Seizing Control of Brain Seizures
How can trauma lead to chronic seizures? Berkeley researcher Daniela Kaufer found that only when albumin in the blood breaches the blood-brain barrier does the likelihood of post-traumatic epilepsy go up. Accelerated signaling between neurons results from this exposure, leaduing to seizures. “We were surprised, even a little disappointed, that it was such a common component of the blood  – nothing exotic at all  – that led to epilepsy,” recalls Kaufer, associate professor of integrative biology. She and colleagues went on to Daniela Kaufer in the labshow that albumin interacts with a ubiqu...
Source: neuropathology blog - February 27, 2014 Category: Pathologists Tags: research trauma Source Type: blogs

The Trials of Parenting Teens with Mental Health Concerns
Perhaps the biggest problem of being a parent of an adolescent, particularly a teen that might be exhibiting symptoms of mental illness, is whether to consider your child’s behavior normal for the adolescent stage of life. For instance, your child is sleeping more than he used to. He hardly responds to your questions about his day at school, whereas he used to tell you in detail. He used to help with the yard afterschool. Now, every afternoon, he closes the door to his bedroom, hides away for hours, and remains glued to his Ipad. You begin to wonder about depression. But it’s not until you notice that his grade...
Source: Mental Nurse - February 27, 2014 Category: Nurses Authors: Author123 Tags: Mental health adolescent mental illness Parenting Teens Source Type: blogs

Good Autism Housing Takes Good Legislation: H.3364
Today at the Massachusetts State House there was a hearing on bill H. 3364, “An Act to promote housing creation for persons with disabilities.” The hearing room was full — although some of the audience were there for a different bill — and I was heartened by the size of the group. We were all parents but most also had a title and an autism organization they were representing. I was just me. The Autism Commission and Asperger’s Association of New England were represented, as was Autism Housing Pathways. Former State Rep Barbara L’Italien was there, and she is now (thankfully) running for ...
Source: Susan's Blog - February 26, 2014 Category: Autism Authors: Susan Senator Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

What is Life Coaching?
If you were to stop 100 people in the street and ask them what life is, you would probably get some strange looks, but I would imagine everybody would be able to give you an answer of some description. If you had too much time on your hands and you were to follow that up by asking them if they knew what a coach was, again most would be able to give you a satisfactory answer. So why do you think it is, that if you stopped 100 people and asked them to explain what Life Coaching is you would get more blank stares than if you asked the way to the gym at a Star Trek convention? You cannot get too many more obvious words than,&n...
Source: Life Coach Blog: The Discomfort Zone : - February 25, 2014 Category: Life Coaches Authors: Tim Brownson Tags: Life Coaching Source Type: blogs

How Stress Affects Mental Health
This study shows that the oligodendrocyte cells might play a key role in long-term changes to the brain that could lead to mental health problems. The researchers also believe that the stem cells which, due to chronic stress, are becoming myelin-producing cells rather than neurons, affect cognitive function, because it is the neurons that process and transmit the electrical information necessary for learning and memory skills. More research is required to verify these findings, including studying humans rather than rats, which the researchers have planned. However, this study provides important insight into why chronic str...
Source: World of Psychology - February 25, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Marissa Maldonado Tags: Brain and Behavior General Mental Health and Wellness Research Stress brain connectivity Chronic Stress Hippocampus Oligodencdrocyte Cells PTSD Stress and Mental Health Source Type: blogs

Problem Found
An 8 year old girl was brought in for a psychiatric evaluation. The child’s mother had a laundry list of abnormal behavior in which the child was engaging. The child allegedly scratched the eyes out of all her dolls – except her stuffed cat, of course. The patient breaks glass on the bathroom floor so no one can use the bathroom. She also screams incessantly. Oh, and today she threatened to burn down the house. According to the patient’s mother, she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being beaten by her stepfather as an infant. Then, a couple of years ago, her pet kitten was found dea...
Source: WhiteCoat's Call Room - February 18, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: WhiteCoat Tags: Patient Encounters Source Type: blogs

