Rethinking and Retooling Brain Health and Mental Health
from SharpBrains We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting two sessions held during the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th).  Full recordings are available for purchase here. 8–8.45am. Rethinking and Retooling Brain Health and Mental Health   Dr. Tom Insel, Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health and former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 9–10.30am. How to detect problems early: Examples in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, anxiety and PTSD Dr. Srijan Sen, Professor of Depressi...
Source: SharpBrains - July 12, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain health digital mental health Dolby Family Ventures Merck Ventures Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Rethinking retooling University-of-Michigan Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Openly Discussing Suicide in Our Communities
   One of the most dangerous misconceptions about suicide is that asking a loved one if they are suicidal will increase the odds that they will attempt suicide.  Today Dr. Nate Ivers of Wake Forest University discusses the importance of making “the covert overt” by asking blunt, straightforward questions of those you suspect may be thinking about suicide.  What words should you use, and if the answer is yes, what should you do next?  And why are we so uncomfortable about asking these potentially lifesaving questions? Find out on this episode. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW   Guest infor...
Source: World of Psychology - July 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: Depression Grief and Loss Suicide The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

Is Past Trauma Affecting Your Relationship?
How early parent-child relationships affect adult romantic relationships. Our early experiences with those closest to us shape how we understand the nature of relationships. During these early years, we develop our attachment style. Attachment style influences who we fall in love with, how we behave in romantic relationships, and even how the relationship ends.  As we grow, the level of security that feel in our most important relationships, the tactics that we develop to get our needs met, and the coping strategies that we apply to manage our strongest feelings all strongly affect the attachment style that we develop...
Source: World of Psychology - July 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Fabiana Franco, Ph.D. Tags: Relationships Trauma abuse Attachment Dating Insecurity Intimacy Neglect PTSD Source Type: blogs

PTSD: Dealing with the Boom of July 4th
With the summer in full swing. Many of us are looking ahead to July 4th, planning time away from work and looking forward to a well needed break. For most Americans, Independence Day reflects a day of fun, having barbecues with close friends and family, eating wonderful food and rejoicing at night under the fireworks. For some Americans, however, fireworks and crowds are a major trigger for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, inducing flashbacks, hypervigilance and sweating, among other symptoms. While in the general population, approximately 7-8% of people have PTSD at some point in their lives, this number increases to 10% i...
Source: World of Psychology - July 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jessica Koblenz, PsyD Tags: General PTSD Self-Help Trauma 4th Of July Combat Veteran Fireworks Hypersensitivity triggers Source Type: blogs

Artificial Intelligence In Mental Health Care
Could the advancement of machine and deep learning algorithms be harnessed meaningfully in the area of mental health? Could depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or any other mental disorder be quantified so that technology could somehow add positively to their diagnostics or treatment? We tried to explore the uses of artificial intelligence in mental health care, and stumbled upon smart algorithms that support clinicians with early detection and diagnostics of mental health issues, with the flagging of suicide risks, and other ones that help patients manage their condition through counselling and constantly being t...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 25, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rozina Bura Tags: Future of Medicine AI artificial intelligence bipolar disorder chatbots future of psychiatry mental disorder mental health mental health disorders mental health issues moodkit pacifica schizophrenia suicide thriveport woebot Source Type: blogs

June is PTSD Awareness Month
June isPTSD Awareness Month. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur inchildren and adults who've experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This can include a natural disaster, accident, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other types of violent personal assaults.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a treatable mental health disorder. Symptoms of PTSDIntrusive memories: Upsetting dreams or reoccurring flashbacks about the event.Avoidance: Avoiding the memory of the event, or places and people that remind you of the event.Negative changes in thinking or mood: Feeling numb...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - June 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: awareness campaigns PTSD. Source Type: blogs

Will We Be Born in 2050?
Being born and giving birth is full of pain, blood, and trauma. Many science fiction works, such as Brave New World, Matrix, The Island, or I am Mother imagine being brought to the world without actually being born in a mother’s womb. How far-fetched are these scenarios? Could the appearance of the artificial womb replace human mothers and natural birth in the future? How will we come into this world in 2050? Will we be born? The trauma of being born and giving birth The experience of being born and leaving the nurturing womb of our mother after more or less nine months is painful, bloody, and traumatic. Abrupt...
Source: The Medical Futurist - June 22, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Medical Science Fiction artificial artificial womb baby birth designer baby Health Healthcare Innovation mother sci-fi scifi society technology uterus Source Type: blogs

