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Don’t worry, be happy: Could optimism counteract negative effects of pain?
Warning: there is an earworm contained in this post! How on earth could anyone be happy when they have pain, huh? Well, more about that in a minute, first let’s look at this interesting study from Maastricht University by Jantine Boselie, Linda Vancleef, Tom Smeets and Madelon Peters. We know that having chronic pain reduces a person’s ability to undertake complex cognitive tasks, particularly those that involve making decisions or problem solving. People become overwhelmed, fatigued and then perform poorly when they need to maintain concentration when they’re experiencing pain, and researchers have foun...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - February 23, 2014 Category: Occupational Therapists Authors: adiemusfree Tags: Coping strategies Pain Pain conditions Research Resilience Health Source Type: blogs
When not to implant an ICD?
There are certain situations when the implantation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may not be ideal. Some of the following situations may be considered in that category: Since ICD is an expensive device and the implantation procedure is not totally devoid of morbidity, it may be better to defer implantation when survival beyond 1 year with reasonable quality of life (QOL) is unlikely due other co-morbidities like a malignant disease. Those with incessant ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation may also not be ideal candidates for the simple reason that multiple ICD shocks will be unbearable and the ICD b...
Source: Cardiophile MD - February 22, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Johnson Francis Tags: Electrophysiology Source Type: blogs
Should Insight (or "Anosognosia") be Considered in Involuntary Outpatient Treatment Orders?
Today's post can be found over on Clinical Psychiatry News where I address a NAMI member's concern's about anosognosia and forced outpatient care. You may want to read the article she was responding to first, and do check out the comments on that article:Is Forced Treatment in our Outpatients' Best Interests? and today's post: Insight and Involuntary Outpatient TreatmentBy all means, return here to tell us your stories about AOT. ----- Listen to our latest podcast at mythreeshrinks.com or subscribe to our rss feed. Email us at mythreeshrinks at gmail dot com Our book is out now. (Source: Shrink Rap)
Source: Shrink Rap - February 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
This and that from the BMJ
Yes yes, America is the Greatest Nation on Earth, a Beacon to All the Nations, with better Pizza than Italy and better marijuana than Mexico. That said, we don't have the greatest medical journal, in my opinion. BMJ gets the honor because for them, medicine is just as much about society as it is about biology. A few tidbits from this week that caught my eye:Switzerland, which has the second most costly health care in the world because it essentially has Obamacare, which is better than whatever it was we had before but not by much, is considering dismantling its screening mammography program. That's because their medical bo...
Source: Stayin' Alive - February 21, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Source Type: blogs
FDA: Policies and Procedures for Proposed Trial Design Aimed at Multiple Chronic Conditions
In a recent staff memo, Dr. Robert Temple, Deputy Director for Clinical Science at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) laid out a new policy in the Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP) that FDA staff should follow in reviewing proposed trial designs. This is part of the Department of Health and Human Services' Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions. In his memo, Dr. Temple stressed the FDA's interest in encouraging a broad population sample in the development of new drugs. He writes: "This is reflected in the required (by regulation) analyses of safety and effectiveness by demographic and othe...
Source: Policy and Medicine - February 21, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs
Parent Observation Based Study: Children With Autism Disorders as Early as 12 Months Display Highly Elevated Range of Repetitive Behaviors
Conclusions"These findings suggest that as early as 12 months of age, a broad range of repetitive behaviors are highly elevated in children who go on to develop ASD. While some degree of repetitive behavior is elemental to typical early development, the extent of these behaviors among children who develop ASD appears highly atypical." Jason J. Wolff1,*, Kelly N. Botteron3, Stephen R. Dager4, Jed T. Elison5, Annette M. Estes6, Hongbin Gu2, Heather C. Hazlett1,2, Juhi Pandey7, Sarah J. Paterson7, Robert T. Schultz7, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum8, Joseph Piven1,2The IBIS Network†Although our son Conor's autism diagnosis was received ...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - February 21, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs
Itching: More Than Skin-Deep - NYTimes.com
The experiment was not for the squirmish. Volunteers were made to itch like crazy on one arm, but not allowed to scratch. Then they were whisked into an M.R.I. scanner to see what parts of their brains lit up when they itched, when researchers scratched them and when they were finally allowed to scratch themselves. The scientific question was this: Why does it feel so good to scratch an itch? "It's quite intriguing to see how many brain centers are activated," said Dr. Gil Yosipovitch, chairman of dermatology at the Temple University School of Medicine and director of the Temple Center for Itch (he conducte...
