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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

Free Addicition Help Through The Treatment Hotline
Drug Addiction takes a toll on lives, whether it’s the user or their families. There is help available through the Addiction Treatment Hot-line. This is a source source of Free Addiction Help for addicts, family friends and co-workers. The program aims to be the most reliable source of information for those living with addiction. The hot-line provides information for all, but primarily serves those living in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. The hot-line is a Drug Addiction Resource, and provides information on different kinds of treatment. The available options for those battling addiction to alcoho...
Source: Addiction Recovery Blog - October 11, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Addiction Recovery Author Tags: Addiction Recovery Tips Source Type: blogs

The vast majority of folks I see want to kill themselves
I love football. There is one thing that I absolutely believe to be true about the sport I love. Any given team can beat any other team on any given day. Sometimes my love of sports and the little metaphors that sprout from it spill over into my workspace as well. 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 11, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

"Mental Illness and Danger to Self"
Recently Posted on SSRN (and published as a Research Paper for William and Mary Law School): "Mental Illness and Danger to Self" CYNTHIA V. WARD, William and Mary Law School When a court forces an unwilling person into psychiatric treatment,... (Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog)
Source: Neuroethics and Law Blog - October 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: NELB Staff Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: October 11, 2013
Searching for happiness is like looking for the holy grail. Everyone wants it. But no one knows how to get it. For some, it’s money. For others, it’s a relationship or home, a better body or better health. Basically, anything that completes the following sentence “I would be so much happier if ______” makes the list. But can happiness be found? Or is it a fleeting emotion to be enjoyed and savored, but part of the journey not a destination to be reached? You may find yourself disappointed if you’re on a path toward happiness. Instead in honor of World Mental Health Day, these bloggers share th...
Source: World of Psychology - October 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Abnormal Psychology Buddhist Meditation Clinical Psychology Happiness Medicine Mental Health mind Mind-body interventions Mindfulness Positive Psychology Psychiatry Schizoaffective Disorder Source Type: blogs

Physician Payment Sunshine Act: Lessons Learned in Preparation and Implementation: Summary, Video Archive, FAQ’s and Slides
   Policy and Medicine and Pharma Leaders recently held a webinar titled: "Physician Payment Sunshine Act: Lessons Learned in Preparation and Implementation." Lead by Thomas Sullivan, President of Rockpointe and Marc Eigner, Partner of Polaris Management Partners, the webinar discussed the implementation and training that organizations need to remain compliant with the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. We have included access to important materials from this session: Slides Archive Video FAQ's from Webinar Some key points from the 45-minute presentation include: In general The Sunshine Act require...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 11, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

The Seniors Are Coming: World Mental Health Day 2013
America — like the rest of the world — is facing a fundamental shift in its population from younger to older in the next few decades. Due to great leaps in technology and health, people are simply living longer. Some places aren’t well-prepared for this shift. Nowhere is that more true than in the U.S. In America, I’m ashamed to acknowledge we too-often treat seniors like people whose contributions to society have ended. They have nothing left to share, and so are shuffled off to a nursing home. How does that make the elderly feel? Let’s just say that it’s not real good for their menta...
Source: World of Psychology - October 10, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Aging General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy World Mental Health Day America Antipsychotic Community mental health service disease Geriatrics healthcare Long Term Solution Medicine Mental Health Services Psychia Source Type: blogs

HELP World Mental Health Day: Breaking Your Addiction
“Choose Hope Once, It Changes Everything” That is the slogan for HELP World Mental Health Day 2013. We are a group of passionate and dedicated students mostly from the Department of Psychology in HELP University, Malaysia trying to raise awareness regarding mental health. Our mission is to advocate mental health awareness with education. We also have a vision to destigmatize the public in Malaysia about mental health issues. Our theme this year is “Addiction”, we aim to enlighten the public about what addiction actually is, encourage people who are suffering from addiction to seek professional help, and lastly to...
Source: World of Psychology - October 10, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: General Policy and Advocacy World Mental Health Day Addiction Alcoholism awareness Dr. Andrew Mohanraj Dr. Hazli Zakaria Drug Abuse Drug Addiction Facebook Guest of Honors local newspaper Malaysia official Substance Abuse Source Type: blogs