Cyberbullying: The Psychological Effects on Teens
Cyberbullying is the repeated and willful use of digital technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. Cyberbullies use cell phones, computers and tablets. They use email, text messaging, social media, apps, forums and gaming in their efforts to humiliate their peers and others. With today’s mandatory need for smartphones and 24-7 access to social media platforms, anyone can be a perpetual target. But because teens and young adults access these digital platforms so often, they are the most vulnerable. Staying “connected” online with friends is not always as innocent as it appears. He...
Source: World of Psychology - June 17, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John Tsilimparis, MFT Tags: Bullying Children and Teens Parenting Students Trauma Adolescence Cyberbullying Self Harm Social Isolation social media Substance Abuse Teen Depression teen suicide Source Type: blogs

Noa Pothoven Highlights VSED as Alternative to MAID
Noa Pothoven suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia for years. She tried to survive despite her psychological problems, but that was no longer possible. Noa recently announced that she had stopped eating and drinking. When she died, her death was erroneously reported as having been through euthanasia. In fact, the Levenseind ​​clinic in The Hague had denied her request. Instead, Noa hastened her death by VSED, a method commonly used when MAID or euthanasia is not available. (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - June 11, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

Trauma Informed Care: How CBT & Mindful Awareness Are Key Factors in Repairing the Brain
We’ve come a long way since therapists prescribed to their clients to punch their pillows when angry as a cathartic way to release negative emotions. While it helped bring up the emotion, they left out a critical piece in recovery: connecting that emotion to the logical side of our brains. What the person felt was not relief but disassociation. What we know today in neuroscience and psychotherapy research is that when a traumatic event occurs, the brain goes into dysregulation. That is, the body and the mind become disconnected. Our survival or emotional part of our brain kicks in and calls the shots while our logic...
Source: World of Psychology - June 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Maria Bogdanos Tags: PTSD Trauma Treatment Disassociation Emotional Dysregulation Resilience Trauma Informed care trauma recovery Validation Source Type: blogs

PTSD changed how this physician cared for pregnant women
Appointments with my doctor make me nervous. That ’s highly ironic, because I’m a doctor, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who regularly deals with high-risk pregnancies. But ever since developing preeclampsia during my first pregnancy eight years ago, the thought of having my blood pressure taken triggers flashbacks and anxiety. The silver lining is that my experience […]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 - June 7, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/shivani-patel" rel="tag" > Shivani Patel, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions OB/GYN Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

10 Things I ’ve Learned as a Therapist and a Mom about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
I’ve been a mental health therapist for over 10 years and in the social work profession for more than 20. I have been pregnant 8 times, with 4 living children. I consider myself to be pretty self-aware, intelligent, and inquisitive. And yet… I had some form of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) with each of my pregnancies. I just didn’t know it. Oh, sure, I got sad and I got angry and with my older son, I couldn’t let myself fully bond to him until he was 9 months old, but I was fine, right? I even took medication, but that’s normal, right? I was introduced to PMADs last year when ...
Source: World of Psychology - June 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Allyson Guilbert, LCSW Tags: Parenting Personal Pregnancy Women's Issues Birth trauma perinatal anxiety disorder perinatal mood disorder Postpartum Disorder Source Type: blogs

5 Underlying Reasons for Addiction
What Are 5 Underlying Reasons for Addiction? Addiction always stems from a root cause, also known as one of the reasons for addiction. It is extremely important to treat both the root cause of the addiction in addition to the physical addiction itself. Staying sober involves much more than just detoxing from drugs or alcohol and abstaining from them in the future. It also involves finding the underlying reasons for the addiction and treating that as well, so that it does not exacerbate the addiction in the future. This is why so many people fail when they attempt to quit using drugs or alcohol cold turkey. While there can ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - June 4, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Abuse Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Alcohol Alcoholism Anxiety Children Depression Depression Treatment Drug Treatment LGBT LGBTQ Mental Health Painkiller Source Type: blogs

