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7 Questions People Who See A Shrink Are Tired Of Hearing

7 Questions People Who See A Shrink Are Tired Of Hearing | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it

My best friend and I are constantly playing phone tag. But there's one person who promises to have my undivided attention once a week, no matter what: Dr. R, my therapist. For the past 2.5 years, we have spent 55 minutes every Tuesday evening together, and for that, I'm grateful. My adventures in therapy began during my sophomore year in college, when I walked into my campus's mental health center after a close friend suffered a mental breakdown. We were so alike that I knew that if I didn't do something, my fate would be similar. Now, five years later, I consider that decision the best choice I've ever made. Just as many of us indulge in weekly nail salon trips to keep up our appearance, therapy sessions are essential to my emotional upkeep. But once I started being open with family, friends, and even acquaintances about going to therapy, I started to realize there are more than a few misconceptions out there about it. Here are some of the dumbest things I've heard people say to me about therapy and the actual truths about what really happens behind the white noise machine.


Via Dr. Amy Fuller
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Way too few people take advantage of psychotherapy, often because of various misconceptions and worries that they will appear "weak".

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2,500 cancer diagnosis could be avoided each week if Britons made lifestyle changes, study shows

2,500 cancer diagnosis could be avoided each week if Britons made lifestyle changes, study shows | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
More than 2,500 people a week would avoid being diagnosed with cancer if they made lifestyle changes, such as exercising and lowering their weight,  research suggests.
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Nearly 40 per cent of all cancers diagnosed in the UK every year could be avoided,
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Low sperm count not just a problem for fertility: New research links sperm count to other health problems

Low sperm count not just a problem for fertility: New research links sperm count to other health problems | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
"Our study clearly shows that low sperm count by itself is associated with metabolic alterations, cardiovascular risk and low bone mass," said the study's lead investigator, Alberto Ferlin, M.D., Ph.D.
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A man's semen count is a marker of his general health, according to the largest study to date evaluating semen quality, reproductive function and metabolic risk in men referred for fertility evaluation.
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Living with a mind-controlled robot arm

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The first person to live with a mind-controlled robotic arm is a man who lost his original arm to cancer.

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Johns Hopkins Study Probes Psilocybin, Meditation, and Personality Traits

Johns Hopkins Study Probes Psilocybin, Meditation, and Personality Traits | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Study shows enduring positive personal trait changes in healthy volunteers
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Psilocybin-occasioned experience, in conjunction with meditation and other daily spiritual practices, can yield significant and enduring increases in personal traits such as altruism, gratitude, forgiveness, and interpersonal closeness, as well as decreases in fear of death, according to a recent Johns Hopkins research study.

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Legalize Psychedelic Medicine

In the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)' completed Phase 2 trials with 107 participants, 61% no longer qualified for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after three sessions of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy two months following treatment. At the 12-month follow-up, 68% no longer had PTSD. All participants had chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. MAPS is a non-profit research and educational organization working to develop contexts for careful, beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation to MDMA for the treatment of PTSD. MAPS and the FDA have also reached agreement under the Special Protocol Assessment Process (SPA) for the design of two upcoming Phase 3 trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for patients with severe PTSD.

Visit http://maps.org to learn more.

 

Please watch these videos of interviews with study participants:

 

https://youtu.be/XFY3I4i7wno

 

https://youtu.be/SxHsesRb3o8

 

https://youtu.be/SxHsesRb3o8

 

https://youtu.be/CxMh80CZU28

 

https://youtu.be/wGnLK9m4Cz4

 

https://youtu.be/dHkXbB_5agg

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Can we please kick in the new year by legalizing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy? Psychiatrists out there, we need you on board with this!

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Could LSD Be the Right Prescription for the Terminally Ill?

Could LSD Be the Right Prescription for the Terminally Ill? | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Who on this earth is in greatest need of happiness, or at least the alleviation of the severest form of dysphoria or distress? Terminal cancer patients, that’s who.
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Opiates are the drugs of choice in battling pain in the terminally ill, but opiates render such patients dull and unresponsive. Hallucinogens could well offer a better path.

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'Huge deal' therapy cuts migraine attacks

'Huge deal' therapy cuts migraine attacks | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it

About 50% of people on one study halved the number of migraines they had each month, which researchers at King's College Hospital called a "huge deal". The treatment is the first specifically designed for preventing migraine and uses antibodies to alter the activity of chemicals in the brain.

