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Risk of depression influenced by quality of relationships, U-M research says | UofMHealth.org

Risk of depression influenced by quality of relationships, U-M research says | UofMHealth.org | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
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Bad marriages = double the risk of depression compared to good marriages over a ten year period, and significantly worse than being single.

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NIMH · Five Major Mental Disorders Share Genetic Roots

NIMH · Five Major Mental Disorders Share Genetic Roots | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Five major mental disorders share some of the same genetic risk factors, the largest genome-wide study of its kind has found.
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» Imaging Study Maps Brain Activity in Borderline Personality Disorder - Psych Central News

» Imaging Study Maps Brain Activity in Borderline Personality Disorder - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Emerging studies have focused on the heightened emotional reactivity observed in people with borderline personality disorder, whose lives are often marked
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NAMI Blog: The Colorado Tragedy: Mental Health System Concerns

NAMI Blog: The Colorado Tragedy: Mental Health System Concerns | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

This week, the Washington Post revealed that in years past his mother sought counseling for him—because of his social isolation. Court filings then revealed he was seeing a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado prior to the July 20 attack.

 

Public discussion initially focused on the wide availability of guns in our society. It has now shifted to the question of whether or not the mental health care system failed leading up to the tragedy. It is an issue addressed eloquently in USA Today by Pete Earley in a guest column, “Massacres No Excuse to Stigmatize the Mentally Ill.”

 

There are many causes of violence in society. As reported by the U.S. Surgeon General “the overall contribution of mental disorders to the total level of violence in society is exceptionally small.”

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Why Don’t We Want to Shower When We're Sick? | Breaking Bipolar

Why Don’t We Want to Shower When We're Sick? | Breaking Bipolar | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Self-care, like showering, is difficult for people with a mental illness. Why don't the mentally ill want to do something that feels good like showering?
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The hoarding scale

The hoarding scale | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
A common question I’m asked when people find out that I’m an organizer (after they ask, “Oh, so you work...
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Army Suicide: Tip of the Service’s “Mental Health Iceberg” | Battleland | TIME.com

Army Suicide: Tip of the Service’s “Mental Health Iceberg”   | Battleland | TIME.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Nearly half of the Army’s suicides may have been caused by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a new Army assessment of the problem says.
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Field Guide to the Famously Fussy | Psychology Today

Field Guide to the Famously Fussy | Psychology Today | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Jeff Lewis, a real-estate investor who buys and sells residential property in swanky Los Angeles neighborhoods, is preoccupied with order, symmetry, perfection, cleanliness, rules, and lists. If his refrigerator isn't stocked with bottles of Evian water, all with labels facing outwards, "there is hell to pay." But rather than tormenting the 37-year-old Lewis—star of the Bravo reality show Flipping Out—these obsessions have turned him into a multimillionaire. In Lewis's line of work, attention to detail is essential. Before putting a home back on the market, he must supervise months of painstaking renovations, typically at a cost of several hundred thousand dollars. "OK, I have a mental affliction," he says. "But it's an asset. My perfectionism sets my product apart."

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Revisions to Psychiatry's 'Bible' Have People Crying Overmedication -- But Don't Freak Out Just Yet

Revisions to Psychiatry's 'Bible' Have People Crying Overmedication -- But Don't Freak Out Just Yet | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
For what might strike a lot of people as inside baseball, the debate over the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is garnering a lot of media attention.
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Compulsive shopping: When spending is like substance abuse - CNN.com

Compulsive shopping: When spending is like substance abuse - CNN.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
The purse was by designer Baby Phat, and it was only $5. But when Elizabeth Deiter bought it at the thrift store where she works, she immediately had to run over to the bank and deposit money to avoid running a negative balance.
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Mental Illness Is Brain Illness

Mental Illness Is Brain Illness | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
You voted, and this December, we are talking nerdy about the science of mental health. In last week's video introduction, I stated that "we now know that the mind does not exist somewhere outside of the brain.
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Wisteme | What is behavioral genetics?

What is behavioral genetics?...

 

Human behavioral genetics, a relatively new field, seeks to understand both the genetic and environmental contributions to individual variations in human behavior. This is not an easy task, for the following reasons...

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The Garden Gate

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BIPOLAR DISORDER.

