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Behind bars with mental illness: ‘Did I belong somewhere? Yes. Was prison the place? … Absolutely not’

PROVIDENCE — John Vitale has been repeatedly hospitalized. He has been repeatedly homeless. And he has been repeatedly imprisoned at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014 | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Lots of dedicated people and groups are trying to change the world. What do the most successful ones have in common?
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Bad news stories 'alter women's stress response'

Bad news stories 'alter women's stress response' | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Bad news stories, such as those about murder, seem to alter the way women respond to stressful situations, according to a small study.
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Incarcerated: Hundreds who need mental-health care forced into ACI - The Providence Journal

CRANSTON — An absence of strong statewide leadership and a fragmented, underfunded public mental-health system have resulted in hundreds of people with mental illness being imprisoned at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
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How Mental Illness Makes Some Executives Stronger

How Mental Illness Makes Some Executives Stronger | Mental Health | Scoop.it

The very term “mental illness” carries such a stigma that even acknowledging this headline out loud was a risk. The euphemistic or politically correct term for a mood or personality disorder might be “carries a diagnosis.” But any way you look at it, the issues of mental illness in the workplace are real and the number of people who are affected is great.

From depression, anxiety, ADHD and dyslexia to OCD and bipolar disorder—a great many of the individuals we work with – possibly even ourselves—are dealing with at least one of these issues, and due to “co-morbidity” – the conditions that tend to occur in pairs or multiples—there are many individuals dealing with more.


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Jennifer Lynn's curator insight, February 8, 6:37 AM

You are absolutely right; many are dealing with more than one mental illness at a time. This ‘co-morbidity’ condition is when these disorders tend to come in pairs or multiples. But it is difficult to understand whether you are suffering from one mental illness or from many. Determining the actual illness is necessary.

If you think you are suffering from depression and you start treatment for that, it may not work if your illness is something else. Suppose, your initial illness is ADHD and due to ADHD you have depression, then in that case you need to treat ADHD first. Statistics says almost 50% of ADHD patient also suffer from depression. So, it is important to determine whether you have ADHD, depression or both.

There are three major distinctions on the basic of which you can determine and those are- depressed moods, motivation versus disorganization and sleep patterns. In case of depressed mood, a person having ADHD will feel hopeless, frustrated, unmotivated for shorter period of time. It will be triggered by any recent adverse incident. But in case of depression this dark moods will tend to continue for a longer period of time and not linked with any particular incident.

Like this, there are other determination factors which will help you to know your real mental illness. Learn them before it’s too late: http://www.therapytribe.com/article/3_ways_to_determine_if_its_adhd_depression_or_both.html

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Friends Are Good for the Human Brain

Friends Are Good for the Human Brain | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Recent trends show that people increasingly value material goods over relationships—but neuroscience and evolution say this goes against our nature.
    

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Human brain development is a symphony in three movements

Human brain development is a symphony in three movements | Mental Health | Scoop.it
The human brain develops with an exquisitely timed choreography marked by distinct patterns of gene activity at different stages from the womb to adulthood, Yale researchers report in the Dec.
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Mindfulness meditation may ease anxiety, mental stress - Harvard Health Publications (blog)

Mindfulness meditation may ease anxiety, mental stress - Harvard Health Publications (blog) | Mental Health | Scoop.it
NPR Mindfulness meditation may ease anxiety, mental stress Harvard Health Publications (blog) One of her recent studies (which was included in the JAMA Internal Medicine review) found that a mindfulness-based stress reduction program helped quell...
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Suzana Herculano-Houzel: What is so special about the human brain? | Video on TED.com

The human brain is puzzling -- it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why?
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Providing for the mentally ill - Tulsa World

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Providing for the mentally ill
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Now, we can add possible solutions for treating mental illness to that list.
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Trifecta of Wellness: Stress Management, Exercise and Nutrition

Trifecta of Wellness: Stress Management, Exercise and Nutrition | Mental Health | Scoop.it
I like to think of wellness from the brain's point of view, specifically how what we think, what we eat, and how we move impact our brain's structure, chemistry and function.
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Don't “Should” Yourself – A Stress Management Tip! - Erica Finds...

