Growing up is hard to do
She's been asking for short hair ever since I shaved my head in October, 2011. I promised I would cut hers short when she was old enough that people wouldn't mistake her for a boy. All because I remember, too well, the pain of being called a boy throughout high school. I was afraid she would look too grown up. I was afraid of losing control by letting her decide what to do with her hair. I was afraid I'd do a bad job.Softball season has started, and she looks miserable out on the sun-drenched field, and I put aside my fears and get out the shears. Growing up was not fun for me, but this innocent little soul revels in ...
Source: Turquoise Gates - May 9, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: aftermath child abuse mothering with PTSD daughter fear trusting God Source Type: blogs

Peace out
I am taking a break from writing to sort things out in real life. Life is painful and periolous and as I try to protect my children, I find the need to focus inward, to close the windows on the world for a while and rest. Thank you for understanding. (Source: Turquoise Gates)
Source: Turquoise Gates - May 6, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: taking a break blogs mothering with PTSD reality writer's block children writing the breaking point Source Type: blogs

An app for the mind
With the rapid adoption of mobile technologies and the proliferation of smartphones, new opportunities are emerging for the delivery of mental health services. And indeed, psychologists are starting to realize this potential: a recent survey by Luxton and coll. (2011) identified over 200 smartphone apps focused on behavioral health, covering a wide range of disorders, including developmental disorders, cognitive disorders, substance-related disorders as well as psychotic and mood disorders. These applications are used in behavioral health for several purposes, the most common of which are health education, assessment, home...
Source: Positive Technology Journal - May 6, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Tags: Cybertherapy Self-Tracking Wearable & mobile Source Type: blogs

9 Things Not to Say to Someone with Mental Illness
Julie Fast’s friend went to the hospital for a terrible colitis attack. “It was so serious they sent her straight to the ER.” After reviewing her medical records and seeing that her friend was taking an antidepressant, the intake nurse said, “Maybe this is all in your head.” When it comes to mental illness, people say the darnedest things. As illustrated above, even medical staff can make incredibly insensitive and downright despicable remarks. Others think teasing is okay. Fast, a coach who works with partners and families of people with bipolar disorder, has heard stories of people getting...
Source: World of Psychology - April 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Disorders Family Friends General Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Relationships Antidepressant Bestselling Books Bipolar Clinical Psychologist Coworkers Emotional Difficulties F Diane Barth Howes Insensitive Remark Lov Source Type: blogs

ADHD or Just Plain Tired?
In Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit,  Dr. Thatsal G. Thakkar talks about the concept that the incidence of Attention Deficit Disorder has coincided with people getting less sleep as their days have gotten busier and longer.  He wonders if the symptoms that get attributed to ADD might be a result of too little sleep.  And if not too little, then maybe the wrong kind of sleep.  Dr. Thakkar goes on to talk about his own difficulties with focus and concentration and how he believes these symptoms were because his sleep architecture was disordered: too much dreaming, too little deep sleep -- a problem that was s...
Source: Shrink Rap - April 29, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Book Review: “Love Our Vets – Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD”
A review of a firsthand accounting of strategies used by caregivers and loved ones of those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.Contributor: Yancy CaruthersPublished: Apr 28, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - April 29, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

Signs You May Have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder is overwhelming, but there is hope for recovery. Here's some symptoms you should look for if you think you have it.Contributor: Jennifer OlsonPublished: Apr 28, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - April 29, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

Traumatic Elbow Swelling
This 5 year old presented to ED with elbow pain and swelling after falling onto his left outstretched arm. The XR is shown. Questions What is the abnormality? Answer expand(document.getElementById('ddet106471959'));expand(document.getElementById('ddetlink106471959')) Supracondylar fracture There is a posterior fat pad. Anterior fat pads are normal, although a large anterior fat pad (based on subjective judgement) can be abnormal (sail sign). The mantra goes that posterior fat pads are always abnormal – 75% of them have fractures. Fat pads generally demonstrate intra-articular disruption. How do you...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - April 26, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Tessa Davis Tags: Emergency Medicine Featured Orthopedics Pediatrics Elbow fracture paediatrics supracondylar fracture Trauma X-Ray Source Type: blogs

