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Memory declines faster in years closest to death; mental activity best protection

Memory declines faster in years closest to death; mental activity best protection | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
New research finds that a person’s memory declines at a faster rate in the two- and-a-half years before death than at any other time after memory problems first begin.
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Obesity Linked to Poorer Mental Skills in Seniors

Obesity Linked to Poorer Mental Skills in Seniors | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Obesity is associated with reduced memory and thinking skills in adults aged 60 to 70, especially those with greater amounts of abdominal fat, according to a new study.

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The Therapeutic Environment of Long-term Rehabilitation Units for Patients with Chronic Mental Illness: A Participant Observation Study in Four Hostels in Greece

The Therapeutic Environment of Long-term Rehabilitation Units for Patients with Chronic Mental Illness: A Participant Observation Study in Four Hostels in Greece | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Detailed presentation and study of the factors regarding the organization of the therapeutic environment of four newly-established long-term units for the rehabilitation of patients with chronic mental illness in Greece

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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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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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Creative People and Those with Mental Health Issues Share Common Traits

Creative People and Those with Mental Health Issues Share Common Traits | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

People with extraordinarily high IQs and very creative individuals have often been accused of walking a fine line between genius and mental instability. But do people with extremely creative personalities and people with legitimate mental health issues have similar traits? According to a new study led by Andreas Fink of the University of Graz, they do.

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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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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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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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Neuroscientists demonstrate crucial advances in ‘brain reading’

Neuroscientists demonstrate crucial advances in ‘brain reading’ | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
At UCLA's Laboratory of Integrative Neuroimaging Technology, researchers use functional MRI brain scans to observe brain signal changes that take place during mental activity.
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Keep Walking to Stay Mentally Sharp

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Aerobic conditioning may improve our mental acuity in several ways

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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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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 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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