Normally I have no problem with self-disclosure… it is part of one’s credibility and license with which to speak of such things. For the first time I had some difficulty with what I am to share here, because it exposes me to the core and makes me vulnerable. I see how foolish I may look, even though this disorder has a life of its own, and I am merely the body through which it moves. Please be kind, knowing that ‘there but for the grace of God, go I…’

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Negative Emotions in Response to Daily Stress Take a Toll on Long-Term Mental Health

Negative Emotions in Response to Daily Stress Take a Toll on Long-Term Mental Health | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Chronic negative emotions in response to daily stressors can take a toll on long-term mental health, say researchers.

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Jon Ronson: Strange answers to the psychopath test | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two.
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Glenn Close: Let's End The Stigma Around Mental Illness Now

Glenn Close: Let's End The Stigma Around Mental Illness Now | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
When we ask people in the United States, "Do you know somebody or have you yourself had a mental health problem?" about 50 percent of Americans say they do. That turns out to be a very potent factor in decreasing prejudice and discrimination.

 

At the same time, about 50 percent of Americans express some kind of rejection of people with mental illness. They may not want them in their neighborhood; they may not want [children affected by mental illnesses] in their child's classroom. They don't want them to marry into their family, and they don't want to work closely on the job with them -- even though they are probably working closely on the job with someone with mental illness who is afraid to disclose because of the stigma attached.

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OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: The Most Amazing People Are "Crazy" - Like The Bloggess

OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: The Most Amazing People Are "Crazy" - Like The Bloggess | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Yep, that Bloggess. Jenny Lawson. NY Times motherfuckin' #1 author Jenny Lawson.

 

Who took over 10 years to pull this book together. Who suffers from.... mental illness.

 

Yep, mental illness. Anxiety disorders, OCD, and depression. And brilliance so hysterically funny it has come near to causing more than one childish accident as I almost wet myself laughing.

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OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: A-Z: Question - What Causes Mental Illness, Anyway?

OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: A-Z: Question - What Causes Mental Illness, Anyway? | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

We have many more questions about mental illness than we have answers. But we are beginning to put some of the pieces together.

 

As we are learning to scan brains in various ways, and see parts of it that are over- or under-active, enlarged or shrunken, it becomes ever more evident that when they say mental illness is "all in your head," that's literally true.

 

Many mental illnesses look very much like what happens when we KNOW someone has suffered a brain injury; a bad fall, a war injury, or a stroke.

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OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: A-Z: Don't Forget About Anosognosia

OCPD - Scattered Thoughts from the Front Lines: A-Z: Don't Forget About Anosognosia | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

The brain also updates us on our general health and mental condition. Every night, when we sleep, it "reboots," and we wake up in the morning, conscious that we are XX many years old, that we have a cold or a backache, and that we are happy or heartbroken.

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Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other : NPR

Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other : NPR | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Dogs, cats birds, fish and even horses are increasingly being used in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions.
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Shelf-Preservation: Researchers Tap Century-Old Brain Tissue for Clues to Mental Illness: Scientific American

Shelf-Preservation: Researchers Tap Century-Old Brain Tissue for Clues to Mental Illness: Scientific American | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Extracting DNA from a museum collection of jellied autopsied brains dating back to the 1890s may give researchers a new take on the study mental disorders...
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Drug treatment for personality disorders

There is some evidence that antidepressants, particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and the monoamine oxidase inhibitors, have some benefits in the management of borderline personality disorder, and lesser evidence (partly because of limited trial data) for the benefits of antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilisers. There is not sufficient distinction between the different personality disorders to recommend that any one disorder should be treated by any one drug, and successful treatment is dependent on careful management, sensitive to the patient’s expectations.

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Childhood disorder prompts study of infection link to mental illness

Childhood disorder prompts study of infection link to mental illness | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Brody Kennedy was a typical sixth-grader who loved to hang out with friends in Castaic and play video games.
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Can gardening cure one's ills? - Local - fresnobee.com

Can gardening cure one's ills? - Local - fresnobee.com | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Mental health officials say reducing depression and isolation among the Hmong, Slavic, African-American and Hispanic communities is why Fresno County is spending thousands of dollars in mental health funds on its therapeutic gardens.
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