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New Path?
SOME of my purchases were delivered yesterday - SIX! And I know there are so many more on the way! As I was opening them, I felt so much regret, I felt like an idiot, wasting all that money and didn't have any excitement whatsoever about each thing.  As a matter of fact, I was thinking I couldn't believe spent so much money on junk.Mark called when I was upset about it, and as soon as he heard my voice, because spouses just know each other that well, he knew I was sad.  He asked if I was and I told him yes, but at that time I hadn't figured out the reason why yet, I just thought the feeling came over me for ...
Source: - November 13, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Who Are the 5-10 Percent That Get Alzheimer's?
Conclusions Regardless of how low a person’s test scores were, the researchers determined that lopsidedness in their score distribution correlated with dementia. They predicted that people with low scores that were evenly distributed were not likely to develop dementia. But those with clearly lopsided test score distributions on the 13 measures administered were already experiencing varying levels of dementia. “Departures from the normal bell-shaped pattern of variability on cognitive tests might determine which people with low scores develop dementia,” says David J. Schretlen, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 13, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

On Giving Gifts to Patients: Where's Your Line?
There is an interesting article in the New York Times by Abigail Zuger called When Healers Get Too Friendly.  The author talks about giving a patient her old laptop, stripped clean, with no other useful destination but the back of a closet, and most likely, ultimately the trash. Dr. Zuger writes:And now it is suddenly decades later, his H.I.V. has long been perfectly controlled, and he is still fomenting revolution. He used to march and holler; now he works social media with a miserable old desktop computer that keeps breaking down.As it happens, about a week before one of our infrequent appointments — he barely nee...
Source: Shrink Rap - November 13, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Sarah L.
Sarah’s story is a reminder that gluten sensitivity comes in many different forms. – Dr. Perlmutter 11 years ago, in my third trimester of pregnancy, I developed itchy skin that made my life all but unbearable. I did neither marks nor welts on my skin. I considered myself “lucky” when hives would show so people didn’t think I was totally crazy. I saw my GP, dermatologists, and of course a psychiatrist. I was prescribed Effexor, Adavan, Xanax. Nothing helped the itch, and I knew these drugs were not what I needed. I wasn’t crazy or depressed. I was crazy and depressed because my skin felt...
Source: Renegade Neurologist - A Blog by David Perlmutter, MD, FACN - November 12, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: gbadmin Tags: Success adavan digestive effexor gluten free Gluten Sensitivity itch itchy skin Pregnancy Pregnant xanax Source Type: blogs

Free Webinar: The Heart of Self-Acceptance
Join Francine Shapiro, Noah Rubinstein and Mike Bundrant for this special, one-hour event, The Heart of Self-Acceptance. During this live webinar, each speaker will discuss how to gain greater self-acceptance as well as fundamental obstacles that get in the way. This free webinar will be hosted on Monday, Nov. 18 @ 7:00 PM EST. Registration is free, but space is limited. Do you need to learn to accept yourself? You will leave this presentation with clear ideas that you can act upon immediately to improve your self-worth. After the presentations, PsychCentral host Zoë Kessler will moderate a panel discussion by allowing ...
Source: World of Psychology - November 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Personality Psychology Self-Esteem Self-Help Webinar EMDR EMDR Institute Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing francine shapiro iNLP Center Mental Health Mental Health Professional Mike Bundrant Noah Rubinstein Source Type: blogs

Scientists Predict Time It Takes from Alzheimer’s Diagnosis to Nursing Home and Death
A Columbia University Medical Center-led research team has clinically validated a new method for predicting time to full-time care, nursing home residence, or death for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. +Alzheimer's Reading Room The method, which uses data gathered from a single patient visit, is based on a complex model of Alzheimer’s disease progression that the researchers developed by consecutively following two sets of Alzheimer’s patients for 10 years each. The results were published online ahead of print in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading Room Email: ...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 11, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

