The Wetware
This is an idea I have discussed briefly before, buthere's a real scientist discussing the relationship between the complexity of the human brain and it's likelihood of failure. We tend to take ourselves for granted but we've found that what seem to us to be our simplest capabilities are so far impossible to model or emulate with computers. Just making a plan to get through the next hour, let alone life, is a unique capability of Homo sapiens.But the danger is that when this astonishingly capable machine goes awry, it can go spectacularly wrong. Dr. Paz refers to mental illness, specifically ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD...
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 23, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Choosing Effective, Sticky Health Apps (Part 2)
In a blog post last week, I shared an excerpt from the new book that Paul Cerrato and I just completed,The Transformative Power of Mobile Medicine. Here is a second excerpt from Chapter 3,  “Exploring the Strengths and Weaknesses of Mobile Health Apps.”Even patients who are fully engaged in their own care still need access to medical apps they can trust. The IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science has performed a detailed analysis of the clinical evidence supporting mobile health apps, rating their maturity and relative quality. Its rating scale places a single observational study near the bottom of th...
Source: Life as a Healthcare CIO - January 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: blogs

The Anoscope for Foreign Bodies in the Rectum
​Rectal exams are difficult for the patient and require true expertise. You cannot expect to complete a good rectal exam or remove a rectal foreign body without the correct information, good bedside relationship, and the right equipment.Ensuring your patient has confidence in your ability is vital. Take the time to get to know what equipment is available in your ED. It's important to know what to do before a patient comes to your department with a rectal complaint.Most departments have a box dedicated to the anoscope. It typically will have two handles for light sources and two sizes of obturators with casing. The items ...
Source: The Procedural Pause - December 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

How Stress Affects Your Memory
The relationship between stress and memory is complex. A little bit of stress can enhance your ability to encode, store, and retrieve factual information. Too much stress, however, can shut the system down. You may have had this experience studying for a test. A moderate amount of anxiety is motivating and will help you perform better. Too much on the other hand, especially while taking the actual test, can prevent you from recalling what you know. The experience of trauma and chronic stress over time can actually change the brain structures involved in memory. To understand how this happens, we need to consider one of the...
Source: World of Psychology - December 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Anxiety and Panic Memory and Perception Stress Trauma Source Type: blogs

It ’s easier to get a gun than a psychiatrist in America
America in 2018: 307 mass shootings in 311 days. Recently, a veteran with presumed PTSD shot up Borderline Bar& Grill. His Facebook declaration: I hope people call me insane … (laughing emojis).. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah.. I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 14, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/pamela-wible" rel="tag" > Pamela Wible, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Transformative Experience Design
In the last couple of years, I and my team have been intensively working on a new research program in Positive Technology: Transformative Experience Design.In short, the goal of this project is to understand how virtual reality, brain-based technologies and the language of arts can support transformative experiences, that is, emotional experiences that promote deep personal change.About Transformative Experience DesignAs noted by Miller and C ’de Baca, there are experiences in life that are able to generate profound and long-lasting shifts in core beliefs and attitudes, including subjective self-transf...
Source: Positive Technology Journal - December 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Biofeedback & neurofeedback Blue sky Technology spirituality Transformative Experience Design Virtual worlds Wearable mobile Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Growing Up With a Mentally Ill Parent
 Growing up with a mentally ill parent can be a traumatic experience for any child. For Ally Golden, her mother’s mental illness was major depression, later diagnosed as borderline personality disorder. Ally’s book, A Good Soldier, chronicles her life growing up in this environment, with a mentally ill mother who frequently threatened suicide, and the psychological trauma that resulted for her. Decades later, her mother carried out her threat. Listen to hear Ally’s fascinating story. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! About Our Guest Ally Golden is the author ...
Source: World of Psychology - December 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: Borderline Personality General Relationships The Psych Central Show Gabe Howard Suicide Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

Coping During the Holiday Season if You Have C-PTSD or PTSD
For those who have a history of trauma, the holiday season can present difficult challenges. Holidays carry a full load of triggers, across the full range of our senses. Food, song, sight, family gatherings, and rituals associated with the holidays can trigger stress and difficult emotions. If you have experienced childhood interpersonal trauma (C-PTSD), it may be that holidays mean spending time with the people who hurt you. If you are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by a traumatic event such as exposure to military combat, car accident or natural disaster, sometimes the sheer chaos of the hol...
Source: World of Psychology - December 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Alcoholism Family Holiday Coping PTSD Trauma C-PTSD complex PTSD Complex trauma Holiday Season Holidays traumatic experience Source Type: blogs

