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Reasons to pause when discussing a "sensory processing disorder" construct.
The Sensory Profile is an assessment tool that purports to measure sensory processing abilities (Pearson Education Inc., 2008); there are versions for infant/toddlers, school aged children, and adolescent/adult populations.  The tool has been used to document the incidence of a "sensory processing disorder" construct (Ahn, et. al., 2004; Ben-Sasson, et. al., 2009).  To date, although many scientists recognize that children can have difficulties with processing sensory information, this diagnostic construct has been rejected and is not considered as a distinct clinical entity (AAP, 2012).   For more in depth ...
Source: ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog - October 29, 2013 Category: Occupational Therapists Tags: OT practice sensory integration Source Type: blogs

Presto Chango - UPMC Tries to Make its Employees All Disappear
ConclusionI hope that the outlandish claims now being sanctioned by UPMC leadership may raise awareness of what is going wrong with the leadership of health care organizations in general.  As we have been saying for years, health care leadership that puts its self-interest ahead of patients and the public, and which disregards the truth in service of self-interest may be the biggest cause for ever increasing health care costs, and ever declining access and regard for the health of patients and the public.  True health care reform would encourage leadership that puts the mission ahead of self-interest, and values ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - October 29, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: deception non-profit organizations UPMC Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Update Satellite 10-28-2013
According to this study of 1165 homeless Canadian patients in the American Journal of Public Health, when compared with a control population, homeless patients used the emergency department 8.5 times more often, were hospitalized 4.2 times more often for medical/surgical problems, and were hospitalized 9.2 times more often for psychiatric hospitalizations. According to this accompanying study, the average ED utilization for homeless patients was 2 visits per year, but 10% of the sample population accounted for more than 60% of all ED visits. Drug seeking behaviors permeate emergency medicine. Opiate overdoses resulted in m...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - October 29, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Healthcare Update Source Type: blogs

Impacts of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Healthcare Services in the District of Columbia: Focus on Antipsychotics in the Elderly
In April of last year, we wrote about Washington, DC's AccessRX Act, which requires pharmaceutical companies that market products in the District to file annual reports on marketing expenditures. In 2011, 158 pharmaceutical companies reported spending a total of $83.7 million on marketing activities in DC, including $57.9 (69.2%) million on employee and contractor expenses, $18.9 (22.5%) million on gifts and payments, and $6.9 (8.2%) million on advertising. A 2009 report addressed pharmaceutical marketing and healthcare services more broadly in DC. Additional reports were then published in for 2010 and 2011. Hospit...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 29, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

A Tale of Two BRAINS: #BRAINI and DARPA's SUBNETS
Image credits. Left: SUBNETS program (DARPA). Right: BRAIN interim report presentation (NIH).In April, the White House announced the $100 million Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The goals of this bold new research effort are to "revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury." A series of high-profile journal articles traced the genesis of this initiative from the Brain Activity Map idea to develop nanotechnologies and "image ever...
Source: The Neurocritic - October 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

A study of suicide notes left by children and young teens
In 2010 more people died by suicide than were killed in war, by murder, or in natural disasters. In Norway, the location of a heart-rending new study of suicide notes left by children and young teens, suicide is the second leading cause of death for this age group. We need urgently to do more to understand why so many young people are taking their own lives. The researchers Anne Freuchen and Berit Grøholt predicted that, given their immaturity, the young authors of suicide notes would show signs of confusion. Also, because diagnoses of mental illness are lower in children and young teens, the researchers predicted t...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - October 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs

The 2013 Geoffrey Beene Global Neurodiscovery Challenge
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, in association with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative, announce preliminary winner, finalist for the awards, and open voting to the public. +Alzheimer's Reading Room Online Voting begins on November 1  and ends of November 5 From November 1 – 5, 2013 the public will have the opportunity to vote for the grand prize winning entry. Click the image above for details. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $50,000 award to continue research specifically in the area of male/female differences in Alzheimer’s disease. Subscribe ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 29, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