Traumatic Elbow Swelling
aka Bone and Joint Bamboozler 007 This 5 year old presented to ED with elbow pain and swelling after falling onto his left outstretched arm. The XR is shown. Questions What is the abnormality? Answer expand(document.getElementById('ddet1224948095'));expand(document.getElementById('ddetlink1224948095')) Supracondylar fracture There is a posterior fat pad. Anterior fat pads are normal, although a large anterior fat pad (based on subjective judgement) can be abnormal (sail sign). The mantra goes that posterior fat pads are always abnormal – 75% of them have fractures. Fat pads generally demonstrate...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - April 26, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Tessa Davis Tags: Emergency Medicine Featured Orthopedics Pediatrics Bone and Joint Bamboozler Elbow fracture paediatrics supracondylar fracture Trauma X-Ray Source Type: blogs

Traumatic Elbow Swelling
aka Bone and Joint Bamboozler 007 This 5 year old presented to ED with elbow pain and swelling after falling onto his left outstretched arm. The XR is shown. Questions What is the abnormality? Answer expand(document.getElementById('ddet1411879783'));expand(document.getElementById('ddetlink1411879783')) Supracondylar fracture There is a posterior fat pad. Anterior fat pads are normal, although a large anterior fat pad (based on subjective judgement) can be abnormal (sail sign). The mantra goes that posterior fat pads are always abnormal – 75% of them have fractures. Fat pads generally demonstrate...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - April 26, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Doctors Authors: Tessa Davis Tags: Emergency Medicine Featured Orthopedics Pediatrics Bone and Joint Bamboozler Elbow fracture paediatrics supracondylar fracture Trauma X-Ray Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer's and Dementia News 251
This study is currently recruiting new participants. _________________________________________________ Related Content Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's (5 Best Tests) What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alzheimer's Communication Tip, No More Blah Blah Blah How to Listen to an Alzheimer's Patient Learning How to Communicate with Someone Suffering From Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's World Bang Your Head Against the Wall The Combination of Aricept and Namenda Helps Slow the Rate of Decline in Alzheimer's Patients _________________________________________________ Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Netw...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - April 20, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

I like this article on long-term effects of ‘trauma’ #ukmh #MentalHealth #PTSD
http://psychcentral.com/blog/discuss/44357/#comment-743153 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 - April 19, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Dawn Willis Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

How Trauma Can Affect Your Body & Mind
As I write this, our thoughts are with those in Boston who were affected by the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. In my 20 years living in the Boston area, I cheered on the runners on many occasions and now, even from far way, these events feel close to home. Experiencing trauma can have a dramatic effect on our bodies and our minds.  And although it’s a different experience to witness a trauma on television, it still can affect us. When you perceive a threat, the body activates the stress response. The stress response occurs in both your body and brain. The body’s response to acute stress is a prepara...
Source: World of Psychology - April 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Christy Matta, MA Tags: Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Depression Disorders General Grief and Loss Health-related Memory and Perception Mental Health and Wellness PTSD Self-Help Stress Acute Stress Adrenaline and sweating blame or self-judgmen Source Type: blogs

Holding embers
She says that people like me are living in hell on earth. The searing pain of our situation has us grasping at any means possible to escape the torment. Including deciding to climb up the hot aluminum ladder leading up, even though that is sure to cause more pain with each step. Problem is, she says, I've climbed the ladder before, seemingly "out" of my personal hell, but I've done it on willpower alone. I slog through my disappointment and discontent; I pull up and up into happy and unhappy cohabiting. Beyond that, I keep looking, straining upward, so sure there is something more. Most people are happy just to l...
Source: Turquoise Gates - April 15, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: depression happiness 1000 gifts Marsha Linnehan BPD PTSD DBT shame Source Type: blogs