Thinking About Dumping Your Psychiatrist? You Might Not Need To
It’s tempting. I’ve been there. You hit a rough patch with your psychiatrist and you think, “I’m outta here.” There may be some things you can do to not only get your relationship back on track but also give it a turbo boost. I want to explore just a few of the things we can do to improve our relationships with our doctors. First some basic facts. Psychiatry is a rare discipline of medicine and the population of psychiatrists is aging and not being replaced quickly enough by younger physicians. There are many areas of the country, small town and rural particularly, that have few to no psychiat...
Source: World of Psychology - December 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tova Feinman Tags: Bipolar Communication Personal Psychotherapy PTSD Schizophrenia Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Medgadget Sci-Fi Contest 2018: Meet The Authors and Read Their Stories
From Jules Verne to Isaac Asimov, science fiction writers have inspired scientists, explorers, and thrill seekers to influence the future of humanity. While Sci-Fi may seem like it’s about the distant future, more often than not it’s commentary on rudimentary technologies that already exist and that are about to mature and reveal their true potential. The authors of this year’s Medgadget Sci-Fi Writing Contest are certainly in tune with the latest trends in biomedicine, the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into clinical practice, and genetic manipulation taking place in thousands of labs aroun...
Source: Medgadget - December 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Art Exclusive Medicine Source Type: blogs

New findings suggest post-traumatic growth may often be illusory
By Christian Jarrett After a trauma many people have the sense it has changed them for the better, such as granting them a new appreciation for life or improving their relationships. This has given rise to the appealing notion that there is such a thing as “post-traumatic growth”. However, the majority of investigations into this phenomenon have relied on asking people whether they believe they have changed; very few have assessed people prior to a trauma and then re-assessed them afterwards to see if positive changes have actually occurred. A new study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships i...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - November 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Mental health Source Type: blogs

Why connecting with therapists and staff can make all the difference
While you’re going through treatment, it is vital you take advantage of connecting with your therapists and staff in your residential treatment center. This means not only listening to them and sitting for sessions, but actively connecting and reaching out to them throughout the process. Being an active participant with them can help keep you accountable and become more serious about your sobriety. You don’t have to go through it alone Going through the addiction recovery process leaves you with about a million unknowns. How will you feel throughout detox? How long will it last? How do I control my temptations?...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment PTSD Relationships Sober Living and Aftercare Substance Abuse family therapy Source Type: blogs

The Secret To Reducing Depression Risk 50% In Veterans (S)
It reduced depression and PTSD risk by 50%. → Enjoying these psych studies? Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month (includes ad-free experience and more articles). → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: NEW: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do (Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog)
Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - November 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Depression Social Media subscribers-only Source Type: blogs

Are Holiday Traditions Sacrosanct or Can They Be Changed?
With the winter holidays approaching, many are faced with both anticipation and anxiety. For some it brings back memories of delight and magic and for others, dread and mayhem. It may have been a time when loving family and friends gathered around a tree, a menorah, a kinara or yule log, singing familiar songs. It may also, less pleasantly, recall times when holiday spirit was more of the liquid form indulged in to excess, voices were raised in anger, hands were raised to strike or throw objects that smashed into walls. Cellular memory is based on the idea that our bodies store experiences. We may not be consciously ...
Source: World of Psychology - November 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW Tags: Family Holiday Coping PTSD Trauma Christmas family tradition Holiday Tradition Life Changes Thanksgiving Source Type: blogs

Mental Illness Body Tracker Accurately Diagnoses PTSD
Mental illness can be notoriously difficult to diagnose in many cases, since symptoms may be invisible to physicians and those that are can be misleading. Objective methods that don’t rely on a direct observation would help to improve diagnosis. Researchers at Draper, the famous engineering firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have developed a system consisting of a number of different sensors that work together to analyze various vital signs and physical parameters to help with screening, diagnosing, and monitoring mental health conditions. The sensors include headset, wrist bands, and an ankle bracelet. The system kee...
Source: Medgadget - November 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Psychiatry Rehab Source Type: blogs

