Guns, Again (--another broken record shrink rapper)
Apparently,  if the shooter is dead, I can talk about it (a little).  I don't know any facts except what I've seen in the paper, and I've interviewed absolutely no one, so I'm not going to say much, but I am going to use what I've read to write a post on the on-going issue of the role of mental illness and gun control. Per today's New York Times: But several senators, like Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, who has pushed for tougher gun laws since last year’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., see mental health policy as a way forward. “Mental health is rea...
Source: Shrink Rap - September 19, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

1 in 6
men have experienced sexually abusive issues by the age of 18.  Why does this have to happen?  This website (and yours truly) thinks that this number is probably a low estimate, considering many people do not report their sexual abuse issues.  If you are that 1 in 6, or that 2 in 6, or whatever–remember, and keep this in mind–you are not alone.  This site, and many others will help you remember this and keep supporting you along the way. There is Online Counseling, Support and Therapy for you, if needed, as well as newsletters, jobs, internships and volunteers.  You do not have to suff...
Source: PsychSplash - September 16, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anger Anxiety Child and Adolescent Consumers Emotional Health Features For Information Mental Health Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationships Sexual Assault Societal or Organizational Membership Topics Source Type: blogs

Is it ethical to instil false hope in people with mental illness?
There's an ethical consensus in medicine that it's wrong to give patients with physical illness false hope. But what about patients with mental health problems? Might the provision of unrealistic optimism be a vital part of their treatment? Or might this serve only to prolong their suffering? Psychiatrist Justine Dembo at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has explored these delicate issues in a thought-provoking essay. Dembo highlights research showing the numerous positive illusions to which most psychologically healthy people are prone. This includes feelings that we're better than average, that we have more control...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 16, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs

You, with the knife in your hand:
Please stop. Just for a moment. Read. You are not alone. Someday the sneers will turn to cheers as you bring others deep into your life, as you reveal your struggles. I know you can't be brave right now. I know how badly life can hurt. But maybe, just maybe, after reading my story, you can cry instead of die. {this is written for Suicide Prevention Week and may contain triggers}Amy stands deep out in the icy surf of Lake Superior, her heart overflowing with joy as her muscles remember body surfing in the Atlantic Ocean so many times before. She spots the big waves and beckons her siblings to prepare. We are stared at ...
Source: Turquoise Gates - September 14, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: social anxiety self-harm depression cutting child abuse Suicide Prevention Week sexual abuse hope bullying PTSD Source Type: blogs

The Disturbing Discrepancy & Double Standard Between Mental Illness & Other Health Concerns
It would seem that the subject of mental illness has, at long last, captured the attention of the American public. Why, you may ask, is this so? Perhaps it is the fact that when mind-boggling mass murders occur in such ordinary towns as Newtown, Conn. or Aurora, Colo., we are inundated with stories about the suspected mental state of the perpetrators. Although the aforementioned individuals may suffer, or may have suffered, from any number of debilitating mental illnesses, the vast majority of the mentally ill are not violent. Unfortunately, their stories, and their daily struggles merely to survive, rarely make the 6 o&...
Source: World of Psychology - September 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Suzanne Handler, MEd Tags: Bipolar Depression Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness OCD Personal Policy and Advocacy PTSD Schizophrenia Treatment Alarming Numbers Clock News Conn Discrepancy Health Concerns Isolation Mass Murders Meaningfu Source Type: blogs

Have Trauma, Will Hover at the Beach
‘Vacation’ is a funny word for a single mother of young children. Before having children, the term ‘vacation’ would invoke a feeling of relaxation, but it doesn’t mean what it used to mean. Now it means I will move my exhausted self and young children to a different place, so I can do the same activities with the same unrealistic schedule. Nonetheless, we go to the beach every year. I pick the beach because it is the least painful of the options. I live within a few hours of numerous beaches so there are no long trips or plane tickets. I don’t have to drag them (and more importantly th...
Source: World of Psychology - September 10, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Elisabeth Corey Tags: Anxiety and Panic Children and Teens Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness PTSD Self-Help Women's Issues Beach Vacation Beaches Dislike Fifteen Minutes Having Children How To Manipulate People Occasional Moments Parano Source Type: blogs

