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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 DrWhiteCoat.com 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

Malaise…
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

Journal Alert - JOURNAL OF ATTENTION DISORDERS
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: http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=Alerting&SrcApp=Alerting&DestApp=CCC&DestLinkType=FullRecord;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 psychcentral.com (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: PsychBLOG.co.uk - 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: bipolar.and.me - 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

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