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Real-time functional MRI neurofeedback: a tool for psychiatry
Authors: Kim S, Birbaumer NAbstract. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to provide a critical overview of recent research in the field of neuroscientific and clinical application of real-time functional MRI neurofeedback (rtfMRI-nf). RECENT FINDINGS: RtfMRI-nf allows self-regulating activity in circumscribed brain areas and brain systems. Furthermore, the learned regulation of brain activity has an influence on specific behaviors organized by the regulated brain regions. Patients with mental disorders show abnormal activity in certain regions, and simultaneous control of these regions using rtfMRI-nf may affect t...
Source: Positive Technology Journal - July 29, 2014 Category: Technology Consultants Tags: Biofeedback & neurofeedback Neurotechnology neuroinformatics Source Type: blogs

A new government for Gaza
A government that deliberately puts children next to offensive rockets for the purpose of their being killed as propaganda pieces is committing a war crime. Hamas has shown itself thus criminal and an improper government, the UN an unreliable interlocutor. Ideally the Israelis should remove Hamas and give the territory to the Egyptians, who have done the only surprising thing in this conflict, blowing up Hamas tunnels or allow the people there to choose another protectorate such as the Arab League. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - July 29, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Mother and Severely Autistic Son Evicted by Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation Will Be Homeless Friday, August 1
"People with Autism Spectrum Disorder may be overly dependent on routines, highly sensitive to changes in their  environment, or intensely focused on inappropriate items. ... the symptoms of people with ASD will fall on a continuum, with some individuals showing mild symptoms and others having much more severe symptoms"American Psychiatric Association, Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet   [Underlining added for emphasis - HLD]Mistie Delorey is a single mother currently residing in a property of the Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation.  Her son  with severe autism will turn 7 two days from n...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - July 29, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs

Which Antidepressant is Right for You? Short Answer: It's Still a Crap-Shoot
There are more than two dozen FDA-approved antidepressants out there. How can you determine which one is the best for you? This is the question posed by Steve Blatt MD in an article in Psychiatric Times, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association.   Dr Blatt’s short answer: We have no idea. Finding the right antidepressant is a crap-shoot.   His long answer has to do with the fact that untold clinical efficacy... (Source: John McManamy's SharePosts)
Source: John McManamy's SharePosts - July 28, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: John McManamy Source Type: blogs

Study: Neurofeedback treatment for ADHD in only 12 sessions?
In this study, behavior improvements, gains in a computerized measure of attention, and corresponding EEG changes were all observed after only 12 25 minute training sessions, i.e., only 3 total hours of training. Whether this is because of the specific training protocol used in this study, i.e., the Peak Achievement training system, or could be attained with other training protocols, is unclear. It is important to emphasize that this was not a randomized controlled trial — in fact, there was not even a control group. Thus, reliable conclusions about the clinical efficacy of this approach cannot be made from this study al...
Source: SharpBrains - July 28, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology ADHD-Treatment EEG-Biofeedback hyperactivity IVA Plus medication-treatment Neurofeedback Neurofeedback-Treatment Peak Achievement theta/beta ratio Source Type: blogs

Why this is an exciting time to work in psychiatry
Today, I celebrated mental health care.  And this was after a morning of battling with insurance companies, patching together community care plans, trying to create an inpatient bed for a suicidal patient where none exist, and arguing with agencies for better patient support. I work on a busy inpatient psychiatric unit that provides a daily reminder of the beauty, heartache, and pain that define living with mental illness.  The diverse stories of each patient I treat range from energizing to hilarious to heart-wrenching.  They are always unique and ever compelling. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you on...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 27, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Societal Effects on Schizophrenia or Sampling Problems?
Boston Globe: Surprising new research on schizophrenia suggests, however, that people with mental illness may have stronger, stranger ties to their societies than we commonly assume. In a new article in the British Journal of Psychiatry, Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann explains that for schizophrenics experiencing auditory hallucinations, the cultures they live in shape the voices they hear in their minds. Most psychiatric research is conducted by scientists. Luhrmann argues, though, that the same psychiatric condition can express itself differently in... (Source: Dr. X's Free Associations)
Source: Dr. X's Free Associations - July 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: DrX Tags: Front Page neuropsychology neuroscience & Psychoanalysis Source Type: blogs