Post #1031: My latest ‘Aha!’ moment
I’m very close to finishing the book Survivor – Auschwitz, The Death March and My Fight for Freedom by Sam Pivnik and some two-thirds of the way through I was jolted by this passage: We could have run, could have made it, could have reached the welcoming arms of the British, who surely wouldn’t fire […] (Source: My journey with AIDS)
Source: My journey with AIDS - August 22, 2013 Category: HIV AIDS Authors: Kenn Tags: biography/autobiography Childhood trauma mental health PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) sexual abuse Auschwitz concentration camp Holocaust Primo Levi Sam Pivnik Source Type: blogs

Synthetic cannabimimetics and psychosis. Not long ago, public health officials were obsessing over the possibility that “skunk” marijuana—loosely defined as marijuana exhibiting THC concentrations above 12%, and little or no cannabidiol (CBD), the second crucial ingredient in marijuana—caused psychosis. In some cases, strong pot was blamed for the onset of schizophrenia. The evidence was never very solid for that contention, but now the same questions have arisen with respect to synthetic cannabimimetics—drugs that have THC-like effects, but no THC. They are sold as spice, incense, K2,...
Source: Addiction Inbox - August 22, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Dirk Hanson Source Type: blogs

Memories of nightmares
My mama always sighs when the sunshine beams out from all around a cloud. Tonight it was a cool lemon yellow, the shadows all lavender and gray. I was bone tired, lazily listening to the children's chatter about their day, their art projects, watching the fields go by: corn 5 feet tall in the low ones, then a rusty sun burnt patch of soybeans, more corn, but this only up to my knee. The wind bounced off the mustardy corn tassels, almost like thousands of invisible fairies running across them. We were belting out "Jesse's Girl" to the classic rock station, and it was the fourth song I remembered. In a row. My thou...
Source: Turquoise Gates - August 21, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: thoughts emotions Pain nightmares insomnia observations PTSD memory aching waiting Source Type: blogs

How fear affects cancer survivorship
A recent Wall Street Journal article about how post-traumatic stress syndrome can be caused by cancer and stroke brought to mind the variety of responses many people experience in response to cancer diagnosis and treatment. The lingering intensity of those responses – physical, psychological, social and behavioral – can affect whether and how we attend to the tasks of survivorship; that is, monitoring and addressing the unique health challenges that follow treatment for cancer. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 20, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: Patient Cancer Patients Source Type: blogs

6 Small Changes that Make a Big Difference: Part 1
Katie wakes up from another night of not nearly enough hours of sleep. Her life always seems to have such a crazy pace that she feels the need to stay up late to catch up on things she wasn’t able to get to during “normal” working hours. She decides to forsake the gym this morning in exchange for an extra 30 minutes in bed. She grabs a latte and a chocolate pastry from a local coffee shop on her way to work. On her way, she checks Facebook while waiting on the bus. “Wow! I haven’t seen any of these people in forever!” she thinks to herself. In fact, she hasn’t really seen anyone l...
Source: World of Psychology - August 15, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Rena McDaniel, MEd Tags: Brain and Behavior General Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Relationships Research Self-Help 30 Minutes Appointment Brain Health Chocolate Shop Coffee Shop Exercise Habits Exercise Nutrition friendships Source Type: blogs

Desert Storm veteran claims boss called PTSD sufferers a 'bunch of babies'
A Desert Storm veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder was insulted, bullied and disciplined after he complained that his boss called vets with PTSD a “bunch of babies,” a new lawsuit claims.John Gorman, 44, says in papers filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court that his boss at Covidien Sales, Dale Kelly, made the critical comments after Gorman disclosed over lunch in May that he had PTSD.Gorman, a former Navy lieutenant, says the situation deteriorated rapidly after the May lunchroom chat.Gorman complained about Kelly through corporate channels, but he says the company sided with Kelly and sub...
Source: PharmaGossip - August 14, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

PTSD and Its Effects on Sleep. Why it is Important to Reach for Help and Not on an Energy Drink
There are many medical conditions that facilitate the activation for a sleep disorder. While having a sleep disorder, it has caused me to harbor habit forming tendencies that I continue to struggle with everyday.Contributor: stephanie moralesPublished: Aug 13, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - August 13, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