Karla Smith Foundation
Committing suicide is horrible.  It is a horrendous thing to think about someone not being around anymore, and not being able to see them anymore and not being a part of their lives.  Another thing that often goes unnoticed; however, is the ones suicide and grief will leave behind. The Karla Smith Foundation offers the following services to family members and friends of those affected by mental illness and suicide. Support groups for family members of those with mental illness, Support groups for families coping with suicide grief,  Peer-to-peer coaching, Free education materials, Public awareness events, a ...
Source: PsychSplash - February 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anyone Articles Books Collaborative News Combat Stress Commentary and Blogs Consumers Depression Emotional Health Features For Newsletter Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Psychotherapy Resources Self-harm and suicide Social P Source Type: blogs

Sidran Institute
Sidran began in 1986 out of a family tragedy when a beloved family member who had been abused in childhood was subsequently diagnosed with serious, debilitating psychiatric problems and a related life-threatening medical disorder. Frustrated in their search for help for the complex needs of their family member at the time, the Sidran family convened professionals from a variety of disciplines, support program representatives, and national organizations to determine how they could best help their own loved one, and others. With each meeting it became apparent that gaps in basic understanding existed in service delivery, con...
Source: PsychSplash - February 10, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anyone Articles Books Collaborative News Combat Stress Emotional Health Features For Foundation Website Group Management Links Military Newsletter Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Resources Social Support Societal or Organiza Source Type: blogs

Memories versus moments
The photos of me sniffing my babies are covered in dust, thick as carpet. I remember when life was like soup broth, thin and warm and full of good things, beauty, joie de vivre. Then came the great reduction, the splitting off of people and things and places and beliefs and safety. Life is kind of gravy right now, not in an easy way, I mean the food. It takes time and energy to produce but you don't need much gravy to live on. I've learned to live with less. I'm still learning to love with less.Through the fog of depression, love leaks out of me in long wails like a wolf at twilight. The children's happiness is as unr...
Source: Turquoise Gates - January 18, 2014 Category: Cancer Tags: affirmation child abuse fear feeling mindfulness mothering with PTSD Pain Source Type: blogs

Experimental Drug May Help PTSD
An experimental drug that may help PTSD is being studied at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. Scientist Li-Huei Tsai and colleagues are studying a drug that is classified as an HDAC2 inhibitor that acts to increase plasticity in the brain and allows the formation of powerful new memories that may override memories previously formed. The post Experimental Drug May Help PTSD appeared first on InsideSurgery Medical Information Blog. (Source: Inside Surgery)
Source: Inside Surgery - January 17, 2014 Category: Surgeons Authors: Editor Tags: Medical News Wire Trauma Surgery HDCA2 inhibitor Li Huei Tsai Picower Institute PTSD Source Type: blogs

Is Medicine Giving You PTSD?
I immediately noticed upon awakening that the intense jaw pain was gone.  I guess the TMJ was on hiatus.  Than I reached my hand down to my waist to make sure that the pager hadn't fallen off during sleep (as I do every morning); it wasn't there!  It took a few moments for me to remember that I had dispensed of it the day before.  For the first time in years, the buzzing, beeping, insistent mistress had been silenced.And the rest of the week has been just like this.  No headaches, no jaw pain.  When I see a patient for a visit there is no ringing or buzzing interrupting my thoughts.  Ther...
Source: In My Humble Opinion - January 7, 2014 Category: Family Physicians Authors: Jordan Grumet Source Type: blogs

Acceptance: OneWord365
"Radical acceptance is the willingness to experience ourselves and our lives as it is.”― Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a BuddhaI sing the words under my breath as the kids jam in the backseat: I'm friends with the monster that's under my bed, Get along with the voices inside of my head… I ask them about monsters, and they say they've never seen any. I wish I couldn't picture mine so clearly. It was next to my bed, not under it. Inside of my head now. I've internalized the voice of the abuser and trauma-driven self-talk rattles around on loop-repeat as my modus ope...
Source: Turquoise Gates - January 2, 2014 Category: Cancer Tags: #oneword acceptance change depression goals healing oneword365 PTSD radical acceptance sexual abuse trauma vision word for the year Source Type: blogs

The Year That Was 2013
As the year drew to a close, I was interviewed by many trade publications about the key themes that shaped 2013.   Here's my own version of the notable events of 2013.1.  Meaningful Use changed the EHR landscapeRegardless of your political affiliation, there is little debate that EHR adoption in the US achieved a tipping point in 2013.   Here are our Massachusetts statistics from the 2013 Massachusetts Medical Society surveyThe current overall percentage of EHR use is 79% (N=201, CI=5.6) and 82% of those using EHRs have had access to this technology for more than 2 years. Extrapolated to the estimated 18,000...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - January 1, 2014 Category: Technology Consultants Source Type: blogs