Can medical students lean in to psychiatry?
I recently read an interesting article in Glamour about why Zosia Mamet, an actress on HBO’s Girls, refuses to “lean in.”  While the column focuses on the influence of modern-day feminism on notions of professional success, her words resonated with me as a medical student and an aspiring psychiatrist. “I have been incredibly blessed with success in my chosen career. I’ve worked my a** off and had the support and encouragement of those around me to keep climbing. But what if tomorrow I decided I was content with the place I’d reached in acting and planned to open a small coffee shop in Vermont?” Mamet writ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 26, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Education Medical school Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Of Guns and Ducks
Around the web, I thought I'd point out some interesting stories: A federal court upheld the legality of a Florida law which forbids doctors to discuss gun ownership with patients. The law, passed in 2011, was challenged as being a violation of a doctor's right to free speech.  Apparently, the second amendment is more important than the first amendment.  Why stop at gun ownership, perhaps every aspect of medical care should be legislated?  What right does my doctor have to pester me about whether I smoke or how much I drink or whether or not I'm getting enough calcium?  From the StarTribune:The rul...
Source: Shrink Rap - July 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Present Day
My daughter spent almost five months in the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program in 2012 and six weeks in their adult program in 2013, after a relapse. She continues to check in with her (phenomenal) psychiatrist regularly. She has found art to be an important tool for her to maintain her recovery. Recovery: A Magical Word Kinsey’s been in recovery for 16 months. She’s completed three semesters of college in another state and is planning on a study abroad in Australia. Every day, either in person or on social media, I do what I will do for the rest of her life; scan her face for the softness that, for her,...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - July 25, 2014 Category: Pediatricians Authors: Jennifer Denise Ouellette Tags: Perspectives Eating Disorders Teens & Behavior Teens & Health Teens & Nutrition Source Type: blogs

FBT What?
Family Based Treatment (FBT) understands this truth: recovery from an eating disorder cannot be made without full weight restoration and ongoing full nutrition. There is another important acknowledgement FBT makes which conventional (and markedly less effective) treatments don’t: when the symptom of a disease is anosognosia (inability to recognize one is ill), waiting for the sufferer to choose to get help is a losing proposition. Compare a 20% mortality rate for conventional treatment to 3% for adolescents treated with FBT.  Food is medicine for these diseases. Just as as parents would insist on chemotherapy or insulin...
Source: Conversations with Dr Greene - July 25, 2014 Category: Pediatricians Authors: Jennifer Denise Ouellette Tags: Perspectives Eating Disorders Teens & Behavior Teens & Health Teens & Nutrition Source Type: blogs

A mixed-methods study exploring therapeutic relationships and their association with service user satisfaction in acute psychiatric wards and crisis residential alternatives
This study aimed to test the hypothesis that stronger therapeutic alliances are achieved in crisis houses than in hospital. It also aimed to develop a model of service user satisfaction with acute services, exploring its relationship to service type, service user characteristics, therapeutic relationships, perceived peer support, recovery and negative events experienced as well as trying to understand the factors that impede and facilitate good staff–service user relationships in acute settings. Full report Scientific summary NIHR - publications (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - July 24, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: The King's Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Local authorities, public health and health inequalities Source Type: blogs

Stanley Family Foundation gives $650 million for Psychiatric Research
From the New York Times, In Spark for a Stagnant Search, Carl Zimmer and Benedict Carey write:Late on Monday, the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center, announced a $650 million donation for psychiatric research from the Stanley Family Foundation — one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research.It comes at a time when basic research into mental illness is sputtering, and many drug makers have all but abandoned the search for new treatments.Despite decades of costly research, experts have learned virtually nothing about the causes of psychiatric disorders and have developed no truly novel drug treat...
Source: Shrink Rap - July 23, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

The Broad Gets $650 Million For Psychiatric Research
The Broad Institute seems to have gone through a bit of rough funding patch some months ago, but things are looking up: they've received a gift of $650 million to do basic research in psychiatric disorders. Believe it, that'll keep everyone busy, for sure. I enjoyed Eric Lander's characterization of much of the 1990s work on the genetic basis of mental illness as "pretty much completely useless", and I don't disagree one bit. His challenge, as he and the rest of the folks at the Broad well know, is to keep someone from being able to say that about them in the year 2034. CNS work is the ultimate black box, which makes a pe...
Source: In the Pipeline - July 22, 2014 Category: Chemists Tags: The Central Nervous System Source Type: blogs