How secondary post-traumatic stress contributes to physician burnout
Physicians have the highest rate of suicide of any profession in the U.S., including military service. We lose about one doctor per day in the U.S. to suicide. The high levels of stress, lack of sleep, ease of self-medication, and reluctance to seek mental health treatment are among the reasons for these high numbers. But […]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 - June 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/laura-shamblin" rel="tag" > Laura Shamblin, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Practice Management Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: June 1, 2019
Happy June, sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net is packed with information about exercise and anxiety (and it’s probably not what you’re expecting), the unhealthy relationship between self-worth and professional achievements, the new official definition of work-related burnout, and more. Can Working Out Make Your Anxiety Worse? Experts Weigh In: You probably associate exercise with anxiety in the way that exercise is a great way to manage anxiety, and that’s true — just not true for everyone. Holistic psychiatrist Ellen Vora, M.D. and gynecologist and obstetrician Anna Cabeca,...
Source: World of Psychology - June 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Psychology Around the Net achievements Anthony Rostain anxiety campus mental health Children chronic workplace stress college Emily Esfahani Smith Exercise Janet Hibbs kids military school counseling services self-worth Seth Source Type: blogs

The Top Five Things I Learned About Loving Again After Abuse
You're reading The Top Five Things I Learned About Loving Again After Abuse, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. I was in an abusive relationship for many years. And once I left my abusive ex, I never ever ever wanted to look back. Like ever. I wanted to look away from the muck that was the past and forwards towards the buckets of sunlight that I envisioned for the future. First, I took some time to take back my power. To heal some of the most noticeable wounds. To work through my day to day anxiety that he wo...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - June 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Davis Tags: featured psychology relationships abuse self improvement Source Type: blogs

The Coroner Gives The WA Government A Serve On Delays In Implementation Of Prescription Monitoring.
This appeared last week:Coroner questions chief pharmacist ’s real-time monitoring optimism He says former soldier would not have sourced drugs if a system was in place22nd May 2019By Heather SaxenaA coroner has expressed frustration at ongoing delays in the provision of real-time monitoring and suggested that a young former soldier might not have died if WA had such a system.During an inquest into the oxycodone toxicity death of the 24-year-old Afghanistan veteran, Coroner Barry King also scoffed at a suggestion by the state’s chief pharmacist that the state would soon have a system.The inquest heard that the ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The Ethics of Stress, Resilience, and Moral Injury Among Police and Military Personnel
In a fascinating presentation hosted in March by the Oxford Uehiro Centre in Practical Ethics, Professor Seumas Miller spoke about what is now known as ‘moral injury’ and its relation to PTSD, especially in the context of war fighting and police work. Miller began by explaining the standard view of moral injury, as used in the […] (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - May 29, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Roger Crisp Tags: Health Care medical ethics moral injury policing ptsd Roger Crisp's Posts Seumas Miller syndicated war Source Type: blogs

NightWare Gets FDA Breakthrough Status for App to Stop Nightmares of PTSD Sufferers
Nightmares are a regular part of life for many people that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They can be very hard to control, since dreams seem to have a life of their own and arise in our sleep whether we want them to or not. NightWare, a company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, just won FDA Breakthrough Designation for its Apple Watch app that can detect signs of nightmares. The app can make the smartwatch bring the user out of sleep, using slight vibrations, if there is excess signs of a nightmare, as gathered from the watch’s internal sensors, including a heart rate monitor, gyroscope, and accel...
Source: Medgadget - May 23, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Medicine Net News Psychiatry Rehab Source Type: blogs

The Future of Psychiatry: Telehealth, Chatbots, and Artificial Intelligence
Could a chatbot, an online community, or a telepsychiatry solution offer meaningful help for people who are fighting mental health issues? Could virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or genetics appear as elements of assistance in the toolkit of medical professionals in the fields dealing with the human psyche? While we agree that medical fields requiring the most empathy and human touch will most probably not be swept away by new innovations, we looked thoroughly at how technology will appear in the future of psychiatry. Perhaps even help heal the cursed prince from Beauty and the Beast? The human touch is indispen...
Source: The Medical Futurist - May 23, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Virtual Reality in Medicine AI apps AR artificial intelligence digital health digital health technologies health apps Innovation mental health psychiatry psychology technology VR Source Type: blogs

How PTSD is hurting nursing
Every time I hear that there is a nursing shortage in America, I feel myself cringe. There is not a shortage of nurses in America. There is a shortage of nurses who choose to work at the bedside. There is a reason, and it is called post-traumatic stress disorder. Medically, we have learned that PTSD […]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 - May 22, 2019 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/anne-naulty" rel="tag" > Anne Naulty, RN < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Nursing Public Health & Source Type: blogs