@RichfordsSW Fire and Flood Specialists taking care to be aware of clients’ trauma #ptsd Filed under: Mental Health, The News & Policies. (Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy)
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - August 13, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Dawn Willis Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

20 Potential Technological Advances in the Future of Medicine: Part I.
As there are so many amazing things going on worldwide in medicine and healthcare, I thought creating a shortlist of some of the most promising ideas and developments would give us a glimpse into the future of medicine. The job of a medical futurist is to give a good summary of the ongoing projects and detect the ones with the biggest potential to be used in everyday medical practices. 1) New disease categories due to the excessive use of virtual reality solutions in gaming and other industries will appear. Examples include virtual post-traumatic stress disorder (v-PTSD) which might be the diagnosis for gamers wh...
Source: ScienceRoll - August 1, 2013 Category: Geneticists and Genetics Commentators Authors: Dr. Bertalan Meskó Tags: Biotechnology eHealth Health 2.0 Innovation List Medicine Medicine 2.0 Radiology Video Web 2.0 bionic cyborg future google glass Healthcare ptsd social media Surgery Source Type: blogs

Have Trauma, Will Hover: The Dentist
We went to the dentist yesterday. This wasn’t the kind of dentist appointment with a cleaning and a sticker. This was the kind of dentist appointment with sedatives and drills. Unfortunately, my daughter was blessed with my tooth genes, and that means she will be forever traumatized by the world of floss and fluoride. As a parent, there is nothing worse than knowingly putting your child in a position where she will feel pain, and not having a choice. Until now, I have always been in the room when a doctor was with my children. It never occurred to me there would be another alternative. Imagine my surprise when I p...
Source: World of Psychology - August 1, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Elisabeth Corey Tags: Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Children and Teens Disorders General Memory and Perception Parenting Personal PTSD Attractive Man Daugh Dental Assistant Dental Hygienist Dentist Appointment Dentist Office Dentures Door Source Type: blogs

Symptoms of Anxiety
There could have been an interview you attended, a test you took but had not prepared for or a blind date that certainly got you anxious. The bottom line is that at one time or another, you may have found yourself overwhelmed with worries or fears that made you anxious. This makes it challenging to actually identify the point in time when it results into an anxiety disorder. The type of anxiety disorder as well as the symptoms caused will vary among different people. These types of anxiety can generalize anxiety disorder, emotional anxiety disorder as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. Their symptoms are not easy to i...
Source: Mental Nurse - July 31, 2013 Category: Nurses Authors: Iqcguest Tags: Health Mental health Source Type: blogs

Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse: Scientific Research & Scholarly Resources
A huge website, well over 50 pages, compiled by Dr. Jim Hopper, in which he discusses amnesia, sexual abuse and recovered memories from the sexual abuse.  There are many different articles, by many different authors included in this website, and many different viewpoints. There is, of course a skew on the website, but it is a nice read and well-worth the time put forth to comprehend and absorb the material.  This is a well-done website and has been put together in a fine manner.  Well worth the time and effort! (Source: PsychSplash)
Source: PsychSplash - July 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anyone Articles Editor's Pick Features For General Psychology Links Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Research Research Commentary Sexual Assault Topics Source Type: blogs

Grieving My Lost Childhood
I have been in recovery for a while now. Most days, I feel pretty good. Most days, I can keep my anxiety from paralyzing me. Most days, I function well. However, I don’t have to look far to see my pain. All I have to do is think about my parents. Last night, I was watching a TV show, and a woman was grieving the loss of her mother to cancer. It had been about nine months since her death, but since the woman was planning her wedding, she was particularly upset. I could feel the intolerance building up inside of me. I may have even rolled my eyes. I thought to myself, “at least you had a mother.” This doe...
Source: World of Psychology - July 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Elisabeth Corey Tags: Anger Children and Teens Disorders Family General Grief and Loss Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness Parenting Personal PTSD Self-Esteem Stress Treatment Violence and Aggression Adult anxiety Bat Cancer C Source Type: blogs

Changing the culture of American Medicine — Start by removing hubris
This may be the most important post I have ever published. I’m going to tell you about a study that should change the entire way doctors approach patients, and how patients should think of prescribed treatments. These findings should begin a culture change in American medicine. Background: I used to think Medicine would get easier over time. It makes sense, right? You see patterns, you learn how treatments work, and you just get to know stuff. Experience should make it easier to diagnose and treat. That’s not been the case for me. In fact, it’s closer to the opposite. In the exam room, as I look up to the...
Source: Dr John M - July 28, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr John Source Type: blogs