Triggers to Avoid During the Holidays
Know your triggers A major part of a successful recovery process is knowing what your triggers are. During the holidays, it can be a time that they present themselves more often than not. It can also be time when new triggers can arise that you didn’t realize you had before. It’s important to sit down and make a list of all the triggers that you think may pop up, and come up with a plan for each of them. This will give you better confidence for handling the situation when it pops up, and you will be able to move past it successfully with your newly-honed coping skills. Common holiday triggers Traveling Pressur...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - November 13, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Uncategorized addiction alcohol family family therapy holidays PTSD relationships triggers Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: November 13, 2018
Veterans Day was this past Sunday. I run into military men and women often and never know what to say. Years ago, I heard a podcast on the importance of starting a conversation with veterans instead of just saying, “Thank you for your service.” It’s motivated me to learn more about vets and what they need. In addition to our top posts this week on what you need to become happier, how not to get into another bad relationship and the connection between narcissism and mass shooters, you can read about how horseback riding and transcendental meditation can help veterans with PTSD. 7 Secrets For Improving...
Source: World of Psychology - November 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Source Type: blogs

The Future of Our Brains – Health in Black Mirror
Black Mirror, the iconic British anthology series asks what could happen to our identities, memories, social and personal selves, life and death after getting in touch with the digital. What could happen to the most complex and least understood human organ, the brain, being exposed to powerful, dimension-altering perception? We pondered on whether the current state of technology and research could ever take us on the dystopian, blind alley called future in Black Mirror. [SPOILER ALERT: the article contains a detailed description of episodes] Waldo’s predictions of politics On the day after the U.S. election, when ev...
Source: The Medical Futurist - November 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Cyborgization Future of Medicine Medical Professionals Patients avatar BCI black mirror brain brain-computer interface death digital digital avatar digital health dystopia life memory sci-fi science fiction Source Type: blogs

Free Live Webinar: 8 Signs of Intergenerational Trauma
Please note: This free live webinar will be recorded and a copy made available to all who registered.) Do you or someone you know believe that intergenerational trauma has negatively impacted you? If so, you are not alone. I’m sure you have heard people talk about the “family curse” when discussing relationships, trauma, or abuse. As one from a multi-ethnic family, I have heard the same. Intergenerational trauma is the idea that unresolved trauma from previous generations has, in some fashion, negatively impacted the younger generations. For example, a grandmother who never sought counseling for staying ...
Source: World of Psychology - October 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gabe Howard Tags: Mental Health and Wellness PTSD Relationships Self-Help Trauma Webinar Intergenerational trauma Posttraumatic growth Posttraumatic Stress Source Type: blogs

5 Things You Can Do Today to Turn PTSD into Post Traumatic Growth
If you have experienced any type of trauma, or have a family member that has experienced trauma, it can be debilitating to the core. You can’t stop replaying the event in your mind and you may feel hopeless and afraid. But what if I were to tell you that it’s possible to get rid of that pit in your stomach? And that it’s even possible to grow from your experience? What Is Post Traumatic Growth? Post Traumatic Growth is the rather strange phenomenon of growing from a traumatic experience. It means those who have experienced trauma at some point in their life can then use that experience as a catalys...
Source: World of Psychology - October 24, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Noel Beaulieu and Colleen Croff Tags: PTSD Self-Help Trauma Post Traumatic Stress post-traumatic growth Source Type: blogs

PTSD and Trauma Leading to Addiction
If you feel as if your PTSD and addiction are linked, and your trauma is leading to addiction, chances are you are probably right. The good news is that you are not alone. Time reports that about 50-66 percent of those who suffer from PTSD also battle simultaneous addiction. In addition, around 50% of individuals seeking substance use treatment also suffer from PTSD according to MentalHelp. Co-Occurring PTSD and Addiction PTSD, which stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is defined as a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serio...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 23, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Anxiety Drinking Drug Treatment Mental Health PTSD Substance Abuse alcoholism co-occurring disorder co-occurring disorders co-occurring disorders trea Source Type: blogs