World Psychiatric Association
The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 135, spanning 117 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists. The WPA organizes the World Congress of Psychiatry every three years. It also organizes international and regional congresses and meetings, and thematic conferences. It has 65 scientific sections, aimed to disseminate information and promote collaborative work in specific domains of psychiatry. It has produced several educ...
Source: PsychSplash - July 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anyone Articles Books Clinical Psychology Collaborative News Commentary and Blogs Common Factors Community and Social Networking Educational Psychology Emotional Health Features For Foundation Website General Psychology Informa Source Type: blogs

Tech Will Transform the Doctor-Patient Relationship
This article was originally published in the Health Service Journal — Jen Hyatt is founder and chief executive of Big White Wall and  a Disruptive Woman to Watch in 2014.  (Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care)
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DW Staff Tags: Access Advocacy HIT/Health Gaming Innovation Source Type: blogs

Free-Standing Emergency Rooms; A New Type of Healthcare Facility
Free-standing emergency rooms seem to be emerging as a new category of healthcare facilities, at least in New York City. This according to a recent article about this trend (see: E.R., Not a Hospital, Is Set to Open at St. Vincent’s Site). Below is an excerpt from the article: The shiplike building on Seventh Avenue that used to house part of St. Vincent's Hospital is reopening in the coming days as a stand-alone emergency room and medical care center....The new E.R. [called HealthPlex], however, is part of a trend that has as much to do with a hospital’s bottom line as it does with providing acute care. Free-stand...
Source: Lab Soft News - July 21, 2014 Category: Pathologists Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Cost of Healthcare Healthcare Delivery Medical Consumerism Source Type: blogs

It's Still "Gotta Be Genetic" as Autism Genetic Research Re-Invents Itself Yet Again
  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:  Gene-Environment Interaction: Nearly all diseases result from a complex interaction between an individual’s genetic make-up and the environmental agents that he or she is exposed to.Genetic research has maintained a near monopoly over autism causation research dollars for many years and with that financial monopoly the belief that autism disorders are necessarily genetically caused or triggered. If holes appear in existing gene theories of autism causation the autism research world regroups and sends up a new model.  As always with autism researc...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - July 21, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs

Hunting For the Marijuana-Dopamine Connection
Why do heavy pot smokers show a blunted reaction to stimulants?Most drugs of abuse increase dopamine transmission in the brain, and indeed, this is thought to be the basic neural mechanism underlying the rewarding effects of addictive drugs. But in the case of marijuana, the dopamine connection is not so clear-cut. Evidence has been found both for and against the notion of increases in dopamine signaling during marijuana intoxication. Marijuana has always been the odd duck in the pond, research-wise. Partly this is due to longstanding federal intransigence toward cannabis research, and partly it is because cannabis, chemic...
Source: Addiction Inbox - July 21, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs

The Neurocritic Critiques Critical Neuroscience
I wanted to submit a paper for the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Research Topic on Critical Neuroscience: The context and implications of human brain research, but I couldn't decide what I should write about.Could I just submit a blog post like Professor of Literary Neuroimaging that critiqued the entrée of fMRI into Literature Departments?“So literature is abandoning Marxism and psychoanalysis in favor of neuroimaging!! Meanwhile, key neuroimagers have taken up psychoanalysis (Carhart-Harris & Friston, 2010) and socialism (Tricomi et al., 2010).”Would they accept short humorous pieces like this...Tenure-Track P...
Source: The Neurocritic - July 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Drugs and Disease: A Look Forward
First published 2/18/2014. Former National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Alan Leshner has been vilified by many for referring to addiction as a chronic, relapsing “brain disease.” What often goes unmentioned is Leshner’s far more interesting characterization of addiction as the “quintessential biobehavioral disorder.”Multifactorial illnesses present special challenges to our way of thinking about disease. Addiction and other biopsychosocial disorders often show symptoms at odds with disease, as people generally understand it. For patients and medical professionals alike, questions about the disease aspe...
Source: Addiction Inbox - July 20, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs

Does Anti-psychotic Withdrawal Make People Kill?
So here's an interesting article in the Irish Times: Niamh O'Donoghue writes in "Murderer accused was unable to refrain from killing the deceased because of medication withdrawal, psychiatrist tells court."  I'll let you surf over there if you want to read more, the title says enough for me.My first thought was :  Really?  People stop their medications all the time, cold turkey, without doctor supervision or approval, and they don't generally kill people.  So how do you know if someone's "symptoms" --like agitation -- are he result of medication withdrawal, or the result of a recurrence of the original ...
Source: Shrink Rap - July 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Integrating psychiatric care into primary care: The VA example
For the better part of the last two decades I have practiced psychiatry in a variety of different American health care systems, and over these years I have, on numerous occasions, heard psychiatric services referred to in manner that imply (often subtly) that such services are not medical care.  These references come not only from patients, but nurses and doctors (including myself) too. 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 - July 19, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Primary care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

