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'Magic mushroom' drug may improve personality long-term

'Magic mushroom' drug may improve personality long-term | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Sixty percent of volunteers became more 'open' -- and stayed that way for more than a year.

I know that this is very controversial, but i predict that a few years from now it will rather common ... even mainstream as is the source of this article.

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5 Apps Prescribed By Pediatricians For The Autistic

"Apple apps play a very important role in training and guiding your autistic kid. Certain Apple apps have been prescribed by the pediatricians because of the positive influence they have on the kids. It is important for parents to introduce those apps to their kids and help them improve their lifestyle pattern."

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We don't know if antidepressants work, so stop bashing them

We don't know if antidepressants work, so stop bashing them | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: Recent attacks on antidepressants simplify a complicated picture about their effectiveness, and people with depression suffer for it
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The truthful answer is that we don't really know how effective antidepressants are.

None of this means that antidepressants don't work. It just means that we don't know yet. It's a bit of a clichéd thing to say, but we really do need more research: more robust research that isn't influenced by monetary gains or emotional predispositions towards one outcome or another. Until we get those sorts of studies, inflammatory and ill-informed posts that berate the use of antidepressants, or which casually refer to "SSRI-munching depressives", only serve to stigmatise depression and isolate sufferers.

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Prenatal Exposure to Antidepressants and Risk of Autism | MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

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The huge increase in Autism coincided with the advent of anti-depressants . This deserves further study.

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Gary Greenberg’s “Manufacturing Depression” and Irving Kirsch’s “The Emperor’s New Drugs,” review

Gary Greenberg’s “Manufacturing Depression” and Irving Kirsch’s “The Emperor’s New Drugs,” review | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it

Can psychiatry be a science?

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Where is God in Mental Illness?

Where is God in Mental Illness? | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Both mental health and mental illness are many-faceted and elusive in nature.  No one definition of mental health or illness fits all people or settings.  Healthy behavior in one cultural setting...

 

God seeks abundant life for all people, including people diagnosed with mental illness.

· God does not cause mental illness either to punish or teach, or as a working out of God’s will in the world.

· Health and illness are caused by many factors. Still, God is present in the many factors of life as a non-coercive force for health and wholeness.

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Study: Administration Of Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid Mitigates Psychotic Symptoms In Schizophrenics

Study: Administration Of Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid Mitigates Psychotic Symptoms In Schizophrenics | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it

Investigators concluded, "Our results provide evidence that the non-cannabimimetic constituent of marijuana, cannabidiol, exerts clinically relevant antipsychotic effects that are associated with marked tolerability and safety, when compared with current medications. ... The results ... potentially represent a completely new mechanism in the treatment of schizophrenia."

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Relabeling the Medications We Call Antidepressants

Relabeling the Medications We Call Antidepressants | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Scientifica is a peer-reviewed, open access journal covering a wide range of subjects in the life sciences and environmental sciences.

 

YET ANOTHER ARTICLE REFUTING THE MULTI BILLION MARKETING OF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS.

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Why does feeling low hurt? Depressed mood increases the perception of pain

Why does feeling low hurt? Depressed mood increases the perception of pain | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
When it comes to pain, the two competing schools of thought are that it's either "all in your head" or "all in your body." A new study led by University of Oxford researchers indicates that, instead, pain is an amalgam of the two.
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Common Cat Anesthetic Used To Treat Depressed Patients - Health News - redOrbit

Common Cat Anesthetic Used To Treat Depressed Patients - Health News - redOrbit | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Ketamine, an anesthetic commonly used in veterinary practice for feline surgical procedures, has been found to help bipolar patients suffering from depression.
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A Unique Treatment for Anxiety In Children?