Intensive CBT: How fast can I get better?
A highly effective psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on how our thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes can affect our feelings and behavior. Traditional CBT treatment usually requires weekly 30- to 60-minute sessions over 12 to 20 weeks. A faster option now emerging is intensive CBT (I-CBT), which employs much longer sessions concentrated into a month, week, or weekend — or sometimes a single eight-hour session. CBT helps people learn tools to reframe different types of thinking, such as black-and-white thinking (I can’t do anything right) and emotional reasoning (I feel you dislike me, ...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soo Jeong Youn, PhD Tags: Adolescent health Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Mental Health Parenting Source Type: blogs

We have to deal with the trauma in veterans early on
My medical center recently cemented an agreement with the Veterans Administration to offer care to veterans who could not be accommodated at the VA. We need paying patients, they need doctors of our caliber — establishing mutual benefit. Military veterans have always been among our patients. During my professional lifetime that has included men of my father’s generation whose young adult years encompassed World War II’s widespread draft. World War I and Korea conscriptions were less universal, but patients frequently had served in these settings. Vietnam service seemed more selective. Even when employed a...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/richard-plotzker" rel="tag" > Richard Plotzker, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

The Appeal of Benevolent Sexism
Stories of sexual abuse and allegations have been front and center in our news for a while now. From the Me Too movement to the Catholic Church abuse cases to the recent Kavanaugh Hearings, we are faced with the harsh reality of how common sexual abuse really is in our society. But we are starting to talk about it and that is a good thing. My heart goes out to all those whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse. For many well-meaning men and women, these times are fraught with tension and confusion. A man might examine how he treats women and wonder if he should change his behavior. A woman might feel ambivalent towar...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Ethics & Morality Men's Issues Minding the Media PTSD Stigma Trauma Women's Issues #MeToo benevolent sexism Brett Kavanaugh flattery Prejudice sexist attitude Social Psychology stereotyping Source Type: blogs

Mental Coping Strategies During Hurricane Season and Other Natural Disasters
The anxiety and distress for people living in the path of a hurricane can be overwhelming. Uncertainty about living arrangements, work schedules and other life tasks increase when people are evacuated. Legitimate concerns about damage and destruction to homes, streets and infrastructure accelerate in the midst of constant news about the storm. An important step is to recognize common emotional reactions while physically preparing for impending changes. On the 29th of August, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. I was a first responder to the disaster, and arrived in the area a week after the storm. I foun...
Source: World of Psychology - October 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, EdD, MPH Tags: Anxiety and Panic Children and Teens Depression Psychology PTSD Self-Help Stress Trauma bedwetting Coping Skills hurricane Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Michael hurricane season Natural Disaster Nightmares Posttraumatic Stres Source Type: blogs

My Journey to Wholeness: How I Learned to Embrace My Flaws to Create a Joyful Life
I believe there is not enough dialogue out there about soul-sickness, especially among wealthy communities. We are taught to believe from a young age that once we have the perfect partner, house, car, children, and careers, we will be happy. And often times this is not the case; the happiness does not come. There is an insatiable need for more. Because there is no dialogue about this, most people think, I am the only one, something is wrong with me, or no one understands me. This leads to deep despair and usually a diagnosis of depression and medication. I ruined my life searching for peace. I pushed away everyone and ever...
Source: World of Psychology - October 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Renee Linnell Tags: Books Happiness Personal Spirituality Trauma Violence and Aggression Cult Members Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD spiritual abuse Source Type: blogs

Can I Become Addicted to My Anxiety Medication?
What is Anxiety? Having anxiety is a difficult issue suffered by millions. It is much more than just butterflies in your stomach before going on stage or before an important event – it can be crippling and can cause severe impacts on one’s life, and you may need to be on anxiety medication to help with the symptoms. According to anxiety.org, there are many anxiety-related disorders, and they are divided into three main categories: Anxiety disorders Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders Trauma and stressor-related disorders Anxiety disorders are characterized by a general feature of excessive fear (i.e. e...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - October 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Anxiety Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment PTSD anxiety medication benzodiazepines Source Type: blogs

Whom Do We Believe?
You may be thinking about it as a “she said, he said” story. But it may well be a “she remembers, he doesn’t” story. For him, the night may have been just another insignificant, inconsequential, meaningless event. One more beer party in which trying to score with a girl was the goal. Such a memory is easily forgotten, especially with an alcohol-soaked brain and a belief that you did nothing wrong. Though she terms it attempted rape, he, and his frat beer buddies, probably viewed it as nothing more than “scoring.” No big deal. He may truly have no memory of the event. Or, if he has...
Source: World of Psychology - October 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Linda Sapadin, Ph.D Tags: Bullying Ethics & Morality Memory and Perception Minding the Media Policy and Advocacy PTSD Trauma Violence and Aggression Women's Issues Source Type: blogs