An Optimum Diet for Mood Stability and Long-Term Good Health   #notjustbipolar
Quinonostante:Excellent article! I for one would like to see more of these evidence based studies presented to a Government who feel medication is the only way to treat mental ill health. Originally posted on Rethinking Bipolar: Real Food: The Best Diet - Andrew Weil, M.D. explains what to eat and drink more and less of: (This talk is largely about USA diet. USA has the highest incidence of bipolar and many other modern disorders. Elsewhere in the world we need to learn from America’s mistakes.) Can there really be an optimum diet? It perhaps depends on what we mean by optimum (or maybe it is optimal?). If opti...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - July 19, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Quinonostante Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

My Remarks from Eliminating Telehealth Barriers Briefing
Thank you for inviting me to share my perspective on telehealth barriers as a physician who is specialized in the care of older adults, people with disabilities, and technology. Much of my clinical experience has been house calls to visit patients who are too frail to leave their home. Currently I am the Chief Medical Information Officer at the VNA Health Group, a nonprofit with a mission to care for as many vulnerable and underserved patients as possible in their homes and communities. I have spent more than a decade watching technologies that would be helpful to people with sickness or disability. However, while many tel...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wen Dombrowski Tags: HIT/Health Gaming Policy Technology Source Type: blogs

The economic case against the death penalty
I am not strongly against the death penalty on principle or on moral grounds — assuming, of course, that it could somehow be narrowly and efficiently restricted to a very few egregiously deserving and certainly guilty criminals. I don’t even find it particularly appalling (or cruel and unusual) punishment that a killer may have some few minutes of physical discomfort before expiring during a clumsily administered execution. My experience as a doctor teaches that dying is never that much fun, and I don’t see why a heinous criminal should expect a completely free terminal ride when this is not guaranteed to...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 17, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Election 2014: Will Severely Autistic Adults Continue to Suffer Under An Alward Government As They Have Since 2010?
New Brunswick has made progress in early intervention and student autism services but adult autistic needs, particularly severely autistic adults, have been ignored, completely ignored during the last 4 years.  The article below originally appeared during the last provincial election period posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.   Zero progress, absolutely zero progress has been seen in adult autism care under the Alward government. Everyone has their priorities but for David Alward adults with severe autism disorders are not even on his list. Today we still banish severely autistic adults to the Rest...
Source: Facing Autism in New Brunswick - July 16, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: H L Doherty Source Type: blogs

What’s it Like to Experience and Recover from Psychosis?
Simon Says: Psychosis is a fantastic documentary featuring three people who’ve experienced psychosis, talking about what it’s like, and their recovery journeys assisted by the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service provided by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. The film was created by John Richardson, a person with lived experience of psychosis, giving it special insight, empathy, and an insider perspective. For more background about the filmmaker’s process and intent, follow this link. You can follow the filmmaker on Twitter at @insipidmedia, and also interact with a special account ...
Source: Channel N - July 15, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: Documentary General brain film lived experience peer psychiatry psychosis recovery uk video Source Type: blogs

Thoughts about suicide post-stroke: A most difficult intervention
The interview had lasted fifteen minutes so far, and we’d made minimal progress. I was a medical student doing a rotation at a physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic back in my home state, Wisconsin. It was the end of the day; to save time, the senior resident, Paul, had joined me in the exam room so that we could hear Leora’s medical history together. 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 - July 15, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Patient Neurology Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

21 Signs That You Might Need a Therapist and What to Do About It
Marie MarleyAlzheimer's Reading Room Jenny is a depressed, stressed out Alzheimer’s caregiver who has tried two different support groups and even formal group therapy. She also has support from a few close friends and some members of her family. She even tried pastoral counseling from her minister. But nothing has helped. She feels more stressed and more depressed with each passing day. It’s significantly interfering with her daily life activities. Maybe it’s time for Jenny to see a therapist.How I Use the Term “Therapist.”  In this article I use the term “therapist” to denote any one of many types of he...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - July 15, 2014 Category: Dementia Tags: Alzheimer's Dementia Alzheimer's stress alzheimers caregiver symptoms depression alzheimers depression alzheimers therapy health life news Source Type: blogs

