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Researchers Find Brain Differences Between Asperger's And Autism

Researchers Find Brain Differences Between Asperger's And Autism | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 08/05/2013 08:21 AM EDT on LiveScience Children with Asperger's syndrome show patterns of brain connectivity distinct from those of children with autism, according to a new study.
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Interesting, bearing in mind the controversy over the new DSM V definitions...

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Barbara Bonneau 's curator insight, August 6, 2013 10:54 AM

Well what do you know? Language apparently does have something to do with the differences. Isn't this what Lacanian psycho-analysts have been saying all along, even after Kanner and Asperger made their distinguishes based on similar findings ? Add this to the fact that there seems to be no real effort to distinguish Asperger's from Freud's Obsessional Neurosis, or many other historical forms of "diagnosis". Has Asperger's become just another DSM descriptive list of "troubles" that could add up in many different ways? 

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Dr Phil Hammond: 'Depression led my father to kill himself' - BBC News

Dr Phil Hammond: 'Depression led my father to kill himself' - BBC News | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Depression is a horrible illness because it lies to you - like a nasty bully, it sits on your shoulder and tells you how worthless you are and how the world would be better without you.
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Psychiatrist Adam Osborne faces being struck off over relationship - BBC News

Psychiatrist Adam Osborne faces being struck off over relationship - BBC News | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A psychiatrist faces being struck off from the medical profession after he had a two-year affair with a "vulnerable" patient.
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When your psychiatrist tells you "If I get into trouble for this then I will never forgive you for this and I will make sure you pay." then you need to tell people quickly 

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Exhibition created by artists with mental health issues brings light to east London

Exhibition created by artists with mental health issues brings light to east London | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A vibrant new art exhibition is aiming to shed some light in Stratford and on the issue of mental health.
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Nice venture

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Mental health early deaths 'worrying in one in four areas' - BBC News

Mental health early deaths 'worrying in one in four areas' - BBC News | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Nearly one in four areas of England has unacceptably high rates of early deaths among people with mental health problems, a report suggests.
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"Overall, the premature death rate among those with mental health problems was 2.4 times higher than that of the general population."

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How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The deluge of nutritional and health advice on the internet and in the media could be fuelling a dangerous but as yet unrecognised eating disorder called orthorexia.
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I wonder sometimes whether, behind these obsessions, there lies a fear of mortality. The 'Healthy Living' drive seems to have an underlying theme of avoiding (inevitable) death. Whilst making good choices seems admirable we need to ask ourselves what 'good' means. I don't want my tombstone to read "So glad I never had any cream cakes in my life" of "Happy to die after a life of abstinence". Strike a balance, I say. Strap on for a wild ride some days and settle down with a salad and a good book on others.

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
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Brooding, which is known among cognitive scientists as morbid rumination, is a mental state familiar to most of us, in which we can’t seem to stop chewing over the ways in which things are wrong with ourselves and our lives. This broken-record fretting is not healthy or helpful. It can be a precursor to depression and is disproportionately common among city dwellers compared with people living outside urban areas, studies show.

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Carolyn Barber's curator insight, July 31, 2015 3:53 AM

Brooding, which is known among cognitive scientists as morbid rumination, is a mental state familiar to most of us, in which we can’t seem to stop chewing over the ways in which things are wrong with ourselves and our lives. This broken-record fretting is not healthy or helpful. It can be a precursor to depression and is disproportionately common among city dwellers compared with people living outside urban areas, studies show.

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The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested

The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

The research behind the hype.

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"the fact that meditation [including mindfulness-based versions] was primarily designed not to make us happier, but to destroy our sense of individual self – who we feel and think we are most of the time – is often overlooked in the science and media stories about it, which focus almost exclusively on the benefits practitioners can expect."

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A&E is no place for suicidal patients – so why do so many end up there?

A&E is no place for suicidal patients – so why do so many end up there? | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
People come to emergency departments like mine because they don’t know where else to go but the demand is overwhelming and we are not set up to cope
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‘Sometimes the irony of the situation cannot be missed: in one cubicle is a patient so sick they are fighting for their life and in the next is another wanting to give up theirs"

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Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise'

Depression: 'Mindfulness-based therapy shows promise' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.
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This is an interesting study but... if it is 'just as helpful' as anti-depressants it also begs the question of where the value lies in this medication approach. I am not remotely anti-meds but we need a better understanding of their role in the treatment and prophylaxis of depression.

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LifeHappens - Fred Rust's curator insight, April 22, 2015 3:30 AM

Now there is clear evidence that mindfulness-based therapy has a comparable result as anti-depression medicines. However, with mindfulness people avoid the negative add-on effects of the chemical pills. Besides using the self recovering natural power of the body, this is likely to be a bigger advantage. 

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Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves?

Fatal silence: Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves? | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Men are much more at risk of suicide than women in the UK. Simon Jack, whose father killed himself, has tried to find out why.
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"We think that most people who die by suicide have a mental illness but less than 5% of people with a mental illness take their own lives."

