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Drop the Kid Gloves. Explain Adult ADHD
Part of #ExplainAdultADHD.  A campaign to reduce the ignorance, misinformation, and stigma against adults with ADHD. Drop the Kid Gloves “This didn’t happen every time, but it was often enough that I don’t think I’ll ever tell anyone about my diagnosis anymore. There have been times that it was extremely relevant, and I’ve shared it with people (employers, classmates, team members etc) to try and help explain what was going on or why I was struggling with this or that, and their demeanor would instantly change. A moment before they would be talking to me as a colleague, but after ADH...
Source: Adult ADD Strengths - October 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Pete Quily Tags: Explain Adult ADHD To Non-ADHD Adults Source Type: blogs

How not to argue with your kids about marijuana
An excerpt from A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction: Professional Advice on Signs, Symptoms, What to Say, and How to Help (Skyhorse Publishing; October 2017). Marijuana, the illegal drug most commonly used by teenagers, is widely accepted as harmless, but is it? Its effects range from the trivial—silliness, bloodshot eyes, etc.—all the way to catastrophic—paranoia, depression, and more. Many teenagers and parents don’t realize that although not as potent, it’s a hallucinogen similar to LSD and Ecstasy. Marijuana and the other hallucinogens can cause serious problems for teenagers who use ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/laurence-m-westreich" rel="tag" > Laurence M. Westreich, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Pediatrics Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Reduce parallel play to provide decent health care for all
I have been doing health care research and advocacy for over 20 years. I’ve seen a lot of passion, anger, and rhetoric around the issues. The health care crisis is simple in that everyone needs health care. The question is what to do about it and who should pay for it. It’s not an easy answer. For starters, we have turned into a culture of entitlement. This includes health care. It might be a “right,” but someone has to pay for it. And we want to pretend that it’s someone else’s responsibility. Recently, I was reading comments following an article on an online news outlet. I was struck b...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/peggy-a-rothbaum" rel="tag" > Peggy A. Rothbaum, PhD < /a > Tags: Policy Psychiatry Public Health & Washington Watch Source Type: blogs

Why alternative facts work
Trying to oppose to the alternative facts with real facts doesn’t work as much as you probably think. Humans aren’t rational creatures, and here’s what we can do about it.   Related posts: 10 Amazing Facts about Chocolate rTMS can Improve Working Memory How Do Pain Relievers Work? (Source: Dr Shock MD PhD)
Source: Dr Shock MD PhD - October 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dr Shock Tags: Shrink Life in General Source Type: blogs

This psychiatrist does most of her work outside of the traditional system
Every now and then, when some people learn what kind of work I do, they say, “You’re doing God’s work. Thank you.” They mean well, so I accept the compliment, though I also tack on, “I also like what I do. It’s meaningful work for me.” So many of the people I see, whether in my current job or in my past jobs working in other underserved communities, have a lot going on that psychiatry and medicine cannot formally address. One example is housing. It is often an effective intervention for the distress of people who don’t have a place to live, though housing is not something phy...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 15, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/maria-yang" rel="tag" > Maria Yang, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Psychiatry Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: October 14, 2017
Who’s ready to learn more about why some of us are likely to spend more money on certain items, how cannabis could increase violent behavior, a new documentary about anxiety and depression, and more? You sweet readers, I hope! Why Friday the 13th Is Considered to Be Bad Luck: Yesterday was Friday the 13th (well, depending on when you read this), and several psychologists and other scientists weigh in on why many of us don’t like the number 13 (also known as triskaidekaphobia) and where Friday comes into play. Michael Phelps Talks Anxiety In ‘Angst,’ A New Mental Health Doc: After wrangling his own ...
Source: World of Psychology - October 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Anxiety and Panic Brain and Behavior Celebrities Depression Disorders Industrial and Workplace Interview Mental Health and Wellness Money and Financial Psychiatry Psychology Around the Net Research Substance Abuse Violence and Ag Source Type: blogs