Don’t make these mistakes when starting Wheat Belly!
Follow our discussions here and on the Wheat Belly Facebook page, and you will see that newbies make the same mistakes, over and over again. While all of these issues are discussed in the original Wheat Belly book, and even more extensively in the soon-to-be-released in September, 2014 Wheat Belly Total Health book, somehow they missed some crucial pieces of the message. So, to help you avoid such common mistakes that booby trap both health and your ability to lose weight, here is the list. Don’t make these common mistakes: Eat gluten-free foods–Gluten-free foods made with cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato fl...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 14, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle Fat gluten-free hydration opiate organic Source Type: blogs

Don’t make these mistakes when starting Wheat Belly!
Follow our discussions here and on the Wheat Belly Facebook page, and you will see that newbies make the same mistakes, over and over again. While all of these issues are discussed in the original Wheat Belly book, and even more extensively in the soon-to-be-released in September, 2014 Wheat Belly Total Health book, somehow they missed some crucial pieces of the message. So, to help you avoid such common mistakes that booby trap both health and your ability to lose weight, here is the list. Don’t make these common mistakes: Eat gluten-free foods–Gluten-free foods made with cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato fl...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 14, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle Fat gluten-free hydration opiate organic Source Type: blogs

Black Hole in the East River
The New York Times, for all it's flaws, is still indispensable as one of the last redoubts of journalism. This should make your blood boil. According to an internal study, which the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tried to keep secret, prison guards at Rikers Island assaulted and seriously injured 129 inmates over an 11 month period. That's "serious injuries" only, which means they were too severe to be treated in the prison clinics. More than 3/4 of the victims have mental illness diagnoses.There have been a couple of recent incidents of mentally ill Rikers Island inmates dying from neglect. One guy ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - July 14, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Young People on Psychosis
Hands on description of psychosis and it’s consequences. An enthralling short film made by John Richardson (former service user) and Belinda Giles. Surrounding the experience of psychosis and the positive role the Early Intervention service can play in that often rocky voyage. Featuring captivating personal insights alongside a tightly woven narrative. Provocatively packed with vintage newsreel footage, humorous animations and imaginative imagery. You can read an interview with the 25-year-old filmmaker John Richardson here. He and two other young people recount their personal stories of psychosis and the help they r...
Source: Dr Shock MD PhD - July 14, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Walter van den Broek Tags: Psychiatry psychosis Source Type: blogs

RIP Diagnostic Psychiaty: My Take on an Edge Question
Several months ago, I began doing pieces based on Edge questions. Edge, which bills itself as an online salon, annually asks a provocative question of leading scientists and writers and the like. The answers are published as a series of  books.      You can find my three previous bipolar takes to the following questions by clicking the links below:   What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Why? What Scientific Concept... (Source: John McManamy's SharePosts)
Source: John McManamy's SharePosts - July 13, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: John McManamy Source Type: blogs

Scientology Tropes Enter Mainstream Neuroscience?
via @mallelisAt the literary/pop culture/feminist/humor blog known as The Toast, the hilarious Mallory Ortberg has skewered those ubiquitous ads from brain training behemoth Lumosity.The Five Stages Of LumosityStage I – Initiation. . .Friend, are you troubled by persistent waking blackouts? Do you tremble and shudder and flicker out of consciousness when asked to recall basic facts about your acquaintances? Does your right eye fill with blood whenever you have to try to remember your PIN? Let Lumosity patch over those mysterious missing blank spots in your sick and addled mind. “Lumosity: Improving your brain through t...
Source: The Neurocritic - July 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Recognizing and treating self-injurious behaviors in teens
“Is it weird that I cut myself on purpose?” A 14-year-old girl from a local middle school asked me this question at work last week. In my years as a Teen Xpress counselor, I have been asked about self-injurious behaviors many times. 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 - July 11, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Pediatrics Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Learning about human nature after a cancer diagnosis
Recently, in front of my family, friends, colleagues, and teachers, I accepted my diploma during the graduation ceremony for the UCLA psychiatry residency program. While it wasn’t my real diploma — it’s been months since I’ve been able to work, so when I’m better I need to go back and finish some requirements — my residency program coordinator put together an awesome fake diploma so I would have something to pick up when my name was called. It looks just like the real thing but reads, in small letters, ”Elana Halks Miller has almost completed training in the UCLA Psychiatry Residency Program.” Co...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 10, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Cancer Source Type: blogs