Prevention and Palliation: Together Forever
What do the following patients have in common? A 45 year old man who has a 60 pack-year history develops lung cancer and is diagnosed at an advanced stage.* A 33 year old woman with post-traumatic stress disorder who has been drinking since the age of ten and develops fulminant hepatic failure. An 82 year old man ends up in the surgical intensive care unit after a self-inflicted gunshot wound three months after his wife of 60 years dies. The mother of a 55 year old woman with morbid obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, and pulmonary hypertension laments that the park nearby isn't safe for people to use. All four patients ...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - April 15, 2013 Category: Palliative Carer Workers Authors: Lyle Fettig, MD Source Type: blogs

Winter white
It's April and the snow just keeps coming. I can't escape the analogies out my window every day. Snow covering mud, the old deer carcass on the front lawn, the mighty roaring rivers through the culverts from all the melting. Snow settles over all and the earth quiets and stills beneath her blanket. All ugliness is forgotten and lies buried invisible again.Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. “Come now, let us reason together," says t...
Source: Turquoise Gates - April 11, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: forgiveness depression weathering storms Jesus redemption snow PTSD God's grace Source Type: blogs

A life with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Reblogged from These Histories Travel With Me: A life with PTSD Over the last couple of weeks, a number of events and conversations have inspired me to share the secrets of my PTSD. It’s something which I usually keep extremely private. Usually, the disclosure of my PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is limited to the explanation of ‘I don’t really do public transport’. Any further detail is spared, to protect both myself and the people around me. Read more… 4,720 more words (Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy)
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - April 10, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Dawn Willis Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

Busy is good
I've always liked being busy. Maybe it's because my mother doesn't stop moving between getting up from her morning coffee and Bible study and the time she falls asleep at night. Maybe it's because being busy makes you feel productive, successful, useful. I was a workaholic when I got out of nursing school. Sixteen to twenty hour shifts were my favorite - both because I loved working all my waking hours, and because of the awesome bonus pay for "doubling" into the next shift. When you perform well - at work, at church, at school, at sports - people take notice and appreciate you in a way they don't when you a...
Source: Turquoise Gates - April 10, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: working mama depression busy PTSD relief Source Type: blogs

Life is easier when you can fly
My friend Ann wrote today what she wished the Church knew about mental health. It was salve for wounds worn dry and dirty from the rub of shame, guilt, disgust. I am perhaps even more saddened by the death of Rick Warren's son Matthew than the general Christian public, having so closely walked that dark path he found himself upon just a week ago. Everyone seems to be talking about it - and I'm thankful for that. Part of me also wonders - what about the thousands upon thousands who have silently slipped away without notice? Did anyone hear their earlier cries for help? Did anyone acknowledge and validate their pain and offe...
Source: Turquoise Gates - April 8, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: spiritual battle wounds self-harm depression spiritual abuse church child abuse anxiety PTSD living Jesus flashbacks suicide Source Type: blogs

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
URL: http://www.apsac.org/The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is the leading national organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence. For: AnyoneTopics: Child and Adolescent, Clinical Psychology, Common Factors, Depression, Emotional Health, Foundation Website, General Psychology, Life, Pediatric Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationships, Self-harm and suicide, Sexual Assault, Stress, Trauma, Varied Disorders, Varied TreatmentsFeatures: Articles, Clinical Tools, Collaborative News, Community and Social Networking, Conf...
Source: PsychSplash - April 8, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anyone Articles Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology Clinical Tools Collaborative News Common Factors Community and Social Networking Conferences Depression Emotional Health Features For Foundation Website General Psycholog Source Type: blogs

