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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 psychcentral.com (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: bipolar.and.me - October 8, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

How a marriage with big pharma ended in divorce
By Sophie Arie, freelance journalist sophiearie@fmail.co.uk 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 Sexy.com - 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