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Study links synaesthesia to autism

Study links synaesthesia to autism | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Research suggests synaesthesia is nearly three times as common in adults with autism spectrum disorder than in the general population.

The two conditions may share common features such as unusual wiring of the brain, say UK scientists.

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Memories 'flipped' from bad to good

Memories 'flipped' from bad to good | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Fascinating start of a neuroscience journey..

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Norwalk 'spiritual healer' convicted of sexually assaulting client

Norwalk 'spiritual healer' convicted of sexually assaulting client | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A Victorville man who identified himself as a "spiritual healer" was convicted of sexual assault Tuesday.
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Felix had advertised in Spanish newspapers that he was a "spiritual healer" who could solve women's love issues, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. 

 
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Nigeria atheist 'ruled mentally ill'

Nigeria atheist 'ruled mentally ill' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Atheism as a mental illmess? And how exaclty do the doctors square this with their medical ethics?  Barbarians.

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Gloucestershire child neglect couple not sentenced after overdosing

Gloucestershire child neglect couple not sentenced after overdosing | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A couple who admitted neglecting their nine children have their sentencing delayed after taking an overdose.
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A tragedy at every level. 

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Autism linked to 'male hormones'

Autism linked to 'male hormones' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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"A fascinating first step."  It seems like science is building a grand staircase towards a better understanding of Autism - there have been a lot of 'first step' papers in the last couple of years so it will be interesting to see where they take us..

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Government to dock £40 from everyone who loses their job

Government to dock £40 from everyone who loses their job | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

From this Autumn anyone who loses their job will receive £40 less as a result of government plans.

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"The government plans to make all new claimants for Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) wait seven days before they are eligible for help (at the moment they have to wait three days). The committee’s consultation reveals that, according to the government’s own assessment, JSA claimants will lose £40 on average, while disabled people claiming ESA will lose £50."   This will certainly impact badly on people when they are at their lowest - a cruel move.

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One month's domestic violence death toll

One month's domestic violence death toll | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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"On average about seven women and two men are killed by their current or former partner every month in England and Wales.

Campaigners have called this death rate a "scandal" and say victims' appeals for help are too often met with apathy, disbelief and even hostility by police."

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'Depression is my coffee stain'

'Depression is my coffee stain' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Depression tore Martin Ling away from football management, and he admits it would take a "brave person" to re-employ him
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"I see depression as a coffee stain I need to get past. And it may take a brave person to re-employ me,"

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Swindon mayor apologises for 'mongols' comment on disabled having sex

Swindon mayor apologises for 'mongols' comment on disabled having sex | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A Tory town mayor has been ordered to apologise after he called disabled people "mongols" during a council meeting about abuse they might face. Two colleagues claimed Nick Martin, 62,...
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even though he is a Tory, surely he has stretched even their deficient moral code? 

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Homeopathy is bunk, study says

Homeopathy is bunk, study says | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Medical experts tested research and treatments for 68 conditions and found they had no impact
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Well, there's a complete surprise.  Who knew? “there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective”.  I posted this under Mental Wellbeing because some people use homeopathy to help their anxieties and depressions, their fears and phobias, but the reality is that it has no curative effect beyond placebo.

 

“In a lot of cases it can be considered dangerous and can risk people’s lives"


Let's get it off the shelves now.

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Autism 'begins long before birth'

Autism 'begins long before birth' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Neuroscience brings us exciting new insights into autism - "Disorganised architecture of the brain".

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Should we pay a monthly membership fee to the NHS?

Should we pay a monthly membership fee to the NHS? | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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This is an absolute nonsense.  The whole concept of the NHS is that it is built on equal access for all, everyone treated as having equal value and the whole funded by the taxpayer so that those earning more pay more and those earning less pay less.  For many people, access to NHS services is crucial in supporting their mental health and wellbeing and helping them live with their mental health problems.  The idea that this would be available through a subscription service completely misses the point.  It completely fails to understand that, if there is a disconnect between government and taxpayer, this will not be overcome by financial subscriptions but by improved engagement and a return to democracy.  It is the kakocracy we currently endure that is dragging this country to its knees.

