Psychology Around the Net: September 21, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net looks at the successes and failures of New York City’s mental health first aid program ThriveNYC, whether or not eco-anxiety should be classified as a mental illness, the problems with controlling partner therapy veterans, and more. Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC Fell Short of Mental Health Goals: Mayor’s Report: The mayor’s annual performance review of city agencies was just released and it highlights ThriveNYC’s shortcomings. ThriveNYC, the $1 billion “mental health first aid” program spearheaded by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray, included eight-hour seminars to teach people how to identify and help others with mental illness. ThriveNYC didn’t reach target numbers for the seminars or for homeless teens who were supposed to receive mental health support at city-funded residential centers, and several other programs lacked goals. Additionally, ThriveNYC has been in the news for cancelling a mental health training on Staten Island because of a dispute with pro-cop organizers, as well as city personnel reporting difficulty reaching program staffers to schedule seminars. Is This Typical Teenage Behavior or a Warning Sign of Mental Illness? It’s common for teens to exhibit wild mood swings and behavior changes, but sometimes a huge personality shift can indicate a mental health issue. Healthline breaks down several factors (such as sleep, grades, alcohol experim...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Psychology Around the Net Anger eco-anxiety parents of teens SMERTI Teenage Behavior ThriveNYC virtual assistant Source Type: blogs

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Tobacco smoking is associated with adverse health effects, and its relationship to pain is complex. The longitudinal effect of smoking on patients attending a tertiary pain management center is not well established. Using the Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry of patients attending the Stanford Pain Management Center from 2013 to 2017, we conducted a propensity-weighted analysis to determine independent effects of smoking on patients with chronic pain. We adjusted for covariates including age, sex, body mass index, depression and anxiety history, ethnicity, alcohol use, marital status, disability, and educa...
Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
CASE: Alex is a 14-year-old Portuguese-American boy with a psychiatric history starting at age 5 who presents to your primary care practice after an insurance change. He was delivered prematurely at 32 weeks and diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism at the age of 6 weeks and growth hormone deficiency at the age of 2 years; he is in active treatment for both. He otherwise met developmental milestones on time yet continues to have significant fatigue despite adequate sleep and vitamin D supplementation. His family history is remarkable for maternal anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and previous attempted suicide...
Source: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics - Category: Child Development Tags: Challenging Case Source Type: research
Conclusion: Natural recovery after TBI may include delayed onset of functional decline or early recovery, followed by progressive deterioration, and is negatively affected by medical comorbidities. Results contribute to the growing evidence that TBI is most appropriately treated as a chronic medical condition complicated by a variety of comorbid conditions.
Source: The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation - Category: Neurology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
This is a question that arose in a therapy session recently as the person in front of me was determined to pigeonhole themselves by using all sorts of labels to describe the person in the mirror. None were affirming, a few were neutral, and most were disparaging. When I started considering all the ways we label ourselves: parent, partner, friend, employee/employer, gay, straight, bi-sexual, asexual, cis-gender, transgender, rich, poor, tall, short, thin, fat, old or young, that I had the thought that, indeed, we can put severe constraints on ourselves. What if, instead, we threw off those mantles and experienced the freed...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Motivation and Inspiration Benefit Limits Labels self-limiting beliefs Source Type: blogs
Discussion This retrospective study adds supportive evidence to the association of drug classes with PLMS and PLMD. These findings may impact on clinical management of patients with a combined anxiety or mood disorder in need for these drug classes on the one hand and a significant sleep architecture disturbance through PLMS, potentially contributing to daytime symptoms, on the other hand. [...] © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text
Source: Pharmacopsychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Original Paper Source Type: research
We present recommendations for research and clinical practice based on the current review. PMID: 31360174 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Environmental and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Tags: J Environ Public Health Source Type: research
In this study, Yale researchers looked at 13,000 cases of people who had fallen and found that falls are not only a concern for people over 65 but also for people in their 50s, especially in those taking certain medications like muscle relaxants, prescription opioids and benzodiazepines like Ativan or Klonopin, which millions of Americans take for sleep or anxiety. Other risk factors include alcohol use and illicit drug use. While there are programs designed to prevent serious falls in the elderly, this study suggests interventions should also be considered for people in middle age.
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This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. PMID: 31335972 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Alcohol Clin Exp Res Source Type: research
Over the last 12 months New Zealanders have entered into the debate about cannabis and cannabinoids for medical use. In the coming year we’ll hear even more about cannabis as we consider legalising cannabis for recreational use. There is so much rhetoric around the issue, and so much misinformation I thought it high time (see what I did there?!) to write about where I see the research is at for cannabis and cannabinoids for persistent pain. For the purposes of this blog, I’m going to use the following definitions: Cannabis = the plant; cannabis-based medication = registered extracts (either synthetic or from...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Chronic pain Coping strategies Research Science in practice cannabinoids cannabis medicinal cannabis neuropathic pain persistent pain recreational cannabis Source Type: blogs
ConclusionsThis study provides support for strategies relating to sleep, and drug and alcohol abstinence, and for several strategies yet to be explored such as spending time with pets. Future studies should explore the use of these strategies longitudinally and how depression symptoms may mediate the relationship between the use of self ‐care strategies, quality of life, and illness intrusiveness.
Source: Clinical Psychologist - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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