A Unique Treatment for Anxiety In Children? | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Article about Turnaround: Turning Fear Into Freedom, a therapy program to treat anxiety in children.
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How 3 Days in The Psych Ward Saved My Life | Drugs | AlterNet

How 3 Days in The Psych Ward Saved My Life | Drugs | AlterNet | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
A suicide attempt in sobriety landed me in a psych ward, surrounded by people who talked about porn, corn and hearing voices. They just may have saved my life.
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Too Much Pop Psychology, Not Enough Science in Serious Mental Illness

Why is there such a strong anti-medical model attitude towards serious mental illness when the evidence keeps growing that these are diseases of the brain?
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Depression is more than simple unhappiness

Depression is more than simple unhappiness | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Margaret McCartney: Antidepressants may be overprescribed, but as a GP I know the solution is not to minimise the experience of this condition
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Autism Spectrum Disorders and SSRIs | MGH Center for Women's Mental Health

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At this time, we need further research to definitively determine whether maternal anxiety or depression or medication use may increase the risk of autism spectrum disorders, and whether other unknown factors associated with maternal mental health conditions or medicine use modulate this risk.

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What Is A Mental Illness?

What Is A Mental Illness? | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Definition of mental illness plus the five major categories of mental illness and misconceptions about mental illness.
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» Medicating Mental Illness for Life — psychcentral.com — Readability

» Medicating Mental Illness for Life — psychcentral.com — Readability | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it

A first person account of living with mental illness.

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The Elephant In The Bipolar Room | Mad In America

The Elephant In The Bipolar Room | Mad In America | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it

Stigma, medication, treatment options, recovery, patient rights, and physiological basis are some of the most discussed topics regarding bipolar. There are, of course, many other interesting aspects to debate, but it is hard to find any discussions about bipolar that do not include one or more of these central topics. While it has been very healthy to debate all of them, there is an underlying assumption that must be addressed too ......continued ..........

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How Dr. Drew Sold His Cred to Big Pharma

How Dr. Drew Sold His Cred to Big Pharma | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
The CNN Headline News health journalist comes under scrutiny after admitting he helped a major drug company promote antidepressants to consumers.
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Chemical Imbalances and Other Black Unicorns | Mad In America

Chemical Imbalances and Other Black Unicorns | Mad In America | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it

“What do you think caused your problems?,” I asked.

“I have a chemical imbalance, a chemical imbalance, an imbalance in the brain that makes me ill.”     

 

we have cultivated a dangerous mythology in the promotion of the notion that mental illnesses are due to chemical imbalances.

 

The term ‘chemical imbalance’ is not a medical or scientific term. Indeed a quick scientific literature search will show that the term is conspicuous by its absence. Despite this, patients and their families are often told by their physicians that their problems are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Most pharmaceutical advertising for psychiatric drugs also tells consumers that mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances.

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How Art Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

How Art Can Be Good For Your Mental Health | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Here's an obvious observation: Doing art -- whether music, painting, writing, dance, whatever -- can contribute immeasurably to psychological well-being.
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Hey, Let's Not Get Carried Away: Anti-Depressants Really Do Help People

Hey, Let's Not Get Carried Away: Anti-Depressants Really Do Help People | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
Bashing mental health drugs has become a popular trend of late. But just because some people are taking SSRIs that don't need them doesn't mean all such drugs are bad.
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BBC NEWS | Health | 'The myth of the chemical cure'

BBC NEWS | Health | 'The myth of the chemical cure' | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
People with mental health problems - and their doctors - use pills in the belief they alter a chemical imbalance in the brain. But Dr Joanna Moncrieff says they simply alter someone's mental state - like alcohol and cannabis.
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The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? by Marcia Angell | The New York Review of Books

The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? by Marcia Angell | The New York Review of Books | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it

It seems that Americans are in the midst of a raging epidemic of mental illness, at least as judged by the increase in the numbers treated for it.

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Now Antidepressant-Induced Chronic Depression Has a Name: Tardive Dysphoria | Psychology Today

Now Antidepressant-Induced Chronic Depression Has a Name: Tardive Dysphoria | Psychology Today | The Wonder of Mental Health Medications | Scoop.it
New research on why antidepressants may worsen long-term outcomes By Robert Whitaker...
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