Recovery from Schizoaffective Disorder is Possible
“You never hear stories about people recovering from schizophrenia, so I was just really scared to talk about it,” says Jonny Benjamin in an excellent self-made documentary on schizoaffective disorder. Benjamin details the emergence and course of his illness, suicidal episodes, and why he was afraid to disclose all his symptoms to doctors even as he did seek help for depression. Stigma from the media and movies led him to believe he’d be hospitalized for life and never recover from schizophrenia. Fortunately, he found that this is not true. Many people do successfully recover and learn to manage symptoms...
Source: Channel N - October 10, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Documentary brain Jonny Benjamin peer psychiatry psychology psychosis recovery Schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia suicide video Source Type: blogs

When electroconvulsive therapy is the right choice
At the end of medical school, when it was time to choose my specialty, I was torn between psychiatry and internal medicine.  Psychiatry seemed most suited to my interests and aptitudes.  Focusing on the mind and mental illness bridged my interest in the big questions of human existence and the practice of medicine.  On the other hand, it was hard to see how being a psychiatrist would fit with the vision of being a medical missionary that motivated me to become a doctor in the first place.  I, therefore, chose to receive the broader training that internal medicine would provide. Continue reading ... Your patients are r...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 9, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

The conundrum of forcing treatment on psychiatric patients
When is it justified to force treatment on someone? Some would shout a resounding,impassioned, all inclusive, “Never!” No psychiatric coercion, not ever, not even under the most seemingly urgent of circumstances. I once put the question to its supreme test — 35 years ago while having dinner with Tom Szasz. Tom was the probably the greatest defender of patient rights since Pinel (the father of modern psychiatry who, two centuries ago, started the profession off on the right foot by releasing the mentally ill from their chains). Tom’s landmark book The Myth of Mental Illness, written one half century...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 9, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Investigating the fallout of a suicide - BMJ
This study was a comparison of atypical antipsychotics for the treatment of first episodes of schizophrenia (the CAFE study). The study’s structure was that of a Phase 4 randomized, double blind trial comparing the effectiveness of three different atypical antipsychotic drugs: Zyprexa (olanzapine), Risperdal (risperidone) and Seroquel (quetiapine), with each patient to be treated for a year.After about two weeks on study treatment in the hospital, Markingson was discharged to a halfway house. His mother, Mary Weiss, raised repeated concerns about his condition, questioning his involvement in the trial, but he eventually ...
Source: PharmaGossip - October 9, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Despite Critics Dismissal - Off Label Prescribing May Benefit Patients
Over the past several years, the federal government and law enforcement agencies have increasingly investigated and prosecuted large pharmaceutical and medical device companies for off-label marketing. Various media outlets have covered these settlements and cases and others have even conducted their own investigations (e.g., ProPublica. Consequently, a recent article from the Pacific Standard, written by Ford Vox, a rehabilitation physician at Shepherd Center, addressed an investigation conducted by The Washington Post that looked into off-label prescribing. Vox, who treats survivors of acquired brain injury and spina...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 9, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Men In Mid-Life Crisis, Not Easy for the Wife, Either.
I'm not doing bad at all - no crying spells, I seem to get happy a normal amount of time.  But there IS a problem that I'm not sure how to deal with at this time.I know that in a healthy relationship you are somehow supposed to detach your emotions from your significant other.  I don't mean not CARE about them, but not to let them ruin your mood or bring you down.  Is that actually realistic? Because I just don't know how to do that and get a tremendous amount of anxiety.  I'm the type of person that wants to "fix" everyone.My husband is going through a rough time emotionally right now.  He's got a...
Source: - October 8, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

