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Churchill and the Stigma of Depression : Neuroskeptic

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The BBC today has an interesting article by Mark Brown of British mental health magazine One in Four: Do famous role models help or hinder?

The context is that in Britain, charities and other advocates for people with mental illness have become fond of pointing to famous people, past and present, who suffered from a psychiatric disorder.

 

The hope is that highlighting these ‘role models’ will fight stigma and provide hope. Winston Churchill and Steven Fry are especially popular in this regard.

But, as Brown argues, these well-intentioned campaigns may not be so helpful -

“Look,” they say. “Here is a person who has achieved so much. Do not lose heart, you too can overcome your disability if you follow their example.”

…but where the inspirational figure is selected for us, and the gap between their life and ours is too great, the effect is not one of encouragement but of disillusionment – especially if their story is told in terms of personal qualities like bravery or persistence.

Knowing that a famous person has the same impairment as you can be reassuring, but only in the vague way that hearing of a successful distant relative is reassuring.

Most of us will never scale Everest, compete for our country at sports or have a showbiz career. This doesn’t mean we’ve failed.

I agree. “He’s got it, and so do you, so you can be like him” is perilously close to “He’s got it, and so do you, so you should be like him – what’s your excuse?”

That said, I think some of these celebrity examples are useful, not as generic inspirations for ‘the mentally ill’ but as concrete answers to particular attitudes. Against the simplistic view that there’s a single ‘stigma of mental illness’, I think there are many different stigmas and they have to be tackled separately.

In the case of depression, the core stigma is that depression is a weakness, a moral failing. That depressed people are soft, weak, pitiable. This attitude is specific to depression – not even bipolar disorder is seen in the same way, let alone the other diagnoses. They have their own stigmas. Depression’s is weakness.

Now this is why Churchill is a good counterexample. Not just because he’s famous or ‘great’, but because he was famously tough. He faced down Hitler. He was blood, sweat and tears. In the most famous photos of him (and they are famous, out of all his photos, because they correspond to the mental image) he is almost unsmiling – but never despairing. Just resolute.

That he experienced depression undermines the myths surrounding that condition, in a way that an entertainer or other generic celebrity wouldn’t.

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Mental Health Hackers | LinkedIn

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I just created a space for patients, caregivers, and professionals interested in MentalHealth. I hope for this group to become a space where people across the spectrum of Mental Health can find a well-meaning community to connect, discuss and collaborate with. Feel free to join in :)

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Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food - Harvard Health Blog

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The emerging field of nutritional psychiatry is finding that the food you eat directly affects the structure of your digestive tract, the function of your brain, and, ultimately, your mood.
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Dealing with mental health: A guide for professors | University Affairs

Dealing with mental health: A guide for professors | University Affairs | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it
I am many things: the president of Mount Allison’s Sociology Society, a dance teacher, and a passionate learner. I am also a student living with anxiety and depression. As a firm believer in the value of learning from others’ lived experience, I think that we ought to take more time to listen closely to one …
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How the Circadian Rhythm Responds to Temperature Changes

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A new study investigates how changes in temperature affects circadian rhythm.
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Measuring Dopamine in Parkinsons Patient’s Gives Insight Into How We Learn

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Researchers measure dopamine release during surgery in Parkinson's patients and identify how rapid dopamine release encodes information critical to learning and decision making.
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New Understanding of Cause of Alzheimer’s Symptoms

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A new study reports amyloid plaques could be strangling blood vessels and this could account for memory loss and other Alzheimer's symptoms.

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New RCMP bullying prevention game teaches kids with texting

New RCMP bullying prevention game teaches kids with texting | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

We all know how harmful bullying can be. Kids who are bullied are more likely to suffer from headaches, stomach aches, anxiety and depression, and both bullied kids and bullies are at greater risk of suicide. In an effort to combat bullying, the RCMP is bringing a new youth program to kids’ smartphones.

Coinciding with Bullying Awareness Week, the RCMP is officially launching BullyText, an anti-bullying texting game made for kids in grades six to eight.

Available in English and French, the game walks kids through various bullying scenarios they’d encounter in a typical day. Here’s how it works: kids text “BULLY” to 38383 to get the game started, and then select a character: Seb or Laura. They’re then given choices about what to do in various bullying scenarios, and their choices determine what happens next. Words in the texts in all caps are used as prompts—kids simply text these words back and they’ll get more details in their current scenario, or make a decision that moves things forward to a new scenario.