What I Learned About Loving Again After an Abusive Relationship
Once you’re out of an abusive relationship you want nothing more than to enjoy being free. You want to leave your ex in the dust and live again. Breathe again, adventure again, go to the damn grocery store without being accused of cheating again. And most people savor this time. That was me. I left my four year-long, tire fire of a life choice and enjoyed being single and free. I enjoyed being me again. I did see a therapist for a while at first. Which helped. He was kind and listened but, to be honest, I didn’t want to talk or think about my ex anymore — he had stolen enough of my life. I didn’t wa...
Source: World of Psychology - May 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Emily Davis Tags: Inspiration & Hope Personal PTSD Self-Esteem Self-Help Trauma Violence and Aggression Women's Issues Dating Domestic Violence Emotional Abuse Fear Panic Attacks Posttraumatic growth Posttraumatic Stress self-worth traumatic Source Type: blogs

When Your Anxiety Doesn ’ t Have a Trigger
It’s very common for Kristin Bianchi’s clients to tell her that they’re feeling anxious, but they’re not sure why. They say they recently haven’t experienced anything particularly stressful or anxiety provoking, so it doesn’t make much sense. Consequently, “they frequently become worried about the meaning behind these seemingly random feelings of anxiety,” said Bianchi, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and depression at the Center for Anxiety & Behavioral Change in Rockville, M.d. In other words, she noted, “...
Source: World of Psychology - May 12, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Anxiety and Panic Disorders General Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Stress Source Type: blogs

Healthiest Ways to Relax Your Mind, Body and Soul
“Once you learn the art of relaxation, everything happens spontaneously and effortlessly.” – Amma During hectic times, it’s tough to remember that relaxation is more than a luxury. In fact, humans need to relax to maintain balance in their lives. Work stress, family strife, and mounting responsibilities can exact a tremendous toll. Relaxing should be at the top of the list as a healthy coping measure and as a rewarding self-gift. Why do we so often neglect this healing self-care? Do you know the healthiest ways to relax your mind, body and soul? Perhaps the biggest obstacle to relaxing is that some ...
Source: World of Psychology - May 9, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Self-Help Source Type: blogs

Small Things I Do Every Day to Manage My Depression
Some days you feel well, and other days, darkness envelopes you. You feel achingly sad, or you feel absolutely nothing. You’re exhausted, and every task feels too big to start. You feel weighed down, as though there are sandbags attached to your shoulders. Managing the symptoms of depression can be hard. But even the smallest steps taken every day (or on most days) can make a significant difference. Below, you’ll learn how five different women live with depression on a daily basis, and the small, yet pivotal actions they take. Having a daily routine. “Having a daily routine helps me push through the days ...
Source: World of Psychology - May 7, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Depression Disorders General Habits Inspiration & Hope Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Self Care self-compassion Source Type: blogs

I Believe It ’ s Possible to Fully Recover from an Eating Disorder
When I first started struggling with food and body image at eight years old, I was convinced it would be a lifelong struggle. My days were spent getting on and off a scale more times than anyone could imagine and counting out my cornflakes before I’d even think of eating them. I felt that I was destined to be bound by my eating disorder forever. However, at 22 years old, I am fully recovered from anorexia. There is some controversy in the mental health world about whether full recovery from an eating disorder is possible, and I wholeheartedly believe it is (in fact, I’m living proof). Eating disorder expert Car...
Source: World of Psychology - May 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Guest Author Tags: Anorexia Binge Eating Disorders Eating Disorders Mental Health America Publishers Body Image recover from eating disorder Source Type: blogs

What I Want Someone Who ’s Overwhelmed with Their Mood Disorder to Know
You have depression, or bipolar disorder. And on some days, you feel like you’re treading water—at best. You’re tired of struggling. You’re tired of regularly feeling tired. You’re angry that your to-do list just keeps getting longer and longer. You’re angry that you have to deal with so much darkness day in and day out. Some days are just hard. Some days you feel so overwhelmed. It is on these days that you probably feel like the only person on the planet who’s struggling with persistent symptoms. Thankfully, you’re not. And thankfully, it will get better. We asked individua...
Source: World of Psychology - May 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Depression Disorders General Inspiration & Hope Self-Help Mood Disorder overwhelm peer support Source Type: blogs