Source: Psychology of Pain - February 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
An 8 year old girl was brought in for a psychiatric evaluation. The child’s mother had a laundry list of abnormal behavior in which the child was engaging. The child allegedly scratched the eyes out of all her dolls – except her stuffed cat, of course. The patient breaks glass on the bathroom floor so no one can use the bathroom. She also screams incessantly. Oh, and today she threatened to burn down the house. According to the patient’s mother, she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being beaten by her stepfather as an infant. Then, a couple of years ago, her pet kitten was found dea...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - February 18, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Patient Encounters Source Type: blogs
Addicts and Disease
Commentary.Former National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Alan Leshner has been vilified by many for referring to addiction as a chronic, relapsing “brain disease.” What often goes unmentioned is Leshner’s far more interesting characterization of addiction as the “quintessential biobehavioral disorder.”Multifactorial illnesses present special challenges to our way of thinking about disease. Addiction and other biopsychosocial disorders often show symptoms at odds with disease, as people generally understand it. For patients and medical professionals alike, questions about the disease aspect of addiction ...
Source: Addiction Inbox - February 18, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs
Hiv Infection Risk Higher In Patients Receiving Mental Health Care
Of that group, several new HIV cases were detected, suggesting that not all patients are getting tested in mental health care settings, despite recommendations to do so from the CDC and the Institute of Medicine. The study is one of the largest studies to date to estimate HIV prevalence and risk factors among persons receiving treatment in mental health settings and included researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the University of Maryland and Columbia University Medical Center. “These findings paint a recent picture of HIV infection rates in the community, and reinforce how...
Source: aids-write.org - February 17, 2014 Category: HIV AIDS Authors: aidswrite Tags: current news Source Type: blogs
Maximizing Independence Keeps Dementia Patients at Home Longer
A program that brought resources and counselors to elderly residents with dementia and other memory disorders significantly increased the length of time they lived successfully at home.Does this remind you of anyone?The issue: could a successful community-based care program result in financial savings, better quality of life, and cause more health insurers to cover the cost of programs like this in the future?Alzheimer's Reading RoomSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail: Experimental Care Program Keeps People With Dementia at Home Longer, Study ShowsThe GistAn 18-month pilot program that brought resources and coun...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - February 17, 2014 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs
Stamp Out Alzheimer's
This is a picture of the Alzheimer's commerative stamp that was issued in 2008.It did not raise money for Alzheimer's research.By Max WallackAlzheimer's Reading RoomLynda EvermanHelp Stamp Out Alzheimer'sAs all of us on the Alzheimer’s Reading Room know Alzheimer’s is one of the greatest and most costly medical and social problems facing our nation today.It is a cruel disease which extracts a tremendous physical, emotional, and financial toll from all it touches. We must continue our support for those with this disease and their care partners, but we must also fight to stop this disease by finding varied innovative way...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - February 16, 2014 Category: Dementia Authors: Max Wallack Source Type: blogs
Trying to Overcome
My husband gave me an iPad for Valentine's Day and I'm trying to get used to the keyboard so I am begging for patience!I traded in my car for a Range Rover Sport. It's absolutely ridiculous when you get stuck in snow half a block from your house because the roads haven't been plowed yet!My therapist is doing phone sessions with me now. I had my first one last week and today will be my second. It helps tremendously talking to someone who understands and gives suggestions. One suggestion was light therapy so I bought one of those things that reminds me of a very bright lite-brite but have only used it once.I asked my husband...
