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Drinking Is Good For Your Health: Fact, or Fantasy?

Drinking Is Good For Your Health: Fact, or Fantasy? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Most of us consume at least some alcohol, though how often and how much we drink can vary a great deal. It would be nice to think that we are not placing our health at risk when we drink. Even better, how nice it would be if drinking actually could make us healthier. As it turns out this a popular idea.

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Social ties have mixed impact on encouraging healthy behaviors in low-income areas

Social ties have mixed impact on encouraging healthy behaviors in low-income areas | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
In low-income, minority communities, tight-knit social connections -- with family members, friends, and neighbors -- can lead people to eat healthy and be physically active, but in some cases it may actually be an obstacle to a healthy lifestyle,...
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Use it or lose it: Mind games help healthy older people too

Use it or lose it: Mind games help healthy older people too | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Cognitive training including puzzles, handicrafts and life skills are known to reduce the risk, and help slow down the progress, of dementia amongst the elderly.
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The Human Cost of Diagnosis

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Many mental health professionals are speaking out about their fears and doubts related to the proposed revisions to the DSM. The following is an invited piece by Lois Holzman on the subject. I think you'll find it interesting and eye-opening.

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Suicide Recommendations Lead To Drop In Suicides Across England And Wales

Suicide Recommendations Lead To Drop In Suicides Across England And Wales | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

According to new research published by The Lancet, there has been a substantial decrease in suicide rates among health authorities across England and Wales that adopted a new range of suicide recommendations.

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Addicts' Brains May Be Wired At Birth For Less Self-Control

Addicts' Brains May Be Wired At Birth For Less Self-Control | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A study of cocaine addicts finds that they have abnormalities in areas of the brain involved in self-control. And these abnormalities appear to predate any drug abuse.


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Divorce hurts health more at earlier ages

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Divorce at a younger age hurts people’s health more than divorce later in life, according to a new study by a Michigan State University sociologist.
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Should Grief Be A Mental Illness? | Psychology Today

Should Grief Be A Mental Illness? | Psychology Today | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Where to draw the line between grief and mental illness?

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Kim Warren's curator insight, February 10, 2014 8:28 AM

This is an example of medicalization.  This is grief being turned into depression.  Now, it's natural to feel depressed when a loved one dies, but turning this into full-on depression is a little ridiculous.  Also talked about in the article is the fact that grief has changed a lot in the last little while.  When it's natural to have grief is steadily becoming a longer and longer period of time.  This goes along with the labeling theory.  When people are labeled as grieving for whatever reason, they believe they have to be.  This has become a norm in society.  They don't know exactly how long they are supposed to grieve; they just know that it's supposed to happen.

Melissa Denetdale's comment, February 10, 2014 2:22 PM
This ties in with the topic of how the mentally ill are labeled and are caught in the grey areas of society. This is a huge issue in society today. One of the most sought resolutions for this issue defining each and every mental illness and how to approach this issue. Doctors and medical professionals are unable to correctly diagnose an individual. So, where does that leave them to get "sane" again? I think this will continue to pose a problem that will be controlled by medicalization. Everyone endures a certain amount of distress in thier life. Mental illness is tied in with plenty of stigma that says medical prescriptions are a must and that there is no other way. There is a significant amount of people that experience depression. Just as the article states, it is difficult to identify how an individual is mentally unstable. This is an example of informal labeling. People only rely on new agents of social control, but those agents are utilizing mentally ill subjects as experiments. The borderline of grief and mental illness will remain a blur until those new agents of social control is able to sharply identify the cause of those mental illnesses and how to approach it instead of escalating the situation.
Erin Madden's comment, February 12, 2014 10:18 AM
Good article for discussing medicalization, Kim. What is the culturally acceptable grieving period in the U.S.? The article mentions the 2 week point, but is this fair? Saying that all grief lasting 2+ weeks is a mental illness is definitely an example of medicalization. Doctors are agents of social control telling us what is "normal" and what is "sickness" here, but it also seems like Melissa and Kim are skeptical of the line we're drawing. Should we give people longer periods to grieve? Are we expecting people to "get over it" too soon? Obviously, as the article states, there are cases where people who are grieving become extremely depressed and suicidal, but this is already medicalized. In this article they are talking about further medicalizing grief to not just include these extreme cases, but people who are just grieving longer.
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Does marriage really make people happier? Study finds few well-being advantages to marriage over cohabitation