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A new approach to preventing migraines can cut the number and severity of attacks, two clinical trials show. A new approach to preventing migraines can cut the number and severity of attacks, two clinical trials show. 

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Hormonal Contraception May Increase Risk of Suicide, Study Suggests

Hormonal Contraception May Increase Risk of Suicide, Study Suggests | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Women who use hormonal birth control may be more likely to attempt or die by suicide than those who never use the medication, according to a study of women aged 15 to 33 in Denmark. The findings were published in AJP in Advance.
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Study on nearly half a million Danish women shows use of hormonal birth control increases risk of suicide and suicide attempt. Adolescent women experiences highest relative risk.

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Football training is medicine for women with hypertension (Football Fitness)

Regular small-sided football training for women is an intense and versatile type of training that combines elements of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), endurance training and strength training, thereby providing optimal stimuli for cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal fitness. This review demonstrates that recreational football is an effective tool for prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases in young and middle-aged women, including hypertension, type 2 diabetes and osteopenia.

 

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New review demonstrates that recreational football is an effective tool for prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases in young and middle-aged women.

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'Breakthrough' breast cancer drugs get NHS approval

'Breakthrough' breast cancer drugs get NHS approval | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved palbociclib and ribociclib after negotiating prices for the treatments. Research shows the drugs slow down advanced cancer for at least 10 months and can delay the need for chemotherapy.

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Two new "breakthrough" drugs to treat breast cancer have been given the green light for use on the NHS.

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New AI Could Help Us Avert Tragedy by Identifying People With Suicidal Thoughts

New AI Could Help Us Avert Tragedy by Identifying People With Suicidal Thoughts | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Almost 800,000 people die by suicide every year, and unless they forewarn friends, family, or their therapist, those deaths are very difficult to predict – but researchers say biological signs do exist, buried in the hidden patterns of brain activity.
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Scientists claim brain imaging could be a vital tool in suicide prevention, thanks to new research that suggests machine learning can identify those at risk of taking their own lives.

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PTSD linked to changes in gut bacteria

PTSD linked to changes in gut bacteria | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
An exploratory study of 30 people found differences in the gut bacteria of those with PTSD compared with those who had recently experienced trauma.
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An exploratory study has identified a link between gut bacteria and post-traumatic stress disorder that could bring us closer to fathoming the mechanisms of the complex condition.

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Self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16 rose by 68% in three years, UK study finds

Self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16 rose by 68% in three years, UK study finds | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it

Self-harm reported to GPs among teenage girls under the age of 17 in the UK increased by 68% over just three years, research has revealed. The study also found that self-harm among young people aged 10-19 was three times more common among girls than boys, with those who self-harmed at much greater risk of suicide than those who did not. “One of the big messages here is that self-harm is complex – it is about schools, it is about families, it is about health professionals [and] teachers all working together trying to tackle the problem,” said Nav Kapur, professor of psychiatry and population health at the University of Manchester, and a co-author of the study.

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Data from GP practices between 2001 and 2014 shows rates of self-harm soared upwards for girls in recent years.

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Doctors have restored the sight of two people in a monumental world first

Doctors have restored the sight of two people in a monumental world first | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
This could end one of the most common forms of blindness.
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British physicians have successfully used stem cells to repair the degenerating tissue at the back of two patients' eyes in a world first, effectively reversing their diminishing eyesight.
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ICD-11: A triumph of the “integration” of quackery with real medicine

ICD-11: A triumph of the “integration” of quackery with real medicine | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Traditional Chinese medicine diagnoses are being incorporated into the ICD-11. Truly, the “integration” or “unification” of traditional Chinese medicine with science-based medicine is nearly complete. Let’s take a look. Soon (or maybe not so soon if the US takes as long to implement ICD-11 as it did to implement ICD-11), I will be able to code for liver yin deficiency pattern (ICD-11 code SF50) or liver qi stagnation pattern (ICD-11 code SF57).
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ICD-10 is an a standardized system of alphanumeric codes for diagnoses maintained by the World Health Organization used throughout the world for billing, epidemiology, research, and cataloging causes of death. Its successor, ICD-11, is nearing completion, and unfortunately appears to be taking the “integration” of traditional medicine to a whole new level by integrating quack diagnoses with real diagnoses.
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After searching 12 years for bipolar disorder's cause, U-M team concludes it has many

After searching 12 years for bipolar disorder's cause, U-M team concludes it has many | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it