Memories Can Be Distorted – But Not in the Way That You Think
After the recent hearings regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the recollection of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came into question. One conservative pundit, Ben Shapiro, suggested that because we had “two believable testimonies and no corroborating evidence,” we should basically dismiss Blasey Ford’s accusation. But in a disjointed opinion piece published on Newsweek.com, Shapiro confuses the science of memory, and what it tells us about how the brain forms, keeps, or distorts memories. Let’s walk through his claims and what science actually says about memory. Ben S...
Source: World of Psychology - October 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Brain and Behavior General Minding the Media Psychology Research Violence and Aggression Ben Shapiro Brett Kavanaugh False Memories Sexual Assault Source Type: blogs

Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction
What is a Co-Occuring disorder? The coexistence of both a mental health disorder and a substance abuse use disorder is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. Any combination of mental health and addiction can be referred to as having a co-occuring disorder. The combinations can be seemingly endless, and can even include more than one of either a mental disorder or an addiction. Combinations may include depression and alcoholism, anorexia and cocaine addiction, bipolar disorder and heroin addiction and the list goes on. Surprisingly, as many as 6 in 10 substance abusers also have at least one other mental disorder. There i...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 27, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources ADHD Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Anxiety Behavioral Addictions Depression Depression Treatment Drinking Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eat Source Type: blogs

The Exposing the Silence Project
“Well, at least you have a healthy baby!” is one of the most common phrases a mother who went through a traumatic birth experiences hears. While the friend or family member may mean well and simply be trying to show optimism, he or she is often isolating the deep pain the mother may be going through. As part of my research on maternal health, I came across the photography and advocacy project Exposing the Silence: Documenting Birth Trauma and the Strength of Women across America. The project brings to light a little noticed group of women– women who experienced past sexual abuse that can be triggered duri...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

How Autocracies Could Misuse Digital Health Innovations
How long do you think it will take for authoritarian governments, dictatorships or tyrannies until they realize the vast potential in digital health technologies and until they learn how to harness their powers? Twenty years? Ten years? We have to warn you, the era of 24/7 surveillance and intrusion into the innermost secrets of human life is even closer than that. Watch out! Dystopic worst case scenario-alert! Digital technologies are double-edged swords: they promised social change… On 17 December 2010, a Tunisian vegetable vendor set up his cart on the street in Sidi Bouzid to sell goods that he obtained the day ...
Source: The Medical Futurist - September 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Bioethics Future of Medicine Security & Privacy AR artificial intelligence big data biotechnology black mirror dystopia genes genetics genomics Health health sensors Healthcare insurance MR Personalized medicine scifi Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: September 21, 2018
How hard are you on yourself? I can always spot the most self-critical among us. They are usually the ones judging everyone else. If you find yourself constantly picking at a your partner or finding ways someone is disappointing you, you might want to turn inward. Have you been neglecting yourself lately? If you’re interested in learning more about criticism, a few of this week’s posts look at why it’s showing up in your life. More Than Just a Dream: The Science Behind Nightmares (Change Your Mind Change Your Life) – Are you literally tired from your nightly nightmares? Try one of these scientifica...
Source: World of Psychology - September 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Source Type: blogs

September is National Service Dog Month
Originally known as National Guide Dog Month, " National Service Dog Month " was first established in 2008 by actor and animal activist, Dick Van Patten. Inspired by what was a life-changing visit toThe Guide Dogs of the Desert in California, Van Patten launched a fundraising drive to benefit guide and service dog training schools throughout the country  - and create an awareness month for the campaign.Service dogs provide companionship, inspire confidence, and live to serve, protect, and assist their handlers. There are different kinds of trained animals, including guide dogs, ...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - September 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns service animals. Source Type: blogs

DARPA paving the way for a future brain-based Internet
___ DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters (IEEE Spectrum): “Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned home with disabilities of the body or brain. For example, programs have funded research on prosthetic limbs that are wired into the nervous system and brain implants that could treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But the way the military fights wars is changing, and so must DARPA’s priorities … The Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program will fund re...
Source: SharpBrains - September 12, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Technology biomedical DARPA device electroencephalogram N3 Neurons Neurotechnology noninvasive Nonsurgical prosthetic tDCS Source Type: blogs