This Week in Mentalists – Final Edition
This Week in Mentalists is a series that’s been going for several years now, hosted on various blogs. It’s now time for it to come to an end. As I described a few days ago, this is for a few reasons. The round-ups have been declining in popularity for a while now. The various changes of websites probably didn’t help, and it’s something that accelerated when Pandora had to depart from being co-editor due to an unexpected pregnancy. Ultimately though, the main reason is that the way people talk to each other on social media has evolved. Previously the main focus of conversation was on blogs. People st...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - November 10, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Zarathustra Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

Huge Pre-trib list
Discussion.url16 Seriously Creepy Things Kids Have Said - The Epoch Times.urlA Look Into The Darkness ? Jay Parker w- Jeff Rense - A Most Righteous Rant Against Our Dictator Obama!!! - An October Surprise In November.urlAre Blacks Monsters Is Crime a White Idea 2cypher - Real Politics for real people.urlAudioslave - I Am The Highway (Lyrics) - Audioslave - I Am The Highway - Autumn In November - Kirwin.urlBarack Obamas Hidden Past With Bill Whittle Part 1) - BEST of OBAMA VOTERS - Black mobs and the coming race war.urlBlack Panthers Condemn Obama - Boy, 14, 'slashed teacher, 24, to death - Can God Turn this Game Around - ...
Source: Nightmare Hall - Welcome to my nightmare - November 9, 2013 Category: HIV AIDS Source Type: blogs

Final Rules for U.S. Mental Health Parity Released: No Surprises But Also No Silver Bullet
Much was made this past week about the Obama administration’s publication of the final rules that put into place the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Some media reports are suggesting that this will take down all barriers to mental health treatment. However, the reality is a little bit more complicated, as I last noted in this article. The release of the final rules will have little impact to most Americans, because most insurance companies already were complying with the interim final rules. But you wouldn’t know that from the media coverage, which glosse...
Source: World of Psychology - November 9, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Minding the Media Policy and Advocacy Treatment Audie Cornish Health Care Insurance Insurance Companies Insurance Company Julie Rovner Managed care media reports Medical Care Medicine Mental Source Type: blogs

7 life lessons I learned from surfing
Sometimes I’m surprised I wasn’t born with gills. It’s like I was meant to spend more time in water than on land. I didn’t discover this until I was thirteen or so, when I started high school and had to join a sports team because of a school requirement. I arbitrarily chose water polo, because it was a fall sport. I sucked at it, but fell in love. I played competitively through high school and college. When I graduated, I wasn’t ready to give up the water yet and joined a masters swim team. I swam regularly through medical school, even setting a couple of records in competitions. Continue reading ... Your patien...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 9, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Divide and Ruin
Been reading . Just read about 'Munich' regarding which the author, Fritz Stern, asserts that General Beck, then head of the German military, had prepared a coup should England have refused to give in to Hitler's demands. The first World War was in part occasioned by Britain's strategy of keeping down a strong power on the continent, which conflict Germany looked to win without German opposition. This apparently mirrored Britain's strategy in India where it sought to keep in conflict potentially rival factions so that it could rule. It is what Britain did in interwar Palestine promoting ant anti-Jewish mufti over other mor...
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - November 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Tags: Book Britain Germany Holocaust Jewish war Source Type: blogs

Link feast
Our 10 favourite psychology and neuroscience links from the last week or so: A neuroscientist shares his experience of being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease: "I am still at the beginning of my fascinating, frightening and ultimately life-affirming journey as a brain scientist with a disabling disease of the brain." How stressed are you? Take the BBC's Stress Test compiled by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The latest research on the teenage brain - watch Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's Rosalind Franklin lecture at the Royal Society last week. Neuroscientists are scrambling to work out what Ob...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - November 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs

University Researchers Are Seen as Enablers in Latest Major Drug Fraud
By Paul BaskenFederal prosecutors on Thursday concluded another multibillion-dollar settlement with a major pharmaceutical company accused of illegally marketing its drugs.In this case, the company was Johnson & Johnson, the total payment was $2.2-billion, and the key drug was Risperdal, which was approved by federal regulators to treat schizophrenia in adults but was being marketed for other patients, including children with behavioral problems.As with similar instances involving other major drug companies in recent years, the case file includes a list of academic researchers who wrote articles for medical journals th...
Source: PharmaGossip - November 8, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Medicare and that PQRS thing that you have to do by the end of 2013: A Guide for the totally wretched
Warning: boring content intended for Medicare clinicians who file claims.  Even a graphic won't spice this up. Blanket disclaimer: I have no special insights and I did my best to get someone to figure this out for me.  I am not liable or responsible in anyway if the information below is wrong, if Medicare cuts your fees or repossesses your first-born. Medicare and I have a hate-hate relationship, yet still, I remain a non-participating provider and have not opted out.  It's a matter of time, and grappling with my own guilt and inertia, but for the moment, I remain under their thumb.  Over on Reidbord'...
Source: Shrink Rap - November 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Drinking and Diabetes Don't Mix
Compared with some other stuff we put in our mouths, the trouble with alcohol might not seem to be a big deal for most of us who have diabetes. We all know, of course, that even a little alcohol can mean big trouble for those of us who can’t handle alcohol in moderation. More than 30 percent of adult Americans have “experienced alcohol use disorders during their lifetimes,” according to a 2007 study in JAMA Psychiatry. That... (Source: David Mendosa's SharePosts)
Source: David Mendosa's SharePosts - November 7, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: David Mendosa Source Type: blogs

The NY SAFE Act and Mandatory Reporting: Following Up 7 Months Later
Over on Clinical Psychiatry News, I have a post up on how it's going with the NY SAFE Act and the provision that requires reporting of mentally ill patients who are judged to be "likely to be dangerous."  If you're interested, surf over there.  Comments are welcome on either site.  Hopefully, I'll be back later with more posts.  Life has been a bit busy lately!----- Listen to our latest podcast at 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 - November 7, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Yahoo - poem about aging with dementia
Turning true-blue loyal friends into treacherous strangers. Dementiaby Max WallackIt gallops in silently on powerful hoofs Snatching sweet, precious, forgotten memories Turning true-blue loyal friends into treacherous strangers Clogging synapses with emptiness Crumbling trust into excruciating paranoia With bleak darkness comes the anxious wakefulness of broad daylight And bitter terror encompasses every living fiber "If I sleep, where will I be when I wake up?" The compulsion to run, the paralysis of fear Mature, child-like dependence Retracing youthful development, but in rapid reverse Cureless medicines, meaningless ...
Source: I am an Alzheimer's Caregiver - November 6, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

Medication, Take Me Away
I just did something that is probably not so great.  I stopped taking Geoden over 2 years ago and I just took 4 of them and considering taking more.  I just want my life to go away.  No, not suicide, but I would be totally fine if one day I died in my sleep.  Can't think of a better way to go.Mark's mid-life crisis is so overwhelming.  No, I'm not the one having the crisis but he is so unpredictable, so argumentative, and says hurtful things without realizing it.  Other than ranting and raving all the time about how he became a failure and how he has the worst luck in the world and I could jus...
Source: - November 6, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

A New, and Huge ($2.2 Billion) Settlement for Johnson and Johnson, but "No Individuals were Charged with Wrongdoing"
The march of legal settlements made by big health care organizations has resumed with a bang.  As reported in most major media outlets, giant drug/ device/ biotechnology company Johnson and Johnson has made a big settlement with the US Department of Justice.The Basics of the SettlementAs reported by Bloomberg / Businessweek, Johnson & Johnson agreed to resolve criminal and civil probes into the marketing of Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug, and other medicines by paying more than $2.2 billion, one of the largest U.S. health-fraud penalties. J&J’s Janssen unit will plead guilty to a misdemeanor criminal ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - November 5, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: deception kickbacks Johnson and Johnson impunity crime marketing legal settlements Source Type: blogs

Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations
Despite the FDA warnings and increased health risks, from 1999 through 2005, Janssen aggressively marketed Risperdal to control behavioral disturbances in dementia patients through an “ElderCare sales force” designed to target nursing homes and doctors who treated the elderly. Allegations Include Off-label Marketing and Kickbacks to Doctors and Pharmacists. +Alzheimer's Reading Room Global health care giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from allegations relating to the prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natr...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 5, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations - DoJ
Johnson & Johnson to Pay More Than $2.2 Billion to Resolve Criminal and Civil Investigations Allegations Include Off-label Marketing and Kickbacks to Doctors and Pharmacists WASHINGTON - Global health care giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from allegations relating to the prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor, including promotion for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and payment of kickbacks to physicians and to the nation’s largest long-term care phar...
Source: PharmaGossip - November 5, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

J&J to pay $2.2B to settle Risperdal marketing allegations
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay over $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company promoted powerful psychiatric drugs for unapproved uses in children, seniors and disabled patients, the Department of Justice announced on Monday.The agreement is the third-largest settlement with a drugmaker in U.S. history, and the latest in a string of actions against drug companies allegedly putting profits ahead of patients.Justice Department officials alleged that J&J used illegal marketing tactics and kickbacks to persuade physicians and pharmacists to prescribe Risperdal and Invega, both antipsyc...
Source: PharmaGossip - November 5, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Update Satellite — 11-04-2013
See more medical news from around the web on my other blog at 72 year old Connecticut patient awarded $9.3 million after being hospitalized for UTI, then given overdose of Lovenox. She developed intra-abdominal bleeding and required several surgeries and blood transfusions to correct the problem. She also developed a large abscess at the site of a central line insertion. Attorneys for the patient say that it was “an understatement” to say that the standard of care was violated. One of the ideas behind providing more patients with “insurance” (not with “health care,” mind you) is that the insured...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - November 5, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Healthcare Update Source Type: blogs

An interesting comment on The Guardian’s #Bedlam review. #MentalHealth
I was particularly drawn to this reader comment:  Lynnh61 02 November 2013 10:51am   Recommended 7   “Without wishing to take anything away from the courage of the participants for allowing the cameras to record their experiences I really felt the programme was otherwise disappointing as it seems again to go no further than provide another reductionist view of mental health focusing largely on symptoms and treatments providing viewers with a similar viewpoint to that of the Victorians visited the old asylums. This seems especially true when compared with this week’s BBC 4 series, Disowned and Dis...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - November 4, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Quinonostante Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. anxiety bedlam disability movement discrimination OCD stigma The Guardian Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's, Money, and the Checkbook
Why would any Alzheimer's caregiver think or believe that a person living with Alzheimer's disease is competent enough to handle their own finances, write checks, and make decisions on major purchases like a car? By Bob DeMarco +Alzheimer's Reading Room Alzheimer's caregivers often experience problems with money, checkbooks, and scams being perpetrated on persons lviing with Alzheimer's disease. I have to scratch my head on this one. Why would any Alzheimer's caregiver think or believe that a person living in a state of dementia is competent enough to handle their own finances, write checks, and make decisions on majo...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 4, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

How To Beat Your Negativity Bias
Reframing is possibly the most powerful tool self development and Life Coaching has to offer. It has been scientifically proven not just to improve happiness, but also to change the structure of the brain in a positive way. I think we can both agree that’s very cool, but what’s even cooler is that it’s not even that hard to do if you can be arsed. In fact even though I don’t know you I’d go as far as to say you’re already probably an expert reframer. That’s the good news, but there’s some bad news to follow. The Negativity Bias As a Human Being you’re hard-wired to remember negative events more easily...
Source: Life Coach Blog: The Discomfort Zone : - November 3, 2013 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Tim Brownson Tags: Life Coaching Source Type: blogs

This Week in Mentalists Awards 2013 – The Shortlist
After a month of nominations from the public, we now have a shortlist for the This Week in Mentalists Awards 2013. This is the fourth year of the awards, showcasing the best in mental health blogging (and also for the first time this year, vlogging). Sifting through the nominations to come up with a shortlist turned out to be a tricky one, not least because a lot of people nominated without stating a category, or stated a category when a blog seemed more to belong in a rather different once. Hence I’ve had to do a certain amount of juggling between the categories. The more eagle-eyed readers may notice that one categ...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - November 3, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Zarathustra Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. TWIM awards Source Type: blogs

