Monthly Archives: August 2011

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How a Bully Is Made | My story on Psych Central

How a Bully Is Made | Psych Central.

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In-School Screening Picks Up Mental Health Issues – from MedPage Today

In-School Screening Picks Up Mental Health Issues -  from MedPage Today. More good news for parents. Support in school testing and you can trust the results.

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This is what parity is all about__Ruling may broaden insurance plans’ coverage for mental illness

Ruling may broaden insurance plans’ coverage for mental illness. This is extremely important if you or your child need inpatient care for a mental disorder.

Depressed Mothers Have Children With Enlarged Amygdalas, Says Study – The Daily Beast

Depressed Mothers Have Children With Enlarged Amygdalas, Says Study – The Daily Beast. Those of us who have been there know it first hand. But this sort of  “biomarker” settles certain arguments that can no longer be denied. READ this piece for more details on the study

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Food for Anxious Thought: Can Certain Food Affect Anxiety, PTSD? | Shift Your Life

Food for Anxious Thought: Can Certain Food Affect Anxiety, PTSD? | Shift Your Life. Some great simple food advice for tamping down anxiety, a common experience.

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ADHD Diagnosis up 29% in Children, Teens | Psych Central News

ADHD Diagnosis up 29% in Children, Teens | Psych Central News. Part of this big “increase” is the under-diagnosing of ADHD in the past.

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A Fascinating Definition of Mental Illness from head of NIMH http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/index.shtml

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http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/index.shtml. Check out the photo! Caption: Pulses of blue and yellow light precisely turn neurons on-and-off using genetically-targeted probes that take advantage of light-sensitive genes borrowed from primitive life-forms. Artist’s rendering. Source: Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University

Antidepressants in primary care: Is this how to treat depression? – latimes.com

Antidepressants in primary care: Is this how to treat depression? – latimes.com.

<<<”What this data suggests is that there’s likely to be a tendency to err on the side of treatment” when a patient complains to his or her physician about generally low mood or energy, Narrow said. In such cases, referring a patient to psychotherapy, or recommending behavioral changes such as reducing alcohol consumption or getting more sleep and exercise would be a preferable first step, he added. But for a physician pressed for time, a prescription might seem a better bet.>>>

My notes: This is one reason for the data being so skewed about antidepressant efficacy. It’s also a glaring illustration of the absence of mental health care even when someone is “covered” by an insurance policy. They see GP’s not mental health providers. And the other problem: rarely is therapy “prescribed.”