How Can We Forget?
** This post is meant to be read in tandem with its more complimentary cousin, Electroconvulsive Therapy Impairs Memory Reconsolidation, at The Neurocomplimenter. **spECTrum 5000Q® ECT device (MECTA)Bad memories haunt a significant number of people with serious mental illnesses, such as chronic major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If it were possible to undergo an experimental procedure that selectively impairs your memory for an extremely unpleasant event, would you do it? If this sounds like the plot of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you're not alone.A pet peeve of mine is reference to ...
Source: The Neurocritic - December 31, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Treating the nightmares associated with PTSD
A standard part of any psychiatric evaluation involves inquiring about a patient’s sleep.  Hidden in the answers that follow the basic question of, “How are you sleeping?” are the clues that are needed to  diagnose what is ailing the patient seeking help from me. 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 - December 29, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Dismiss Simulation for Palliative Medicine Communication Training? Not So Fast
Conclusion While the results of this trial are disappointing, the negative results may reflect how challenging it is to study patient centered outcomes of educational interventions.  This study also gives us an opportunity to reflect on how to define the patients who benefit most from communication training interventions, when the benefit is most likely to occur, and which trainees/practitioners might be in the best position to receive the intervention.  No doubt, there are other interventions which may improve clinician communication in pivotal conversations, and we should also reflect on ways to improve the stu...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - December 23, 2013 Category: Palliative Carer Workers Authors: Lyle Fettig, MD Source Type: blogs

When Waking Up Becomes the Nightmare: Hypnopompic Hallucinatory Pain
In conclusion, to our knowledge this is the first report of a NREM parasomnia associated with painful paroxysms, for which we postulate the following underlying pathophysiological mechanism: an internal or external stimulus triggers arousal, facilitating the activation of innate motor pattern generators in the brainstem and activating somatosensory cortical areas to produce hypnopompic hallucinatory pain.So instead of the more typical visual hallucinations, the patient experiences pain hallucinations that originate.... where?? It seems to me that the sleep EEG could be analyzed more thoroughly, beyond merely ruling out sei...
Source: The Neurocritic - December 21, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Mental Health for Today’s Teens
Mental illnesses are affecting many people in modern society. Once reason is the fact that contemporary society focuses more on material things and less on building healthy relationships. Most parents of today are not connected with their children and are not aware on the events in the lives of their children. There is no doubt that teen years are the some of the best times in the lives of many people. There are a lot of things a teenager can enjoy; there are also a lot of challenges a teenage will have to face. When the mental health of a teenage is not stable, a number of problems occur. Unhealthy mental status of a teen...
Source: Mental Nurse - December 20, 2013 Category: Nurses Authors: Iqcguest Tags: Health and Fitness EHIC illnesses Mental Source Type: blogs

DePuy Synthes Brings Radial Head Prosthesis System to US Market
DePuy Synthes, a part of J&J, has launched the Radial Head Prosthesis System in the US for primary and revision joint replacement of the radial head to restore joint function. The system is also indicated for replacement of the radial head for degenerative or post traumatic disabilities, primary replacement after fracture of the radial head, for symptomatic episodes after radial head resection, and revision after unsuccessful radial head arthroplasty. The Radial Head Prothesis System has a modular two piece design consisting of a radial head and a radial stem that accommodate multiple patient anatomies. The radial...
Source: Medgadget - December 17, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Gaurav Krishnamurthy Tags: Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Saving Seven
My therapist makes me think about the little girl in me all the time. It took me 30 some years to admit that she even existed. I didn't want to be "stunted" by my abuse history. I wanted to be normal.The little girl in me is the part that comes out when I am afraid. She is a fierce protector. She has a notch in her belt for each of the brothers she saved from the filth of that woman. She has a notch in her belt for every time she laid herself down next to evil to prevent someone else from having to know that pain.Now it is time for her to get back up. It is time for her to walk away from the dark corners she's be...
Source: Turquoise Gates - December 13, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: child abuse girls growing up healing PTSD therapy Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: December 10, 2013
In the age of the Selfie, how do we continue to navigate the world with more compassion, less selfishness and greater understanding? Author and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong spoke with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday recently regarding compassion. She says, “The pain that lies behind a lot of anger is hardened into rage.” In response Winfrey says, “Not understanding another person’s pain…that pain turns into rage.” We think that the road to happiness and fulfillment is to fill our own cups. But the more we isolate and separate ourselves from others through unkindness, judgment and th...
Source: World of Psychology - December 10, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Anger Compassion Emotion Habit Karen Armstrong Nelson Mandela Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Rage social media social support Suffering The Psychology of Success Source Type: blogs