How a marriage with big pharma ended in divorce
By Sophie Arie, freelance journalist The abrupt termination last week of an umbrella group of leading drug companies, royal medical colleges, and leading health organisations comes as no surprise to critics of the body’s pro-pharma statements. Sophie Arie investigates In March 2012 a group of 19 of Britain’s leading pharmaceutical and healthcare bodies1 published two documents that were meant to provide definitive guidance on the interaction between doctors and drug companies and transparency in clinical trials. The short, pamphlet style documents—Guidance on Collaboration between Healthca...
Source: PharmaGossip - October 8, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Reader Question – I smoke cigarettes to help me quit marijuana and it doesn’t work?
Many of you might be asking this same question so I’m posting with the answer here. Enjoy. The question is from Mozin I decided a while back that I should smoke a cigarette every time after I smoke a marijuana bowl. This would help me to help me quit smoking marijuana. I heard cigarettes are gross and give you lung cancer so I don’t like it at all. It’s not working though, whats the best way to stop? Answer: The realty is that weed as a drug is addictive, but it has one property that makes it easier to quit, the drug remains in the body for many days after using so there is a natural weaning process as t...
Source: Addiction Recovery Blog - October 7, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Addiction Recovery Author Tags: Opiate Treatment Source Type: blogs

Sucker’s Bet
I attended the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress meeting last week and actually attended the meetings (the event was held in Las Vegas), but I was disappointed by the absence of lectures about addiction.  There are other mental health groups geared more toward addiction, but one would think that psychiatry would maintain a strong presence […] (Source: Suboxone Talk Zone)
Source: Suboxone Talk Zone - October 7, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: J T Junig Tags: Benzos Costs pharmacology receptor actions risks side effects Suboxone tolerance treatment detox clinic heal opiate receptors how long does withdrawal last ice caps rapid detox Suboxone withdrawal Source Type: blogs

This Week in Mentalists: The 2012 Winners and Runners-up Edition
Hi everyone. It’s Amanda here from Beauty From Pain Blog. Sorry this is coming to you so late in the weekend. I was being my usual procrastinating self! Now I’m sure you’ve likely seen the announcement of the This Week in Mentalists Awards 2013. (If you haven’t, do please check them out, and get nominating.) In doing this week’s round-up, I thought ‘why not go back and check in with some of last year’s winners and runner-ups?’ Let’s see what they’ve been up to and how they’ve been lately. So here goes. Firstly, I’d like to say that I do look forwa...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - October 6, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Amanda Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

Coming Off Medications Guide - In Japanese!
The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs was recently translated in Japanese! Thanks to the amazing translation team of Madness Radio listeners Dr. Tsuyoshi Matsuo, Makoto and Yuko Matsuo, Richard Sadowsky, Kyoko Hamashima, Mari Yamamoto, and Mika Jarmusz, with layout support by Seth Kadish You can download the new guide here. Download the scrambled pages printer version here. (Source: The Icarus Project - Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness)
Source: The Icarus Project - Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness - October 5, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Icarus Project Tags: alternative treatments books coming off meds/withdrawal community icarus downloads icarus organizational icarus press news popular education materials Source Type: blogs

FDA guidelines for mobile health apps relevant to cognitive/ mental health [feedly]
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Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - October 4, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Possible Postpartum Psychosis Behind DC Car Attack
This situation is just sad. Some people will say that if we had better availability of mental health care or greater awareness of mental illness, this might not have happened. I'd make no such assumption. The police reported finding psychiatric medication in her home. Maybe she was in treatment. Maybe the meds were inadequate or the wrong meds. Maybe she went off her medications. Maybe she had a bad reaction to the medications. Psychiatry is anything but an exact science. (Source: Dr. X's Free Associations)
Source: Dr. X's Free Associations - October 4, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: DrX Tags: Front Page Source Type: blogs

SMART Recovery and AA
SMART Recovery Can be Good Alternative or Addition to AA: Researcher For some people in recovery, SMART Recovery groups are a valuable alternative or addition to traditional 12-step groups, according to a researcher at Penn State University. SMART Recovery groups are facilitator-led, structured discussion groups that are closely aligned with counseling techniques. Unlike Alcoholics Anonymous and other traditional 12-step groups, SMART Recovery focuses on self-empowerment instead of surrendering to a higher power, says Deirdre O’Sullivan, PhD, Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Specia...
Source: Recovery Is - October 4, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Sparrow Tags: Alcoholics Anonymous SMART Recovery SMART Recovery and AA Source Type: blogs