10 Amazing Benefits Of Meditation
I had a fascinating consult call with a prospective client last week who get very offended when I described some aspects of new age philosophy as woo-woo. I tried to explain that, to me anyway, any process that couldn’t be explained by science (and this includes some NLP processes that I use with clients) are by (my) definition, woo-woo. I think she realized at that stage she was talking to the spawn of the devil and declared we weren’t a good fit before I even had the chance to ask her: “If you ‘re an expert in manifestation what the hell were you doing manifesting a call with me?” All flippancy aside, if I...
Source: Life Coach Blog: The Discomfort Zone : - October 28, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Tim Brownson Tags: Life Coaching Source Type: blogs

Help Design a T-Shirt for Mental Health
Goodjoe is holding a t-shirt design contest to help bring greater awareness to the value mental health. Here’s how they describe the contest: “Design an iconic t-shirt to inspire those going through a difficult time and/or to promote a message against mental health stigma. Our hope is that when an individual sees these graphic t-shirts, it triggers a positive outlook direction of whatever situation he/she is going through. Feel free to use one of these following slogans or come up with your own, or use no slogan in your design.” We think it’s a good cause and wanted to get the word out. The contest...
Source: World of Psychology - October 28, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy BringChange2Mind.org. mindyourmind Goodjoe Mental Disorder Psychiatry Psychology Shirt T Shirt t-shirt contest tshirt contest Source Type: blogs

Is Glaxo Keeping Its Commitment To Releasing Paxil Trial Data?
For the past year, GlaxoSmithKline has vowed to usher in a new era of transparency by creating a system to disclose detailed clinical trial data, a widely publicized move that has been hailed by many critics of the pharmaceutical industry who have accused drugmakers of deliberately concealing vital information that should be accessible to others in order to confirm safety and effectiveness. Now, though, a group of researchers is putting the drugmaker to the test by requesting detailed data for an infamous study of its Paxil antidepressant, but are squabbling with the drugmaker over information being sought. In the process,...
Source: Pharmalot - October 28, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

The Top of the Charts…
I was just looking at my iTunes and the song I’ve listened to the most is Rancher’s Wife from The Horse Whisperer soundtrack.  I have listened to it 153 times.  Next is Alice in Chains greatest hits all which I have also listened to over a hundred times. My current fixation is the soundtrack to the legendary game Skyrim. It is rapidly climbing the charts. It has lots of ambient or what I call “space music”. One song, Frostfall, I could listen to over and over. Ask and You Shall Receive… My mother called me late, late last night fretting over some things she has to get done at the hospital today. She has...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - October 28, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Bias in Non Commercially Supported CME Programs Still Small
CONCLUSION In summary, attendees comprehend a great deal more in the term commercial influence than simply the impact of industry support on a CME program. Asking attendees to rate bias per lecture and specify sources and manifestations of commercial bias clarifies their perceptions of commercial influence in CME. This study presents a thorough and measurable outline of sources and manifestations of commercial bias, as well as practical recommendations for measuring attendees' perceptions of commercial influence in future CME events. Caution should be taken with policy changes affecting CME funding as we continue to di...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 28, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Whose Rights Trump?
For as long as there's been Shrink Rap, there have been people writing in to tell us their awful stories about how they've been mistreated on inpatient psychiatry units.  Strip searches, restraints, seclusion rooms, lousy food, boring activities,  disrespectful care, feelings of helplessness, and a general sense that inpatient treatment is not always about fostering a healing process.  With the pressures that insurance companies exert to get patients out of the hospital as soon as possible, it's not about healing, it's about keeping people safe until the moment they can be booted out to heal elsewhere. ...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 28, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in Managing My Depression
“Everybody’s depression is different,” said David Blistein, a writer in southern Vermont and author of David’s Inferno: My Journey through the Dark Wood of Depression. It is a complex disorder, and healing may come from different sources, he said. But when you’re struggling with an illness, it can help to hear how others have survived and thrived. That’s why we wanted to know the greatest lessons others have learned about managing their illnesses. Below, individuals share everything from the importance of accepting their depression to understanding its powerful influence to discovering one’s inner str...
Source: World of Psychology - October 27, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Antidepressant Depression Disorders General Medications Self-Help Treatment Adia Colar anxiety Bipolar Disorder David Blistein Deborah Serani Dysthymia Graeme Cowan Illness Julie K. Hersh Major Depressive Disorder Major D Source Type: blogs