Can Laypeople Replace Psychologists, Psychiatrists in the Treatment of Depression?
I was recently intrigued by the claims made — and that went completely unchallenged — by Vikram Patel, a psychiatrist who was interviewed by Wired Science’s Greg Miller. I guess my expectations for something appearing on Wired should be readjusted. Patel claimed that specially-trained health professionals could provide enough care to people that they may be able to treat clinical depression successfully. (The article suggests these are the same as “laypeople,” but really, they’re not.) With skills learned in as little as 2 days. An amazing claim? You bet. One based in reality? Let&rsquo...
Source: World of Psychology - December 6, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Minding the Media Policy and Advocacy Psychology Psychotherapy Treatment America Clinical Psychology Cochrane Database Systematic Review Depression Depression (mood) Family Physic Source Type: blogs

Patient Modesty: Volume 60
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Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - November 28, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Source Type: blogs

New Deep Brain Stimulation System Measures Neurotransmitter Release
In this study, the investigators will monitor extracellular neurotransmitter levels using a probe that is able to perform real time electrochemical detection during deep brain stimulation surgery. The overall question this study is designed to answer is: Are there neurotransmitters released during deep brain stimulation? Interestingly, the primary outcome measure is adenosine1 release recorded by WINCS, and the secondary outcome measure is dopamine release (pre-, during, and post-DBS, over a time frame of 30 min). Adenosine A2A antagonists may extend the duration of action of L-dopa, a primary treatment for PD. Preliminary...
Source: The Neurocritic - November 21, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

There are 636,120 ways to have post traumatic stress disorder
The latest version of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) controversial diagnostic code - "the DSM-5" - continues the check-list approach used in previous editions. To receive a specific diagnosis, a patient must exhibit a minimum number of symptoms in different categories. One problem - this implies someone either has a mental illness or they don't. To avoid missing people who ought to be diagnosed, over time the criteria for many conditions have expanded, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Indeed, in their new analysis of the latest expanded di...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - November 20, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: November 19, 2013
Someone told me recently that I strongly identify with labels. Instead of saying, “I’m worried,” for example, I might say, “I have anxiety.” Instead of saying, “I’m down,” I might say, “I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.” In hearing this, I realized that not only did I begin to associate “I am” with illness, but that a lot of people in my life did the same thing. We were jumping from symptoms to diagnosis. We were categorizing experiences in neat, little file folders like good and bad, as if life could be placed that way. Just because you received a d...
Source: World of Psychology - November 19, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Agoraphobia anxiety Anxiety Disorder Fear Major Depressive Disorder Mental Health Humor Panic Attack Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Psychology Seasonal Affective Disorder social media The Psychology of Success Wo Source Type: blogs

PTSD and the Forensic Psychiatrist
  This blog post is aimed at anyone considering a career in forensic psychiatry. Please read this interview in the Ottawa Citizen entitled 'Tough forensic guy' John Bradford opens up about his PTSD'.I'm going to preface this post by saying that I know the man featured in this interview. He is an extremely accomplished and internationally recognized authority on the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders. To think that we could have lost him is a devastating idea to me. He has always been respected within the forensic community, but I respect him even more after this interview.In this article Dr. Bradford talks abou...
Source: Shrink Rap - November 16, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: ClinkShrink Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: November 15, 2013
We go to great lengths to avoid what is for what we think life should be. We numb ourselves with drugs, alcohol, food, work, gossip and mindless TV. As a result, we lose the opportunity to learn from and truly know life for what it is. Whatever challenge you’re enduring could feel unacceptable, intolerable, and terrifying. You may not believe you have the ability to cope. But courage doesn’t always come in heroic proportions. Sometimes all it requires is taking a step in awareness. I love what best-selling author Kris Carr says on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday about her ten year journey with stage IV cancer: ...
Source: World of Psychology - November 15, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Ethics Family therapy Health Care Kris Carr Mental Health mind Mindfulness & Psychotherapy Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Private Practice Psychiatry Psychological Trauma Psychology social media Source Type: blogs