Can a Failed Schizophrenia Drug Prevent PTSD?
This study also provides a perfect example of NIMH's new mandate for specifying a hypothesized mechanism of action for interventions that will be tested in funded clinical trials. Does peri-trauma osanetant (vs. placebo) reduce later development of PTSD symptoms and attenuate amygdala activation to trauma script-driven imagery in fMRI? Is TAC3 gene expression altered in primate models? [The distribution of Nk3R likely differs between mice and primates.] Are there declines in PACAP blood levels in traumatized individuals given osanetant (vs. placebo)? Are there longer-term effects on methylation of ADCYAP1R1 in peripheral b...
Source: The Neurocritic - July 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

The clear, killing acid of modern life
Floor technician. Environmental technician. Life coach. Investment and retirement strategist. Facility safety coordinator. Interventional cardiologist. Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon. Neurodevelopmental psychologist. Are we hiding behind out words? Worse yet, are we afraid to be who we really are? Maintenance man. Trash man. Knowledgeable and experienced friend. Salesman. Security guard. Doctor. Psychologist. 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 - July 9, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Shrink Notes: what does your doc think of you?
I've written before about shrink notes back in 2011.  See Here and Here.With the increasing transparency we're seeing with electronic records, there are now systems that allow patients to access their doctor's notes.  The first time one of my patients did this, he casually mentioned that the record included the wrong dose of a medication, and I suggested my patient might want to tell his doctor about this.  In psychiatry, we've been a bit touchy about this.  Patients might be distressed to see what we write about them, they may see some of the terms we use to describe them (like delusional?) as bei...
Source: Shrink Rap - July 9, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Ailments are big business
Back when Prozac (fluoxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline) were new, I remember the mental acrobatics doctors made to justify giving these drugs to anxious patients. The drugs were approved for treating depression, but we knew they often seemed to help anxiety. The reason, we were told, was that some anxious patients were actually depressed, deep down, and we had just failed to recognize their depression. 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 - July 8, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Meds Primary care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

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Great article on the Brazil vs. Columbia soccer game. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - July 8, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

3 innovations to improve mental health treatment
Our nation has recently witnessed another tragedy involving a young adult, with young adult victims. Facts often emerge slowly and it is important not to speculate about diagnoses through the news media; however, it seems clear in this case that mental illness is a factor — even though few people living with mental illness are violent. 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 - July 6, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Guest blogger Dr. Sana Johnson-Quijada on Freedom and Self Care
I met Dr. Sana Johnson-Quijada at the APA Annual Meeting this year in New York.   Sana has her own blog Friend to Yourself, and I invited her to do a guest blog on Shrink Rap.  In honor of Independence Day, she sent the following post.  Self-Care is Freedom, is Democracy, is Because We Are Accountableauthenticsociety.comSelf-Care Tip #159 – Be accountable for and to yourself.It was about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which in my part of the world is considered hot.  But in Washington D.C., I considered that temperature general anesthesia.  I was breathing it in and trying hard to remain alert...
Source: Shrink Rap - July 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

The troubling deficiencies in our mental health system
Mental health patients and their families already pay a hefty price with the stigma of mental illness and the emotional roller coaster they often face dealing with symptoms. But insufficient mental health resources across the United States also means that they must pay a financial price as well in the form of lost productivity, out-of-pocket costs for treatment and sometimes periods of unemployment. A recent USA Today special report estimates that benefits for those who cannot support themselves, cost of care and lost productivity cost the U.S. economy more than $444 billion each year. Continue reading ... Your patien...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 4, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Policy Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Football
As usual he avoids all videos of violence in his country (his country?) published in youtube.com. He starts listening to songs. In T.V. he starts watching an Arabic Lebanese series named لو (=If), which is about romantic relationships. He chooses to write a new article on an Arabic website about some old paintings about hypnosis. He opens the newspaper less often and prefers to see anything but the first three pages. The other day he liked this picture in the first page of his newspaper. But as he flips the first three pages to that page of culture he found this caricature.As he sees that caricature he remembers tha...
Source: psychiatry for all - July 3, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Global Institute for Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC)
This week, the University of Toronto and the University Health Network (UHN) launched a new institute dedicated to end-of-life issues and the treatment of patients with life-threatening terminal diseases: the Global Institute for Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care (GIPPEC).   GIPPEC will have its formal inauguration in October 2014, and will be functioning within the next year. It will include a core staff of about six people, and will have numerous Canadian and international researchers contributing part-time.  It will be an interdepartmental and interdivisional research centre devoted to promoting an...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - July 3, 2014 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope Tags: Health Care medical futility blog syndicated Source Type: blogs