This Week in Mentalists – Last Chance to Nominate for the #TWIMAwards Edition
Hi all. The nominations for the This Week in Mentalists will close at the end of Thursday. You have until then to leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favourite mental health blogs and vlogs (note: you need to nominate at least two blogs or vlogs to be counted). The top three in each category will be passed through to the judging panel to pick winners, and the results announced just before Christmas. Several of the judges are esteemed bloggers in their own right. I think I’ll use this opportunity to take a peek at what some of them have been writing about this week. Mental Health Cop has some musings in...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - October 27, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Zarathustra Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

What I Learned: Part 3
(Picture explanation to follow.) Usually I write about the conference in the order that I hear things, but in this case I'm changing things around a bit to start with the topic I know most of our readers would be interested in. Involuntary treatment. A Canadian nurse presented the results of a small but interesting study about the experience of being placed in a seclusion room. She developed a list of open-ended questions that she asked of both the nursing staff and secluded patients, 13 of each. Most of the patients who had been placed in seclusion had a psychotic illness, either schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorde...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 27, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: ClinkShrink Source Type: blogs

What I Learned: Part 2
Welcome to the second day of the AAPL conference. Dinah knows I have to throw in a bird picture somewhere. The fighting gull picture is in honor of the birds duking it out overhead during my boat ride across the bay last night. More to follow. I started out the day with a review of new legal cases pertinent to forensic psychiatry. In training forensic psychiatry students are required to learn a set of legal opinions known as the "landmark cases," in other words, decisions that have profoundly influenced the practice of psychiatry. The trick with this is that you don't always know when the opinion is issued whether it will...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 26, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: ClinkShrink Source Type: blogs

DARPA allocates $70 million for improving deep brain stimulation technology [feedly]
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Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - October 25, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

DARPA allocates $70 million for improving deep brain stimulation technology
In what appears to be an exclusive story, the New York Times has reported that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will spend $70 million over the next 5 years to further develop and improve deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques. This funding is part of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative.Agency Initiative Will Focus on Advancing Deep Brain StimulationBy JAMES GORMAN Published: October 24, 2013 . . .The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as Darpa, announced Thursday that it intended to spend more than $70 million over five years to jump to the next level of brain implants, either by...
Source: The Neurocritic - October 25, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

8 Years Later: Autism Youth & Adult Residential Care & Treatment Still Abysmal in New Brunswick
In May 2007 I commented on this site about the abysmal state of Youth and Adult Residential Care in New Brunswick. That commentary included the October 2005 article by then Toronto Star journalist Kelly Toughill who is apparently now a Director and Associate Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Kings College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As an Autism Society New Brunswick representative and as the parent of a son with severe autism and profound developmental delays I have reminded the NB government, under both Liberal and Conservative administrations of the need for autism trained staff to work in group ho...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - October 25, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs

What I Learned: Part 1
Hello from San Diego and the 44th annual American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law conference. One of the annual traditions associated with this conference is my series of "What I Learned" posts, which preserves little factoids, pieces of trivia and topics for me for future reference, and also tells members a bit about what they missed if they couldn't make the conference. For those interested in a more real-time experience, you can follow live coverage on my Twitter feed @ClinkShrink. In spite of a three hour time difference and associated jet lag I did make it to the morning poster session. While I didn't get to every ...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: ClinkShrink Source Type: blogs

Rob H.
Though folks are often skeptical of the gut-brain connection, Rob’s story is proof that dietary changes can manifest themselves in improved mental condition and cognition – Dr. Perlmutter I am not a medical professional, not an academic in any way, however, having suffered from a major depressive disorder my entire adult life, I have made researching my illness and treatment of if a priority for the past ten years. At 54 I have, over the past 20 years, taken at least a half-dozen different anti-depressant medications as prescribed by respected psychiatrists in Ontario and Alberta. To give you an idea of the sev...
Source: Renegade Neurologist - A Blog by David Perlmutter, MD, FACN - October 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: gbadmin Tags: Success Atkins Depression Grain Brain Medication Source Type: blogs