Does marriage really make people happier? Study finds few well-being advantages to marriage over cohabitation | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Married couples experience few advantages for psychological well-being, health, or social ties compared to unmarried couples who live together, according to a new study.
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Religious beliefs battle hypertension | PsyPost

Religious beliefs battle hypertension | PsyPost | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Does a belief in God confer any health benefits? With the help of a large Norwegian longitudinal health study called HUNT, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) were able to find a clear relationship between time spent in church and lower blood pressure in both women and men.

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WARNING!!! Health Warnings May be Hazardous to Your Health!!! | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

WARNING!!! Health Warnings May be Hazardous to Your Health!!! | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

For all the benefits modern society provides, not least of which are vast improvements in public health and longevity, our advanced post-industrial technological/information age also produces ...

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The Benefits of Puppy Love

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Pet ownership confers a sense of belonging and acceptance. Many studies have hypothesized that owning and caring for a pet has qualitative psychological and physical benefits, but recent studies are quantifying these advantages.
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Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights

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What is the Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights? Find out for yourself the standards that psychiatrists violate every day as they continue to ignore these fundamental rights of their patients. Read it for yourself.
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Making Healthy Decisions When You Have Bipolar Disorder

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According to Van Dijk, in order to make healthy choices, we need to find a balance between our emotions (emotion mind) and our logic (reasoning mind). This balance is called “wise mind,” a concept from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

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Positive Outcomes For Children When School-Based Mental Health Support Available

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A study of more than 18,000 children across England found that embedding mental health support in schools as part of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme led to greater improvements in self-reported behavioural problems among primary pupils.

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Majority of fourth graders are exposed to smoke, study finds

Majority of fourth graders are exposed to smoke, study finds | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
More than 75 percent of fourth-graders in urban and rural settings have measurable levels of a nicotine breakdown product in their saliva that documents their second-hand smoke exposure, researchers report.
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Health Psychology and Heart Disease

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Health psychology and heart disease seem to go hand in hand. Why? Because heart disease, as well as other diseases that we suffer, are influenced by our attitudes and belief systems.

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California adopts Edwards: OK to deny self-representation to mentally ill

California adopts Edwards: OK to deny self-representation to mentally ill | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Mentally ill defendants in California may be barred from representing themselves at trial even when they have been found competent to stand trial, the state Supreme Court has decided.

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Parent’s education can affect the mental health of their offspring

Parent’s education can affect the mental health of their offspring | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Could depression in adulthood be tied to a parent's level of education? A new study led by Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, a medical sociologist from McGill University, suggests this is the case.
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Mind over matter: Patients’ perceptions of illness make a difference

Mind over matter: Patients’ perceptions of illness make a difference | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A new report suggests that what you think about your illness matters just as much, if not more, in determining your health outcomes.
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Community health insurance is helpful to the poor

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Systems whereby people together put money aside to insure themselves against the costs of disease – community health insurance – give the poor in low income countries a better access to health services, and protect them at least partially against...
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The Empathy and the Irony: Plastic Disc to Teach Empathy to Doctors | Brain Blogger

The Empathy and the Irony: Plastic Disc to Teach Empathy to Doctors | Brain Blogger | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Training on empathy is helping doctors/psychiatrists build trust with patients, at a big savings over live training.

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Is Having An Abortion Likely To Damage a Woman's Mental Health? | Psychology Today

Is Having An Abortion Likely To Damage a Woman's Mental Health? | Psychology Today | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

This is one of a series of blog posts about a controversial review in a high-profile journal claiming serious negative health consequences for women if they obtained an abortion. This one evaluates the evidence mustered in the review for the strongly worded conclusion that abortion puts women's mental health at risk.

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Mental Health Facilities Abuse Exposed

On February 6, 2002, Matthew Goodman died due to an alleged abused committed by mental health practitioners. His awful story starts when he was diagnosed with autism when he was still a toddler...

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