Source: bipolar.and.me - February 15, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs
In case you're interested, I hate to exercise. I mean I really hate it. I do it anyway, in what's hopefully not a misguided belief that this is good for me, but I will be very unhappy if they ever decide that exercise is bad for you, having already devoted so much of my time to something I dislike. In any event, I've asked friends for suggestions for TED talks that I can listen to while I exercise, something to help the time pass as painlessly as possible. I was told to watch Einstein the Parrot, and if you haven't, Einstein was very entertaining, and I'm told I was cackling on the elliptical today....
Source: Shrink Rap - February 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Film Review: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum
Set in the time of mass de-institutionalization of psychiatric patients, the Mental Patients Association (MPA) emerged in Vancouver at the start of the 1970s. This 36-minute documentary film, produced in 2013 by History of Madness Productions, captures the MPA experience and its impact through interviews with former members, supplemented with animated illustration and archival footage read more (Source: The Icarus Project - Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness)
Source: The Icarus Project - Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness - February 14, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: jacks_ashley Tags: Articles Source Type: blogs
PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): Psychiatrists Embrace Deep-Brain Stimulation, Scientific American In The Popular Press Cure for love: Should we take anti-love drugs?, New Scientist Phantom Melodies Yield Real Clues to Brain’s Workings, New York Times Are we born with... (Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog)
Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog - February 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: NELB Staff Source Type: blogs
Are Psychiatrists Evil?
I want to point you to a psychiatry blog I happened upon not long ago, In White Ink, written by psychiatrist Dr. Maria Yang. There was a post that moved me, and I went to comment, but there was no place to do so. Now, Dr. Yang is in the process of moving her blog and she's put up a post about My Brief History on the Internet. My favorite part of the post is where she marries one of her blog readers!Dr. Yang writes:I started meeting people who read my writing online. The internet was a dynamic and exciting place. I started feeling ambivalent about writing online. I closed down com...
Source: Shrink Rap - February 12, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Pioneers Do Not Fall Apart
Art by Melissa Brooks- 2004 Today our author, who chose to publish anonymously, provides us with an intimate look inside her life and experience with depression, loss and the journey to finding herself. Though I moved to Brooklyn in 2008, I will never be able to shake the Midwest from my bones. I grew up in Detroit, MI, a rather complicated place that I’ll never give up on. In contrast to the razor-sharp headlines that have recently grabbed hold of the collective consciousness, Detroit isn’t the place where dreams go to die. It’s the place where dreams – the American Dream, come to life. My grandfathers were ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - February 11, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Mental Health Rx Young Adults Source Type: blogs
The Link between Mental Illnesses and Poverty
Mental illnesses have become more common in the recent years. This increase in mental incidences has been examined by a number of scholars who have reached a number of interesting conclusions. There are major studies that have been done in both developed and developing countries and all of them have returned unusual verdicts. According to most scholars, there is an undeniable link between mental illnesses and poverty. According to these studies, one major way of tackling mental illnesses would be addressing the common problems afflicting the poor. Social inequality The gap between the poor and the rich worldwide is exte...
Source: Mental Nurse - February 11, 2014 Category: Nurses Authors: Author104 Tags: Mental health child aggression Mental Illnesses verdicts Source Type: blogs
Straight Talk on Marijuana Legalization
The truth is I don’t give two shits about whether or not we legalize marijuana, so long as we have a 25-year-old age limit. Everybody knows I’m the age limits guy. I just think it’s socially responsible. I’ve spent a lot of time reading the work of Dr. Dan Siegel. He’s a Harvard trained physician who is “currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.” His most recent book, Brainstorm, is already a New York Times bestseller. W...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - February 11, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs
Sidran began in 1986 out of a family tragedy when a beloved family member who had been abused in childhood was subsequently diagnosed with serious, debilitating psychiatric problems and a related life-threatening medical disorder. Frustrated in their search for help for the complex needs of their family member at the time, the Sidran family convened professionals from a variety of disciplines, support program representatives, and national organizations to determine how they could best help their own loved one, and others. With each meeting it became apparent that gaps in basic understanding existed in service delivery, con...