The degradation prison life can hold for psychiatric patients
Sexual abuse is shockingly common in the U.S. prison system. A recent survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded that each year about 200,000 prisoners are victims of coercive sex. Most of the those abused are psychiatric patients misplaced in prison. They make vulnerable targets — less able to defend themselves and less likely to be believed if they report infractions. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 24, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

The hallucinations that psychiatric patients experience
Once upon a time I saw a patient for followup, a woman I had seen for several visits in the past. She had voiced the usual oft-heard complaints about insomnia, changes in appetite, lack of energy, diminished interest in pleasurable activities, and other associated symptoms of chronic depression. Most of these had been addressed and had gotten at least partially better, to the point that her overall quality of life had improved, a clinical benchmark that I pay close attention to in all my patients. After all, if you’re not living better every day, what we’re doing is not working. Continue reading ... Your patients are ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 24, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in Managing My ADHD
ADHD tends to make every aspect of life that much more challenging. Because attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) impairs the executive functions of the brain, individuals struggle with processing information, paying attention and prioritizing tasks. Naturally, this affects them at work and at home. People with ADHD also often struggle with relationships and a sinking self-esteem. Fortunately, ADHD is treatable. And many people are able to lead fulfilling, productive lives. In fact, most of the psychotherapists I interview for my articles on ADHD have the disorder. So in addition to helping others with ADHD succe...
Source: World of Psychology - October 24, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: ADHD and ADD Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help ADHD experts attention Attention Deficit Disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder brain Canada Clinical Psychology executive Kim Kensington lessons Source Type: blogs

Dizzying Success Of ObamaCare Inspires Private Sector
Fresh from the Cube has some great left movement satire. The roll out of ObmaCare turns out to be a howler they can appreciate. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - October 24, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Dangers of Diagnostic Inflation (BSP 102)
Allen Frances, MD Click picture to play mp3 Americans are spending billions of dollars on psychiatric medications, but according to Dr. Allen Frances (Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life) "We are ignoring the people who have severe psychiatric illness; so that, one-third of people with severe depression see a mental health clinician, two-thirds don't.  Two-thirds of people with severe depression get no treatment at all.  At the same time, we're way over-diagnosing people wh...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - October 23, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Source Type: blogs

'Love Hormone' May Mediate Placebo Effect - MedPage Today
Intranasal oxytocin, sometimes called the "love hormone," intensified the painkilling effect of placebo in a clinical study, suggesting a physical basis for the placebo effect, researchers said.Among 75 healthy young men exposed to painful heat stimuli on their forearms in the randomized, double-blind study, ratings of a placebo cream's analgesic effect were greater after the participants received active intranasal oxytocin than when they snorted a saline solution, with a difference of 5.76 points out of 60 (95% CI 0.59-10.93, P=0.03), according to Ulrike Bingel, MD, of the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany...
Source: Psychology of Pain - October 23, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Law Enforcement and Mental Illness: A Sometimes Fatal Encounter
Gary Fields write on the Wall Street Journal's writes in "Live of Mentally Ill, Police Collide" the story of a police officer who shot and killed a mentally ill man who charged at him with a butcher's knife.  The man died, and the police officer, whose brother suffers from bipolar disorder, is haunted.  Fields writes: Law-enforcement professionals and mental-health advocates believe they are seeing an increase in fatal encounters between police and the mentally ill. They point to a narrowing range of treatment options that has shifted more responsibility for the mentally ill to law officers, jails and prison...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 23, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Reading Iraqi Newspaper (22 Oct 2013)
Well, I got to admit that now that I am writing this I still don’t know who is Charles Theron, and I don’t know if Hogu Chavez had died or not and if so, when that did happen. The article by Nazzar Abdul-Sattar entitled “Are You Okay?” in today’s issue of Al-Sabah talks about a couple, a female lying watching T.V. and a man who when brought her a glass of orange juice found her contemplating Charles Theron’s face appearing on the screen. They talked about Oscar prices. She told himthat acting is difficult and he told her that asking questions is difficult too. She told him that Hugo Chafez had died just before ...
Source: psychiatry for all - October 22, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