A story from a physician ’s journey to burnout
An excerpt from The Flame Broiled Doctor: From Boyhood to Burnout in Medicine. “So what did my bloodwork show, Doctor?” asked Liz. Liz was friendly and polite, but a textbook example of the Worried Well … healthy but neurotic patients I didn’t need to see as often as I did. “Nothing, my dear,” I said. “Thyroid is fine; blood count is fine. Even the X-ray we took of your chest was fine.” Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/franklin-warsh" rel="tag" > Franklin Warsh, MD, MPH < /a > Tags: Physician Primary Care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Join 107 Brain Health & Enhancement Pioneers in 15 Countries (and counting)
Registrants for the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) as of October 12, 2017 _______________ Just a quick update on how registration stands for the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th). We are proud to report that, so far, 107 experts, pioneers and practitioners are registered to participate. 82 seem to be based in the US and 25 abroad (based on IP address during registration); with the following country breakdown: United States 82 Australia 5 Canada 4 United Kingdom 4 Norway 2 Singapore 1 Portugal 1 Brazil 1 Italy 1 India 1 France 1 Argentina 1 Taiwan 1 Sweden 1 Brunei Daruss...
Source: SharpBrains - October 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health virtual conference virtual summit Source Type: blogs

Sharing stories on social media humanizes the medical profession
One way to fight physician burnout is to share our stories and remove the stigma. A KevinMD keynote video excerpt.  I’m currently considering opportunities for 2018: Please visit my physician keynote speaking page to find out more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/kevin-pho" rel="tag" > Kevin Pho, MD < /a > Tags: Kevin's Take Hospital-Based Medicine Primary Care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Same day discharge for peripheral arterial procedures in elderly – study in CCI
(Peripheral angioplasty – representative image) Same day discharge after peripheral arterial procedures have been documented to be safe in younger individuals. Now a new study published early online in Catheter and Cardiovascular Interventions [1] has shown that it can be applied in elderly individuals above 70 years as well. The obvious advantage in elderly individuals is that it avoids the risk of delirium, which is common in elderly and demented individuals after night stay in intensive care units. The peripheral arterial procedures performed where balloon angioplasty, atherectomy and stenting. The ...
Source: Cardiophile MD - October 13, 2017 Category: Cardiology Authors: Johnson Francis Tags: Angiography and Interventions Cardiology Peripheral Interventions atherectomy and stenting balloon angioplasty Source Type: blogs

Long-term Caregiving May Shorten Life Up To Eight Years
A study by Ohio State University in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging has shown that adult children caring for their parents, as well as parents caring for chronically ill children, may have their life span shortened by four to eight years. For this study, Ohio State University’s Ronald Glaser, head of OSU’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, and Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at OSU, teamed with Nan-ping Weng and his research group from the National Institute on Aging. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how, without interv...
Source: Minding Our Elders - October 13, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Why We All Have Clutter and How to Get Rid of It
I feel like a massive hypocrite writing this piece, because substantial messes are found in virtually every square foot of my home. In fact, the last time I broached the topic of clutter in a blog, I posted a photo of my book piles and nut collection and was immediately contacted by a hoarding show to be “fixed” by an expert. Even though I fail miserably at decluttering my home, I do know it’s an important piece of mental health — that our environments affect us more than we’d like to believe. And it’s not even the Post-its all over your desk, the plastic dog toys strewn about the f...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Anxiety and Panic Depression Mental Health and Wellness OCD Self-Help Stress cleaning habits clutter Concentration hoarding neatness Procrastination stress reduction Stress Relief tidiness Source Type: blogs

Top 25 Psychiatric Medications for 2016
Most people understand that the role of psychiatric medications is to help alleviate the symptoms associated with different types of mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety, and more. Psychiatric medications are an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan for effectively treating people who have a mental health concern or mental illness. It’s good to know what drugs are being most-often prescribed for mental disorders in the U.S. These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2016, according to QuintilesIMS, a global infor...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Medications Psychiatry Treatment medications for mental illness Psychiatric Drugs Psychiatric Medications psychiatric meds top psychiatric medications Source Type: blogs

Podcast: What ’s It Really Like Being in a Psych Hospital?
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the myths and realities of being admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Gabe shares his personal experience of voluntarily entering a psychiatric hospital when he was suicidal. He tells of how his expectations of the situation differed from what he actually experienced. He shares what he found to be the most frightening aspects of his stay, as well as how he passed the time while there. He shares how his family reacted to his admission to the psychiatric hospital, and the aspect to the stay that he describes as “lif...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gabe Howard Tags: General Self-Help Stigma The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

Let's Talk About Jails and Mental Health
Really, this is a post for ClinkShrink, but she's been busy with other things.  Do you miss her? Let me invite you to listen to Clink's interview on Tier Talk/Corrections One, where she was interviewed aboutAre Prisons Turning Into Mental Health Hospitals? Yesterday, I heard Dominic Sisti talk at Sheppard Pratt Hospital about mental health and incarceration: Dr. Sisti is the director of the Scattergood program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care at the University of Pennsylvania, where I was an undergraduate just a few (hmmm) years ago.  I tweeted the lecture, as best as I could, along with phot...
Source: Shrink Rap - October 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

A medical student in therapy
On TV shows, therapists decorate their rooms with leather lounge chairs, throw pillows and organza curtains that let in the light. But Dr. Hassan’s office is in the clinic basement. The fluorescent lighting is sterile. She has a gray metal desk — I think every doctor I’ve shadowed as a medical student has had that same desk. But I’m not here as a student. I’ve been anticipating this appointment for a month. In March, I started to take an online physiology exam for school but instead spent twenty minutes staring motionless at the computer screen. I eventually input the answers and passed the te...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 11, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/kristen-lee" rel="tag" > Kristen Lee < /a > Tags: Education Medical school Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Ria Health Launches Mobile App to Help Reduce Drinking (Interview)
Last week we shared 12 new companies unveiling their innovative ideas at Health 2.0’s Launch! event this year. Back in the exhibit hall, a few more early stage businesses were also leveraging Health 2.0 to kickoff new programs and technologies. One of these was the official launch of Ria Health‘s mobile app solution to help people reduce their drinking through a combination of support from addiction specialists and daily progress tracking. The company began testing the product earlier this year and, having seen great initial outcomes, is now making the technology available to consumers seeking a new approa...
Source: Medgadget - October 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Exclusive Net News Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

The problem with prescribing sleeping pills for older patients
It seems that everyone has advice about sleep these days, and we have become immune to it. “Avoid naps, caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime. Get exercise. Get out of bed if you can’t sleep. Turn off the TV and any electronic devices hours before bedtime. Enjoy a relaxing ritual. Keep to a routine.” Please do all of these, because they actually work! Shifting your bedtime later to achieve sleep consolidation also works. In fact, there is an insomnia-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) that has shown dramatic benefits. Here’s the problem. Many people come to their doctors asking for a sleep...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 11, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/lea-c-watson" rel="tag" > Lea C. Watson, MD, MPH < /a > Tags: Conditions Geriatrics Primary Care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Trump ’s Nicknames and the Psychology of Bullying
Conclusion We have a president who seems to use derogatory nicknames as a cudgel against his perceived enemies — arguably, a form of bullying. As a society that aspires to civility and mutual respect, we ought to find this very troubling. Bullying tears at the fabric of civil society. It can be an important contributing factor in the victim’s eventual suicide. And when the most powerful man in the world provides an example of bullying by repeatedly deploying offensive nicknames, this ought to concern us all. References: Reijntjes, A., Vermande, M., Thomaes, S., Goossens, F., Olthof, T., Aleva, L., & Van d...
Source: World of Psychology - October 11, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ronald Pies, M.D. Tags: Anger Bullying Celebrities Minding the Media Relationships Research Self-Esteem belittling Donald Trump Humiliation Inferiority Insecurity Mockery name calling Nicknames President Trump Superiority Source Type: blogs

Meet 40 Experts and Innovators shaping Brain Health & Enhancement on December 5-7th, at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
We are proud to announce these 40 confirmed Summit Speakers, Chairs and Judges at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on December 5-7th. What an incredible brain trust shaping the future of brain health and enhancement! Here are just a few: Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Professor of Neurology and Founding Director of Neuroscape at UCSF Dr. Gazzaley is a faculty member in the Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry departments, and Director of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory conducting research on the neural mechanisms of attention and memory. Dr. Gazzaley is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Inte...
Source: SharpBrains - October 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Adam Gazzaley Adam Haim alexandra morehouse Alison Fenney alvaro-fernandez Banner Health brain-enhancement Brain-health Neurotechnology NIMH NIO sharpbrains UCSF Source Type: blogs

A question to ask physicians: How much is tough enough?
“You folks have it easy.” As a resident, it is not uncommon to hear these words on the wards from older physicians. After all, this new generation is spoiled, one could say. At the time when I trained, we had hour limitations and “caps” on the number of cases we could handle as interns on our shifts. Now, that seems to have reversed. Second year was tougher in a sense that there were almost no limitations on workload. I remember pushing through exhaustion quite frequently. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A socia...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 10, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/drizzlemd" rel="tag" > DrizzleMD < /a > Tags: Education Critical Care Hospital-Based Medicine Medical school Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

What ’s the one word to improve the well-being of clinicians?
Recently, I was asked an intriguing question by an interviewer: “If you had a magic wand and could have one wish for improving the well-being of clinicians and addressing burnout, what would it be?” My response? Respect. Respect for the humanity of everyone who touches the health care system — patients, family members, administrative staff, organizational leaders, clinical staff, clinicians, cleaning staff, parking valets, pharmacists, lab technicians, front desk staff, and the folks who answer the phone and help with appointment scheduling. My answer was not really a fair one. I believe that respect of t...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 10, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/diane-w-shannon" rel="tag" > Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH < /a > Tags: Physician Practice Management Primary Care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

A missed diagnosis haunts this physician
Eighty percent of diagnoses can be made based on the history and physical.  Take the subjective and objective; throw in some medical history, family history, social history and you can figure out your assessment and plan. Doctors are the detectives of the body and the more facts, the easier it is to solve the mystery. This is the fictional note that I wrote in my head concerning a fellow physician friend when she approached me in confidence a few weeks ago. Subjective Depressed mood, anxiety, insomnia, anhedonia, weight loss present, abdominal pain. Symptoms per patient have been present for one week.  May have b...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 10, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/anonymous" rel="tag" > Anonymous < /a > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

BROADEN Trial of DBS for Treatment-Resistant Depression No Better than Sham
Website for theBROADEN™ study, which was terminated by thesponsor.A multi-site, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial ofdeep brain stimulation (DBS) for treatment-resistant depression has failed, according to a new article inLancet Psychiatry. The targeted brain region was bilateralsubcallosal cingulate white matter, which had been called the “Depression Switch” based on acute stimulation studies at Emory. These disappointing results were not surprising, since they were covered byNeurotech Business Report in December 2013 and then in depth by my postshere andhere. The new paper follo...
Source: The Neurocritic - October 10, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Neurocritic Source Type: blogs

Pathologizing the President Reinforces Mental Illness Stigma
A large group of psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and other mental health workers have declared Donald Trump mentally ill and unfit to be president. They don’t name the mental illness, or cite any specific behaviors that make him a threat to the country or constitution. They merely state that he is sick and call for his ouster. “Duty to Warn” has signatures of 60,000 mental health professionals, none of whom have assessed the president, on a petition calling for Trump’s removal due to “serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of Pr...
Source: World of Psychology - October 9, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: George Hofmann Tags: Ethics & Morality Mental Health and Wellness Minding the Media Policy and Advocacy Psychology Stigma armchair diagnosis Donald Trump News Media pathologizing President Trump Stereotypes stigmatizing Source Type: blogs

Carrot Carbon Monoxide Breath Sensor System for Smoking Cessation Cleared for OTC by FDA
Carrot, a Redwood City, California firm, won FDA clearance for its Carbon Monoxide (CO) Breath Sensor System. It will be available as an over-the-counter product that’s designed to help smokers kick the habit as part of smoking cessation programs. The CO sensor features Bluetooth wireless connectivity, allowing it to interface with a smartphone app that records and displays the readings. The app is intended to be used by smokers themselves, providing them an important assessment of how their habit is affecting their health. The company hopes that its product will be a sort of mirror for smokers, that provides an uns...
Source: Medgadget - October 9, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Medicine OTC Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Antidepressants and pregnancy: Let ’s examine the misconceptions
Recently, another research study (in the prestigious British Medical Journal) linked antidepressant use during pregnancy to an increased risk of psychiatric disorders in the exposed children. Much controversy surrounds this topic — and a great deal of misinformation. Two issues, in particular, seem to be “missed” in the public discourse. The first misconception is the notion that depression during pregnancy should not be treated because treatment may entail risks. Let’s be clear from the outset — depression is a horrible and deadly condition for many and should be treated in pregnancy. Depress...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 7, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/adam-c-urato" rel="tag" > Adam C. Urato, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions OB/GYN Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Health 2.0 Fall Conference: SleepTech Summit Exhibit Hall Companies
A unique track at this year’s Health 2.0 Fall Conference is a SleepTech Summit focusing on innovations that enhance or improve a person’s ability to achieve a quicker, longer, and more refreshing sleep. As part of the main exhibit hall, six sleep-related companies were demoing their devices and technologies, and Medgadget had a chance to hold short interviews with each one. In addition to these six technology companies, Sleep-Geek was also in attendance. Sleep-Geek is a website and online community founded in 2010 with a mission to serve the mattress industry by connecting members with ideas that serve their pr...
Source: Medgadget - October 5, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michael Batista Tags: Exclusive Medicine Neurology OTC Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

A cautionary tale of the dangers of a delayed sleep phase in adolescents
An excerpt from Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks, and How We Can Help Keep Them Safe. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America Poll of 2014, 75 percent of children in the United States have at least one electronic device in their bedroom, with a television being the most common (45 percent). Over one-third of these children leave the television on all night long, which is known to be especially disruptive to sleep because of the constant exposure to light and noise. With the mass proliferation of smartphones, tablets, computers, and video games, the median number of electronic devices i...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - October 3, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/jess-p-shatkin" rel="tag" > Jess P. Shatkin, MD, MPH < /a > Tags: Conditions Pediatrics Primary Care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Adapting Behavioral Health Integration to 21st Century Needs
BY MANUEL CASTRO                       SPONSORED POST At the start of my career, the standard of care for behavioral health integration was in-person, face-to-face interaction. As new ways to communicate have surfaced, the way we deliver care has also evolved. Today, both as a result of access but also now convenience, behavioral health treatment is often done virtually. To keep on top of the trends, and in light of the access challenges inherent in our region, at Carolinas HealthCare System, we turned to technology to help alleviate these problems and reach more ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Holt Tags: Uncategorized Carolinas Healthcare System Manuel Castro Mental Health MyStrength Source Type: blogs

Bringing Behaviorial Health Into Primary Care Settings
BY MARTHA WHITECOTTON                       SPONSORED POST The integration of behavioral health into the primary care setting has resulted in a number of benefits. Traditionally, behavioral health and medical health operated separately, but in recent years, the integration of these two systems has improved access to care, ensured continuity of care, reduced stigma associated with seeking care and allowed for earlier detection and treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues. By bringing behavioral health specialists into primary care facilities, healthcar...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Could language analysis tools detect lone wolf terrorists before they act?
Nidal Hasan, the US army psychiatrist turned lone wolf terrorist By Alex Fradera By the time a terrorist attack has begun, the security services have already failed. But the challenge they face in detecting potential attacks is substantial, especially since the tactic of terrorism has increasingly been taken up by individual attackers inspired by, but not directly beholden to, formal movements. Spotting a lone wolf among the flock is no easy task, especially when it relies on a bottleneck of human analysis. A new paper in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior uses a test case of a real lone wolf attack to explor...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - October 2, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Language Technology Terrorism Source Type: blogs

Your Narcissist Friend Probably Isn ’ t Listening to You
If you can recognize this pattern, you can handle your favorite narcissist more effectively. One trait of men and women with narcissistic habits makes them frustratingly difficult to deal with — either as a partner at work or someone to live with at home. As a therapist who specializes in helping couples build more satisfying marriages, I focus on this trait in particular. What is that habit that most people overlook about narcissists? Get Familiar With These 20 Styles Of Narcissism When you interact with a person with narcissistic habits, you need to stay strong. Don’t be aggressive; just strong in self-confi...
Source: World of Psychology - September 29, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Psych Central Staff Tags: Disorders Friends Narcissism Publishers Relationships YourTango dismissive listening Narcissist narcissistic habits Source Type: blogs

Medical Marijuana for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety & Mental Illness: Can It Help?
The usefulness of medical marijuana for the treatment of mental illness and disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia is an open question today. There have been only a few really good studies on this issue, and their findings are decidedly mixed. So let’s dive into the question and see if medical marijuana can help the symptoms of mental illness, or is it more likely to cause harm? The reason this is a very complex issue is because, unlike medical marijuana for chronic, debilitating pain, there’s a lot of additional factors that must be taken into account when studying mental i...
Source: World of Psychology - September 29, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Disorders General Research Treatment anxiety Bipolar Disorder Cannabis Depression Medical Marijuana Source Type: blogs

An Algorithm Using Medical Record Data Predicts Risk for Parkinson's Disease
We are entering an era when algorithms will be used to analyze data in the LIS and EHR databases and predict the risk of a patient developing various disease(s) in the future. This field is often referred to aspredictive healthcare analytics. A recent article discussed this process in terms of predicting the onset of Parkinson's disease (see:Algorithm scans medical records for higher Parkinson ’s risk), Below is an excerpt from it:Researchers have developed an algorithm that could check patients ’ medical histories to find signs of increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease and alert doctors to...
Source: Lab Soft News - September 28, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Bruce Friedman Tags: Clinical Lab Industry News Clinical Lab Testing Electronic Health Record (EHR) Healthcare Delivery Healthcare Information Technology Lab Industry Trends Medical Consumerism Medical Ethics Medical Research Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Tools for Mental Health
      “Code Therapy” is an award-winning 15-minute documentary about the benefits of digital health tools like apps, web sites, wearables, and other technology designed to improve mental health. The acclaimed documentary has been screened at festivals in England, Ireland, India and the United States, and was  awarded Best Documentary at the 2016 Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival. It’s now online and free to view in full (and share) on their site, or on Vimeo and YouTube. Learn more about some digital health tools for depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other issues, he...
Source: Channel N - September 28, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: sandra at psychcentral.com (Sandra Kiume) Tags: All Documentary General anxiety apps brain depression digital health e-mental health emh insomnia mhealth technology video Source Type: blogs

Update: New book by Daniel Goleman & Richard Davidson describes how long-term meditation can improve our minds, brains, and bodies
_______________ Time for SharpBrains’ September e-newsletter, this time discussing a range of topics from meditation research to the first FDA-cleared digital therapeutic to upcoming events at the frontier of applied brain science. Also, a warning: Parents, coaches, teachers, –you can read why below–  let’s find safer sports for kids to play than American football. New research New book by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson describes how long-term meditation can improve our minds, brains, and bodies Study shows how online mindfulness interventions can reduce work-related rumination and f...
Source: SharpBrains - September 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain Brain-health digital therapeutic e-newsletter FDA-cleared meditation mindfulness neuropsychiatric neurotechnologies sharpbrains Source Type: blogs

De-Medicalizing Death
There’s been an unexpected, and excellent, consequence to California’s new medical aid-in-dying law. For many terminally ill patients, immersion in the process of securing lethal drugs ultimately renders them unnecessary. How did this come about? Passed by the California legislature in late 2015, the End of Life Option Act allows physicians to prescribe a lethal concoction of drugs to some patients with terminal illnesses who meet certain criteria. The law, commonly described as providing “medical aid in dying,” took effect on June 9, 2016. It stipulates only that the requesting patient be considere...
Source: Health Affairs Blog - September 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Nutik Zitter Tags: End of Life & Serious Illness California critical care End of Life Option Act intensive care unit medical aid in dying Palliative Care Source Type: blogs

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Source: The Carlat Psychiatry Blog - September 27, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

How the stories of refugees affected this medical student
If I hadn’t heard her sob, I might not have looked up. I was so immersed in her story, and so fixated on my own studious note-taking, that I didn’t doubt the steady rhythm of her voice until I heard it break. Huda’s (name changed) eyes were filling with tears, and I quickly handed over the tissue box, feeling that its trifling weight was an apt metaphor for how little I could do to help her. Huda and her husband were Afghan refugees — and while she had been in the States for over a year, her husband remained stranded in Turkey, unable to join her as approval for his resettlement remained pending, po...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 26, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/weijie-violet-lin" rel="tag" > Weijie Violet Lin < /a > Tags: Policy Medical school Public Health & Source Type: blogs

Bringing Behaviorial Health Into Primary Care Settings
BY MARTHA WHITECOTTON                       SPONSORED POST The integration of behavioral health into the primary care setting has resulted in a number of benefits. Traditionally, behavioral health and medical health operated separately, but in recent years, the integration of these two systems has improved access to care, ensured continuity of care, reduced stigma associated with seeking care and allowed for earlier detection and treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues. By bringing behavioral health specialists into primary care facilities, healthcar...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Trial By Error: NICE Rejects Current Guidance, Plans “ Full Update ”
By David Tuller, DrPH Let’s give credit where it’s due. Apparently someone with decision-making authority at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has a grasp on reality and is willing to challenge the claims of the biopsychosocial ideological brigades. That’s the only logical explanation for last Wednesday’s welcome but unexpected announcement that the agency would pursue a “full update” of the guidance for the illness it calls CFS/ME. From what I gather, that means NICE will essentially start the whole guidance development process from scratch. In announcing the ...
Source: virology blog - September 25, 2017 Category: Virology Authors: David Tuller Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

October 6-7th in Stanford University: Virtual Reality and Behavior Change in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Quick heads-up about a timely conference taking place late next week. What: This year the conference is completely devoted to virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies and behavioral change, exploring the application of immersive technologies for treating and researching addictions, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, pain, depression, psychosomatic illness and more. Where: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, California 94305 When: October 6-7th, 2017 –> To Learn More & Register, please click HERE. The Conference in Context: Five reasons the future of brain enha...
Source: SharpBrains - September 25, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology behavior change Behavioral Health psychiatry Stanford Stanford-University virtual-reality Source Type: blogs

Online screening for depression: Here ’s what one physician thinks about it
Inquisitive reader Amy asked me if I had any opinions about online screening for depression. The British Medical Journal recently published a debate on this issue. What an excellent question, Amy! I read the opposing arguments, and these are my thoughts: First, I see two different issues. The first is whether the 9-question Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is an appropriate tool to use to screen for depression. The second is whether the public should trust Google to administer the PHQ-9. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. ...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - September 25, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/maria-yang" rel="tag" > Maria Yang, MD < /a > Tags: Conditions Primary Care Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

“Animal hoarding” may provide comfort to people who struggle to form relationships
Consistent with the cultural archetype of a “cat lady”, two thirds of the animal hoarders were women By Alex Fradera The latest version of psychiatry’s principal diagnostic manual (the DSM-V) defines Hoarding Disorder as a psychopathology where the collection of items significantly impacts the person’s functioning, as they find it difficult and indeed painful to discard the items, creating congestion within the home and encouraging poor hygiene and accidents. However not only objects, but also living things can be collected pathologically, popularly enshrined in the notion of a “cat lady&...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - September 25, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Mental health Source Type: blogs

Chronically suicidal patients
The Chronically Suicidal Patient and Stigma from Within the Mental Health System https://t.co/P2GfKlPs8I TLC and short inpatiënt stay — Walter van den Broek (@DrShock) September 23, 2017 #Goodreads TLC and short in patiënt stay as possible   Related posts: DSM-5 troubles On the Antidepressant-Suicide link Suicidal Behavior as Sixth Axis in DSM V? (Source: Dr Shock MD PhD)
Source: Dr Shock MD PhD - September 25, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dr Shock Tags: Shrink Life in General Source Type: blogs

Psychology Around the Net: September 23, 2017
Don’t let the picture fool you! If you’re dealing with depression, you might want to cut back on counting sheep and take a look at what sleep deprivation can do to help your moods (says some research). Also, keep going for a look at how psychology training might benefit entrepreneurs more than business training, why getting angry every now and then is a good thing, the psychology behind paying so much money for an iPhone (or any product you don’t expect to cost that much), and more. Sleep Deprivation Might Be the Antidote for Depression: Well, this is…anything but snooze worthy. According to an an...
Source: World of Psychology - September 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Alicia Sparks Tags: Anger Depression Disorders Industrial and Workplace Money and Financial Movie Review Psychology Psychology Around the Net Research Schizophrenia Sleep business Elizabeth Blue Iphone Mental Illness Motivation Psychological R Source Type: blogs

The Chronically Suicidal Patient and Stigma from Within the Mental Health System
There's an on-line psychiatrist discussion group where docs exchange information, ideas and resources.  As in all things on-line, it's sometime is invaluable, and it sometimes makes me shake my head.  Today, I was tagged in a post that discussed an article in Psychiatric Times calledWe Need to Talk About Stigma in the Mental Health System.  Louise Harvey writes about her hospitalizations in the UK.   Here is an excerpt so that you get the idea, and in the UK the term "sectioned" means involuntarily hospitalized.Quickly it became clear that I was considered to be a histrionic, attention-se...
Source: Shrink Rap - September 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Secondhand Trauma — Is It Real? The 2017 Hurricane Season Is Affecting Everyone
As we have all witnessed in the last few months, 2017 has produced an incredibly destructive hurricane season. For many of us not living in the affected areas, just watching the devastation on TV and hearing about it on the radio or social media can also cause a deep sense of fear and anxiety. It can even cause many to suffer secondhand trauma or more specifically, Secondary Trauma Stress (STS). STS is a psychiatric condition which mimics symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It affects individuals who did not witness the traumatic event firsthand but were still exposed to it in other ways. When we are faced ...
Source: World of Psychology - September 22, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John Tsilimparis, MFT Tags: Anxiety and Panic Inspiration & Hope Minding the Media PTSD Trauma Climate Change Destructive Hurricane Earthquakes fight or flight Natural Disasters Panic Attack Posttraumatic Stress Secondary Trauma Stress secondhand trauma T Source Type: blogs

Bringing Behavioral Health into Primary Care Settings
BY MARTHA WHITECOTTON         SPONSORED CONTENT The integration of behavioral health into the primary care setting has resulted in a number of benefits. Traditionally, behavioral health and medical health operated separately, but in recent years, the integration of these two systems has improved access to care, ensured continuity of care, reduced stigma associated with seeking care and allowed for earlier detection and treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues. By bringing behavioral health specialists into primary care facilities, healthcare systems have streamlined c...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Holt Tags: Hospitals Patients Behavioral Health Carolinas Healthcare Systemh Mental Health primary care Source Type: blogs