Anxiety and Addiction
Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders Anxiety is a complex condition that affects millions of people all over the world. It is a broad term in itself and can look different on everybody. It is literally defined as: “a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.” Often times, anxiety and addiction can also go hand-in-hand. Much like anxiety, panic attacks can be completely different for everybody who experiences them. You may experience all symptoms, or only some. Some symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks may include: Rapid he...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - September 11, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcohol Rehab Information Alcoholism Anxiety Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Dual Diagnosis and Eating Disorder Treatment Source Type: blogs

5 Enlightened Ways to Think About Mental Health
It’s time to eradicate stigmas. Life is hard even under the best of circumstances. Without physical and mental health, it’s difficult to enjoy life and to thrive. It makes good sense to take care of ourselves and that includes getting help when we suffer physically or psychologically. When we feel sick we get ourselves to the doctor. And, when we feel so bad that we think about hurting ourselves or others, or when we cannot engage positively in work or in relationships, or we cannot accomplish what we want, we should seek help to feel better. It’s what all of us deserve! Mental health shouldn’t be a...
Source: World of Psychology - September 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW Tags: Depression Mental Health and Wellness Psychology Stigma chronic shame Mental Illness Suicide Suicide Prevention Awareness Month toxic shame Source Type: blogs

Can hallucinations lead to post-traumatic growth?
By Alex Fradera If you contemplate how a person’s life would be changed by starting to hear or see things others can’t, can you imagine it could offer anything good? A research team from Hull university and the surrounding NHS trusts suggest that among the tumult, hallucinations can also offer opportunities for growth. Writing in the Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, lead author Lily Dixon and her team detail the experiences of seven people who have lived with verbal or auditory hallucinations and how, amid the struggles, their journeys have taken them to some positive places. The five men and two ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Mental health Qualitative Source Type: blogs

Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of using tele-therapy for UK veterans with PTSD
This study, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, evaluated a new approach in offering treatment to former Service personnel with mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It found tele-therapy to be an accessible, flexible and cost-effective approach to delivering trauma-focused therapies.ReportPress releaase (Source: Health Management Specialist Library)
Source: Health Management Specialist Library - September 6, 2018 Category: UK Health Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Mental Health Source Type: blogs

These are the stories of how physicians are bullied
Nobody punched me in the face.  Maybe I would have preferred being punched in the face, though.  And yes,  I was bullied.  I’m not going to talk about my own experience in this post however, because I already have post-traumatic stress disorder from the experience.  I’m not ready to revisit it in detail yet. I don’t need to talk about myself to tell you about bullying in the medical arena.  I know a lot of other people who have experienced it, and their experiences are plenty to talk about.  Some of these people are still in their workplaces.  Others have left ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 3, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/rosalind-kaplan" rel="tag" > Rosalind Kaplan, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Dander Still Up, And Also Down, All OVer the Place. What Gives?
A.I've started this piece a whole bunch of times. So in fairness to you, reader, you have a few paths through it. If you don't feel like starting by sharing some navel-staring about today's bizarre predicament, please skip to'D.'Or'B,'or'C.'Wouldn't blame you in the least.I've still got my dander up about what's happening in the many troubled reaches of health care in the United States. OK, truth to tell, also about what's up world-wide. Scary stuff. Readers have no doubt waited patiently for me to recover from confusion about this sudden mess, much of said predicament stemming from various delayedreactions to the 2008 dis...
Source: Health Care Renewal - August 24, 2018 Category: Health Management Source Type: blogs

For some, experiencing trauma may act as a form of cognitive training that increases their mental control
By Emma Young That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… It’s an adage that’s backed up in part by studies of people who’ve been through a trauma, such as a car accident or a robbery. While it’s true that around 7-8 per cent of trauma survivors develop chronic PTSD and experience persistent intrusive, unwanted memories of the event, most people recover quickly, and some even report better mental health than they had before (generally when the trauma has been moderate, rather than severe). But what underpins so-called “post-traumatic growth?” A new paper in the Jour...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - August 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Mental health Source Type: blogs