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Apple Watch used to study epileptic seizures

Apple Watch used to study epileptic seizures | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

For the 2.5 million people living with epilepsy in the United States, medications can help control their seizures — most of the time. But some suffer unpleasant side effects from the drugs. And a few remain at risk of death.Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University hope to help those with the neurological condition by collecting information about their seizures through their watches, specifically their Apple Watches.


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Interesante aplicación del Apple Watch como medio para cuantificar las crisis en personas con epilepsia

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interesting new posssibilities are rapidly come available by a variety of devices. Smaller, faster, cheaper.

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Jay Parkinson: Tele Vision for Health Care

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Dr. Jay Parkinson and his virtual health platform Sherpaa are quietly bringing telemedicine to the forefront of employers’ minds by providing meaningful health care with measurable results.

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Can Mobile Health Apps Transform Mental Health Care?

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Of the roughly 40,000 health apps available for smartphone, there are about 800 apps oriented around mental health care. So, if the key to effective therapy, as most professionals argue, is human interaction, can apps provide any benefit at all?
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Joyable raises $8M for remote social anxiety coaching and online therapy | MobiHealthNews

Joyable raises $8M for remote social anxiety coaching and online therapy | MobiHealthNews | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

San Francisco-based Joyableraised $8 million led by return backers Thrive Capital and Harrison Metal for its online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and coaching program for social anxiety. Joyable tells MobiHealthNews this round brings the company’s total funding up to more than $10 million. It also includes money from a new investor, Collaborative Fund.


The $8 million will help the company, among other things, develop its first native mobile app, increase its marketing reach, and allow it to explore other conditions that could benefit from a digital CBT plus coaching approach — like depression.


The company says more than 15 million people in the US are affected by social anxiety, and the National Institute of Mental Health has reported that 85 percent of people dealing with it have not received adequate treatment for it. Joyable says that’s typically because the usual out-of-pocket expenses that traditional treatment would carry can be cost-prohibitive, or there isn’t a provider trained to help them in their local area, or because the social anxiety itself makes it difficult to meet with a therapist in the first place. 


Joyable CEO and Co-founder Pete Shalek told MobiHealthNews his team are big admirers of Omada Health, which has taken a proven protocol — in its case DPP for people with pre-diabetes — added coaches and created a digital version of it that, Shalek argues, is more delightful and scalable. Shalek says Joyable is doing the same thing for social anxiety and it hopes to do the same for other mental health conditions like depression and PTSD.


Unlike Omada, Joyable is pursuing a direct-to-consumer business model for now, Shalek said, but he does see a huge opportunity for Joyable among self-insured employers. Social anxiety takes a big toll on workforce productivity. While there are various packages available, the program runs about $99 a month.


Joyable’s newest investor, seed fund Collaborative Fund, previously backed two digital health startups that have since been acquired: Massive Health (Jawbone) and Sessions (MyFitnessPal) as well as other digital health companies like Iodine and Sherpaa.

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Sexual Selection and Humor in Courtship

This investigation examines a sexual selection-based argument regarding humor’s role in courtship (i.e., humor production signals intelligence/creativity). Lens model (n =100) analyses suggest that humor production on Facebook profiles were self-reported and perceived to be associated with extroversion, not intelligence. Study 2 (n = 289) found that extroversion was associated humor production, but high school and college grade point average and American College Test (ACT) scores were not. In Study 3, pairs of opposite-sex strangers (n = 102) interacted for 10–12 min. Males’ humor production and females’ responsive laughter were both associated with females’ dating interest. Both partners’ dating interest was associated with simultaneous laughter. Without support for the sexual selection argument, three alternative explanations of humor’s role in courtship are discussed.

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Many Psychology Findings Not as Strong as Claimed, Study Says

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Only 35 of 100 studies that the Reproducibility Project looked at held up fully to scrutiny. But some questioned the process of replication itself.
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Teach mental health in primary schools, advisory group says

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Young people on NHS-affiliated panel say placing subject on national curriculum is key to helping prevent problems in later life
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Guardian research suggests mental health crisis among aid workers

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In a survey of aid workers on the Global Development Professionals Network, 79% of staff stated they have experienced mental health issues
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5 Mental Health Documentaries to Check Out on Netflix – Mental Health Association Oklahoma

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Let's tackle mental health stigma and attract trainees to psychiatry

Let's tackle mental health stigma and attract trainees to psychiatry | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it
Demand for psychiatrists is growing but the healthcare community needs to get its own house in order if we are to fill the gaps in recruitment
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How does our brain form creative and original ideas?