FDA guidelines for mobile health apps relevant to cognitive/ mental health
21 types of health apps the FDA could regulate but won’t (MobiHealthNews): “The FDA final guidance finally published last week and it included very few surprises. One new section in the final guidelines — that was not included in the draft guidance — is a list of the types of apps that the FDA says will fall under its enforcement discretion. That means that these apps may meet the definition of a medical device, but the “FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion for these mobile apps because they pose lower risk to the public…In the pages to follow is a roundup of the FDA’s list of apps that it does not ...
Source: SharpBrains - October 4, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology anxiety depression FDA medical device mobile apps psychiatric apps Source Type: blogs

The Carlat Reports: Independent Publications You Should be Reading
Back in 2008, I met ground-breaking psychiatrist Danny Carlat. You might remember Dr. Carlat because the year before he started a blog and published an important op-ed in the New York Times about the influence that pharmaceutical companies have in marketing their drugs to physicians. (To learn more, read about it when I interviewed him here.) What you may not have realized is that Dr. Carlat got his start with his own monthly psychiatric newsletter called, fittingly enough, The Carlat Psychiatry Report in 2003. Since its humble beginnings as a single newsletter, the Carlat Publishing empire has grown, now supporting two ad...
Source: World of Psychology - October 4, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Policy and Advocacy Professional Psychiatry Psychology Psychotherapy Carlat Carlat Publishing Consumer Reports coupon code Danny Carlat founder Health Care Mental Disorder Mental Health Mental Health Professional Ph Source Type: blogs

Does Stress Increase Alzheimer's Risk for Women?
Conclusions The study shows that common psychosocial stressors may have severe and long-standing physiological and psychological consequences. More studies are needed to confirm these results and investigate whether more interventions such as stress management and behavioural therapy should be initiated in individuals who have experienced psychosocial stressors. Source BMJ Open, This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 3.0) license, which permits ot...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - October 3, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

Why the despicable deserve the best care possible
I received a very intriguing question the other day. “What happens when someone despicable, someone who has committed some horrible act or made some terrible decision, comes in for evaluation or treatment and you have to see them?” I have been asked to see child molesters of the worst kind, men (usually) who have done things so vile to children that it would make your stomach turn to hear about them. Having raised three daughters of my own and now having two grandchildren and another on the way, these things brought forth such a visceral reaction from me that it was all I could do sometime to continue the interview and...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 2, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Living with Co-Occurring Mental & Substance Abuse Disorders
Substance abuse is defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes. Mental illness refers to disorders generally characterized by dysregulation of mood, thought, or behavior, as recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition, of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5). When a person is suffering from both a substance abuse and a mental health disorder, it is called a co-occurring disorder. Some people refer to this as “dual diagnosis.” According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 50 percent of individuals with severe mental hea...
Source: World of Psychology - October 2, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Donna M. White, LPCI, CACP Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Substance Abuse Treatment Abnormal Psychology Dual Diagnosis Illness Mental Disorder Mood Disorder Nami other services Psychiatry Psychosis Schizophrenia Source Type: blogs

Navy Yard Shooter Case: Signs of Trouble Missed?
The difference between a clinical sign, an outwardly observable indication of an underlying condition, and a symptom, a person's subjective report of their discomfort, is crucial to understanding how the system can fail to "connect the dots" in time to prevent tragedy.Tags: anxiety and stress, bereavement, law enforcement, news and research, politics, psychiatry (Source: Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life)
Source: Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life - October 2, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dr George Simon, PhD Tags: General anxiety and stress bereavement law enforcement news and research politics psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Who is right? US or EU?
ADHD Pill Faces High Hurdle in Europe as Stigma PersistsThe European debut of a pill to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder faces a major hurdle: convincing people the condition exists.Shire Plc (SHP), the world’s biggest seller of ADHD drugs, has been rolling out the pill, Vyvanse, in eight countries while discussing the prevalence of the illness with doctors at psychiatry conferences around Europe. More than 90 percent of the Dublin-based company’s sales of ADHD drugs come from the U.S., where the illness is diagnosed about 25 times more frequently than in the U.K.While attitudes va...
Source: PharmaGossip - October 2, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Medical Mispronunciations and Misspelled Words: The Definitive List.
Hearing medical mispronunciations and seeing misspelled words are an under appreciated  joy of working in healthcare.  Physicians often forget just how alien the language of medicine is to people who don't live it everyday.  The best part about being a physician is not helping people recover from critical illness. The best part is not  about  listening and understanding with compassion and empathy.  Nope, the best part about being a physician is hearing patients and other healthcare providers butcher the language of medicine and experiencing great entertainment in the process.   Doctors c...
Source: The Happy Hospitalist - October 2, 2013 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Authors: Tamer Mahrous Source Type: blogs

