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New Plan to Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says

New Plan to Treat Schizophrenia Is Worth Added Cost, Study Says | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A program that includes family counseling, among other forms of support, can yield an improved quality of life that makes the higher expenses worthwhile, researchers said.
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It has long been apparent to me that providing supportive services would make the lives of schizophrenics better and therefore would also benefit their families. It's great to see that there is new evidence that this will also prove to be more cost-effective than limiting care to medication and bits of talk therapy. 

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Robert Neugeboren, Survivor of Psychiatric Abuses, Dies at 72

Robert Neugeboren, Survivor of Psychiatric Abuses, Dies at 72 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Mr. Neugeboren was hauled away in a straitjacket in his late teens and spent most of his adult life in institutions.
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If you find this story fascinating and upsetting, you want to read my novel, Memoirs From the Asylum. You can learn more about it at http://www.kennethweene.com and remember that mental illness should never take away human dignity.

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?
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While the maladies are serious no matter where in the world they are found, the language that may be used to describe them is so poetic as to add a new layer of understanding. This is a wonderful reminder that health professionals should not so reify and objectify people as to lose the meaning of their souls.

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Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause

Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia’s Cause | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study provides researchers with their first biological handle on the disorder, and helps explain why it often begins at a relatively young age.
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As a psychologist, I am excited by this contribution to our understanding of schizophrenia. Hopefully, this will lead to ideas for treatment and prevention, but for now at least it gives us a new understanding. Sadly, too much of a good genetic thing can be bad for one. So how can we monitor and reduce the expression of this particular genetic trait in young people who are at risk? Yet another reason for universal medical care. 

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Novel Compounds May Treat Depression Rapidly With Few Side Effects

Novel Compounds May Treat Depression Rapidly With Few Side Effects | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A new study by researchers at University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified promising compounds that could successfully treat depression in less than 24 hours while minimizing side effects. Although they have not yet been tested in people, the compounds could offer significant advantages over current antidepressant medications.

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I hope they can control the addiction issues that GABA antagonists are prone to produce. These include alcohol and Valium to give you an idea.

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How American Hopsitals Are Failing Mentally Ill Kids

How American Hopsitals Are Failing Mentally Ill Kids | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study shows that one in 10 hospitalized kids suffer from mental-health conditions—and many never make it past the emergency waiting room.
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Having spent my career in mental health, and especially care of children and adolescents, I must add that prevention is as important as improving hospital care. Prevention must include not only psychotherapy for those who need assistance coping but also family education and economic assistance for those who need it.

And of course, you should read #Memoirs From the Asylum."

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