University of Minnesota must investigate suicide in psychiatric research study
The University of Minnesota must set up independent inquiry to examine what happened in clinical trial that led to the 2004 death of Dan Markingson, say scholars Over one hundred seventy leading scholars in health law, bioethics and medical research have called on the University of Minnesota to investigate the 2004 death of a psychiatric research subject, charging that university administrators have ”refused to publicly engage in a transparent, open, and critical assessment of what went wrong in this study.”   The letter, led by Trudo Lemmens, the Scholl Chair of Health Law and Policy at the University of Toronto...
Source: PharmaGossip - October 22, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

50 Years Later, Mental Health Care in America Still Hard to Come By
Next week marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing historic legislation known as the Community Mental Health Act (back when the name of legislature plainly reflected what was in it). It was the country’s boldest attempt to bring mental health care into the modern era by moving people out of inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and put them back in the community where they belong, making mental health care affordable and readily available to all Americans. And due to the federal government slashing funding for mental health care in the 1980s, the legislation was wildly successful in emptying out sta...
Source: World of Psychology - October 21, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Treatment America Carter Commission Dwight D. Eisenhower Health Care health reform Health Services Hospital John F Kennedy Joint Commission Kennedy Forum Mental Disorder Source Type: blogs

Meds or Therapy?
It's this funny thing, people talk about the rise in the use of medications like it's a bad thing (and perhaps it is) and the decline of psychotherapy by psychiatrists as also being a bad thing (and perhaps it is).  It's almost like a see-saw, and there is thought by some that using medicine is a quick-fix, a way of avoiding looking at the more difficult issues that we as humans face in the natural course of human suffering.  It's funny -- as started by saying -- because it seems like the combination of medications together with psychotherapy work best. Let me address the quick fix thing.  First off, most p...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 21, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

When social media connections with patients are NSFW
Patients have gone online, digital natives are entering medical schools and regulatory bodies, like the General Medical Council in the UK, are scrambling to respond to the impact these changes are having on medical professionalism. The possibilities for enhanced learning, better communication and higher quality care are vast. Social media, which has been described as the greatest revolution since the Gutenberg printing press, can provide patients with faster and easier access to doctors and it can help health care professionals disseminate important public health messages effectively and efficiently. Social media also ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 20, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Social media Facebook Patients Twitter Source Type: blogs

Dr. Margaret Weiss Get’s Interviewed On News 1130 During BC ADHD Awareness Week
Post from: Adult ADD Strengths Cross posted to BC ADHD Dr. Margaret Weiss was interviewed on News1130 Radio by News 1130 Anchor Ben Wilson Twitter, staff bio for ADHD Awareness Week in BC. Ben did 4 Interviews on ADHD In BC During ADHD Awareness Week Starting Tues Oct 15th at 7.05pm and going until Friday October 18th. Thank Ben and special thanks to News1130′s  Bruce Claggett for helping to make this happen.  Bruce’s staff bio. Dr Margaret Weiss MD, PhD, FRCP(C) also has a master’s degree in public health and she used to lead the BC Children’s ADHD Childrens clinic and the short lived BC Adult ADHD clin...
Source: Adult ADD Strengths - October 20, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Pete Quily Tags: ADD / ADHD Awareness Source Type: blogs

Are patients marginalized at health conferences?
Recently, I was bemoaning the fact that while the first conference specifically addressing diabetes and depression was a good start, there really wasn’t a significant patient presence. Lots of experienced professionals in the field, but startling few people who had actually walked-the-walk with significant depression for years, decades even. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 20, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Patient Diabetes Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Talk in Georgia about modifying its (too) tough approach to Atkins death penalty issue [feedly]
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Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - October 20, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