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Edwin Mee: Serving British soldier 'raped and molested young female recruits' on three military bases

Edwin Mee: Serving British soldier 'raped and molested young female recruits' on three military bases | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Edwin Mee, 45, is accused of targeting 11 victims, aged between 15 and 25, on bases in Cheam, Surrey and Croydon, south London
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Imagine how the victims are further traumatised when they see him responding like this.....

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Drowned author Stephen Foster failed by NHS trusts

Drowned author Stephen Foster failed by NHS trusts | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A critically acclaimed author who drowned three days after he was discharged from hospital and told to seek counselling was "let down" by the NHS, a report finds.
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Tragic. But many other suicidal people have similar experiences. 

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I didn't care if I died - Thomas

I didn't care if I died - Thomas | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Ex-Wales captain Gareth Thomas was close to suicide after his wife left him following his decision to reveal he was gay.
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"It is difficult for people to realise what is on the mind of someone who wants to die. For me, I had so much pride, but so much hatred for what I was."

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Catholic bishops not obliged to report clerical child abuse, Vatican says

Catholic bishops not obliged to report clerical child abuse, Vatican says | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Vatican guide says ‘not necessarily’ bishop’s duty to report suspects to police despite Pope Francis’s vows to redress Catholic church’s legacy of child abuse
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When I was on @BBCbigquestions at the weekend, this is one of the jaw-dropping things we discovered.

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Documenting madness: Female patients of the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum

Documenting madness: Female patients of the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
 
Among the early pioneers of photography in the 1800s was a middle-aged English doctor called Hugh Welch Diamond, who believed photography could be used in the diagnosis and treatment of the mentally ill. Diamond first established his medical career with a private practice in Soho, London, before specializing in psychiatry and becoming Resident Superintendent of the Female Department at the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum in 1848—a position he held until 1858. Diamond was an early adopter of photography, taking his first portraits just three months after Henry Fox Talbot licensed his “salt print” process for producing “photogenic drawings.” As a...
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These are fascinating photos

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Antidepressant Paxil Is Unsafe for Teenagers, New Analysis Says - NYTimes.com

Antidepressant Paxil Is Unsafe for Teenagers, New Analysis Says - NYTimes.com | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Fourteen years ago, a leading drug maker published a study showing that the antidepressant Paxil was safe and effective for teenagers. On Wednesday, a major medical journal posted a new analysis of the same data concluding that the opposite is true.

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Kevin Friery's curator insight, September 18, 2015 8:14 AM

Fourteen years ago, a leading drug maker published a study showing that the antidepressant Paxil was safe and effective for teenagers. On Wednesday, a major medical journal posted a new analysis of the same data concluding that the opposite is true.

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Home Office to issue mental health disclosure advice - BBC News

Home Office to issue mental health disclosure advice - BBC News | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
New guidelines will list factors that must be considered before people's mental health crises are disclosed in background checks.
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A step in the right direction

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New Doubts About Role of Serotonin in Depression

New Doubts About Role of Serotonin in Depression | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

The common belief that depression is linked to low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin is again being questioned by top psychiatrists. 

 

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Interesting

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The 'ugly truth' about Body Dysmorphic Disorder - BBC News

The 'ugly truth' about Body Dysmorphic Disorder - BBC News | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Body dysmorphic disorder is a significant but poorly recognised mental health problem for which cosmetic surgery is not the cure
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I have met so many people over the years who are affected by this.

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'Building a friendship with the man who saved my life' - BBC News

'Building a friendship with the man who saved my life' - BBC News | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Jonny Benjamin went to Waterloo Bridge with the intention of taking his own life, but a chance meeting with a stranger encouraged him not to.
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"I think the link between sexuality and mental illness is an important issue and one we have to really tackle."

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Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health | Letter

Austerity and a malign benefits regime are profoundly damaging mental health | Letter | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

442 psychotherapists, counsellors and academics condemn government plans and call on Labour and other parties to denounce anti-therapeutic practices

 

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That is an impressive list of signatories, to which I would gladly add my name 

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Mental health and the death of the "headclutcher" picture

Mental health and the death of the "headclutcher" picture | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A campaign backed by Stephen Fry has been launched to try and change media portrayals of mental health. But what is wrong with the ones currently used?
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An interesting read and a good initiative.

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Southern Health NHS Trust secure hospital 'unfit', says CQC

Southern Health NHS Trust secure hospital 'unfit', says CQC | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A secure hospital building is "unfit for use" and poses a danger to suicidal patients, according to a Care Quality Commission report.
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"In common with some other mental health and community health trusts, Southern Health is struggling to recruit good staff." Blame it on the staff, never on the management.

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'Skype plan' for mental health care

'Skype plan' for mental health care | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Jaw dropping. Remember this when the general election comes around - the Tories have done everything they can to sell off the NHS  

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