Overcoming Trauma Is Possible – with Help
When you see news accounts of people experiencing traumatic events, shootings, violent or sexual assaults, kidnappings, accidents, fires, drowning and more, it may seem both commonplace and far removed at the same time. The fact that the news tends to sensationalize such terrible events might numb you to the magnitude of the trauma these victims endured. But when it happens to you, you’re stunned, frozen with fear, totally unprepared. The aftermath leaves you deeply scarred, physically, psychologically and emotionally shattered. I know exactly how this feels. I was a victim of such trauma. Yet, I did overcome this l...
Source: World of Psychology - May 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Inspiration & Hope Personal PTSD Trauma support Trauma Therapy traumatic experience Source Type: blogs

Small Things I Do Every Day to Manage My Bipolar Disorder
Living with bipolar disorder can feel overwhelming. Maybe you’re tired of the ups and downs of different episodes—the soaring energy, the debilitating fatigue, the racing I-need-to-do-everything-and-I-need-to-do-it-now thoughts, and the dark, decelerated, bleak thoughts. Maybe you’re exhausted from struggling with an especially stubborn and deep depression, which makes it tough to concentrate on anything, and feels like you’re walking through a river of waist-high molasses in a fog. Managing bipolar disorder can feel overwhelming, too. What can make it much easier is getting effective treatment...
Source: World of Psychology - May 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Disorders General Inspiration & Hope Mental Health and Wellness Self-Help Bipolar Disorder Depressive Episode Hypomania Manic Episode Mood Disorder Self Care self-compassion 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 wherever...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - May 1, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, et alia Source Type: blogs

Bipolar Professor
It’s hard working as a college professor with bipolar disorder. I suppose it’s hard working anywhere with bipolar disorder, but my particular vocation is teaching 18-year-olds how to write at a local university. I’ve had bipolar illness for almost 30 years now; I was diagnosed in 1991. I’m 56. I’ve been at my university for about as long as I’ve been bipolar. Why is it so hard to be a bipolar teacher in the higher education system?  The main reason is the stigma of the disease. As you probably know, even in 2019, there is horrible stigma about bipolar illness. There is sympathy for ...
Source: World of Psychology - April 30, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Laura Yeager Tags: Bipolar College Personal Stigma Bipolar Disorder Depression Depressive Episode Manic Episode Teaching Source Type: blogs

Trauma-Informed Primary Care
Samyukta Mullangi By SAMYUKTA MULLANGI MD, MBA, DANIEL W. BERLAND MD, and SUSAN DORR GOOLD MD, MHSA, MA Jenny, a woman in her twenties with morbid obesity (not her real name), had already been through multiple visits with specialists, primary care physicians (PCPs), and the emergency department (ED) for unexplained abdominal pain. A plethora of tests could not explain her suffering. Monthly visits with a consistent primary care physician also had little impact on her ED visits or her pain. Some clinicians had broached the diagnosis of functional abdominal pain related to her central adiposity, and recommended weight...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Adverse Childhood Experience primary care Social Determinants of Health Trauma Source Type: blogs

First Drug-Free Option for ADHD Cleared in America
For the first time, children in the United States will have a non-drug option for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The FDA just cleared the Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) System from NeuroSigma, a Los Angeles, California company, to treat ADHD in kids between 7 and 12 years old. The system has already been used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), epilepsy, and depression. The Monarch delivers low-energy electrical current through an electronic patch attached to the forehead. It creates a tingling sensation, but otherwise there doesn’t seem to be any pain or di...
Source: Medgadget - April 23, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Neurology Pediatrics Psychiatry Rehab Source Type: blogs

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed in April in the United States, and is dedicated to making a concerted effort to raise awareness about and prevent sexual violence. In the time it takes to read this paragraph, 3 individuals somewhere in the United States will have become a victim of sexual violence. The first observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month occurred in 2001, where theNational Sexual Violence Resource Center provided resources to advocates nationwide to help get the word out about sexual assault. This awareness day has gained momentum over the years, especially at high school and colleg...
Source: Dr. Deborah Serani - April 19, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: assault awareness campaigns crime victims PTSD sexuality trauma. Source Type: blogs