The secret history of psychedelic psychiatry – Neurophilosophy
This article will be freely available, with registration, until September 23.  See the Table of Contents for more information on this Blog Focus, and read the other blog posts: Serotonin, Psychedelics and Depression (by Neuroskeptic) Ketamine for Depression: Yay or Neigh? (by The Neurocritic) Visions of a psychedelic future (by Vaughan Bell) Update: I summarize all four posts in this article for The Guardian, and there’s more coverage of the Blog Focus at 3 Quarks Daily, The Atlantic (Alexis Madrigal and Andrew Sullivan), Boing Boing and The Great Beyond.  ___________________________ ON August 15th,...
Source: PharmaGossip - April 7, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs

Walk the walk
WALK THE WALKFor some time a jeremiad theme has been dominant in the psychiatric sector of the academic-industrial complex. Blockbuster psychiatric medications are going off patent, the pipeline is viewed as alarmingly empty, and several corporations are scaling back or even abandoning their research programs in this area. Analyses of the reasons range from the enlightened to the pragmatic to the pedantic to the foolish. Everyone predicts that things will turn bleak in academic clinical research if the corporate spigot is turned off.Lost in the wailing is a clear understanding that the defecting corporations are acting out...
Source: Health Care Renewal - April 6, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: Steven Hyman Thomas Insel Charles Nemeroff Emory University 1boringoldman.com NIMH Helen Mayberg academic industrial complex GlaxoSmithKline Source Type: blogs

The narrow escape
I have been in the hospital for four days. Dealing with chronic illness lays your soul bare and opens an ear to the whispers of evil. There are times when you go dancing with the inner demons, the triumphs of sin in the expanse of your life. You lift the ruby red blanket of Christ's sacrifice and allow those demons to jump back out from underneath, cackling and carrying you on their backs down the path of dangerous thoughts. I am not good enough. I am not worthy of the life I've been given. Look at all these awful things I've done! Do they not condemn me forever? Am I not marked as a wicked one?The Jews of ancient times as...
Source: Turquoise Gates - April 5, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: self-harm depression self-loathing redemption anxiety PTSD sanctification suicide self-control chronic illness Source Type: blogs

Aiding the Doctor Who Feels Cancer's Toll - NYTimes.com
The woman was terminally ill with advanced cancer, and the oncologist who had been treating her for three years thought the next step might be to deliver chemotherapy directly to her brain. It was a risky treatment that he knew would not, could not, help her.When Dr. Diane E. Meier asked what he thought the futile therapy would accomplish, the oncologist replied, "I don't want Judy to think I'm abandoning her."In a recent interview, Dr. Meier said, "Most physicians have no other strategies, no other arrows in their quiver beyond administering tests and treatments.""To avoid feeling that they've aba...
Source: Psychology of Pain - April 3, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

ISTSS: International Studies for Traumatic Stress Studies
URL: http://www.istss.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=HomeThe International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies was founded in 1985 for professionals to share information about the effects of trauma. ISTSS is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. For: Anyone, AnyoneTopics: Child and Adolescent, Clinical Psychology, Common Factors, Depression, Emotional Health, Foundation Website, General Psychology, Life, Pediatric Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationships, ...
Source: PsychSplash - April 1, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anxiety Anyone Articles Behaviour Management CE Activities Clinical Psychology Collaborative News Combat Stress Common Factors Community and Social Networking Depression Features For General Psychology Group Management Inform Source Type: blogs

Tourette Syndrome “PLUS”
URL: http://www.tourettesyndrome.net/This site represents more than just “book knowledge” or clinical experience, however. It also incorporates my experiences as a family member and pro bono advocate for the Tourette’s Syndrome community. As the parent of two young adults with TS+ and as the spouse of a man with TS+, I know some of the pain and challenges that family members face on a daily basis. This web site is my way of sharing some of what I’ve learned personally and professionally in my journey over the past 21 years. If it helps another family, teacher, or colleague, I am delighted. For: Anyo...
Source: PsychSplash - March 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Abnormal Anyone Articles Behaviour Management Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology Common Factors Consumers Depression Educational Psychology Emotional Health Features For Foundation Website Information Lifestyle Mental Source Type: blogs