How does our brain form creative and original ideas? | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it
A new study attempted to crack the connection between brain activity and creativity. The results shed a new, perhaps unexpected light, on our ability to think outside the box
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How Does Exercise Protect Your Brain from Degeneration?

How Does Exercise Protect Your Brain from Degeneration? | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

Physical activity increases cortical thickness and counteracts brain atrophy.

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Apple Expands ResearchKit To Autism, Epilepsy And Melanoma Studies

Apple Expands ResearchKit To Autism, Epilepsy And Melanoma Studies | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

Apple is expanding its ResearchKit program with three new studies and three new partner universities. This time, Apple will help research studies on autism, epilepsy and melanoma.As a reminder, ResearchKit is a set of tools for collecting participant consent, conducting surveys and assigning active tasks to participants that they can perform to help researchers achieve specific study goals. It lets researchers leverage Apple devices for their studies.If users agree to share these sets of data, researchers can collect data from iPhones, Apple Watches and now iPads as well as iOS accessories, which is great if you want to measure blood pressure, glucose levels and more. Researchers can take advantage of the accelerometers, gyroscope, heart monitor, GPS sensor, microphone and more.


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Can Digital Health Tools Help People with Mental Illness Manage Chronic Conditions? | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology

Can Digital Health Tools Help People with Mental Illness Manage Chronic Conditions? | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging has partnered with Boston-based digital health startup Wellframe to examine the use of mobile technology to help older adults with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, self-manage medical conditions and psychiatric symptoms.

The project focuses on middle-aged and older individuals who are at high risk of early mortality due to the combined challenges of having a major psychiatric condition and major health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. The research will be led by Karen Whiteman, M.D., post-doctoral fellow at the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging.

Through the research project, Dartmouth's Integrated Illness Management and Recovery (I-IMR) program developed by Stephen Bartels, M.D., and his Dartmouth research group will be delivered through Wellframe's proprietary Intelligent Care Management Platform. I-IMR combines physical and behavioral health self-management training that will be delivered through a daily health checklist, which is sent directly to the participants' mobile phone, according to a release from both organizations.

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Graphic Design Trends Fading in 2015 | Articles | Graphic Design Junction

Graphic Design Trends Fading in 2015 | Articles | Graphic Design Junction | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it
Graphic design trends that appear to be fading in 2015 and a forecast about 2016 graphic design trends.
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Glossary of e-mental health terms

Glossary of e-mental health terms | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

Not sure on the meaning of some of the terms used to describe e-mental health services? This glossary provides some helpful guidance.


In this glossary:


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Why Tom Insel Left the NIMH to Join Alphabet | MIT Technology Review

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Tom Insel explains why he’s ready to give Silicon Valley a try.
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Johns Hopkins taps Apple Watch, ResearchKit for upcoming epilepsy study with eye on seizure prediction

Johns Hopkins taps Apple Watch, ResearchKit for upcoming epilepsy study with eye on seizure prediction | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

Seeking deeper insight into epileptic seizures and their effect on the human body, Johns Hopkins' ResearchKit study will collect heart rate sensor and accelerometer data from Watch, gyroscope data from iPhone and dynamic user feedback to track a variety of biometric measurements during a seizure episode, according to a source familiar with the project. The iPhone and Watch apps, now in beta testing, are slated to go live on Sept. 18.While sensor readings are automated, like many current iPhone-based ResearchKit initiatives, other metrics are not so easily ascertained. Activating the test process and measuring lucidity, for example, require some form of direct user interaction, a steep demand considering the extremely stressful nature of a seizure event. To help participants complete individual sessions they are given physical cues to answer contextual onscreen survey questions via Watch's Taptic Engine. Alternatively, a caregiver might be able to initiate the testing process if present, the person said.


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They're Invisible In China: Portraits Of The Mentally Ill

They're Invisible In China: Portraits Of The Mentally Ill | E-mental health: digital, mobile and tele tech for the brain! | Scoop.it

China has a staggering 173 million people with some sort of diagnosable mental disorder, according to a 2012 study in the journal Lancet. Of those, 158 million have never received any treatment. And China averages one psychiatrist for every 83,000 people. So many patients depend on their families for help.

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