Source: PsychSplash - February 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anyone Articles Books Collaborative News Combat Stress Emotional Health Features For Foundation Website Group Management Links Military Newsletter Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Resources Social Support Societal or Organiza Source Type: blogs
Outpatient Civil Commitment: Coming to Maryland Soon?
Today's blog post is over on Clinical Psychiatry News. See Dinah's article summarizing a lecture on outpatient commitment, guns, and more, by Duke sociologist Jeff Swanson: Here.As mentioned, Delegate Murphy in Maryland has proposed a bill legislating Outpatient Civil Commitment here in Maryland. The text of the HB 767 is here. In it's current form, the bill is not likely to pass. Please remember, before you comment, this bill was written by a legislator, it is not coming from psychiatrists. On another note, there is another editorial by Dinah on Psychology Today's website about defining menta...
Source: Shrink Rap - February 7, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): Video: Patricia Churchland on the Colbert Report, Colbert Nation In The Popular Press Darkness sharpens hearing in adult mice, Nature News Psychiatrists Embrace Deep-Brain Stimulation, Scientific American Shooting Pills at Bipolar Disorder, The Atlantic New... (Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog)
Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog - February 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: NELB Staff Source Type: blogs
What's Wrong With Me?
Sorry I have been away, all is not great right now but all is not lost, if that makes sense. I keep trying to figure out WHAT has got me in this funk, but when my mind tries to pin it on something, later I realize that's not it. I have no explanation except to chalk it up to my chemical imbalance.I have been totally unmotivated to do anything (like write in my blog), am very anti-social and do not like leaving the house. I have missed numerous appointments I've made with just about every sort of service simply because I can not make myself leave the house. It's not anxiety about ...
Source: bipolar.and.me - February 4, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs
In Honor of a Colored Musician
Ann Althouse makes a blog post about singer Sam Cooke. In the comments I learned the sad story about the death of the man with most melodious voice in pop music. One of the commenters has links to his songs. My favorite is Wonderful World. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - February 4, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
Should it be a Crime for a Therapist to Have Sex with a Patient?
Currently, there is a bill before our state legislature [video testimony] that would make it a crime for a therapist to have sexual contact with a patient. I wondered what our readers think of the idea of criminalizing sexual contact between a therapist and a consenting adult patient.As it stands now, we all agree that it is unethical for a therapist to have sexual contact with a patient. Therapists are licensed to practice by professional boards (medical, social work, nursing, psychology), and all of these Boards handle complaints about sexual contact. They are difficult cases, because often the cas...
Source: Shrink Rap - February 4, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
The Anthropology of Addiction
Can we ever integrate neuroscience and social science?Bielefeld, Germany—The last in a series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction and Recovery: From Genes to Culture and Back Again. The conference, held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University, drew neuroscientists, historians, psychologists, philosophers, and even a freelance science journalist or two, coming in from Germany, the U.S., The Netherlands, the UK, Finland, France, Italy, Australia, and elsewhere. The organizing idea was to focus on how changes in the brain impact addiction ...
Source: Addiction Inbox - February 3, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs
In the Public Interest
When does some public good override psychiatric confidentiality? Dinah's post yesterday outlined the recent issue in the Navy's public release of the shooter's psychiatric treatment information. I wrote about this issue before following the release of the expert behavioral analysis panel's report on the suspected anthrax mailer, Dr. Bruce Ivins. In both cases, the rationale for releasing detailed information about the decedent's psychiatric care was cited as being a need to ensure that the government was taking appropriate steps to safeguard public safety. Following release of the EBAP report, the government---without admi...
Source: Shrink Rap - February 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: ClinkShrink Source Type: blogs
Should Medical Records be Released to the Public Online?
With the adoption of electronic medical records and the advent of CRISP, Maryland's centralized collection of health information (it's an opt-out, if you haven't, you're in it, and if you opt out, they still get your info, they just don't release it), I'm coming to accept that there is no medical privacy. Before you get distressed, the system does not include physician notes -- it's tests per the labs, medications per the pharmacies, radiology reports, and perhaps hospital discharge notes. I'm not aware of any psychiatrists who are feeding information into the system, but if you're in Maryland and you're ...