When is it Time to Get Help for My Mental Health or Relationship Concern?
As a therapist, a common question I get asked is: “When is the best time to get help?” It may not have even occurred to you to get some professional advice, even if you’ve Googled your problem. It’s common to believe that you should be able to fix it yourself and that seeking help is a sign of weakness. Every day, I see clients who have tolerated a problem for way too long. Whether the problem is a marital- or work-related issue, it’s possible that the person has had it for years or even decades. I hear myriad tales of all kinds of abuse: verbal, emotional, sexual and even physical. My clients ask me...
Source: World of Psychology - November 3, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Sophie Henshaw, DPsych Tags: Family General Marriage and Divorce Men's Issues Money and Financial Psychology Psychotherapy Relationships Stress Treatment Women's Issues child support Cost-benefit analysis Mental Health Mental Health Treatment Psychiatric Source Type: blogs

The Gift of Adversity: An Interview with Dr. Norman Rosenthal
Today I have the privilege of interviewing Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the noted research psychiatrist about his new book, “The Gift of Adversity,” that explores how life’s disappointments and difficulties provide us with the lessons we need to become better, bigger, and more resilient human beings. As a world-class psychiatrist, what have you found to be the most important tool your patients can arm themselves with when confronting adversity? The most important tool is a clear head. Don’t panic. In most situations there is time to think; thinking is your friend, and impulsive action is your enemy. Analyze the situation,...
Source: World of Psychology - November 3, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Books General Interview Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness Motivation and Inspiration Adversity Concentration Camps Depression Human Norman Rosenthal Psychology Viktor Frankl Source Type: blogs

I was trying to figure out this much maligned malaise I am in today when I remembered my father gave me my medications yesterday at 2 PM after he closed the pharmacy at noon and they have long since worn off. I took some more of my psychiatric medications and hopefully in an hour I will be feeling better.  I also think my blood pressure medication is the key component to me feeling better today. Especially regarding the fatigue I feel. Corralled By Graybeard… Earlier today, I was driving to my parent’s house to pick up some lunch.  Graybeard, with his Gilligan’s hat, waves me to a stop practically getting i...
Source: The 4th Avenue Blues - November 3, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Andrew Quixote Source Type: blogs

Ailurophobia (fear of cats) and the ability to sense their presence
Here's a leftover Halloween treat from American neurologist Silas Weir Mitchell (1829–1914).1 Mitchell was an illustrious physician known for discovering complex regional pain syndrome, coining the term "phantom limb", and prescribing the sexist "rest cure" (bed rest) for 19th century nervous maladies.2 His work on the treatment of neurasthenia and hysteria had an influence on Sigmund Freud, although the treatments were medical in nature and not psychoanalytic.In 1902, he consulted on a case of a young female patient who had an extreme fear of cats, and claimed she could always tell if one was nearby. Mitchell was skepti...
Source: The Neurocritic - November 2, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

An Update on How the U.S. Affordable Care Act Impacts Mental Health Care
I last wrote what the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare or the ACA) will mean to mental health treatment in the U.S. over a year ago. Since the Act’s passage and further analysis of it, it’s time to revisit this topic. Some of the initial rosy predictions about the ACA are likely not to pan out quite as we had hoped. While the Act will indeed expand coverage and treatment options for millions of Americans who previously had little or no choice, it may also inadvertently take away some treatment options currently in widespread use. Let’s find out why. Dr. John Bartlett, the senior project advis...
Source: World of Psychology - November 1, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Treatment affordable care act Depression (mood) Health Care Health Insurance Insurance Company Insurance Plan Medicaid Medicare Mental Disorder Mental Health Care obamacare Source Type: blogs