Veterans Day 2013: Honoring Our Vets with Better Access to Mental Health Care
This Veterans Day, we honor the sacrifices made by our veterans, fighting for freedom and liberty not only for Americans, but for people everywhere. It’s not just the veterans themselves who face mental health issues — such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or crippling anxiety — but their families too. Families who have to cope not only with the great distances and not knowing if their soldier-husband or soldier-wife will ever return, but also with the possibly of having that person return broken. Lost. Something less-than. And while the Veterans Administration has made great strides in providing...
Source: World of Psychology - November 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Military Policy and Advocacy Treatment access to care Depression Health Care Mental Disorder Military Base Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Psychological Trauma Psychology PTSD va Veterans Ve Source Type: blogs

Helping Kids with Trauma Succeed At School
Those early school years, when children ages 6 to 12 are transitioning from a caregiving environment to an educational environment, are challenging from a child development standpoint. Children are learning academic skills, socialization (how to get along with others), and structure and boundaries (how to follow rules). Perhaps for the first time, they are also being influenced by adults other than their own parents. Primary or elementary school is a time to find out how people are different in so many ways: race, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, culture, upbringing, values, etc. A child’s self-esteem develo...
Source: World of Psychology - November 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: YourTango Experts Tags: Children and Teens General Parenting PTSD YourTango childhood Deborah Chelette-Wilson Developmental psychology High School Hyperactivity Learning Learning Curve Play Psychological Trauma Source Type: blogs

Introducing After Trauma
There is a growing need for people to better understand the intricacies of trauma, trauma recovery, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and its treatment. As our understanding and research into trauma grows, it’s hard to put to rest old beliefs about trauma. What we need is more information about trauma. And who better to help us learn more about trauma than a professional who helps people with it everyday? That’s why I’m pleased to welcome you to our new blog on trauma and PTSD called After Trauma with Sara Staggs. You can learn more about her here. Please give Sara a warm Psych Central welcome over ...
Source: World of Psychology - November 10, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General PTSD blog Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Complex post-traumatic stress disorder Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Psychological Trauma Sara Staggs traumatic memory Source Type: blogs

#Rochdale: Shocking news that more than 1,000 UK veterans seek #mentalhealth support
Since it was launched in September 2011, 1182 veterans from around the North West have been referred to the Military Veterans’ Service for help with their mental health, with half coming from Greater Manchester. … under: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Tagged: mental health, Military Veterans’ Service, PTSD (Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy)
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - November 6, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Quinonostante Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Military Veterans’ Service PTSD Source Type: blogs

Improving PTSD Treatment
for US Military Personnelvia Enterprise ArchitectingMIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar SeriesElizabeth Cilley Southerlan, SDM '12Strategic IT and Operations Manager, Health and Life Sciences, Oliver WymanDate: November 4, 2013Time: Noon – 1 p.m. EDTFree and open to allRegisterAbout the PresentationThis webinar centers on how SDM alumna Elizabeth Cilley Southerlan used enterprise architecting to investigate the current state of post-traumatic stress disorder treatment (PTSD) at Camp Lejeune's existing military psychological health enterprise (MPHE). Southerlan will discuss using enterprise architecting t...
Source: Running a hospital - November 3, 2013 Category: Health Managers Source Type: blogs

The Problem of PTSD Among Drone Operators
The idea that operators of aerial drones can suffer from PTSD and other forms of psychological stress would seem to be counter intuitive. Drone operators are not, after all, in any physical danger when they deal death from above.Contributor: Mark WhittingtonPublished: Nov 02, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - November 3, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

