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

ReachOut
URL: http://us.reachout.com/ ReachOut is an information and support service using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues. All content is written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults, to meet them where they are, and help them recognize their own strengths and use those strengths to overcome their difficulties and/or seek help if necessary. The Inspire USA Foundation oversees ReachOut. Reachout.com has 4 key sections: The Facts provides information on a range of mental health issues Real Stories shares personal ...
Source: PsychSplash - January 28, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Psych Central Resource Editor Tags: ADHD Abnormal Academia Addiction Anger Anxiety Anyone Articles Behaviour Management Bipolar Clinical Psychology Collaborative News Commentary and Blogs Common Factors Community and Social Networking Consumers Depression E Source Type: blogs

Standing still
If you stand still too long, the detritus of life begins to cling. Before too long, you look down and you can't see yourself any longer; only the barnacles of everything that's pulling you under the surface. Try to tear it off, and you'll bleed out.He asks us to abide: stay under. Trust Him for oxygen when sobs wrack. Trust Him for a relief from this insurmountable pain of life that will someday come. That day when tears are wiped away.But this year I asked for less. Revisionist that I am (aren't we all?), I want to say I want less of this. Less pain, less work, less abiding. But that's not what I meant by less. I meant le...
Source: Turquoise Gates - January 28, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: fullers soap going under Pain when God feels far away hupomeno choosing life PTSD on my face before the Throne the hard road spiritual battle depression disassociation oneword365 demons scars Source Type: blogs

Switching strokes
She smiled, but there was sadness in her smile; even now she felt forebodings of the coming pain, the air she breathed was heavy with the storm that was about to burst. (Honoré de Balzac, Le Père Goriot, 1835)The keys of the piano are heavy, and my heart thrills at the tension between unplayed and played notes and all the richness of resonance and volume and cascade the old brown piano holds hidden inside herself. I run fingers through the chords flowing from my memory, chords to a song of lament. Putting music to the emotion calms me, and there is even a smile hedging it's way into the corners of my mouth.Th...
Source: Turquoise Gates - January 21, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: feeling Pain distress tolerance brokenness anxiety fear PTSD DBT digging my heels in depression emotions criticism haven't I done this before? Source Type: blogs

Yearning to walk on water
They've been life rafts through the rapids. Painkillers for the soul. The water-stained King James Version of my childhood floated me out of adolescence. The green one is the first I ever bought with my own money, on a night of desperation that found me in the bowels of the hugest Christian bookstore I'd ever seen one winter night in Minneapolis when I was 21. I felt like a rebel buying a NIV just because the cover spoke to me.Pain is an ocean you can't cross swimming on your own strength. I remember the day in 2010 when I heard Jesus calling from the stormy sea while I huddled in the boat, begging for the hurricane to pas...
Source: Turquoise Gates - January 19, 2013 Category: Cancer Tags: going under depression loneliness Jesus faith crisis fear anxiety PTSD God's calling panic Source Type: blogs

Top stories in health and medicine, January 18, 2013
This series is brought to you by MedPage Today.1. Checklists May Improve ‘Crisis’ Care in the OR. Using a checklist helped assure compliance with processes set up to handle a crisis situation — such as a cardiac arrest or massive hemorrhage — in the operating room.2. Smartphone Apps Not Reliable for Melanoma Dx. Four smartphone applications that purport to distinguish between benign lesions and melanoma provided “highly variable” results.3. Drug Worries Affect Med Use After Stroke. Concerns about medications may be much of the reason why stroke survivors who exhibit symptoms of post-trau...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 18, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Tags: News Dermatology Neurology Surgery Source Type: blogs

A Voluntary Industry Code For Releasing Trial Data?
In the latest move to pressure the pharmaceutical industry to release clinical trial data, the Health Committee at the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued a report calling for drugmakers to place all information in “the public domain” and create a voluntary code for publicly releasing trial data for drugs once they have been reviewed and made available for clinical use. “The committee believes there should be both a professional and legal obligation to ensure that all regulators, including NICE, have access to all the available research data about the efficacy and s...
Source: Pharmalot - January 18, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: Ed Silverman Tags: Uncategorized Avandia BMJ Clinical Trial Data GlaxoSmithKline Roche Tamiflu Source Type: blogs

