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 26, 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 13, 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

How Can I Get Rid of Anxiety?
As an advocate for OCD awareness, I get lots of emails from people. One of the most frequent questions I receive is some form of “How can I get rid of this terrible anxiety that is ruining my life?” While I’m not a therapist, I have learned a lot in the eleven years since my son was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and one thing I know for sure is that is not the question any of us should be asking. The reason? Well, for one thing, a life without anxiety is not only an unattainable goal but an unhealthy one. Anxiety serves a purpose and a few of the ways it can benefit us include: Our bodies...
Source: World of Psychology - July 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Anxiety and Panic Self-Help Source Type: blogs

Research into the mental health of prisoners, digested
By Christian Jarrett Around the world, more people than ever are locked up in prisons – estimated to be in excess of 11 million people, up by almost 20 per cent since the turn of the millennium (pdf). According to a recent House of Commons Briefing Paper the rate of increase is even higher than this in the UK where prison populations are at a record high. Many of these incarcerated individuals have intensifying mental health needs – for instance, the same briefing paper reports that UK rates of self-harm in prisoners were 25 per cent higher in 2015 than in 2014. Ahead of next week’s meeting of the Al...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Feature Forensic Mental health Source Type: blogs

Jeff Sessions Stonewalls Permission for Medical Marijuana Research
Even as public opinion shifts in favor of marijuana legalization, withsixtypercent of Americans supporting broad legalization andninety percent supporting medical use, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice (DOJ) continue to stonewall efforts to expand availability of cannabis and cannabis-derived treatments for medical research.Intestimony to a Senate Appropriations subcommittee in April, Sessions argued that althoughrecentstudies have shown that access to medical marijuana reduces opioid overdose deaths, the evidence to support expanding access is still insufficient.This is simply untrue. While DOJ ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - July 12, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey Miron Source Type: blogs

Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link?
A new study has raised the possibility that stress may cause autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, because it found a higher incidence of autoimmune diseases among people who were previously diagnosed with stress-related disorders. I have patients who heard about this research and are saying, “I knew it!” But before we accept a potential link between stress and autoimmune disease, let’s look at some details of the study and consider how we define the terms “autoimmune disease,” “stress,” and “stress-related disorder.” What is autoimmune disease? The...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - July 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Autoimmune diseases Health Stress Source Type: blogs

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
“The real meditation practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment to moment.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn As someone who strives daily to be the best I can be, to be present in the moment, minimize stress and appreciate the beauty and preciousness of life, I’m always keen to learn about scientifically-proven new health benefits of mindfulness meditation. Get better sleep. Anyone who’s suffered the lingering mental and physical effects of a poor night’s sleep on a regular basis, as I have on numerous occasions in the past, can appreciate this all-important benefit from mindfulness meditat...
Source: World of Psychology - July 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Mindfulness Research Self-Help Stress Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: June 30, 2018
Happy Saturday! This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you some insight on “the curse of knowledge” and writers (what is it…and do we care?), the feedback loops among financial, physical, and mental health and how to stop the damaging effects, why physical injuries affect our mental health, and more! Do Writers Care for What Psychology Has to Say About the Curse of Knowledge? Vera Tobin, a professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, explains “the curse of knowledge” as such: “[T]he more information we have about something and the more experience ...
Source: World of Psychology - June 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Books Brain and Behavior Children and Teens Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Money and Financial Parenting Psychology Psychology Around the Net Research curse of knowledge genes for intelligence genes for neuroticism gen Source Type: blogs

Shedding Light on Something We Cannot See
By: Dr. Tamar Rodney When someone asks about my research, it’s easy to say the title but most people get lost in the jargon: “Biomarkers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Military Personnel and Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries.” Strip away the complex words and what’s left is the search for ways to improve the lives The post Shedding Light on Something We Cannot See appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine. (Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University)
Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University - June 29, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Editor Tags: New Mental Health Military PTSD research veterans Source Type: blogs

Bullying immigrant children in the name of politics
We’ve all seen the news and heard the stories about children being separated from their parents as they cross over the U.S. border. The pictures of human beings, including very young children, behind wire mesh (some argue that they are not really cages) is simply horrifying. Over the past decades, we have seen atrocities happening in many other countries around the world. And we sit and wonder why the citizens of those countries did not do anything to stop it, why no one spoke out. Yet, here in the U.S., children are being torn away from the arms of their parents and it is currently happening while our elected leader...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/linda-girgis" rel="tag" > Linda Girgis, MD < /a > Tags: Policy Public Health & Washington Watch Source Type: blogs

Best of Our Blogs: June 26, 2018
What does Tovah P. Klein, PhD’s book How Toddlers Thrive have to do with mental health. Well if you’re a parent a lot. But even if you’re not, I love this statement and believe it applies to anyone. “The key to being that good-enough parent that we all desire to be is to know yourself, to be open to change, and to be forgiving.” You can replace the word, “parent,” with “partner,” or “person.” Instead of striving for perfection which we all know by now is futile, we can work on being a good enough sister, friend or parent. We can stop pressuring ourselve...
Source: World of Psychology - June 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A. Tags: Best of Our Blogs Source Type: blogs