She is older than I was when the darkness dragged me down. She is so much wiser. Sweeter, more adventurous. Were those things stolen from me, too?The questions I would ask are drowned in the twilight ringing with laughter from the pool. I feel it - 7 years old - and I act it, splashing, diving, doing headstands underwater. Showing Amy how to breaststroke and kick turn.If you are one, like me, with the hyperactive thoughts, if your thoughts cascade over your head as full and powerful and rushing as a waterfall...drown them. Find something that shuts them out. Find something that makes you SO happy, you are literally soaking...
Source: Turquoise Gates - July 25, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: living in the moment child abuse mothering with PTSD sexual abuse DBT mindfulness borderline personality disorder Source Type: blogs

Jodi Arias Trial: The Importance of Forensic Psychology Guidelines
I have served as a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist expert witness for over twenty years. It is of utmost importance that an even playing field be created in adversarial proceedings. What is conducive to this is use of forensic guidelines as standards by all experts involved in a case. The Jodi Arias trial depicts apparent omissions of important standards that could influence outcome of assessment. There was a lack of collateral interviews, which the Reference Manual for Scientific Evidence (RMSE) addresses. In addition, there were other omissions that I believe are important to the outcome of the Jodi Arias trial...
Source: World of Psychology - July 24, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Michael J. Perrotti, PhD Tags: Celebrities General Mental Health and Wellness Personality Policy and Advocacy Psychology Violence and Aggression Women's Issues Abusive Behavior Arias Clinical Assessment Clinical Assessments Collateral Defendant Domestic Viol Source Type: blogs

Antimalarial Drug Linked to Sgt. Robert Bales Massacre - By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing sentencing by a military court for killing 16 civilians on a rampage in Afghanistan last year, might have faced a perfect storm of stress, which included the use of mefloquine hydrochloride, an antimalarial drug given routinely to soldiers in that part of the world. Mefloquine was developed by the U.S. military and has been used for more than three decades by the government to prevent and to treat malaria among soldiers and Peace Corps workers. But the drug can cause varying neurological side effects 5 to 10 percent of the time, according to Dr. David Sullivan, an infectiou...
Source: PharmaGossip - July 23, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Safety for Survivors: Care and Treatment for Military Sexual Trauma
 “I was sexually assaulted by the same people who trained with me. We wore the same uniform. We worked for the same goals. I struggle every day to be proud of my service.” – Testimony from a Military Sexual Assault Survivor On Friday, July 19th the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs held a hearing on mental and medical services for sexual assault survivors. During the hearing, veteran sexual assault survivors testified that the military and VA failed to provide adequate, appropriate, and timely access to services for sexual assault victims with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sexual assault c...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 20, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: dw at Tags: Access Advocacy Men's Health Mental Health Source Type: blogs

5 Steps to Improve Sleep & Emotional Vulnerability
Most of us don’t need science to tell us that sleep and emotion are closely linked.  Spend a couple nights with interrupted sleep or talk to any parent of a newborn and the connection is quite clear. The connection appears not just in everyday life.  In certain physical and mental disorders sleep disturbance and emotion dysregulation are hallmark symptoms. Symptoms of one rare disorder, cataplexy, which often co-occurs with the sleep disorder, narcolepsy for example, include sudden muscle weakness when a person experiences strong emotion, such as anger or fear, or exhilaration. Lack of adequate sleep also i...
Source: World of Psychology - July 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christy Matta, MA Tags: Anger Anxiety and Panic Bipolar Brain and Behavior Depression Disorders General Habits Happiness Health-related Mental Health and Wellness PTSD Self-Help Sleep Stress Adequate Sleep Cataplexy Circadian Rhythm Dysregulat Source Type: blogs