Source: Shrink Rap - February 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
A Humble Father's Simple Autism, Intellectual Disability and Epilepsy Research Questions
We examined 106 patients with autistic disorder divided into three groups on the basis of presence or absence of EEG paroxysmal abnormalities (PA) and/or epilepsy including febrile convulsions (FC). Our patients presented an autistic syndrome unrelated to clear congenital or acquired encephalopathy. The prevalence of epilepsy and EEG PA was 23.6% and 18.9%, respectively. Significant differences between the three groups appeared for (i) familial antecedents for epilepsy/FC and neurologic and psychiatric diseases (P < 0.004), (ii) a different proportion between the three groups for mental retardation (P < 0.0...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - January 30, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs
Prescription Drugs May Cause Forgetfulness
Most of us have had moments of forgetfulness at one time or another throughout our lives. Memory loss is commonly associated with the signs of getting older and is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Alcohol and illicit drug abuse have also been shown to impair memory. What many people are not aware of is that certain commonly prescribed medications can impair memory too. Being aware that a prescription drug may cause memory problems is important information that needs to be shared with patients. “Scientists now know that memory loss as you get older is by no means inevitable,” writes Dr. Armon B. Neel, a geriatric ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 28, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs
Going Deep: Surgery For Addiction?
Controversial DBS technique shows early promise for Parkinson’s, Tourette’s.Bielefeld, Germany—The third in an irregular series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction and Recovery: From Genes to Culture and Back Again. The conference, held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University, drew neuroscientists, historians, psychologists, philosophers, and even a freelance science journalist or two, coming in from Germany, the U.S., The Netherlands, the UK, Finland, France, Italy, Australia, and elsewhere. The organizing idea was to focus on how changes in t...
Source: Addiction Inbox - January 28, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs
Randi Zuckerberg Thinks We Should Untangle Our Wired Lives
how hard could it be, none of those circles are actually connected (Source: The Last Psychiatrist)
Source: The Last Psychiatrist - January 25, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
Windy city blues
WINDY CITY BLUESThere is an academic ethics mess brewing in the windy city… at The University of Chicago. It involves a start-up Chicago corporation, a star statistician in the medical school, seed money in the form of NIH research grants, the American Psychiatric Association, and the chairman of the APA’s DSM-5 Task Force. It involves the appearance of self-interested bias in the DSM-5 process. It involves a recidivist pattern of failure to disclose material conflict of interest. And it involves academic journal editors (JAMA and JAMA Psychiatry) who did not do the right thing when the perps were outed.I broke the sto...
Source: Health Care Renewal - January 25, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: American Psychiatric Assn Bernard Carroll David Kupfer David Weiss DSM-5 Ellen Frank Howard Bauchner JAMA Network Joseph Coyle Paul Pilkonis Robert Gibbons University of Chicago Source Type: blogs
Insurance (or Not), Flotation Tanks, and Involuntary Committment.
This is an around-the-web post.First, my stuff:Over on Clinical Psychiatry News, I have article up about the survey on "Who are the Mentally Ill?" I talk about how the survey was done and what findings there were, along with a few of my thoughts about those findings. Click Here.My post on Why Psychiatrists Don't Take Insurance is up on KevinMD. Lots of comments on Shrink Rap, feel free to comment to a broader medical audience over there. Click Here.Then Clink's stuff:Over on Clinical Psychiatry News this week, Clink is writing about recreational flotation tanks and their comparison to sensory depriv...
Source: Shrink Rap - January 25, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
It's Official: DSM 5 is a Pissing Contest
First, I want to tell you that I have a conflict of interest when it comes to discussing both Dr. Kupfer and Dr. Frances: they were both my teachers, and they are people I hold in esteem. Dr. Kupfer ran a summer program in psychiatry for college students, the Mellon Fellowship in Psychiatry for Undergraduates, and in the summer of 1983, as a college student aspiring to go to medical and become a psychiatrist, I was one of 8 students from across the country to receive one of these grants. It was an opportunity that opened doors for me and changed my life, and I remember Dr. Kupfer as a warm, kind teacher and I remain ...