The Very Last Word At Dr. J's Housecalls: An Exchange Of Correspondence Between Steven Eblin, CEO of Randolph Hospital, And Dr. Mary Johnson, Homegrown Pediatrician From Asheboro - Who Wants To Come Home - Indeed, Who Never Wanted To Leave
On Friday morning, Buzz-Armfield-of-the-Asheboro-Armfields dropped 75 cents on a Greensboro News & Record so that I could read all about Edward Cone-of-the-Moses-Cone-Hospital-Cones putting down Word Up (his personal blog).Ironically, you could not read the article in its entirety online.  And, as of today, the story has no comments.  It was a fitting last nail in the coffin of the notion of "citizen journalism" that brought me to the blogosphere in 2005.I had my say on Ed's departure on Facebook.  After so many words on Word Up - which, as far as I can tell, made no real difference in anything...
Source: Dr.J's HouseCalls - March 24, 2013 Category: Pediatricians Source Type: blogs

Choices in the dark
I strap on the yellow snowshoes given me by my love early in our marriage, because yellow always makes me smile. But today, my face is stuck in fear, grief, despair.Night is falling, and I trek down the woods path through 4 foot drifts, floating atop, falling occasionally. I'm on a quest to find the big cottonwood, the one it would take 4 grown men to wrap their arms around. Trees like this don't just happen in Wisconsin. This tree is sacred.I have the vague idea that if I could just sit there a while, my back against the solidness of that trunk, there would be peace for a few moments. I think, too, about staying there in ...
Source: Turquoise Gates - March 24, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: aftermath searching for meaning coping child abuse when God feels far away darkness anxiety PTSD DBT suicide God's vigilance spiritual battle depression Source Type: blogs

Danger signs
Black arches up against the pale winter sky, trees stripped bare of leaves standing silently in the windless woods. Black as sin against the purity of Holiness.Sweat trickles down my back under down parka, and my steps are whispering Danger as I trudge through the drifts down to the water's edge.The music thunders in my ears against the silence of this glen. "Cold is the water, it freezes your already cold mind, already cold, cold mind; death is at your doorstep, and it will steal your innocence, but it will not steal your substance." (Mumford & Sons, Timshel) Thin ice, open water.I watch the ducks in the slu...
Source: Turquoise Gates - March 22, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: aftermath searching for meaning depression taking a break child abuse when God feels far away PTSD suicide borderline personality disorder Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation
URL: http://alzheimers-research.org/Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder characterized by a steady decline in cognitive ability. It is the most common form of dementia. With any endeavor, the efforts of many can easily surpass those of the few; feel free to contribute your experience for the benefit of all. We’ll all be the better for it. For: Anyone, Anyone, Anyone, Consumers, Anyone, ConsumersTopics: Child and Adolescent, Clinical Psychology, Common Factors, Depression, Emotional Health, Foundation Website, General Psychology, Life, Pediatric Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationships...
Source: PsychSplash - March 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anyone Articles Collaborative News Conferences Consumers Depression Diagnosis Emotional Health Features For Foundation Website General Psychology General Science Health Psychology Health and Social Services Information Inso Source Type: blogs

Space to breathe
My husband, wonderful husband, has given me a break. Time to breathe. To rediscover. To push tentacles into the Solid Rock. Would you be in prayer for me, my friends? That I would find that spirit of peace HE promises, that I would be impenetrable to the lies of the evil one, that I would heal and grow and come back home more whole?Today I am in North Dakota with one of the wisest and sweetest 20 year olds I've known. I've cared for her since her infancy, and now she shrouds me with her grace, her embrace, her understanding. Tomorrow, another day here in the drifts. Next week, peace at her mother's farm. I leave house and ...
Source: Turquoise Gates - March 17, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: prayer request a husbands love anxiety PTSD loving yourself separation suicide the breaking point salvation depression self-loathing protection redemption Source Type: blogs

