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PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse

PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Study shows post-traumatic stress disorder in individuals with a history of childhood abuse is distinct from PTSD related to other causes.

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PTSD and child abuse - genetic mutations.  Great article!

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Some people develop PTSD as a result of experiences in adulthood. But PTSD is different when it's the result of trauma that occurred during important periods for brain development during childhood.  That said, other studies indicate that soldiers are more likely to succumb to PTSD (due to  lower stores of resilience) if they have also suffered childhood abuse. 

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The Psych Approach

The Psych Approach | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
There are strong links between our childhood experiences and adult lives. The emotional basis of success should have a bigger role in education.
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Psychiatrist: I hate suicide but also understand it

Psychiatrist: I hate suicide but also understand it | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Even psychiatrists have a very difficult time predicting when someone is at heightened risk for suicide. Suicide is often an impulsive act.
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WATCH: Fifties Housewife Describes LSD's Groovy Effects

WATCH: Fifties Housewife Describes LSD's Groovy Effects | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Talk about flashbacks. New research suggests that LSD -- a mind-altering drug known to cause recurrent hallucinations -- may find new popularity not as a recreational drug but as a treatment for alcoholism.
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Is PTSD Contagious?

Is PTSD Contagious? | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
It's rampant among returning vets—and now their spouses and kids are starting to show the same symptoms.
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I am Royce White: Living and working with anxiety disorder

I am Royce White: Living and working with anxiety disorder | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Royce White does what millions of Americans do every day: Tries to make it through his workday without a panic attack. The only difference is that he plays pro basketball.
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How An Unlikely Drug Helps Some Children Consumed By Fear : NPR

How An Unlikely Drug Helps Some Children Consumed By Fear : NPR | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
When abiding fear takes over some kids' lives, they respond with anger and aggression that's not premeditated.
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Julia Steiny: There Is No Health Without Mental Health

Julia Steiny: There Is No Health Without Mental Health | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
May is national Mental Health month. Full disclosure: For years I've served on the board of the RI Mental Health Association (RIMHA). Why?

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Importance of mental health awareness

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Pharmacogenomics explains why some medicines may not work for you - The Conversation

Pharmacogenomics explains why some medicines may not work for you The Conversation The idea that the genetic makeup we inherit from our parents can affect how we respond to a foreign chemical goes back to Pythagoras, who described people becoming...

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Medicines and genetic influences on their effectivity.

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PTSD – The Killer Among Us

PTSD – The Killer Among Us | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
William May | Featured, Mental Health, Posts (RT @crisisbook: PTSD – The Killer Among Us http://t.co/SQsfEXbT5G)

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Great article on the effects of PTSD on law enforcement which is something hardly talked about.

 

Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms are generally grouped into three types: intrusive memories, avoidance, and increased anxiety. Symptoms of intrusive memories may include flashbacks during waking moments or upsetting dreams of the traumatic event while asleep. Avoidance symptoms, sometimes referred to as emotional numbing, include: trying to avoid thinking of the event, feeling emotionally numb, avoiding activities that once brought enjoyment, feeling hopeless about the future, trouble concentrating, memory problems and difficulty maintaining close relationships.

Symptoms of anxiety, sometimes referred to as emotional arousal, may include: anger, irritability, shame, guilt, trouble sleeping, being easily frightened, and self-destructive behavior, such as excessive use of alcohol or drugs. Regardless of individual symptom type, the disorder can disrupt a person’s mental wellbeing, leaving them in a state of general unrest with greater risk for eating disorders, substance abuse, and depression.

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Twitter / MEHEP4U: May 2013 is Mental Health ...

Twitter / MEHEP4U: May 2013 is Mental Health ... | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
RT @MEHEP4U: May 2013 is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is also about Stigma.
Fight Against Mental Health Stigma Now ! http://t.co/whevG8tnNH
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May is Mental Health Awareness month.  Pass it on!

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Colorado Weighs Reopening Psychiatric Hospital For Homeless : NPR

Colorado Weighs Reopening Psychiatric Hospital For Homeless : NPR | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Colorado's Democratic governor wants to move mentally ill homeless people to Fort Lyon, a former psychiatric hospital and prison in the southeast corner of the state.
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Colorado's quandry on reopening a much needed psychiatric hospital.

