological satisfaction, neither promises any true justice." (Koteas).
Jamie Swanstrom's comment, February 17, 2014 11:17 AM
10. One of the easiest ways to detect Alzheimer's is the absence of detailed history of family members or close friends. The disease cause anger so many families become emotionally destroyed and cut off communications with the alleged abuser. "Sometimes knowing just the disease can preserve of modicum of distance and respectability, which is essential to the doctor-patient relationship" (Agronin).