CPR on a Loved One: Should/Would You Watch?
Discussion Blog)
Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - March 16, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Source Type: blogs

Not watching CPR more traumatic than watching it
French researchers have announced the finding of a very interesting study.For years, the medical community ushered patient's loved ones away from the patient so they did not have to experience the trauma of watching their loved one undergo CPR and attempt of resuscitation. The medical community felt that this was protecting the loved one. However, anecdotal accounts have shown that loved ones experience less trauma and achieve closure with the exeprience of watching the resuscitative attempt.Now, French researchers have tested this theory. Working with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims, some loved ones were offer...
Source: Dr Portnay - March 14, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr Portnay Source Type: blogs

student mental illness lifeline
URL: http://www.smile-online.co.uk/SMILe was formed in 2008 after its founder discovered that she was not the only one suffering in (relative) silence through University with mental illness. Students she talked to felt their universities didn’t want to admit their students were ‘unhappy’, especially in the long term, and that as students their vulnerability was overlooked. For: Anyone, Anyone, Anyone, Consumers, Anyone, Consumers, StudentsTopics: Child and Adolescent, Clinical Psychology, Common Factors, Depression, Emotional Health, Foundation Website, General Psychology, Life, Pediatric Depression, Post...
Source: PsychSplash - March 11, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: ADHD Abnormal Addiction Anger Articles Biological Psychology Bipolar Chronic Disease Clinical Psychology Clinical Tools Collaborative News Common Factors Depression Educational Psychology Emotional Health Features For For Source Type: blogs

Mental Health America: Live Your Life Well
URL: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/liveyourlifewellMental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With 240 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis. For: Anyone, Anyone, Anyone, Consumers, Anyone, Consumers, Students, AnyoneTopics: Child and Adolescent, Clinical Psychology, Common Factors, Depression, Emotional Health, Foundation Website, Gene...
Source: PsychSplash - March 4, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anyone Articles Careers Collaborative News Community and Social Networking Features For Information Mental Health Mental Health Promotion Societal or Organizational Membership Stress Topics Source Type: blogs

Stigmatizing, Censoring Talk of Sexuality in Technology
The open source movement has long been about sharing information and code freely and openly. So it’s a little odd when a “grassroots, open security conference” decides to censor a speaker it had invited to talk at one of its conferences. The security conference, BSides SF, made the decision after a complaint was lodged against the talk by the Ada Initiative’s Valeria Aurora. The Ada Initiative is a group that works “to increase the participation of women in open technology and culture by educating both women and people of all genders who want to support women in open tech/culture” and w...
Source: World of Psychology - March 1, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: John M. Grohol, PsyD Tags: General Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy Sexuality Bsides Erotic Stories Frank Discussions Gender Identity Issues Genders Mary Gardiner New Generations Open Security Open Source Movement Open Technology Porn Indus Source Type: blogs

Freedom From Fear
URL: http://www.freedomfromfear.org/index.htmlFreedom From Fear is a national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association. Mary Guardino founded FFF in 1984 as an outgrowth of her own personal experiences having suffered from anxiety and depressive illnesses for more than 25 years. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support. For: AnyoneTopics: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, Mental Health Promotion, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Personality disorders, Post Traumatic St...
Source: PsychSplash - February 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Anxiety Anyone Articles Collaborative News Community and Social Networking Depression Features For Group Management Information Mental Health Mental Health Promotion Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Personality disorders Podcasts Source Type: blogs

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Could Ease Pain: Scientific American
Treating the brain with magnets went mainstream a few years ago, when the technique proved successful at relieving major depression. Now the procedure, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), shows promise for another mysterious, hard-to-treat disorder: chronic pain.Until now, pain seemed out of reach for rTMS because the regions involved in pain perception lie very deep within the brain. The other disorders helped by rTMS all involve brain areas close to the skull. To treat depression, for example, a single magnetic coil directs a magnetic field at the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, a region of the...
Source: Psychology of Pain - February 22, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