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Destigmatizing Therapy Is Possible: Argentina Has Done It

Destigmatizing Therapy Is Possible: Argentina Has Done It | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Destigmatizing therapy and mental health issues must be possible, because in Argentina, they’ve pretty much done it.
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Argentina and the positive approach to mental health issues.

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The 10 Worst Prisons in America: ADX

The 10 Worst Prisons in America: ADX | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
A federal isolation facility that's "pretty close" to hell.
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U.S. prisons and mental health.

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Study Bolsters Link Between Routine Hits to Head and Long-Term Brain Disease

Study Bolsters Link Between Routine Hits to Head and Long-Term Brain Disease | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Researchers found evidence of long-term degeneration in the brains of athletes, including John Mackey and Derek Boogaard, military veterans and others.
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Majority Of Doctors Would Prescribe Medical Marijuana To Their Patients

Majority Of Doctors Would Prescribe Medical Marijuana To Their Patients | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Medical marijuana may be a controversial issue among politicians, but doctors overwhelmingly agree that it can be beneficial for patients, according to a new survey in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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How An Unlikely Drug Helps Some Children Consumed By Fear : NPR

How An Unlikely Drug Helps Some Children Consumed By Fear : NPR | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
When abiding fear takes over some kids' lives, they respond with anger and aggression that's not premeditated.
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How Drug War Posturing Is Blocking Access To A Potential Treatment For Veterans

How Drug War Posturing Is Blocking Access To A Potential Treatment For Veterans | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder have long reported anecdotally that marijuana provides unique relief for their symptoms, but past attempts to perform scientific studies have foundered because access to a legal...
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Antidepressants Could Be the Future For Teens With a Certain Biomarker

Antidepressants Could Be the Future For Teens With a Certain Biomarker | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
A new study has discovered a cognitive biomarker in teens that could identify those who are at high risk for future depression and anxiety. …
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Child Abuse, Later PTSD Show Distinctive Genetic Signature - PsychCentral.com

Child Abuse, Later PTSD Show Distinctive Genetic Signature - PsychCentral.com | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Medical Daily Child Abuse, Later PTSD Show Distinctive Genetic Signature PsychCentral.com In the study, researchers examined adult civilians with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and found that individuals with a history of childhood abuse...
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PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse

PTSD Research: Distinct Gene Activity Patterns from Childhood Abuse | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Study shows post-traumatic stress disorder in individuals with a history of childhood abuse is distinct from PTSD related to other causes.

Via Gina Stepp
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PTSD and child abuse - genetic mutations.  Great article!

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Some people develop PTSD as a result of experiences in adulthood. But PTSD is different when it's the result of trauma that occurred during important periods for brain development during childhood.  That said, other studies indicate that soldiers are more likely to succumb to PTSD (due to  lower stores of resilience) if they have also suffered childhood abuse. 

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China’s first-ever mental health law doesn’t solve the problem of getting “mentally ill-ed”

China’s first-ever mental health law doesn’t solve the problem of getting “mentally ill-ed” | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
In China, mental illness isn't just a condition.
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China slowly moving out of the dark ages regarding mental illnesses

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Clara Hughes to bike across Canada in mental-health campaign

Clara Hughes to bike across Canada in mental-health campaign | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
Six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes will be embarking on a 12,000 km bike ride across Canada next year as part of a campaign to raise awareness about mental health issues. (Clara Hughes to bike across Canada for mental health!
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It's good the world has people like Clara Hughes

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DVBIC Releases Clinical Guidance for Vision Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury

DVBIC Releases Clinical Guidance for Vision Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
RT @PTSDEducation: Clinical guidance for vision problems after #TBI -- http://t.co/ToCuKEe7gE -- #vets #military #PTSD #neurology #mentalhealth #trauma
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Possibly some positive news for treatment of people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

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How to Be a Good Neocon When It Comes to Syria

How to Be a Good Neocon When It Comes to Syria | Mental Health in the U.S.A. | Scoop.it
With Obama moving cautiously, some hawks are angling for a US invasion.
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Mother Jones' take on neocons and Syria.  It really appears these guys want another costly war with American boots on the ground.

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