When it comes to psychiatry, primary care could use the help
In Pierce County, Washington, where I work, it is difficult to find a psychiatrist to care for psychiatric cases that are outside the scope of practice of a primary care physician.  Our community is not unusual in this situation.  There is a nationwide shortage of physicians specializing in psychiatry. According to Tom Insel, MD, the director of the Institute of Mental Health in 2011 both the number of psychiatry residency programs and the fill rates of the available training slots is declining. In addition 55% of psychiatrists are over age 55, compared to 38% of all practicing physicians.  The difficulty in finding ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 1, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Physician Primary care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Conclusion: There are not enough controlled clinical trials for showing the efficacy of atomoxetine for treatment of ADHD symptoms in autism. Although evidence suggests potential efficacy of atomoxetine, the current evidences are not conclusive. ======================================================================== *Pages: 641-654 (Article) *View Full Record:;KeyUT=CCC:000325419400002 *Order Full Text [ ] Title: Brain Cortical Thickness in ADHD: Age, Sex, and Clinical...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - November 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Pharmalot... Pharmalittle... The Weekend Nears
And so, another working week is about to draw to a close. And once again, we will be getting an earlier-than-usual head start, thanks to the flukey use-it-or-lose-it days off policy. This means the menu of stories today will be brief as we segue into our weekend agenda, which includes spending fun time with our short people, catching up on all sorts of reading and visiting one of the Pharmalot ancestors. And you? Anything special planned? This is a lovely time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. Or you could touch base with old friends. You could also prepare for the upcoming election by researching the track record of th...
Source: Pharmalot - November 1, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

What If Alzheimer's Had Never Come Into My Life?
I have heard some people express their pity that my youth was touched by Alzheimer’s. I, too, pity that my Great Grandmother had to suffer from this horrible disease. However, as for me, my contact with Alzheimer’s disease has made me who I am. By +Max Wallack  Alzheimer's Reading Room A few days ago, Bob asked “What if Alzheimer’s had never come into your life.” Immediately, I knew it would take me a few days to think about that question! If Alzheimer’s had never come into my life, I would not be me. I know that is quite a statement, but I believe it is true. I believe most of my chara...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - November 1, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Max Wallack Source Type: blogs

Antidepressants for Depression: Nassir Ghaemi Weighs In
We all think we know what depression is. Think again. Do we? If we have no idea what the illness is, then how can we possibly treat it? This, in essence, is the question Nassir Ghaemi and his co-authors asked in an article in the Feb 20013 Acta Psychiatrica Scandanavia.    Dr Ghaemi is a professor at Tufts University and one of the leading authorities on mood disorders. I first met him at a psychiatric conference in Philadelphia back... (Source: John McManamy's SharePosts)
Source: John McManamy's SharePosts - November 1, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: John McManamy Source Type: blogs

Zombie Neuroscience
“Don’t kiss a zombie” is among the practical information and deadpan advice provided in this hilarious talk on Zombie Neuroscience by Shane O’Mara at TEDxDublin. A fun lecture utilizing scientific terminology to describe zombie physiology and behaviour. He ends by describing a couple of real psychiatric disorders: the rare Cotard and Capgras delusions. For more serious science, check out Professor Shane O’Mara’s blog.   (Source: Channel N)
Source: Channel N - October 31, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Lecture brain Funny halloween humor humour LOL neuroscience ted talk zombie Source Type: blogs

A TED Talk for Biological Rhythms and Sleep
Sometimes the best resources are the ones made not for A Psychology Level students but simply for anyone with an open mind. The audience at a typical TED talk (TED is an organisation committed to sharing, in their words, “ideas worth spreading”) is made up of people with a range of professional and personal interests, bound by a common drive to learn. These talks can make perfect learning resources for A Level Psychology students because, without the constraints of exam specifications, they allow a story to be shared that is both authentic and engaging. TED Talks and AQA specification A There are many talks on the webs...
Source: - October 31, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: C Rigby Tags: Guest Posts Physiological Psychology PsychBLOG Source Type: blogs