Aug 13, Victor Horsley: Today in the History of Psychology (13th August 1886)
Sir Victor Horsley gave a landmark address to the British Medical Association on 'Advances in the Surgery of the Central Nervous System' in which he described how he had successfully inferred the seizure localization of three epilepsy surgery patients; most notably 'James B.' who suffered from post-traumatic epilepsy as a result of a depressed skull fracture following a traffic accident. Drawing on both the pioneering work of John Hughlings Jackson and his own experimental findings, Horsley was confident that James B's seizure onset occurred in the contralateral sensorimotor strip. Horsley operated to remove the cortical s...
Source: Forensic Psychology Blog - August 14, 2018 Category: Forensic Medicine Source Type: blogs

What Is Affect or Emotion Dysregulation?
In research, clinical and therapeutic settings, we sometimes use the term Affect Dysregulation. Affect is the clinical term that is used to describe emotions and feelings. Many practitioners also use the term Emotion Dysregulation. Essentially, Affect Dysregulation and Emotion Dysregulation are interchangeable terms in the psychiatric literature. What is Affect/Emotion Dysregulation? Emotion Dysregulation may be thought of as the inability to manage the intensity and duration of negative emotions such as fear, sadness, or anger. If you are struggling with emotion regulation, an upsetting situation will bring about strongl...
Source: World of Psychology - August 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Borderline Personality Psychology PTSD Substance Abuse Trauma Treatment Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Can Children Really Have PTSD?
 When we think about post-traumatic stress disorder, our minds typically imagine war veterans or perhaps police officers and firefighters. Sometimes we’ll think of people who endured something horrible, such as a terrible accident, a home invasion, or other shocking events. But few of us picture children. Our guest in this episode witnessed a murder when she was quite young. She shares how this impacted her life, which included time spent in the Witness Protection Program. Listen to hear about the symptoms of PTSD in children, how to identify and avoid triggers, “restorative justice,” and about breakin...
Source: World of Psychology - August 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: Children and Teens General PTSD The Psych Central Show Gabe Howard Vincent M. Wales youth Source Type: blogs

Physicians don ’t just suffer burnout. They suffer moral injuries.
Physicians on the front lines of health care today are sometimes described as going to battle. It’s an apt metaphor. Physicians, like combat soldiers, often face a profound and unrecognized threat to their well-being: moral injury. Moral injury is frequently mischaracterized. In combat veterans it is diagnosed as post-traumatic stress; among physicians it’s portrayed as burnout. But without understanding the critical difference between burnout and moral injury, the wounds will never heal and physicians and patients alike will continue to suffer the consequences. Burnout is a constellation of symptoms ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - August 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/simon-g-talbot-and-wendy-dean" rel="tag" > Simon G. Talbot, MD and Wendy Dean, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Hospital-Based Medicine Practice Management Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Study: Trigger warnings don ’t work, may undermine emotional resilience
Conclusions: Trigger warnings may inadvertently undermine some aspects of emotional resilience. Further research is needed on the generalizability of our findings, especially to collegiate populations and to those with trauma histories. The Study in Context: Six tips to build resilience and prevent brain-damaging stress 20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health Forget the Oscars — the Greater Goodies honor Ten Films that Highlight the Growth Mindset, Resilience, Purpose and more (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 3, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning emotional distress emotional-resilience posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD trigger warnings Source Type: blogs

7 Little Changes that Will Make a Big Difference with Your Mood
You're reading 7 Little Changes that Will Make a Big Difference with Your Mood, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Picture this: it’s early in the morning. You start waking up slowly. Before you become aware of your physical surroundings, you sort of come back into your body, from the haze of wherever you went while you were sleeping. Perhaps there was a dream that faded behind you – and you can’t remember details, only that it was not a very good one. As you become more and more aware of y...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: christine_ellis Tags: featured self improvement bad mood happiness mood shift pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: July 17, 2018
If you’re a frequent reader of blogs like this, I bet you tend to be hard on yourself. You’re self-critical, self-conscious and struggle with the feeling something’s wrong with you. Maybe you grew up with narcissistic parents, dysfunctional relationships or are currently grappling with a difficult diagnosis. This week as you read about the impact it’s had, you’ll find what you really need here: support, validation and the realization that you can recover. Narcissism in Mothers – The Reality of the Classic Villainess (The Exhausted Woman) – This is what being raised by a narcissisti...
Source: World of Psychology - July 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Source Type: blogs