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 &...
Source: The Neurocritic - October 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Is It The ‘Baby Blues’ or Something More?
A friend texted me the other morning that a woman she went to high school with was suffering from postpartum depression and hanged herself. The baby was five weeks old. Extremely upsetting. Tragic. Untimely. Before I was a parent, I absorbed these stories from a social work perspective. Not enough resources, support groups, coping mechanisms. Now, as a new mom, there is a part of me that understands the pain, the confusion, the insane hormones. For most women, pregnancy is a joyful time. Strangers are nicer, food is plentiful and you spend your spare time picking out furniture and baby clothes. For the few days after yo...
Source: World of Psychology - October 23, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Jill Ceder, MSW, JD Tags: Depression Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Parenting Psychology Women's Issues anxiety Bipolar Disorder Brooklyn Childbirth executive grief Katherine Stone Mother New Mom Obstetrics OCD Postpartum postpar Source Type: blogs

How Trauma Transforms & What You Can Do to Help
I can recall sitting in my “psychology of personality” course as a college sophomore, a few years ago or so, and asking the professor if certain hardships have a tendency to change someone. (I usually come from the school of thought that we all encompass an underlying essence that remains the same, but I’m using ‘change’ here to imply an outwardly drastic difference in character.) He adamantly nodded, and then went onto explain how being immersed in intense family conflict can induce an aftermath of psychological effects. I remember asking the question since, at that time, I knew someone who a...
Source: World of Psychology - October 21, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Lauren Suval Tags: Disorders Family Friends General Mental Health and Wellness Psychology PTSD Self-Help Stress Coping With Stress coping with trauma Depression (mood) Feeling Personality Psychology Post Traumatic Stress professor Psychologic Source Type: blogs

Military Pathways Mental Health Screening
Being in the military alone can be severely stressful.  Adding a family, or a war, or threat of war to the equation definitely makes it much more stressful.  This website is tied in with the United States Department of Defense and the nonprofit organization, Screening for Mental Health, who are trying to find via assessments if a military man or woman is experiencing traumatic events. For instance, these assessments will help a person find out whether or not they might have some common mental health issues including, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, alcohol problems and more. Of course, ...
Source: PsychSplash - October 21, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Abnormal Anger Assessment Instruments Behaviour Management Clinical Psychology Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Cognitive Fitness Cognitive Training Combat Stress Consumers Depression Emotional Health Family Therapy Features For L Source Type: blogs

Worst Smells In The Hospital? There's a List For That!
I recently asked my thousands of Facebook readers to describe the worst smell in the hospital in their own words.  They did not disappoint.  The hospital setting provides the perfect opportunity to experience a crisis of unimaginable olfactory proportions.  Some people thought the smell of rotting flesh was the most intolerable smell in the hospital.  Other folks said the unmistakeable smell of melena was the worst.  Walking off an elevator onto a floor or unit and experiencing the smells of nasal suicide is a sure fire way to create interesting conversation.  Simply ask anyone who's job is st...
Source: The Happy Hospitalist - October 19, 2013 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Authors: Tamer Mahrous Source Type: blogs

I Forgot What? Healing Through Memories
A couple of weeks ago, my external life took a back seat to my internal life. Although my external life is pretty good these days, my internal life is pretty ugly. It is a series of traumatic experiences with emotions to match. When it is time to pay attention to the internal life, it means my childhood memories are coming back. And I had better pay attention. I had better be ready for some depression, some sadness, some anger that rivals a toddler’s tantrums, some anxiety and some intense exhaustion. Needless to say, the external life starts to slow down a bit. Don’t get me wrong, the basic stuff still happ...
Source: World of Psychology - October 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Elisabeth Corey Tags: Anger Brain and Behavior Caregivers Children and Teens Depression Disorders Family General Grief and Loss Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness Parenting Personal PTSD Self-Esteem Self-Help Depression (mood) Em Source Type: blogs

Breast Cancer Demanded Me to Wake Up to Life
A life of post traumatic stress had gifted me the ability to dissociate from feelings with ease. After decades of disconnection and limited existence, cancer was the only thing powerful enough to get me back in my body and reconnected to life.Contributor: Patti StrongPublished: Oct 17, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - October 17, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

Free Webinar: Understanding & Enhancing Sexual Desire in Your Marriage
Many couples face but have a difficult time speaking about or changing the lack of sexual desire in their marriage. Because research tells us that sexual satisfaction is an important component of marital satisfaction, partners often feel deprived, worried, resentful and rejected when their intimate connection seems lost. Many want things to change but don’t know where to start. That’s why I’m pleased to announce a free webinar tomorrow, entitled Understanding & Enhancing Sexual Desire in Your Marriage, October 15 at 7:00 pm ET. The goal of this webinar, hosted by Psych Central blogger Dr. Suzanne B. ...
Source: World of Psychology - October 14, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Marriage and Divorce Relationships Self-Help Webinar Certified Group Therapist Clinical Psychology Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips New York Northport Private Practice Psychoanalysis Psychotherapy Se Source Type: blogs