The Essential EMR Checklist for Psychiatry Practices
The Unique Requirements of Medical Documentation in Psychiatry & Psychiatry Electronic Medical Records Psychiatry and psychology hold somewhat unique requirements among the medical specialties in that the diagnosis itself cannot be visualized or examined in the same way as a healing surgical incision or a growing infant. The physical results of some psychiatric disorders, however, are demonstrable by physical symptoms. Anorexia, for instance, can be clearly identified by individuals untrained in medicine. Psychiatrists, psychologists and psychiatric nurses can also identify the mania of a bipolar diagnosis, the usual p...
Source: EMR EHR Blog for Physicians - February 21, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Aparna Prasad Source Type: blogs

my cat and my dad
My rescue cat, Romeo, was doing something today.  I don't even remember what it was--begging for food probably because he's on a diet.  But for some reason I thought about my dad and tried to remember what my dad had to say about Romeo.  Then I realized, he never met this cat. And that made me feel really, really sad. I got Romeo almost 2 years ago shortly after his 9th birthday.  He had had, as well as I can tell, 5 homes in the last year (before that, 1 home).  He was afraid of everything, with severe PTSD to the point where he had to be sedated for six months or have a fear-induced heart attack....
Source: Had a Dad Alzheimers Blog - February 21, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: GBP })i({ Source Type: blogs

Emergency Mental Health Educational Manual
URL: http://www.carmha.ca/publications/documents/Emergency%20Mental%20Health%20Educational%20Manual%20-2000.pdfMostly interesting to the the common layperson who is interested in psychology/psychiatry or the student, this manual is a well-thought out guide to how to help others when help is needed right now. For: Clinicians, Researchers, Students, TeachersTopics: Abnormal, Academia, Behaviour Management, Clinical Psychology, Combat Stress, Depression, Diagnosis, Emotional Health, Forensic, General Psychology, Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health and Social Services, Life, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Mental Health Prom...
Source: PsychSplash - February 18, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: Abnormal Academia Behaviour Management Books Clinical Psychology Clinicians Combat Stress Depression Diagnosis Editor's Pick Emotional Health Features For Forensic General Psychology Health Promotion Health Psychology Hea Source Type: blogs

Back in time
Is it possible to be injected with poison so deep that it takes over 20 years to discover the infected tissue? I'm watching Disney movies with my daughters on a Friday night, alone in the house with the kids. Aaron's on call. A scene comes up that I remember clearly, and suddenly I am 11 and seeing it for the first time.Most of you know the story: the princess gives away the one thing the prince loved - her voice - in exchange for her rebellious dream. When I was a child I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child... (I Corinthians 13:11) I'm sure I'm not the only girl who identified herself with ...
Source: Turquoise Gates - February 16, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: childhood depression child abuse mothering with PTSD disgust anxiety sin flashbacks panic Source Type: blogs

What if we're doing it wrong?
A pastor stood with rope in his hands at our wedding. "A cord of three strands," he repeated from Ecclesiastes, "is not quickly broken." In his words I felt the birth of two covenants. Our marriage, and our relationship with this church..........................................The problem is we're doing it all wrong, and it's killing people. Matthew 18 seems so flawless you can just recite it out in monotone and it works. This kicking people to the curb. This cutting off of the bad branches, the pruning, the training. But everyone who reads it that way seems to be forgetting a key phrase at the very end...
Source: Turquoise Gates - February 13, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: emotions depression matthew 18 church discipline church pain PTSD consequences Source Type: blogs