This Week in Mentalists – The “I’m so OCD” Edition
Hello! This is Bellsie from Obsessively Compulsively Yours here. This week is OCD Awareness Week – a chance to clear up some of the myths that still surround the illness. The term OCD is frequently misused in everyday language, and a recent street survey highlighted that 44% of people felt they had ‘OCD traits’, which clearly shows the lack of understanding that still exists about OCD, with people still confusing non-anxiety provoking traits for the illness. I know that I’m preaching to the congregation here but in honour of OCD Week, I thought that we’d start with a quick round up of some of the OCD blogs that w...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - October 20, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: obsessivelycompulsivelyyours Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

Should a book chapter be republished as a peer-reviewed article with no attribution?
An entire book chapter from a popular science trade book has been published as an "Original Research Article" in Frontiers in Psychiatry. The article appears as part of a Research Topic on Alternative Models of Addiction in Frontiers in Addictive Disorders and Behavioral Dyscontrol, a specialty section within Frontiers in Psychiatry.I downloaded the provisional PDF and was initially tipped off by the curious citation style and copious use of footnotes, unlike the standard reference list seen in journal articles (e.g., APA format). I looked for a mention of the published book but could not find it anywhere. Perhaps this wil...
Source: The Neurocritic - October 20, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

BrainTech: Six Take-aways on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training
Israel’s first international BrainTech conference took place this week, on October 14 and 15th. It was organized by the Israel Brain technologies (IBT), a non-profit organization whose mission is to position Israel as a global brain technology and research center. The conference included talks representing multiple stakeholders in the neurotechnology sector worldwide – patients, clinicians, academic leaders, public officials, entrepreneurs and industry executives. An important session in the conference was the BrainBlitz — a roundtable session where different brain technology topics were discussed in smaller interest...
Source: SharpBrains - October 18, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Son Preminger Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Brain-Plasticity braintech Cognitive-impairment Cognitive-Training Israel motivation neuroplasticity Neurotechnology Psychotherapy schizophrenia video-games Source Type: blogs

The Mystery of the Fugitive Founder (and Longterm President of an Offshore Medical School for US Students)
We recently wrote about for-profit medical schools located offshore from the US, but catering to American students, not students from the countries in which they operate.  Now some new media reports raise further questions, if not mysteries about another set of such schools.   Two Bloomberg articles on a trial underway focused on the alleged use of offshore accounts to avoid US taxes.  These accounts were connected to the former long-term President and founder of two offshore medical schools, and his spouse, a dean at one of the schools.   The first Bloomberg article opened thus:Patricia Hough, acc...
Source: Health Care Renewal - October 16, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: offshore medical schools Saba University international medical graduates Source Type: blogs

Gilbert, Arizona: Where ‘Paranoid Schizophrenics’ Will Escape, Harm Your Children
Ahh, it’s good to see we’ve come such a long way to combat discrimination and prejudice against those who suffer from a mental illness. That is, unless you live in Gilbert, Arizona, where residents of a neighborhood across the street from a planned mental health facility are up-in-arms about the proposed hospital. “I think we all know the reality of the situation,” said one concerned resident. “We have police reports from other [...] locations where paranoid schizophrenics are able to escape and they have suicidal and homicidal thoughts. These are not people who should be running close to a n...
Source: World of Psychology - October 16, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Arizona Arizonians Behavioral Healthcare Gilbert Hospital Mental Disorder mental treatment mind Patient Psychiatric Hospital Psychiatry Psychology Tony Lube Source Type: blogs

Genetic Mutation Linked to Alzheimer’s Doubles Rate of Brain Tissue Loss
People who carry a genetic mutation associated with Alzheimer’s disease may develop the disease three years earlier than expected. +Alzheimer's Reading Room Scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have mapped the effects of that genetic mutation, showing for the first time how the Alzheimer’s risk factor affects the living human brain. The discovery is detailed in the Oct. 17 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine alongside five other studies focused on the TREM2 gene variant, whose link to Alzheimer’s was first reported in January. Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading Room Email: Genetic mut...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 16, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