How to Use Yoga Therapy for Anxiety
Anxiety can stymie our lives in so many ways. Whether it’s a debilitating panic attack, constant worry or an all pervading fear, anxiety is often an unwanted companion that seemingly only wants the worst for us. However with the right help, guidance and support, there are a variety of techniques that can help. Of course it’s important to note that we’re all different, and what works for one person may not be as effective on another, but from personal experience, my own road to recovery led me, thankfully, to yoga therapy. After years of struggling with depression and anxiety, I moved to to South East Asia...
Source: World of Psychology - June 20, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Heather Mason Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Exercise & Fitness General Habits Happiness Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Mindfulness Personal Compassion Integrative Medicine Mind Body Wel Source Type: blogs

The Drugs That May Treat Depression By Restructuring The Brain (S)
The findings could help with new treatments for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addictions. → 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 - June 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Depression subscribers-only Source Type: blogs

Taking PRIDE in Our Communities
LGBTQ+ PRIDE is here once again, and every year that passes I check in with myself to see what that means for me (a queer cisgender woman), my queer community, and the communities I serve. I made it to where I am today because of my community and my siblings, but it was a long and The post Taking PRIDE in Our Communities appeared first on Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine. (Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University)
Source: Nursing Blogs at Johns Hopkins University - June 15, 2018 Category: Nursing Authors: Editor Tags: On the Pulse Community health discrimination LGBTQ PhD pride PTSD research social justrice Violence Source Type: blogs

Adults Can and Do Have Tantrums
When we hear the word tantrum, we picture a 2-year-old lying on the floor kicking and screaming. Very rarely do we use it to describe an adult having an outburst. In reality, adults can have this kind of outburst at any moment in time. We don’t typically refer to an adult as having a tantrum. We refer to them as being angry or “just blowing off some steam.” However, when their behavior becomes cyclical, predictive, or problematic the impact of their behavior should be assessed and addressed. Tantrums typically follow an action made by another person that results in the recipient feeling angry, disappoint...
Source: World of Psychology - June 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Anjail Ameen-Rice, LCSW Tags: Agitation Anger Communication Violence and Aggression Anger Management Emotional Dysregulation Rage Tantrums Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Don ’t Just Survive PTSD – Thrive!
 Nearly all adults in the U.S. have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. Up to 20% of these will go on to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is not a condition exclusive to veterans (although they do experience it at a higher rate than the general population). There are several methods used to address PTSD in therapy. Our guest this week presents a new type of treatment, one that promises to do more than just treat the symptoms, but get to the root of the problem. The goal is not to just survive PTSD, but to thrive in spite of it. . Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! ...
Source: World of Psychology - June 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: General PTSD The Psych Central Show Trauma Gabe Howard Recovery Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

How Biofeedback May Help with Stress
Have you ever heard of the term biofeedback, or read it somewhere and wondered what it actually was? Biofeedback is a technique that involves using visual or auditory feedback to gain control over our involuntary bodily functions, or functions we don’t even think about consciously on a daily basis. This may include gaining voluntary control over such things as heart rate, muscle tension, blood flow, pain perception and blood pressure. The ultimate goal is to help you improve your well-being and quality of life. During a biofeedback session, electrodes are attached to your skin, and therefore they are non-invasive. Fi...
Source: World of Psychology - June 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Emily Waters Tags: Brain and Behavior Mental Health and Wellness Stress Treatment Biofeedback stress reduction Source Type: blogs

5 ways to live through medical malpractice lawsuits
Nothing troubles physicians more than an unforeseen outcome and a malpractice lawsuit. It cracks open self-doubts and assumptions about medicine and may be life-changing. It commonly fuels burnout, loss of confidence, PTSD and early retirement. And there are links to depression and physician suicide. There’s another side to this story, though. Like all of life’s great challenges, a patient’s unexpected loss, and professional litigation present us with huge opportunities for growth. I am a believer in more information and less isolation. And while I have 1,001 things I’d like to tell the doctor who i...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 8, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/stacia-dearmin" rel="tag" > Stacia Dearmin, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Malpractice Source Type: blogs

True Narcissists Aren ’t Who You Think They Are
You went on a few dates with a guy who talked about himself incessantly and didn’t ask a single question about you. Clearly a narcissist. Your coworker is constantly telling you that your way is wrong. She always seems to have her own agenda, and kisses up to your supervisor, while putting others down. All. The. Time. Clearly a narcissist. Your childhood friend only talks about his own problems, and always needs help with something. Anytime you need help, he suddenly disappears. Clearly a narcissist. A friend of a friend is known as the one-upper, as in she’s constantly in competition mode. Whatever you&rsqu...
Source: World of Psychology - June 8, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Men's Issues Narcissism Personality Relationships Self-Esteem Self-Help Narcissist Narcissistic abuse Narcissistic Personality Disorder Source Type: blogs