Source: Shrink Rap - January 23, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Cardiovascular and Diabetes Outcomes Among Those taking Novel Antipsychotics
I remember from medical school and the early days of my residency when the only medications available to treat psychosis were the neuroleptics. Patients hated taking them: the high potency medicines like Haldol and Prolixin left people rigid; they had pill-rolling movements with their fingers, cogwheeling in their joints, and they walked liked zombies. The lower potency medications like Mellaril left people drooling and sedated. I once heard these medications described as like having molasses poured into your brain. We'd cajole people in to taking them, and like all medications, there were some peop...
Source: Shrink Rap - January 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Yesterday I opened the T.V. and found Whitney Houston. That was strange since it was just the night before that me and my friend were talking about her. The movie entitled "Waiting to Exhale". I remember reading somewhere about the writer, a black American woman, Terry... Terry Mcmillan. The film was in its final minutes. I just took a photo for that final scene. Whitney Houston was laughing in that warm scene.Today I was heading to work with this novel by Burhan Al-Khateeb entitled "An Appartment in Abu-Nawas Street". The story is about Iraq in the 60s when there was political tension. The protagonist, named Sami, walks t...
Source: psychiatry for all - January 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
When the Winds seemed Still
The short stories collection of Mahdi Eisa Al-Sigar is interesting. The stories' ends are open and thought provoking. Nevertheless they are gloomy. Two of them about an elderly expecting the near death worried. The first elderly is a female with her cat. She reads in the daily newspaper about the death of another lonely lady who has 3 cats. The neighbours smell her body after 3 days. Her body is found mutilated since the cats had eaten from her meat. The story goes on describing the elderly's interaction with her cat. The other story is about an elderly with his granddaughter in a garden. A white horse passes nearby ...
Source: psychiatry for all - January 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
BROADEN Trial of DBS for Treatment-Resistant Depression Halted by the FDA
Webpage for the BROADEN™ study formerly run by St. Jude MedicalIt's become mainstream these days to say that psychiatric disorders are neural circuit disorders. You can even read all about it in the New York Times! Cognitive training and neuromodulation (“electroceuticals”) are in, and pharmaceuticals are out, as explained by NIMH Director Dr. Tom Insel in a blog post about the Ten Best of 2013:...if mental disorders are brain circuit disorders, then successful treatments need to tune circuits with precision. Chemicals may be less precise than electrical or cognitive interventions that target specific circuits. One o...
Source: The Neurocritic - January 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs
my friend's free associations
Since her death and he is haunted by her. He plays her songs for us. Do we know that "I will always love you" was sung in 1973 for the first time by a blond named Dolly Parton?When that book about her life reached him, he starts telling us about her life. The book is written by her mother, a singer too. Her mother used to call her Nippy. Nippy, was her nickname. Nippy. It was raining today. He promised to lend me the book today. I tell him it is raining and we can postpone our meeting. He insists. He comes covering the book by his coat. "They chose her to sing the USA anthem to the troops who went back to the USA after the...
Source: psychiatry for all - January 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
Mainly Irish history
Great post on Irish history and Catholic or Protestant massacres including more recent Orthodox Serb history which, not mentioned there but in a book about him, Pius XII supposedy supported. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - January 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
Why Psychiatrists Don't Participate with Insurance Networks
In 2007, I wrote a post called Why Shrinks Don't Take Insurance. The post is a bit dated, the CPT codes have changed since then, and the reasons to not take insurance have increased. Many other doctors don't take insurance now, though psychiatry remains the number one specialty where doctors don't participate in health insurance plans. This is an updated version of that same post.Many psychiatrists in private practice don't participate with insurance insurance panels. They require the to patient pay and then the patient has the option to submit a claim to his health insurance company as an "out-of-n...
