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Ten Essential Qualities of Science Bloggers, from PLOSBLOGS

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(Dec 31 2012) My year end post celebrates great science blogging. With most of our regular PLOS Network bloggers taking some time off to cool their laptops and pop some corks, I set out this morning to highlight the best … Continue reading

In Light of Newtown “Families As First Responders”

Here’s a particularly powerful paragraph from a great article by psychiatrist Lloyd Sederer in The Atlantic. He’s talking about families as first responders in mental illness, in the wake of Newtown.

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“No mental health system will ever be able to identify serious behavioral problems as early as a family. We have tried. But “random” acts of violence are not so random. In addition to privacy and civil rights requirements that limit how families can assist their loved ones, families have too often been led to doubt what they see, to attribute problems to phases in a life (like adolescence or being older) or to external events (like loss or disgrace). At other times, these families know very little about mental illness, or addictions, television notwithstanding — or consider these to be problems others have, not them. Or they feel guilty, or ashamed, or just do not know where to turn. 

These are real and remediable problems.”

In Psychiatric Illness, Families Must Be Our First Responders

No mental health system will ever be able to identify serious behavioral problems as early as family.

Here’s the link to the full article:

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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Do antidepressants work? The answer is yes. Find out how the media got the science wrong.

As someone whose life has been saved by taking antidepressants for depression, I’ve been incensed and frustrated by the dominant media narrative of the last several years, the one that says “antidepressants work no better than  a placebo.” Fortunately, Mind … Continue reading

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Andrew Solomon’s “Anatomy of a Murder-Suicide” is A Must Read

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Solomon treats each “cause” thoughtfully, but what I love from this opinion piece in today’s NY Times is his proposal that we treat mental health as we do dental health with regular checkups and preventive care. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/opinion/sunday/anatomy-of-a-murder-suicide.html?smid=fb-share

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A Neuroscientist on the Dangers of Separating Mental Health from “Health”

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Neuroscientist Fabiana Kubke in the PLOS blog, Mind the Brain writes: “Mental Health”. The word “Mental” seems to be there just so that the whole thing can be disposed of when it becomes inconvenient, like a badly coloured lego block … Continue reading

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Increased Prevalence of Depression and Insufficient Treatment Options among US and Canadian Teens

As the lede of this article says, an increase in teen depression and the continuing problem of insufficient treatment options are  especially relevant in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy. In a nutshell, if people don’t think there’s help to … Continue reading

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What I Wish I Could Have Said to Nancy Lanza and How We Can Prevent Another Tragedy

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On day five of what has for so many of us become a waking nightmare, it is increasingly apparent that the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has ripped open a deep wound in the American heart — particularly for parents … Continue reading

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Final DSM-5 Puts Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome in “Needs More Review”… Means It is Not a Reimbursable Diagnosis

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Here’s how this DSM5 News was reported on Psych Central: Disorders that will be in the new DSM-5 — but only in Section 3, a category of disorders needing further research — include: Attenuated psychosis syndrome, Internet use gaming disorder, Non-suicidal self-injury, … Continue reading

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Boy does this make common sense!

First the bad news… Over all, however, 15 percent of employers in the United States do not offer mental health coverage to employees, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Then the good… Such benefits may become more widely … Continue reading