Pulpal response to sensibility tests after traumatic dental injuries in permanent teeth
Bastos, J. V., Goulart, E. M. A. and de Souza Côrtes, M. I. (2013), Pulpal response to sensibility tests after traumatic dental injuries in permanent teeth. Dental Traumatology. doi: 10.1111/edt.12074 AbstractBackground/AimThe assessment of pulp vitality is one of the major challenges in dental traumatology due to the temporary loss of sensibility after trauma and because of the limitations of conventional pulp tests. The aim of this study was to evaluate pulpal response to sensibility tests and to determine their accuracy after crown fractures and luxation injuries.Materials and methodsA total of 121 permanent ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - October 12, 2013 Category: Dentists Source Type: blogs

This study examined parent and teacher rating correspondence of adaptive > and challenging behaviours for children with autism spectrum disorders > (ASDs) enrolled in an early intervention program. Data were collected on > the Behaviour Assessment System for Children, second edition (BASC-2; n > = 22), and Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales, second edition (VABS-II; > n = 28). Adaptive behaviour ratings generally demonstrated high > parent-teacher correlations, while challenging behaviour ratings > demonstrated relatively low correlations. Only adaptive skills on the > BASC-2 showed significant mean...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - October 10, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Finding Purpose
Reading an article about vets finding a way out of post-war depression, anxiety, and PTSD, I got to thinking about disregulated eaters’ fanatic absorption in food and weight obsessions and how they would benefit from finding a greater purpose in order to be done with that obsession. You don’t want your tombstone to read, “Spent a lifetime struggling to eat ‘normally’ and lose weight,” do you? Believe me, I understand the pain of compulsive eating and being or feeling overweight. But it cannot remain the be all and end all of life as some of you have made it. Although I encour...
Source: Normal Eating - October 7, 2013 Category: Eating Disorders Authors: eatnormalnow 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

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 l...
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

How Spirituality Helps to Manage Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This guest article from YourTango was written by Michelle Maliniak. As a mental health professional who also has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after spending over 22 years in the fire service, I have tried many “alternative” methods to treat my own anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Alternative treatment methods I’ve tried include acupuncture, meditation, herbal remedies, hot yoga and massage, just to name a few. I still use some of these methods, along with daily exercise, healthy diet, positive social support, and a low dose of an antidepressant, to manage my PTSD. Here, I’m going ...
Source: World of Psychology - September 27, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: YourTango Experts Tags: Disorders General Personal PTSD Self-Help YourTango Alternative Methods Bibliotherapy Blood Pressure Medicine Cardiac Problems Healthy Diet Heart Health Keeping The Heart Negative Thinking Post Traumatic Stress Post Traumatic Source Type: blogs

This study examined the relationship of 6 forms of > implicit cognition about death, suicide, and self-harm with the > occurrence of self-harm in the future. We then attempted to develop a > model using these measures of implicit cognition along with other > psychometric tests and clinical risk factors. We conducted a prospective > cohort of 107 patients (age> 17 years) with a baseline assessment that > included 6 implicit association tests that assessed thoughts of death, > suicide, and self-harm. Psychometric questionnaires were also completed > by the patients, and these included the Beck Hope...
Source: Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests (aka IQ's Corner) - September 26, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

Kristin Brooks Hope Center
On April 7, 1998, Kristin Brooks committed suicide.  It was a horrible tragedy for those who knew and loved her.  What could be done, wondered her husband Reese Butler, to help those who were still alive and hurting like Kristin was that horrible April day? The 1-800-SUICIDE phone number is just one of the many causes that were created because of Reese’s and the Center’s help and Kristin’s tragic end.  There is also an online crisis chat, college campus awareness events of suicide and its’ effects on not just the person committing the acts but their family and friends; and also music ...
Source: PsychSplash - September 23, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anger Anyone Chat Rooms Common Factors Conferences Consumers Depression Features For General Psychology Group Management Information Life Links Mental Health Mental Health Promotion Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Resource Source Type: blogs