Josh Marks from MasterChef Commits Suicide, Suffered from Bipolar, Schizophrenia
Sadly, among the 90-some-odd people who committed suicide in America on Friday, October 11, 2013, MasterChef contestant Josh Marks was among them. People who watched the television show may remember Josh as someone who was known as a “gentle giant.” Josh, 26 and 7’2″, was known by his friends and family as someone who was kind, well-loved and thoughtful. But the same month he lost to someone else on the final episode of MasterChef in 2012, he was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. And just last week, he was given yet another diagnosis — schizophrenia. After struggling with poor treatment o...
Source: World of Psychology - October 15, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Bipolar Celebrities Depression Disorders General Grief and Loss Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Schizophrenia Treatment America Bipolar Disorder Butler Chicago Christina Ha Gordon Ramsay Josh Marks MasterCh Source Type: blogs

Despite Depot Meds, Schizophrenia Patients Remain Non-Compliant
The failure among patients to take their meds is a costly matter. For instance, the avoidable cost opportunity for six prevalent diseases – including HIV, diabetes and high blood pressure - exceeded a whopping $105 billion last year, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. But with each disease comes different compliance – or adherence – issues. Take schizophrenia, which can pose quite different challenges. About 45 percent of these patients do not follow physician instructions when taking their medications and this represents an increase of four percentage points over 2012, according to a recent s...
Source: Pharmalot - October 15, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

Like a Cold Wind Blowing in from the North…
Well, here it is. Stark reality. The 15th day of October 2013. My first day back volunteering after a too long hiatus.  It wasn’t hard to get woken up this morning as Maggie was barking her fool head off at something outside that was disturbing to her. I used my secret weapon, a small Slim Jim, to get her back inside and then I quickly locked the dog door. I know my neighbors sighed a collective sigh of relief. Maggie’s a little dog, but she has the bark of a Great Dane – an obnoxious guttural big dog bark. In lieu of grocery shopping last night, Breakfast is going to be easy and light fare today.  Maggie a...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - October 15, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Reading an Iraqi Newspaper (14th October 2013)
Reading an issue of an Iraqi newspaper is good reflection on what is happening in Iraq these days. I do not care much about the political news but on the columns written by Iraqi individuals about their lives. Here is a reading in today’s issue of Azzaman Arabic Daily Newspaper.Hadi Abbas Hussein from Baghdad wrote a short story entitled “Tiring Delusions” about an Iraqi father who lives in a rented apartment with his two married sons. The father always had dreams about leaving Iraq. Recently he decided to go to Georgia. He told two of his friends about the idea and they asked him to do them a favor in going to Georg...
Source: psychiatry for all - October 14, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Happiness and Eating
“The happiness of pursuit” by Jeffrey Kluger (TIME MAGAZINE, 7/8-15/13) is not about eating per se, but started me musing about food and our often driven pursuit of it. The article describes how Americans tap into the “happiness industry.” Two relevant ways are “‘pills’ (the TIME poll found that 25% of American women and 5% of men say they are taking antidepressants) and ‘food’(48% of women and 44% of men admit to eating to improve their mood).” Almost half the country engages in emotional eating!  Most of you know that neurotransmitters manage our moods. Kluger tells us, “Serotonin an...
Source: Normal Eating - October 14, 2013 Category: Eating Disorders Authors: eatnormalnow Source Type: blogs

Why Don't I Hate Walter White?
I'm back from vacation and Shrink Rap resumes, even in the face of the continuing federal shutdown. Note that over on Clinical Psychiatry News, ClinkShrink wrote about "Trauma Informed Care" and how it has traumatized her,  and I have an article on "Antipsychotic medications and The Psychiatrist's Dilemma." So, I surfed over to Psycritic to read about all that is right with Breaking Bad in A Psychiatrist's Favorite Breaking Bad Moments.  Like Psycritic, I too am a Breaking Bad addict -- come to it late, then caught up in real time.  Maybe it's that we made popcorn during the episodes for a while, but the ri...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 13, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs