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

Litesprite Helps Patients Manage Illnesses Through Gaming
Gamification is gaining recognition as a powerful tool for contexts far removed from gaming itself, and the approach has been used for applications as varied as advertising, to recruiting, to rewards programs. Litesprite hopes to expand the gaming approach to a rather important sector: health. Litesprite’s mobile application, Sinasprite, helps patients proactively manage their chronic illnesses, including mental illnesses (anxiety, depression, stress, substance abuse), cancer, and diabetes. The company’s app features Socks the Fox, a cartoon fox aiming to be a “zen master.” Patients tell Socks about...
Source: Medgadget - June 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Cici Zhou Tags: Exclusive Medicine Net News Pediatrics Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Here ’s why I left nursing
Leaving the nursing profession is bittersweet. My heart left nursing a while ago when I came to the realization that nursing left me first. It never was a two-way relationship. The profession left me without acknowledgment of work-related stress, specifically post-traumatic stress (PTS). First responders and emergency workers often hear the phrase, “It’s just part of the job.” So we all just deal with it — or not. I’ve heard this phrase countless times throughout my 17-year emergency career, and it’s a dangerous phrase. Not only does it reduce the stress we experience into ineffectual wo...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/sarah-jorgensen" rel="tag" > Sarah E. Jorgensen, RN < /a > Tags: Conditions Emergency Medicine Hospital-Based Medicine Nursing Source Type: blogs

Science Says: Having a Pet Can Help Support Your Mental Health
The relationship between man and animal dates back centuries. Time has transformed this relationship from being one based on utility to one based on love and family. Now more than ever, pets are kept for companionship over all else; they are an important and valued part of the family. Dogs and cats have moved from sleeping outside to sleeping next to us in bed. Through the advancement of scientific research focused on human-animal interaction, we know that this companionship provides a host of benefits – both to the people and animals involved. The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) is a non-profit organiz...
Source: World of Psychology - June 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Mental Health America Publishers Research Animal Assisted Therapy animal companionship College Students Companion Animals Depression health benefits of pets Human Animal Bond Research Institute human-animal interaction Post Traumatic Source Type: blogs

Severe Disulfiram or Antabuse Reactions
​Alcoholism has been treated with disulfiram (Antabuse) ever since the drug received FDA approval in 1951. Disulfiram is one of a number of medications that produces unwanted side effects caused by the accumulation of acetaldehyde when taken with alcohol.​The story behind the discovery of disulfiram is typical of serendipitous observations. A physician noted in 1937 that workers in the rubber industry exposed to disulfiram developed a reaction after drinking alcohol. Several decades later, two Danish researchers evaluating disulfiram as an antihelminthic developed symptoms after attending a cocktail party. (Medscape, J...
Source: M2E Too! Mellick's Multimedia EduBlog - June 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

The Drug That Relieves Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (S)
The drug was given to a group of firefighters, war veterans and police officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. → 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 - May 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeremy Dean Tags: Mental Health subscribers-only Source Type: blogs

How to Fight a Routine and Keep Your Life Exciting No Matter What
Conclusion – Routine = Good – Misplaced Focus = Bad If your routine is boring and soul-draining, then stop blaming the routine because a cleverly thought-out and a positive-habit routine is how humans achieve success. If you wish to make your life more exciting and different, then there is no single answer. What you need to do is become obsessed with making things different to the point where you come up with ideas on an almost daily basis. You stick with what works for a while until it stops working, and then you implement another of your ideas and repeat the process. There is no single perfect idea because a...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markthomson992 Tags: creativity featured self improvement success boredom find a routine good habits happiness pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Initial study finds promise and limitations in using virtual reality (VR) to treat ADHD
In conclusion, while I commend the authors for this initial effort to examine the use of VR in ADHD treatment, there is much work remaining to establish whether this a viable approach. Taking a cue from the VR treatments developed for anxiety disorders, where VR is used to expose clients to ‘environments’ that elicit anxiety, it may be fruitful to use a virtual classroom environment to train attention during more meaningful academic tasks. For example, it may be possible to combine neurofeedback with a virtual classroom to provide feedback to children on their attention level as the ‘teacher’ presen...
Source: SharpBrains - May 9, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology AD/HD-treatments anxiety attention-training behavior-therapy Cognitive-Training medication methylphenidate Neurofeedback psychiatric disorders Psyc Source Type: blogs

Bipolar Disorder: When You Feel Like You ’re Starting Over
Gabe Howard’s biggest fear is that his bipolar disorder will get worse. “I’m more worried about the symptoms of bipolar disorder coming back than I am about anything else. Literally anything else. I’ll walk through the streets after midnight in New York City and not be a bit concerned about being attacked — but I’ll be terrified of losing everything to bipolar disorder.” Elaina J. Martin also fears getting sicker. “I worry I will get in a depression so dark I will become suicidal because it has happened before.” She, too, worries about the mania returning. &ld...
Source: World of Psychology - May 2, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Bipolar Creativity Grief and Loss Peer Support Self-Help Bipolar Disorder bipolar mania Depressive Episode Manic Episode Source Type: blogs