Interview: Col. Kevin Galloway, U.S. Army Pain Management Task Force | Defense Media Network
Pain. It's a four-letter word with powerful implications for those suffering from long-term, chronic medical conditions. Today the single most common reason patients seek medical care in the United States is for treatment for pain.Pain for military personnel has its own unique set of issues, including the reality that their duties are much more likely to cause injury than the jobs of their civilian counterparts. The realities of military life in the early 21st century have only highlighted that fact. Along with the dangers of being wounded or killed on the battlefields of the world since 9/11, there are the physical conseq...
Source: Psychology of Pain - January 16, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Top 10 Mental Health Apps
With so many apps on the market, it’s hard to know which are useful. Many are designed by software developers instead of psychologists, without scientific testing. They range from beneficial, to harmless but useless, to bordering on fraudulent. The apps selected for this list make no hucksterish claims and are based on established treatments. Progressive Muscle Relaxation, for example, has been used for a century and is likely just as effective in this new medium. Knowledge from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy enrich two apps on this list. Others mix solid information with ingenuity. Do...
Source: World of Psychology - January 16, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Sandra Kiume Tags: Anxiety and Panic Best of the Web Bipolar Brain and Behavior Depression General Mania Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Psychotherapy PTSD Self-Help Sleep Stress Technology Treatment Andrew Johnson app Biofeedback Source Type: blogs

mHealth Highlights from CES
With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) running through today we wanted to highlight some of the healthcare technologies that stood out to us: RP-VITA Robot : how would you feel about consulting with a robot in place of a doctor? What if it meant that you could "see" a leading specialty doctor from the other side of the world? We think telehealth is the future of healthcare and a cost-efficient way to reach patients in remote areas. Attend the Innovation in Pharmaceutical Emerging Markets presentation at ePharma to learn how physicians in China are utlizing telehealth to reach physicians in remote areas. Virtu...
Source: ePharma Summit - January 11, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Tags: ePharma Summit 2013 Technology Source Type: blogs

"The spirit came for me when I went to fetch firewood" - Personal Narrative of Spirit Possession in Uganda
"I was lost in the wilderness, and I could smell something strange. I was near a main road and someone asked me what I was waiting for. I said I was lost. I saw smoke around me, and I was told my eyes were swollen. All of a sudden, something started moving all over my body."-Christine, a former child soldier in UgandaDWOG PACOThis video was made as part of an extraordinary multimedia project that chronicles the lives of 40 women in northern Uganda. It recounts the harrowing experiences of these former child soldiers and portrays the current difficulties of reintegrating into society. The piece focuses on five wom...
Source: The Neurocritic - January 10, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

The Tangled Web I Wove
Oh, what a tangled web we weaveWhen first we practice to deceive. –Sir Walter Scott To deceive means to fool people into believing things that are not true. As addicts, we did this in many ways. We lied. We hid facts. We were sneaky. While we were trying to fool other people, we also fooled ourselves. Every lie was like a knot. Pretty soon we were a tangled mess. Our lives became unmanageable, tangled webs of life. Our recovery program – an honesty program – tells us how we can untangle our lives. In the First Step, we admit we are all tangled up in our life of addiction. Second, we realize we can fix it....
Source: Recovery Is Sexy.com - January 6, 2013 Category: Addiction Authors: Sparrow Tags: 12 Step Fellowships Addictions Adult Children of Alcoholics Al-anon Alcoholics Anonymous Cocaine Anonymous Codependency Emotions Anonymous Gamblers Anonymous Marijuana Anonymous Methadone Anonymous Narcotics Anonymous Overeaters An Source Type: blogs

Spirit Possession as a Trauma-Related Disorder in Uganda
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has waged a long and brutal campaign to overthrow the government of Uganda. Rape and torture are commonly used tactics. Children are kidnapped and forced to serve as soldiers — children and youth comprise almost 90% of the LRA, according to the UN. These child soldiers experience incredibly high rates of trauma exposure, post-traumatic stress, and depression.A recent study examined the culturally-specific psychological syndrome of spirit possession in this population (Neuner et al., 2012). Although spirit possession is common in many cultures, the phenomenon investigated here is a loc...
Source: The Neurocritic - January 6, 2013 Category: Neurologists Source Type: blogs

What Are "Co-Occurring" Disorders?
As many as 6 in 10 people with a substance use disorder also suffer from a mental health condition such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or bipolar disorder, to name a few. When this happens, the person has “co-occurring disorders.” The problem is, fewer than 10% of adults with co-occurring disorders receive treatment for both conditions—and more than half of them receive no treatment at all. Teens also can suffer from co-occurring disorders. Which Came First? It’s often impossible to say which problem came first. In one case, a person may experience anxiety from a childhood trauma and...
Source: NIDA Drugs and Health Blog - March 8, 2012 Category: Addiction Authors: Sara Bellum Source Type: blogs

Another factor contributing to PTSD onset; the NUMBER of traumatic events
A scientific friend and colleague, Professor Thomas Elbert from Konstanz University in Germany, has had a long interest in applying “simple” treatments to individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs). With his wife Maggie and others, he has developed and applied such treatments to war victims, primarily in Africa and Sri Lanka. There, literally millions of individuals have endured great personal losses and multiple horrifying experiences. If and when these individuals are resettled back to their homes in Uganda or Liberia or Sierra Leone or Rwanda or Sudan or the Congo Republic or whereve...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - April 16, 2007 Category: Neurologists Authors: Michael Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, et alia Source Type: blogs