Don't “Should” Yourself – A Stress Management Tip! - Erica Finds... | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Manilla, my fave site for managing bills/deals and contributing to their blog Manilla Folder, has a great New Year's Toolkit with great tips on money, productivity,
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It’s good to talk: breaking down the barriers of mental illness

It’s good to talk: breaking down the barriers of mental illness | Mental Health | Scoop.it
When Lindsey Cree’s son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, she turned to Rethink, a charity that helps patients and their families deal with the burden of mental illness• Click here to donate to the Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal 2014...
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AarogyaData | Your Complete Health Guardian

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Suicide Attempts – How to Identify Warnings and Risk Factors? :http://t.co/C8ydjKzDWb http://t.co/gc4J5THYcO
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Wish Book: Mentoring program helps mentally ill restore social connections - San Jose Mercury News

Wish Book: Mentoring program helps mentally ill restore social connections - San Jose Mercury News | Mental Health | Scoop.it
The National Association on Mental Illness created a Peer Pals program in Santa Clara County that has become a mental illness model for the restorative power of friendship.
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'60 Minutes' Shows Mental Health Claim Denials Persist, Despite Obamacare ... - Forbes

'60 Minutes' Shows Mental Health Claim Denials Persist, Despite Obamacare ... - Forbes | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Despite more comprehensive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act that includes mandatory coverage for mental health services, the noted TV newsmagazine ’60 Minutes’ Sunday shined a light on the issue of patients denied treatment by doctors...
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How and where imagination occurs in the human brain

How and where imagination occurs in the human brain | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Philosophers and scientists have long puzzled over where human imagination comes from. In other words, what makes humans able to create art, invent tools, think scientifically and perform other incredibly diverse behaviors?

 

The answer, Dartmouth researchers conclude in a new study, lies in a widespread neural network -- the brain's "mental workspace" -- that consciously manipulates images, symbols, ideas and theories and gives humans the laser-like mental focus needed to solve complex problems and come up with new ideas.

 

Their findings, titled "Network structure and dynamics of the mental workspace," appear the week of Sept. 16, 2013, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

 

"Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively," says lead author Alex Schlegel , a graduate student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. "Understanding these differences will give us insight into where human creativity comes from and possibly allow us to recreate those same creative processes in machines."

 

Scholars theorize that human imagination requires a widespread neural network in the brain, but evidence for such a "mental workspace" has been difficult to produce with techniques that mainly study brain activity in isolation. Dartmouth researchers addressed the issue by asking: How does the brain allow us to manipulate mental imagery? For instance, imagining a bumblebee with the head of a bull, a seemingly effortless task but one that requires the brain to construct a totally new image and make it appear in our mind's eye.


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Megan Kopke's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:11 PM

our brain could be controlling images and symbols to produce "imagination" rather than something more arbitrary... we make vague contructs of images described to us that may not exsist outside of our imagination.  people with greater imaginations can form more symbols and images, or combine them more easily? 

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Stress Management - American Heart Association

Stress Management - American Heart Association | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Stress affects each of us in different ways. The American Heart Association offers advice on how to deal with stress.
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5 Scientific Insights Into Creating A Meaningful Life - Huffington Post

5 Scientific Insights Into Creating A Meaningful Life - Huffington Post | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Huffington Post 5 Scientific Insights Into Creating A Meaningful Life Huffington Post University of Oregon researchers found that integrative body-mind training -- which is a meditation technique -- can actually result in brain changes that may be...
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How dangerous are GMOs for human health?

How dangerous are GMOs for human health? | Mental Health | Scoop.it
The US is to consider new GMO seeds resistant to a weed killer.

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People with Severe Mental Illness have Higher Risk for Substance ...

People with Severe Mental Illness have Higher Risk for Substance ... | Mental Health | Scoop.it
People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have a higher risk for substance use especially cigarette smoking.
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A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked... (A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience.
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Fitness 2014: Learn to manage stress or it can wreak havoc with your health - OregonLive.com

Fitness 2014: Learn to manage stress or it can wreak havoc with your health - OregonLive.com | Mental Health | Scoop.it
Fitness 2014: Learn to manage stress or it can wreak havoc with your health
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Various relaxation techniques – meditation, biofeedback, prayer, taking a hot tub under the stars and many more – help with stress management.
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