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St John's wort blights contraceptive

St John's wort blights contraceptive | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Although the article says St John's Wort is taken by some as a herbal medicine for anxiety, it is actually far more frequently used as a self-medication for depression.  The idea that it might interfere with contraception in people who are already feeling depressed is worrying - and this is by no means the first evidence that St John's Wort is not a safe compound. Again - the idea that something is 'Natural' so it must be 'good' needs challenging; there are any number of natural substances that are lethal, and most of the ones that are curative are called "Medicine".  If in doubt, ask your doctor or a pharmacist.

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Mental health work scheme piloted

Mental health work scheme piloted | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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"The Department for Work and Pensions said treatment would not be mandatory in the pilot scheme but that remained an "idea" for the future."  Mandatory counselling and/or psychotherapy.  Unethical, impossible and I hope no therapist would touch it with a bargepole.

 
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Yo! Sushi boss who beat depression

Yo! Sushi boss who beat depression | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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"I look back on myself full of admiration. I'm not sure how I did it, but I did, I climbed back out."

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How Twitter voted #survivorprivilege off the island

How Twitter voted #survivorprivilege off the island | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
George Will, the tribe has spoken.
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Calling out #survivorprivilege 

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250 cyclists on cross-country trek for suicide awareness

250 cyclists on cross-country trek for suicide awareness | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
250 cyclists are taking on a 200km journey across the country today in aid of suicide awareness - among them is Celebrity chef Derry Clarke.
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"We all experience crisis in our lives - it's part of our shared humanity.

The important thing is not go get stuck there - to seek help"

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The man who coined "shell shock"

The man who coined "shell shock" | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it

birth of PTSD

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The beginning of a more compassionate view of Trauma..

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Vulnerable man 'left without bathing facilities'

Vulnerable man 'left without bathing facilities' | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A vulnerable Plymouth man was without bathing facilities for six months because care providers failed to monitor him, say two ombudsmen.
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Dire. But a failure of joined-up services is far too common in England. 

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Sum 41's Deryck Whibley: Hard drinking nearly killed me

Sum 41's Deryck Whibley: Hard drinking nearly killed me | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Deryck Whibley posts pictures online of himself in hospital after collapsing from alcohol abuse.
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YOLO has a downside too - physical and mental health problems can escalate as people chase freedom and fun..

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Exeter stalker guilty of scissors attempted murder

Exeter stalker guilty of scissors attempted murder | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
A man who repeatedly stabbed a woman with scissors in Exeter after he stalked her for five years is found guilty of attempted murder.
Kevin Friery's insight:

125 separate complaints to the police about him stalking her. We need far better legislation to enable the police to act. It is a vile behaviour and her mental health clearly suffered enormously. As things stand it seems the victim has to suffer life-changing injury before the police can act. 

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Frances Andrade suicide 'could and should' have been prevented

Frances Andrade suicide 'could and should' have been prevented | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
The suicide of a violinist days after she testified in court against an ex-choirmaster "could and should" have been prevented, a report says.
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The report also said that journalists, broadcasters and editors "should be mindful of the way a person's mental health and their credibility are discussed throughout court proceedings".

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Blame women's unhappiness on feminism? Sure, say conservative gals

Blame women's unhappiness on feminism? Sure, say conservative gals | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Has feminism made women miserable?
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“Evaluating Feminism, Its Failures and Its Future” *bangs head on desk.*  So it seems if you are an unhappy woman it is all the fault of that dreadful feminism.

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Call for drugs review over ADHD

Call for drugs review over ADHD | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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We have pathologised childhood and turned it into a 'condition' that needs 'treatment'.  Ritalin is a useful drug in those very rare cases in which a child suffers from ADHD. Hyperactivity, though, and wandering attention are both symptoms of "Being A Child" and the fact that some parents, doctors and others are seeng this as a disorder that needs a powerful drug is tantamount to child abuse. A 57% rise in 6 years? We need to invest in parenting skills, not drugs.

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Stafford Hospital campaigner Julie Bailey picks up CBE

Stafford Hospital campaigner Julie Bailey picks up CBE | Mental Wellbeing | Scoop.it
NHS campaigner Julie Bailey, who helped expose failings at Stafford Hospital, describes being made a CBE as "recognition" for all health whistleblowers.
Kevin Friery's insight:

Sometimes, doing the right thing can leave you mentally battered. Julie Bailey undoubtedly saved lives through her courageous whistleblowing. In return, the people of Stafford ran her out of town.  Their shameful behaviour only serves to highlight the moral and ethical bankruptcy she exposed. They should now give her the freedom of the town. 

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