Source: Shrink Rap - January 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Autumn of the Intellectual in Iraq
In one of his articles, Khalid Al-Qishtainy writes about his problem in translating the Arabic word (Muthaq'qaf مثقف) to English. He writes that he lived for years as a translator, and was able to buy his house and car from his work, yet he is unable to translate the word. Thus I am not trying here to translate that same word which confused Al-Qishtainy, and Margaret Thatcher too, but the book I am reading these days is worth noting:The title contains that confusing word (Al-Muthaq'qaf) which I will translate here as "Intellectual". Hence the title will be "The Autumn of the Intellectual in Iraq" by Mohammed Ghazi Al-A...
Source: psychiatry for all - January 12, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs
Please Don't Batter the Shrink
When I was a child, I lived across the street from a neurologist. The neurologist shared his office with a psychiatrist, and I was told that one day, a patient walked into the office and shot the psychiatrist. Last week, in Italy, a psychiatrist was stabbed to death by a patient. We don't think about how dangerous it may be, but being a shrink has some risks. Actually, being a person has some risks, and in Baltimore, fourteen people have already been murdered this year, more than one per day.With that as a prelude, I was on vacation briefly in December; a quick trip to visit family. In the hot...
Source: Shrink Rap - January 12, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Let's Have a Task Force!
I'm going to do a little problem solving here. In the Washington Post yesterday in Virginia Doesn't Need Another Mental Health Task Force, Pete Earley writes:Virginians should be embarrassed and angry that a newly appointed state mental health task force convened Tuesday in Richmond. It is the 16th task force asked to investigate the state’s mental health system. If you click through to hit the link, you'll note that this 16th task force on mental health has 36 members. Politicians love task forces, it's a way to look like something is "being done" without actually doing anything. So now 36 people,...
Source: Shrink Rap - January 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
Neurocrap Funded by the Masses: NeuroOn and No More Woof
In conclusion, through great sleep efficiency, Polyphasic sleep can give you an extra 4 hours of free time every day. That’s up to 28 hours (1 day+) a week, 1460 hours a year.That’s right - Your year now has over 420 working days! What is polyphasic sleep? It's the division of sleep into several bouts per day, instead of the usual 8 hours or so at night. This schedule is standard in some mammals and may serve a protective purpose, according to Capellini et al. (2008):The duration of [REM and non-REM] cycles varies extensively across mammalian species. Because the end of a sleep cycle is often followed by brief arousals...
Source: The Neurocritic - January 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs
Brainstorm: A New Book that is a Must Read
Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, on faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, has written a new book called: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. It will be available for purchase on January 7. This is an important reevaluation of adolescence in our society. Dr. Seigel said of the book, “Recent research has illuminated how brain development impacts teenagers’ lives, but much of what is commonly understood offers a very different and often despairing picture. In Brainstorm I expl...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - January 8, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Richard Taite Tags: Richard Taite Source Type: blogs
Let's Keep Guns Out of the Hands of.....
First, the quote of the day, an explanation to follow:--"I'm a gun owner. It happens."President Obama has renewed his commitment to keeping guns out of "the hands of the mentally ill." See the story in Bloomberg here. In my world, I'd like to keep guns away from most people, but no one asked my opinion. I realize there was a reason for the Second Amendment and that no one is going to go along with a repeal of the right to bear arms, so instead of designating people as targets for legislation based on having received medical treatment for psychiatric disorders, I'd like to talk about who is not ...
Source: Shrink Rap - January 8, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs
They Just Don't Give A Damn: 2007 Adult Autism Care and Treatment In New Brunswick Was Abysmal - 2014 Nothing Has Changed, Still Abysmal
Following this comment is a re-posting of a comment I posted on this site 7 years ago in 2007 about the abysmal state of autism youth and adult residential care and treatment in New Brunswick, Canada. 7 years later and nothing has changed. Well, one thing has changed, a very important part of my life has changed.My son with severe autism and intellectual disability is now 7 years older.... and his Mom and Dad are also 7 years older.Time marches on. Our autistic children are becoming autistic adults. Our political and government leaders have sat on the sidelines fiddling and twiddling and doing absolutely nothing to help.&...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - January 7, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Tags: newtag Source Type: blogs