Veterans Affairs
People think of the VA as mostly an immense integrated medical system, but it also administers numerous non-medical benefit programs and has a cemetery department as well. As has been widely reported lately in relation to the new nominee to be VA Secretary, VA budget is $273 billion, although a billion or so of that is actually the cost of disability benefits and other direct payments. Still, $170 billion is a chunk of change, and it supports some 378,000 people.I can tell you from personal experience that the VA has labyrinthine bureaucracy, in part unavoidably because they need to have a very high level of security conce...
Source: Stayin' Alive - April 25, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

How Does Medical Virtual Reality Make Healthcare More Pleasant?
Medical virtual reality goes entirely against conventional beliefs about technology making healthcare less human, less empathetic and less caring. Virtual reality teaches empathy to med students, makes vaccination for children more sufferable, helps get rid of fears by treating phobias, relieves chronic pain or fulfills the last wishes of the dying. The many faces of medical virtual reality Although the use of virtual reality in healthcare is not widespread yet, the technology holds great promise. Goldman Sachs estimated in its 2016 report that 8 million physicians and medical technicians could make use of augmented reali...
Source: The Medical Futurist - April 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: nora Tags: Future of Medicine Virtual Reality in Medicine chronic pain empathy Healthcare pain management pediatrics psychology trauma vaccination VR Source Type: blogs

How to Do the Right Thing
“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” – Zig Ziglar When faced with deciding on how to act, sometimes the toughest part is figuring out how to do the right thing. Of course, how you view the right thing, what you think of as the right thing, makes all the difference. And this is often not clear. You may experience conflicting emotions, feel ambivalent about potential choices, or strongly for or against certain action — whether you are convinced that it either is or isn’t the right ...
Source: World of Psychology - April 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Kane Tags: Brain and Behavior Ethics & Morality Inspiration & Hope LifeHelper Motivation and Inspiration Self-Help Compassion Core Values Decision Making Pay It Forward Source Type: blogs

What this physician misses the most
Empathy My eyes glare across the table. I can feel his shoulders hunch forward as he subconsciously recoils in preparation for my response. The room becomes thick. Nurses, social workers, a chaplain. Everyone waiting for the doctor. Not just the doctor, but me. Sixteen years out of residency. Battle-scarred and warn by PTSD. The images from residency still so clear. A gasp, a gurgle, flat line. Wailing family members, angry nurses, and an uncompromising chief. They died so much more easily back then. The young, the old, the unwanted, and the uncared for. The academic medical center with its social mission. The Veterans Adm...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - April 12, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/jordan-grumet" rel="tag" > Jordan Grumet, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs

I experienced trauma working in Iraq. I see it now among America ’s doctors.
I was on my honeymoon in Colombia when I first became aware of the true extent of my post-traumatic stress disorder. My husband and I were walking across a smooth, granite platform to take a closer look at a fountain in downtown Cartagena. As we neared the structure, mist from the fountain’s jets dampened the ground at my feet. I froze, paralyzed with fear by a flashback — my first — triggered by something as ordinary as wet pavement on a warm day. Two years earlier, I was working in civic engagement efforts in Baghdad. One morning, as I walked across a smooth, granite platform toward my apartment, gunfir...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - April 9, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/elizabeth-metraux" rel="tag" > Elizabeth M étraux < /a > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Primary Care Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

Understanding Headache Classifications
​Many types and etiologies of headache and facial pain afflict our patients, and sorting through them can be a challenge. Craniofacial experts themselves, in fact, do not attempt to remember the subtle differences between the various conditions causing craniofacial pain, but instead refer to the third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3). (https://www.ichd-3.org/.)The ICHD-3 can help the clinician manage patients presenting with headache as their chief complaint. An international panel of headache experts oversee the classification, which is currently published in a beta format so mi...
Source: M2E Too! Mellick's Multimedia EduBlog - April 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Creatine: A Potential Therapeutic Agent for Restoring Brain Energy
This study clearly demonstrates the possibility of using creatine supplementation to modify high-energy phosphate metabolism in the brain. This is especially important for people with certain brain disorders as alterations in brain phosphate metabolism have been reported in depression, schizophrenia, and in cases of cocaine and opiate abuse. The effects of creatine supplementation in another human study demonstrated that creatine can improve cognitive performance during oxygen deprivation. The participants in this study received creatine or placebo for seven days and were then exposed to a hypoxic gas mixture. In compariso...
Source: World of Psychology - April 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Brain and Behavior Brain Blogger Publishers Research Brain Chemistry brain energy Brain Function Cognitive Functions creatine neurodegenerative conditions Psychiatric Disorders study Source Type: blogs