Managing Anxiety with Biofeedback
Worrying is natural. In some cases, anxiety can be beneficial, such as before a big sports event or dance recital. However, some of us are overwhelmed by worry on a daily basis. The worry becomes excessive and can interfere with daily tasks. The anxiety or panic felt is gripping for those who have experienced it. Having an anxiety disorder is difficult and frustrating. It is considered a silent killer and most people who see you upset will just say “calm down” or “stop worrying so much” and not truly understand. The feeling anxiety creates and the worried thoughts it causes do not have an immediate...
Source: World of Psychology - July 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Kristi DeName Tags: Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Treatment Anxiety Attack Anxiety Disorders Control Anxiety Daily Basis Environmental Causes Experience Panic Generalized Anxiety Disorde Source Type: blogs

I’m a Helicopter Parent: Have Trauma, Will Hover
Parenting is hard. Single parenting is extremely difficult. Single parenting with family-based trauma is borderline impossible. There are so many times I have wanted to stop a parenting moment in mid-stream, so I could research possible approaches on the Internet. I don’t know what I would have done without the countless books, articles and Google searches that have taught me how to be a parent. I have come a long way in the past seven years. I’m much more patient. I am willing to apologize and admit when I am wrong (sometimes). I don’t spank. I yell significantly less. My children are not exposed to my...
Source: World of Psychology - July 15, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Elisabeth Corey Tags: Anger Anxiety and Panic Children and Teens Disorders Family General Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness Parenting Psychology PTSD Stress Women's Issues Babysitting Biological Family Books Articles Countless Boo Source Type: blogs

Improving the System’s Response to Domestic Violence: The Iowa Accountability Program
“Where I come from, calling the police is not an option.  [The police] are not there to protect us.”  — Participant in the Iowa Accountability Program Focus Group Webster’s dictionary defines accountability as “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions”. My goal is to create a system that enhances safety for victims of domestic violence (DV) and increases offender accountability. Accountability must be an integral part of the community and system response to issues concerning DV. DV and abuse is serious: period! It can lead to ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - July 15, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: dw at Tags: Access Advocacy Policy Publc Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs

Invisible Illnesses and Special Treatment
Two kinds of posts endlessly circulate on Facebook.  Both of them are quite whiny.  This one popped up yesterday and is representative of the Type 1 post, INVISIBLE ILLNESS and is presented with odd spellings and punctuation exactly as everyone else posts it: "Ignorant people can be so cruel!! I'm posting this because recently I have been mocked and laughed at for things beyond my control... I have three of these illnesses as does some of my friends.... Not one of my Facebook friends will copy and paste (but I am counting on a true family member or friend to do it). If you would be there for me no matte...
Source: Had a Dad Alzheimers Blog - July 15, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: GBP })i({ Source Type: blogs

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line through the Veterans Administration helps connect veterans with mental health treatment they need.  There are confidential toll-free hotlines to call, online chatrooms, or text messages to help a Veteran in need of therapy and mental health treatment. It’s all free, is around 24/7 for 365 days a year, and there is support for deaf and hard of hearing customers as well.  There are Suicide and Crisis Resources, and Self-Check Quizzes. For all the Veterans who deserve all of our support for possibly giving up their lives for our country, the Veterans Administrations Crisis Line is well...
Source: PsychSplash - July 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anger Anxiety Behaviour Management Collaborative News Combat Stress Consumers Depression e-learning Emotional Health Features For Information Links Multimedia Online Counselling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Resources So Source Type: blogs

Link feast
In case you missed them - 10 of the best psychology links from the past week: 1. The expression and perception of human emotion is the same the world over, right? Lisa Barrett doesn't think so as this Boston magazine feature article about her research and theories explains. Not everyone liked the way the article presented Barrett as a lone warrior fighting established theory - check this scathing blog post from Michael Kraus. (also here's more on universality of emotional expression from the Digest archive). 2. What does dopamine really do? Great overview by Bethany Brookshire in Slate is sure to get your ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 5, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christian Jarrett Source Type: blogs

What are Some of the Physiological Manifestations of PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a result of severe trauma. The trauma experienced is usually one that has threatened a person’s safety. PTSD is seen in people returning from fighting in a war, or people who have been victims of violence or a natural disaster. It’s normal to feel traumatized by significant life events such as surviving a severe car accident. It becomes pathological when the feelings of trauma, anxiety, panic, or sadness don’t fade with time. People who experience PTSD may feel like they are forever changed and suffer constant panic attacks, loss of sleep and social isolation. T...
Source: World of Psychology - June 28, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Joanna Fishman Tags: Antidepressant Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Disorders General Medications Mental Health and Wellness Military Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Stress Treatment Anxiety Panic Arousal States Blood Cell Count Coronary Hea Source Type: blogs