The team, from U-M's Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program, collected and analyzed tens of thousands of data points over years about the genetics, emotions, life experiences, medical histories, motivations, diets, temperaments, sleep patterns and thought patterns of research volunteers. More than 730 had bipolar disorder, and 277 didn't. Three-quarters of them are currently active research participants in the Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder. Using those findings, the team has developed a framework that could be useful to researchers studying the condition, clinical teams treating it, and patients experiencing it. The team hopes it will give them all a common structure to use during studies, treatment decisions and more. "There are many routes to this disease, and many routes through it," says Melvin McInnis, M.D., lead author of the new paper and head of the program based at the U-M Depression Center. "We have found that there are many biological mechanisms which drive the disease, and many interactive external influences on it. All of these elements combine to affect the disease as patients experience it."

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Nearly 6 million Americans have bipolar disorder, and most have probably wondered why. After more than a decade of studying over 1,100 of them in-depth, a University of Michigan team has an answer – or rather, seven answers. In fact, they say, no one genetic change, or chemical imbalance, or life event, lies at the heart of every case of the mental health condition once known as manic depression.

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Excessive Video Gaming to be Named Mental Disorder by WHO

Excessive Video Gaming to be Named Mental Disorder by WHO | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization is adding an unexpected disorder to its list of mental health conditions in 2018. Next year, people who play an excessive amount of video games could find themselves diagnosed with "gaming disorder."

 

See also:

WHO gaming addiction classification an important step for treatment, says expert https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-01-gaming-addiction-classification-important-treatment.html

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The World Health Organization will add “gaming disorder” to its International Classification of Diseases in 2018.

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Birth Control Pills Protect Against Cancer, Too

Birth Control Pills Protect Against Cancer, Too | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
After a Danish study last week reported finding more breast cancer cases among women who use hormone-based birth control methods, many women were left wondering: How significant is the risk, and what are the alternatives?
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A small increased risk of breast cancer among women using hormonal contraceptives may be offset by the pill’s protective effects.

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Fake Drugs Are A Major Global Problem, WHO Reports

Fake Drugs Are A Major Global Problem, WHO Reports | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
Fake, substandard and expired medications are sold everywhere, from Canadian websites to pharmacies in Niger. Controlling them, says the World Health Organization, will be no small feat.
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1 in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified." That includes pills, vaccines and diagnostic kits.

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Study of WWII Evacuees Suggests Mental Illness May Be Passed to Offspring

Study of WWII Evacuees Suggests Mental Illness May Be Passed to Offspring | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
A new NIH study reveals mental health problems associated with childhood adversity, such as being evacuated from a war zone, can be passed down from generation to generation.
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A mother’s childhood traumatic exposure — in this case separation from family members during war — may have long-lasting health consequences for her offspring.

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Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds

Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it
A new study by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain.
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Chronic, long-term amputees can learn to control a robotic limb through brain implanted electrodes.

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Western ‘Depression’ is Not Universal

Western ‘Depression’ is Not Universal | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it

Derek Summerfield, consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley National Health Service Foundation Trust, challenges the assumption that Western depression is a universal condition. In a recent commentary, published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, Summerfield responds to a study led by Graham Thornicroft on the undertreatment of Major Depressive Disorder globally. Summerfield argues that the Western construct of depression is not valid in many countries.

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Can a Western construct of depression be applied to the non-western world?

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First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’

First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’ | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it

The approval, announced late on Monday, marks a significant advance in the growing field of digital devices designed to monitor medicine-taking and to address the expensive, longstanding problem that millions of patients do not take drugs as prescribed.

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 Experts estimate that nonadherence or noncompliance to medication costs about $100 billion a year. For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a digital pill — a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors whether, and when, patients take their medicine.

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Donor organs created by dissolving and rebuilding pig livers

Donor organs created by dissolving and rebuilding pig livers | Medicine and Psychiatry | Scoop.it

Will we ever be able to grow transplant organs like the heart, lungs and liver on demand? A method that uses pig organs as scaffolding for creating new organs suggests it may be possible.

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A liver grown in a lab by dissolving cells in a pig organ and then reinfusing it with new ones offers hope that we could create transplant organs on demand.

 

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PSYCHEDELICS AND PSYCHOLOGY: Modern Medicine Meets Ancient Medicine

New research with psilocybin brings transcendent brain states, hope and comfort to the most unlikely of subjects.
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Very informative about why psychedelic trials MUST have a place in psychiatry and palliative care. Let's look at the evidence and finally drop misguided preconceptions and harmful drug policy against beneficial medicines!

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