Podcast: There ’s More to Trauma than PTSD
 Most of us are familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD (deservedly) gets a lot of attention, largely focused on soldiers returning from service. But trauma comes in many forms, and most people have experienced it in one form or another. In this episode, learn about the differences between PTSD and other forms of trauma, how to identify it, and what can be done about it.   Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! About Our Guest Robert T. Muller, Ph.D., is the author of the psychotherapy book, “Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up:  From Avoidance to Recovery &...
Source: World of Psychology - April 18, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: General PTSD The Psych Central Show Trauma Gabe Howard Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

Break Free of Your Anxiety and Phobias in 4 Simple Steps
Anxiety that causes serious discomfort shouldn’t have to go on forever. Yet long-term talk therapy and treatment with medications don’t always free a person who’s suffering. Millions of Americans are dealing with some form of anxiety disorder: according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), each year, 40 million American adults grapple with an anxiety disorder in some form.  One approach that can help you break free of anxiety and phobias is a simple series of steps. Unlike open-ended talk therapy, it’s not expensive or time-consuming, and unlike ...
Source: World of Psychology - April 17, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robert London, MD Tags: Anxiety and Panic Source Type: blogs

Jurors in capital trials suffer PTSD and other mental health problems
Prophetic women and men is a regular feature of the UU A Way Of Life ministries blog which appears on Sundays.On 06/24/1994 Lindy Lou Isonhood. as a member of a jury in Mississippi, voted to put a man to death. She has regretted her decision and now become a death penalty abolitionist. Her story is disturbing and inspiring. For a brief commentary about this articleclick here. (Source: Markham's Behavioral Health)
Source: Markham's Behavioral Health - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David G. Markham Source Type: blogs

Getting Advocacy Right
by Christian Sinclair (@ctsinclair)Anarticle about end-of-life care has been making the rounds this week by Haider Warraich, MD from the online magazine Vox. Titled, " The way we die will be considered unthinkable 50 years from now " , it is part of a series asking 15 experts to think about how the actions we take now will look like errors in 2070. I have seen people on Facebook and Twitter share it with quotes pulled or superlatives attached. Yet when I read it, I didn't feel the same enthusiasm; I felt frustrated.When you read the article, key points seem to be very supportive of palliative care and hospice eff...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - April 7, 2019 Category: Palliative Care Tags: physician sinclair The profession warraich Source Type: blogs

When Gun Violence Leads to Suicide in Those Left Behind
Last week, two survivors of the 2018 Marjory-Stoneman Douglass High School, Calvin Desir, 16, and Sydney Aiello, 19, died by suicide, along with Jeremy Richmann, the parent of a victim in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. In a statement to the Daily Beast, Jeremy’s wife Jennifer Hensel said he “succumbed to the grief that he The post When Gun Violence Leads to Suicide in Those Left Behind appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine. (Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University)
Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University - April 1, 2019 Category: Nursing Authors: Editor Tags: On the Pulse gun violence PTSD suicide trauma Source Type: blogs

To Others Who Have Experienced Trauma as Children
Most of us have real anger and suffering living inside us. Perhaps in the past we were oppressed or mistreated, and all that pain is still right there, buried in our store consciousness. We haven’t processed and transformed our relationship with what happened to us and we sit there alone with all that anger, hatred, despair and suffering. If we were abused when were young, every time our thinking mind goes back over that event, it’s like we’re experiencing the abuse all over again.– Thich Nhat Hahn The #MeToo movement, including Dr. Ford’s testimony on the Senate floor in 2018, was an eye-open...
Source: World of Psychology - March 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dawn Obeidallah Davis, Ph.D. Tags: Children and Teens Personal PTSD Trauma Women's Issues Source Type: blogs

Doctors Wearing VR Headsets Might Soon Set Up Diagnoses Sitting In Caf és
The evolution of VR hardware and software What’s the best VR will do VR, AR, MR or spatial computing? The potential of interactive immersive reality Challenges and obstacles in adoption How will immersive reality transform everyday life? What was the last time you met sci-fi? The dark side of technology Imagine that a doctor sits down in Starbucks, places some glasses on his head, instantly invokes five screens and starts doing his diagnostic work. Robert Scoble, virtual reality expert, and tech evangelist believes that will be possible in the coming years – sooner than we might think. He told us why his wi...
Source: The Medical Futurist - March 16, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Great Thinkers AR augmented reality future HoloLens Innovation MR Oculus technology virtual virtual reality VR XR Source Type: blogs