ADHD Experts Reveal Their Favorite Ways to Manage Procrastination
For people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), procrastination tends to be a stubborn problem. “I don’t know anyone with ADHD where procrastination is not an issue,” said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. That’s because this is the nature of ADHD and its neurological underpinnings. It’s difficult for the brain of someone with ADHD to get stimulated unless the activity is interesting, there are major consequences or there is a sense of urgency, he said. “For people with ADHD, there are two time...
Source: World of Psychology - October 31, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: ADHD and ADD Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Stress Students Activity attention Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinical Instructor Clinical Psychology Kensington Kim Kensington Procrastination Source Type: blogs

Interview With Carol Bradley Bursack Features Sibling Issues While Caregiving
On Monday, November 7, Dr. Anne Hallward of Safe Space Radio interviews Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide for HealthCentral/Alzheimer's, about the often emotional subject of sibling conflict while caregiving.   Board certified Psychiatrist Dr. Anne Hallward hosts Courageous Conversations. During her broadcasts, Dr. Anne interviews experts about topics that many people find difficult to discuss. Dr. Anne hopes that by getting these... (Source: Carol Bradley Bursack's SharePosts)
Source: Carol Bradley Bursack's SharePosts - October 31, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Roy on those Obamacare Health Exchanges
 Our own Roy is in today's Wall Street Journal talking about Errors in the Provider Lists.  For the hard copy, see page six.  If you can't surf over (it may need a subscription), here is the article.  Roy would love it if you'd go over the the WSJ and write a comment! Oct. 30, 2013 7:34 p.m. ET By Melinda Beck   The first day that Maryland's health exchange opened, psychiatrist Steven Daviss looked up his name and was surprised to see himself listed as participating in 36 new insurance plans from five different carriers. Some ...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 31, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

How Did It All Start?
Mark's parents are gone, but surprisingly it was a very pleasant visit!  I got to know them so much better than I ever have and have a lot of respect for them.  I now what good, good people they are with such big hearts.  Even more surprisingly, Mark has been a bit bitter towards his parents but he really enjoyed them visiting an as soon as they left, he said he didn't realize how much he had missed them and commented once since then that he really misses his parents.  I can't even describe how huge of an about face this is!  So...even though I said it was awesome we moved far away and no longer ha...
Source: - October 31, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Escaping the Depths of Mental Illness, Stigma & Parity Violations
Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else. ~ David Foster Wallace, “Infinite Jest” The quote above immediately reminds me of those who suffer with mental illness, and the difficult yet frequently experienced challenges imposed upon such people. Mental illness can be an extremely isolating experience, invisibly dividing the “sick” from the “healthy.” No matter the type of mental illness, my guess is that nearly all of those afflicted have felt, at some point during their illness, a sense of separation, an absence of belonging, an ...
Source: World of Psychology - October 30, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Lisa Kantor, Esq & Rachel Teicher Tags: Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Treatment Illness Insurance Companies Mental Disorder Mental Health Coverage Mental Health Parity Mental Illness Psychiatry Psychology Recovery Model Schizophreni Source Type: blogs

Martha Rosenberg gets my vote, Marylyn!
Pharma 'Muckraker' Top Choice for New Journalism Project By GUEST BLOGGER | Published: OCTOBER 25, 2013 Pharma Muckraker? Reporter Glenn Greenwald,  who has been in the news recently for disseminating  the whistle-blower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden’s information on the US’s mass surveillance  program has left the Guardian where his initial articles appeared. Along with filmmaker Laura Poitras (also covering the Snowden story) and Jeremy Scahill, Greenwald is joining up with Pierre Omidyar, one of the founders of Ebay, who has announced that he’s funding a journalism ...
Source: PharmaGossip - October 30, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Residential Needs of Adults with Severe Autism in New Brunswick Are Not Being Met
Autism parents, and some supporters, conducted protests in front of the Centracare pyschiatric hospital in Saint John 10 years ago advocating for better, autism spectific,  care for a man with a severe autism disorder who was placed there by the NB government of  the day. The man was relocated to a more decent accommodation outside New Brunswick but no modern residential care and treatment facilities have been built in NB. I drove to Centracare with the man's father on one occasion who told me while driving there that he had visited the facility and seen his son wearing only a "Johnny shirt" in a detention room w...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - October 30, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs

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