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
This article outlines some of the platitudes that those who misunderstand post-traumatic stress disorder often use, and possible rebuttals those with the condition may use to defend themselves.Contributor: Rosana ClarksonPublished: Feb 12, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - February 13, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer’s Disease and Grief: The Anguish of Multiple Losses
Grief may be triggered by the death of a loved one. People can also experience grief if they have an illness for which there is no cure, or a chronic condition that affects their quality of life. The end of a significant relationship may also cause a grieving process. By Marie Marley Alzheimer's Reading Room Death is typically a clear starting point for grief, and it’s clear that eventually there will be more or less an end to it. But with dementia, loss comes in bits and pieces and drags on and on for many years before the loved one even dies. It is understandable why people feel overwhelmed by the prospect...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - February 5, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

Chronic
"Just think of it as a chronic disease - like lupus - which flares up, ebbs and flows." The young psychiatrist looks at me warmly, with that practiced "warmness" we all rehearsed to cover up shock, disgust, terror that became part of our everyday lives. I survey the new doctor, wondering if he felt disgust when he looked at me just now. Slowly, my thoughts snake there way back his comment is, the one that compares my depression with lupus.  Who willingly submits to the idea that there is something debilitating and wrong with them for which there is no cure?On the other hand, I smiled at a baby toda...
Source: Turquoise Gates - February 5, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: depression prayin illness PTSD disappointment chronic illness Source Type: blogs

Healing PTSD with Pets for Vets
“Healing Power of Pets: Veteran with PTSD finds new life with dog” is a video profiling a United States Marine Corps veteran who served in the Iraq war and like many returning veterans, suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Blade, a brave, strong man, developed debilitating symptoms of PTSD including suicidal thoughts, and nearly ended his own life. Fortunately, he connected with Pets for Vets instead. They’re a 501(c) non-profit organization who rescue dogs from shelters, rehabilitate and train them to become certified psychiatric service dogs, and match them to veterans who can benefi...
Source: Channel N - February 3, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Documentary anxiety brain dog pets psychology ptsd service dog therapy treatment vets video Source Type: blogs

The dagger of the mind
I have two kinds of fear. The kind of fear that whispers what time I am afraid, I will trust in thee (Ps. 56:3). This kind comes when I have to hand over someone I love to Christ's care.I remember the many times I've wept for my third daughter. Through her brain infection, as we watched her fade away, and so many, many times as we've watched her creep back. Who knew a mom could feel fear teaching her baby the alphabet? But what if I can't?Throwing flowers on Teddy's grave in November, 2009There's a different kind of fear that attacks me out of the dark shadows. Fear of being swallowed up. Fear of fading away myself. Grief ...
Source: Turquoise Gates - February 1, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: salvation depression fear anxiety PTSD rescue Source Type: blogs

Going through the motions
It is dark and silent, this place I have descended to in the past weeks. Holy hushed, almost. Like church during a funeral. A cave for the soul to hide, perhaps? I pray hard, eyes squinted shut, that some spiritual growth is revealed under the raw places soon - some messenger that this is worth it all. One foot, then the other, I say "yes" everyday by little increments: taking my pills, eating when I'm supposed to, getting up out of bed in the morning, going to work and delivering a lecture. If only there were a way to say "no" to pain. (Source: Turquoise Gates)
Source: Turquoise Gates - January 31, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: depression Pain self-loathing repentance grief anxiety PTSD Source Type: blogs

Ace and XL sued by AZ
A court case that got under way this week could have implications for reinsurers around the world. The case is AstraZeneca Insurance Company (the pharmaceutical giant’s captive insurance company) versus XL Insurance (Bermuda) and Ace Bermuda Insurance. The dispute is over whether the two Bermuda-based reinsurers can be held liable for settlements and costs incurred by the world’s fifth largest pharmaceutical company following several class-action product liability lawsuits related to its prescription drug Seroquel. The claims alleged personal injury, namely, that Seroquel, an antipsychotic drug prescribed fo...
Source: PharmaGossip - January 29, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: insider Source Type: blogs