In Later Life, We Become Less Aware Of Other People ’s Anger And Fear, But Remain Sensitive To Their Happiness
By Emma Young Most people find it easy to infer the emotional state underlying a scowl or beaming smile. But not all facial emotional signals are so obvious. Sensitivity to these less obvious emotional signals varies from one person to another and is a useful skill, improving relations with other people and benefiting psychological wellbeing. As well as varying between individuals, are there also shifts in this ability during a typical person’s life? And, if so, might these age-related changes be relevant to known high-risk periods for psychological problems and the onset of mental illness? A new study, published in ...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - March 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Developmental Emotion Source Type: blogs

The Fantastical World of Damian Jacob Markiewicz Sendler
Meet Damian Jacob Markiewicz Sendler aka Dr. Damian Jacob Sendler aka Damian Dariusz Markiewicz. According to him, he’s “an award-winning Polish-American clinician sexologist, the scholar of forensic and legal medicine, the scientist trained in digital epidemiology, and the media health expert personality.” He’s been quoted by more than a dozen online publications internationally about his unique research examining human sexual behavior. However, according to Gizmodo journalist Jennings Brown, much of his professional résumé and background is a lie. Is Brown right or is Sendler a bona ...
Source: World of Psychology - March 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Ethics & Morality General Minding the Media Psychology Special Report Damian Jacob Markiewicz Sendler Damian Markiewicz Damian Sendler Dr. Sendler Taublum Media Source Type: blogs

Is the ketogenic diet dangerous?
  Answer: No—unless you do it for more than a few months. After a few months, the upfront metabolic and weight benefits will begin to reverse and new health problems arise. We know this with confidence. I raise this question once again because more and more people are coming to me reporting problems. It may take months, even years, but the long-term consequences can be quite serious. Achieving ketosis by engaging in a very low-carbohydrate, high-fat lifestyle is—without a doubt—an effective means of losing weight, breaking insulin and leptin resistance, reversing type 2 diabetes and fatty liver, redu...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 12, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: ketones bowel flora ketogenic ketotic undoctored wheat belly Source Type: blogs

Reducing Burnout and Increasing Efficiency with Telepsychiatry
SPONSORED POST By PETER YELLOWLEES MD  Telepsychiatry is now an established form of mental health care. Many studies demonstrate that it meets all appropriate standards of psychiatric care and may be better than in-person consultations for certain groups of patients, such as children, adults with PTSD or anxiety disorders, or those who find it hard to leave their homes. At UC Davis all patients are now offered the option of either seeing their psychiatrist in person, online at home, or in any private setting. Many patients now choose to receive their care in a hybrid manner that can be significantly better than being ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Technology Physicians American Telemedicine Association Peter Yellowlees physician burnout telepsychiatry Source Type: blogs

7 Ways to Help a Child Deal with Traumatic Stress
Life is stressful. That’s a fact. To grow and learn we must try new things. Struggling, prevailing, and tolerating failures along the way builds confidence and the deep feeling in a child that “I can do it.” But the positive aspects of struggle and stress are lost when the amount of stress becomes too great and/or sustained. Persistent and long-lasting stress on the mind and body caused by overwhelming emotions leads to traumatic stress, a condition characterized by a nervous system in overdrive. The brain’s emotional centers lock into a state of DANGER and the body operates in fight, flight, and f...
Source: World of Psychology - March 9, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW Tags: Children and Teens PTSD Students Trauma Attachment Theory Child Sex Abuse Childhood Trauma Emotional Expression hypervigilant Immigration Play Therapy Polyvagal theory Posttraumatic Stress Source Type: blogs

What is the role of unwanted emotional memories in PTSD?
From Science Daily on 03/04/19"People exposed to trauma are less able to suppress unwanted emotional memories due to neural and behavioral disruptions in their brain that may contribute to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).PTSD is characterized by intense reliving of the trauma that is repetitive, intrusive and incapacitating. The intrusive nature of these hallmark symptoms suggests that the inability to suppress unwanted memories may be a strong contributor to the behavioral manifestation of PTSD.Previous work has shown that healthy individuals can actively suppress emotional memories while ind...
Source: Markham's Behavioral Health - March 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: David G. Markham Source Type: blogs