Guest blogger Dr. Manuel Mota-Castillo on the overdiagnosis of ADHD
We don't shy away from controversy here at Shrink Rap, and today, child psychiatrist Dr. Mota-Castillo joins us to discuss the idea that children with bipolar disorder are being misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder and then being inappropriately treated with stimulants, which may be causing them more harm than good.  I've already written about my thoughts on the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder as a catch-all category, and if you'd like to revisit that, see my article on Rethinking Bipolarity in Clinical Psychiatry News.   And now for our guest blogger: *             *   ...
Source: Shrink Rap - June 28, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Oh little girl
{Warning: This post may contain triggers; please read only if you're ready.}Bare feet on beams. We go to cool off down by the stream. It is 2013, and the memory washes so far over me that I catch my breath, forgetting children laughing under the bridge. I'm no longer here, I'm gone again - into the trap of the secret sin. I am remembering the halcyon days before you ruined my favorite clearing in the woods. I remember the cool of the shade, the feel of the moss under foot, the whispering wind quaking through the aspens, the shafts of sun lighting the world yellow and green. I was at peace there, it's where I went to think....
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 27, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: childhood sorrow child abuse sexual abuse fear PTSD flashbacks shame beaten Source Type: blogs

Bouncing back
In the darkness of the soul, only the shadows of shame, grief, hopelessness are visible. Profiles of black against an unattainable light. The future appears as shrouded as the moment you are in now.Time and again, I've sighed, resigned myself, and stepped back into the light. The living light. Grace is holding me by the hand, and mercy the tug of life's current around my ankles. You are never alone, He whispers. Each day is sprinkled more and more heavily with happiness. Laughter with my therapist. Sharing a joke with my kids. Yelling and screaming at my daughter's softball game, totally abandoned to the moment. A card ful...
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 26, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: moving mountains depression recovery hope DBT God's tenderness faith hopelessness Source Type: blogs

Unraveling the Secrets of Our Mysterious Brain
There are many big moments in scientific discovery. Humans have explored our world and learned incredible things. We’ve discovered a giant asteroid belt circling a star 25 light-years from earth. We determined that disease comes from microorganisms. We’ve explored the structure of an atom. And we can see bones inside our bodies as well as bombs inside suitcases. Yet the human brain still remains very much a mystery. Recent advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have led to great gains in our understanding of the brain and how it functions.  But even so, scientists have not yet discovere...
Source: World of Psychology - June 23, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christy Matta, MA Tags: Addiction Alcoholism Alzheimer's Brain and Behavior General Health-related Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness PTSD Research Schizophrenia alzheimers Asteroid Belt Biological Structure Bombs brain initiative Br Source Type: blogs

Every moment is a fork in the road
I comfort myself with the fact that someday this day will be burned away: reduced to ashes or jewels. This crazy day. This hard day. This day of sadness and grief. This day of betrayal.Anxiety dissipates as I recall that however this day came about - by the trickle down effect of my sin or someone else or none at all - God has either allowed it or willed it. This is the truth of trusting, that you accept your reality as it is and not how you wish it to be. You can accept what you hate, loathe, are afraid of, disagree with. Acceptance doesn't equal approval. But it does equal a modicum of peace for the soul. When you a...
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 23, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: radical acceptance mental illness depression repentance God's image giving God the glory anxiety PTSD God's will Source Type: blogs

Can Music Tame Your Inner Beast? Music Therapy for Mental Health
Music can affect a person’s thoughts, feelings and behavior and has been shown to assist with managing stress, expressing emotion and improving communication. Music therapy — the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals — helps people with understanding and developing self-identity, promoting quality of life and maintaining well-being. So how does music therapy work to help someone with their mental health concerns? Music therapy can be used with children, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health needs as well as seniors af...
Source: World of Psychology - June 21, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Saakshi Arora Tags: Creativity Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Psychotherapy Self-Help Treatment Adults With Developmental Disabilities Being Music Creating Music Health Music Improving Communication Improvisation Inner Bea Source Type: blogs