Why solutions to mental health continue to evade us
Another tragedy, another tragic series of errors, another avalanche of debriefings and politicization, and in Washington, DC, there are 12 more dead.  What can we say about this?  It seems that the standard commentary fails.  Aaron Alexis was not an angry white man, nor a conservative.  He carried no assault rifle and he had a secret security clearance. He doesn’t seem to have been motivated by race.  He was a educated consultant.  He certainly wasn’t a radical Islamist.  In fact, he was allegedly a Buddhist.  (A demographic not known for violent outbursts these days.) Continue reading ... Your patients are ra...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 1, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Antidepressants Over the Medium and Long Term: Little to No Evidence
Last month, in two posts - Antidepressants: the Evidence and Antidepressants Over the Short Term - we examined the scientific evidence for treating depression with antidepressants. I principally relied on three major clinical treatment guidelines that were published over 2009-2010.    These included the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depressive Disorder, the... (Source: John McManamy's SharePosts)
Source: John McManamy's SharePosts - October 1, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: John McManamy Source Type: blogs

60 Minutes: Connecting Mental Illness to Violence with Little Data, Facts
Last night, a poorly researched piece by Steve Kroft appeared on the television news program, 60 Minutes. I say “poorly researched” because it took me all of five minutes to find problems in what some of those interviewed on the program said. While truthy, it wasn’t exactly the whole truth. The core problem this program displayed is making a post hoc logical fallacy of connecting two seemingly-related things and suggesting a causal relationship exists. Because some of the people who commit mass killings have mental health issues, this is a sign of “a failed mental health system that’s prohibit...
Source: World of Psychology - September 30, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Minding the Media Policy and Advocacy Psychiatry Psychology Treatment Violence and Aggression Source Type: blogs

Parenting the crying child: Remember to take care of yourself
I don’t think of myself as someone who is easily angered. In my capacity as a mental health provider, I have been called every name in the book, spat at and nearly assaulted. Although these experiences are never pleasant, I can intellectualize away my feelings about patients’ hostile behavior: this is just a part of their illness. While I have certainly felt frustrated after a long night on call, I would not describe myself as feeling genuinely angry toward these patients. I don’t think I knew what real anger was until our daughter arrived. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Ma...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 30, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Physician Pediatrics Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

So Many Wings: Re-imagining the Icarus Project’s Blog
The Icarus Project is in the process of redeveloping our front-page blog as a space for powerful, transgressive stories, articles, interviews, and resources that aren’t being widely published in other alternative mental health media outlets. We want to center the voices and badass organizing of people of color, queers, working-class folks, people with disabilities, and other marginalized voices, offering space not only for counter narratives to the biomedical model of psychiatry, but also for a lot more beauty and brilliance in who gets to speak. We want to expand the dialogue regarding mental health, human rights, liber...
Source: The Icarus Project - Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness - September 30, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Icarus Project Tags: Journal Source Type: blogs

Think about alcohol as a prescription drug
Imagine there was a practice that I could teach you that would reduce your relative risk of having a heart attack by nearly 40%. Imagine also that if you carried out this practice just once a week you’d find yourself feeling less anxious, more confident, better able to enjoy yourself socially, and in general significantly less stressed (at least while actively engaged in it). Imagine finally that the practice itself wasn’t hard but in fact enjoyable. That it would take almost no effort — no activation energy — on your part to engage in it. Would you take my prescription? Continue reading ... Your patients ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 29, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

A Close Encounter with Thich Nhat Hanh
I was eating my California wrap outside at a local coffee shop in Boston when without reason I began to weep. Tears began rolling down my face, which made me feel as if I were sitting in a steady rain. It was as if my eyes had suddenly sprung a leak or a nearby sprinkler had found me. Initially I didn’t have any feeling, but within seconds after the tears began like a fountain, I felt what seemed like an inconsolable pain — a deep sorrow that grew in intensity. It was as profound and moving as any emotion I’ve ever had. Within the space of a brief moment I had gone from enjoying my lunch at a sidewalk café on ...
Source: World of Psychology - September 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D. Tags: Celebrities General Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Proof Positive Amazement Barbara Fredrickson Buddhist Meditation Deep Sorrow Emotion Emotions Human Rights Intensity Jon Kabat Zinn Order of Interbeing Positive Chang Source Type: blogs

#MentalPatient – where it all started and what it all means
When I sneaked a peak at my emails (ironically in the middle of a Time to Change Leeds steering group meeting) and clicked on an Asda link from one of our consultant psychiatrists, @nuwandiss, my heart started palpitating. I couldn’t believe the image in front of me. Surely this Halloween costume was a wind up? But the URL was legit. I shared it with colleagues around the table. We all gasped. Filed under: Mental Health, The News & Policies. (Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy)
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - September 29, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Quinonostante Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

“We can cure the #mentalhealth service crisis” claim professionals. #ukmh
“Mental health services have been under an inordinate amount of pressure over the past few weeks, with no inpatient beds in the public or private sector available in the whole of England, according to several clinicians. Ever since asylums closed down in the 1980s, and their lands sold to property developers to plug budget gaps, pressures on inpatient psychiatric beds have been tremendous, while successive governments have pushed through untested and unproven policies based on ideologies. The so-called Nicholson challenge, to make efficiency savings of £20bn by 2014, has led to major budget cuts in the NHS. These...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - September 29, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Quinonostante Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. inpatient beds mental health service psychiatric beds Source Type: blogs

David Healy appeals
Two years ago, the European Ombudsman ruled that the European Medicines Agency should open up access to Clinical Trial Data for anyone who applied from anywhere in the world.  Six months ago two US pharmaceutical companies AbbVie and InterMune took a legal action against EMA that has closed down access to all trial data for all drugs for all doctors and researchers anywhere in the world.. Most people have not heard of AbbVie. Until recently they were Abbott Laboratories, one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. They make Humira, a monoclonal antibody used for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Croh...
Source: PharmaGossip - September 29, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

The Somnambulistic and the Sun
She stands before you naked you can see it, you can taste it, and she comes to you light as the breeze. Now you can drink it or you can nurse it, it don't matter how you worship as long as you're down on your knees. He woke up that day feeling numb and while he was taking on his clothes he started regurgitating his dream as a phlegmatic breakfast. He went walking for work feeling dazed with a constant hiss in his ears. While he was walking he noticed that the sun is facing him so he decided to keep "staring at the sun" till somebody looking like Robin Williams appeared and said "hi". The&...
Source: psychiatry for all - September 27, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Synapse Evolution with Seth Grant (BSP 101)
Seth Grant (click photo to hear interview) Early in his career Seth Grant helped develop the transgenic mice that Eric Kandel used in his studies of how memory works. Since then he has combined his skill in genetics with his work on isolating the proteins that form the functional components of the synapse. (The synapse is a key component in the nervous systems of all multi-cellular animals.) When we last talked back in BSP 51 I was particularly struck by how many of these proteins actually evolved with single celled life--long before the arrival of nervous systems.Recently Grant's work has focused on the ...
Source: the Brain Science Podcast and Blog with Dr. Ginger Campbell - September 27, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Ginger Campbell, MD Tags: Brain Evolution Brain Research Interviews learning Neuroscience Podcast Show Notes Source Type: blogs