“Imagine you are happily commuting to work one day when someone pushes you onto the train tracks” #Atos #wca #MentalHealth
ATOS Miracles Kirsty F*********** In her own words…. “Imagine you are happily commuting to work one day when someone barges past you on the train platform, pushing you onto the tracks where the train goes over your legs. You wake up in hospital, no legs and damaged internal organs. You can’t even take care of changing your own nappy. You have to learn to use a wheelchair and how to live again with your disability. You can’t work so apply for ESA. ATOS demand you attend a work capability assessment. “But I’m still in hospital!” You reply. ATOS reply “we don’t believe yo...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - June 21, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Dawn Willis Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

Brainwashed: The use and misuse of neuroscience Sally Satel and Scott Lilienfeld in conversation with David Brooks. NY Times columnist David Brooks had a dualist epiphany: the brain is not the mind.It is probably impossible to look at a map of brain activity and predict or even understand the emotions, reactions, hopes and desires of the mind.The first basic problem is that regions of the brain handle a wide variety of different tasks. As Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld explained in their compelling and highly readable book, “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience,” you put somebody...
Source: The Neurocritic - June 19, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

How to Respond to Insensitive Remarks about Mental Illness
Julie A. Fast once told her dad that she disliked being single but felt like it was the best option at the time. “I just get too anxious with dating.” He replied, “Well, no one wants to have a relationship with someone with bipolar disorder.” Even close family can make insensitive remarks about mental illness from time to time. (We covered nine common comments here.) “I know for sure that he was not trying to be mean. He simply wasn’t thinking,” said Fast, a coach who works with loved ones of people with bipolar disorder, and author of bestselling books on the disorder, including T...
Source: World of Psychology - June 17, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Disorders Family General Parenting Relationships Self-Help Amp Bestselling Books Bipolar Bipolar Disorder blog Circumstances Coach Dad Dating Extreme Anxiety Inner Critic Insensitive Remarks Mental Illness Nbsp Pens Source Type: blogs

Brain Chemistry Altered by Early Life Experience, Part 1
There was a fascinating article that recently showed up on NBC on June 2.  It dealt with the overarching concept of resiliency possibly being rooted in childhood, and featured some survivor stories of recent tragedies of natural disasters.  It presented that some people did well; others less so. The article nicely brought a mental health issue with the potential to affect us all one step closer to the general public.  As well, though, it pointed toward something fascinating — that in terms of causalities of mental health and illness, there is “nature and nurture” and then there is ...
Source: World of Psychology - June 14, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Lisa A. Miles Tags: Brain and Behavior Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Minding the Media Personality Psychology PTSD Research Treatment anxiety Brain Chemistry Child Psychology Depression Elus Elusive Combination Emerging Research Source Type: blogs

Letting the light in
I spoke of things this week that I never thought would cross my tongue. Childhood hurts locked away tight and buried after all these years of avoidance. I am nudged - gently - to sift through the secrets and unlock the padlocks and let someone in. To this most horrible part of my self. I shy away, trying to trust.It is difficult to say "yes" to grief. Especially if that thing you're grieving is nearly 30 years old. Why bother now, I ask in desperation? My friend, my therapist - she says it's important to let the light in. That the truth will set me free. That my fear of the thing is bigger now than the thing itse...
Source: Turquoise Gates - June 13, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: counseling redemption grief fear PTSD remembrance freedom Source Type: blogs

The Painful Politics of Painkillers Opioids are deadlier than ever, but research into cannabis is still taboo
Opioids like oxycodone and methadone have been prescribed for pain relief since the early 1900s. But the rise of these painkillers, most notably Oxycontin, as a panacea treatment for chronic pain in the past two decades has been costly. Dr. Barth Wilsey, a physician specializing in chronic pain at the University of California Davis Medical Center, has watched their growth with increasing concern. Although he recalls only one patient death in his 17-year career, it's not an uncommon way to go: In 2010, 22,134 people died from prescription drug overdoses, a number that has quadrupled since 1999.“In my perspective,&rdqu...
Source: PharmaGossip - June 13, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Study: PTSD Could Be Prevented Through Drug Therapy
Can Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD be prevented? Some researchers, including Emory University neuroscientist Raul Andero Gali, thanks to studies done with mice that had been deliberately traumatized and then given an experimental treatment.Contributor: Mark WhittingtonPublished: Jun 08, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - June 9, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs