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  • America Supports You: Group Offers Holistic Mental Health Treatments

    01/16/2008 3:44:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 35+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2008 – Servicemembers returning from deployment and their families can find help readjusting to their lives at home through traditional and holistic therapies offered by a long-established Colorado group. For more than 30 years, Lost and Found Inc. has specialized in providing intervention and rehabilitation treatment for families that have run out of options, said Linda Olson, the organization’s development manager. Recently, however, the organization developed a program geared toward military families. “(We) launched a holistic mental health outreach to active military (personnel) and their families in fall 2007,” she said. The program focuses primarily on...
  • New Gun Control Law Is Killer's Legacy

    01/13/2008 8:04:04 AM PST · by cougar_mccxxi · 29 replies · 227+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 12, 2008 | JOHN COCHRAN
    Before President Bush left Washington for the Mideast, he signed into law the first major federal gun control measure in more than 13 years. If the new law had been in effect last April, it might have prevented the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, from buying a weapon at a gun store.
  • Drugs to build up that mental muscle[Brain Doping]

    12/28/2007 6:51:24 AM PST · by BGHater · 57 replies · 437+ views
    LA Times ^ | 20 Dec 2007 | Karen Kaplan and Denise Gellene
    Academics, musicians, even poker champs use pills to sharpen their minds, legally. Labs race to develop even more. Forget sports doping. The next frontier is brain doping. As Major League Baseball struggles to rid itself of performance-enhancing drugs, people in a range of other fields are reaching for a variety of prescription pills to enhance what counts most in modern life. Despite the potential side effects, academics, classical musicians, corporate executives, students and even professional poker players have embraced the drugs to clarify their minds, improve their concentration or control their emotions. "There isn't any question about it -- they...
  • No Trouble in Mind (Republicans Mentally Healthier Than Democrats)

    12/01/2007 5:03:32 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 82+ views
    NY Times ^ | 30 November 2007 | Tobin Harshaw
    Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls,” Frank Newport of Gallup informs us: "...Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43 percent of independents and 38 percent of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education."
  • Mental Health... With a Fouteen Year Old Daughter

    11/18/2007 4:01:14 AM PST · by joeystoy · 1 replies · 83+ views
    Give 'n Go ^ | 11-17-2007 | J. Martini
    Since so many blogs deal with hygiene of the mind, body and spirit it's difficult to get through even a few without being brought to the brink of self destruction by tales of obsession, compulsion, emotional angst and exasperation. As the father of a fourteen-year-old daughter I often sink into self reflection about the meaning of life; whether life has any meaning and the most important existential question facing fathers of adolescent young ladies: Is life too short, or is life too long?
  • Military, VA Boost Mental Health Care Access, Capabilities

    11/08/2007 3:44:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 18+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2007 – The departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs have teamed up to improve access to mental health care services to better assist servicemembers, veterans and families, a senior U.S. military officer said here today. The two departments are addressing concerns surfaced by some servicemembers about lengthy waiting times for mental health care appointments, said Air Force Col. Joyce Adkins, a psychologist with the Force Health Protection and Readiness directorate at the Defense Department’s Health Affairs office. “We are clarifying the access time or the wait time that people have for appointments, and this is something...
  • Ms Owl Talks About God's Special Children: The Developmentally Disabled

    11/06/2007 2:03:13 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 61+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 11/06/07 | vanity
    Ms Owl-the alter ego of a good friend who works with the developmentally disabled-shared this parable today.
  • MSNBC Democrat Debate-LIVE THREAD

    10/30/2007 4:40:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1,049 replies · 612+ views
    MSNBC | 10-29-.7 | MSNBC
    Didn't see one up, but Matthews has been giving me too many straight lines to pass up on!!!
  • Kucinich questions Bush's mental health

    10/30/2007 3:56:39 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 2 replies · 55+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | October 30 ,2007 | anonymous
    Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich questioned President Bush's mental health in light of comments he made about a nuclear Iran precipitating World War III. "I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health," Kucinich, an Ohio congressman, said in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board on Tuesday. "There's something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact"
  • Left-Handers More At RiskOf Mental Illness

    07/31/2007 3:19:24 PM PDT · by blam · 85 replies · 1,338+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-31-2007 | Laura Clout
    Left-handers more at risk of mental illness By Laura Clout Last Updated: 1:49am BST 31/07/2007 Left-handed people may have an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, scientists have found. An international group of scientists, led by a team at Oxford University, have identified a gene that seems to increase the chance of being left-handed. The researchers said that the same gene - called LRRTM1 - may slightly increase the risk of developing the brain disorder. Schizophrenia is a highly complex condition that results in impaired perception and thought, it affects around one in every 100 people. Although little is known about...
  • The Wrong Place to Treat Mental Illness

    07/09/2007 6:46:59 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 695+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, July 8, 2007; Page B07 | Marcia Kraft Goin
    ...But did you know that the Los Angeles County Jail houses the largest psychiatric population in the country? That's not justice. That's emblematic of a national emergency. Before the 1960s, people with mental illnesses were generally cared for in institutional settings, mostly state-run psychiatric facilities. Many advocates correctly saw this as "warehousing" people who could be cared for in less restrictive settings. Federal legislation and the courts powered a move toward deinstitutionalization, calling on states and counties to provide resources for social services, vocational rehabilitation and treatment services. The introduction of effective antipsychotic medications also drove the trend toward deinstitutionalization....
  • Illinois Unveils Mental Health Services for Returning Guardsmen, Veterans

    07/06/2007 4:39:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2007 – All Illinois National Guard troops returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan now will be screened for traumatic brain injury and get access to post-traumatic stress disorder help under a new, first-of-its-kind state program. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Tammy Duckworth, director of the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, announced the program earlier this week in Chicago. The program includes mandatory traumatic brain injury screening for all returning National Guard combat veterans, voluntary screening for all other Illinois veterans, and a 24-hour toll-free psychological help line for veterans suffering from PTSD. Blagojevich called the new...
  • Scientists Reverse Mental Retardation in Mice

    06/27/2007 11:27:23 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies · 770+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 6/26/07 | Nikhil Swaminathan
    Finding could set the stage for ways to reverse damage in sufferers of the inherited fragile X syndromeIn a case of life imitating art, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) reported today that they had successfully reversed mental retardation in mice, just as scientists did in the classic 1966 novel Flowers for Algernon. In the book by Daniel Keyes, scientists use experimental surgery—first tested on a mouse named Algernon—to dramatically boost the intelligence of a mentally retarded janitor named Charlie Gordon. Now M.I.T. scientists report in Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences USA that they ameliorated...
  • Virginia Tech's Mentally Ill Gunman

    04/18/2007 5:03:18 AM PDT · by SrvntOfGod4Evr · 75 replies · 1,982+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/18/2007 | Associated Press
    The gunman in Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech was Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old senior English major from Centreville, Virginia, Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said Tuesday. A government official told CNN's Jeanne Meserve that a note has been found indicating Cho showed anger against "rich kids." The official also said Cho had a history of mental illness but gave no details. Cho left a note in his dorm in which he railed against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on the Virginia Tech campus, The Associated Press reported. The Chicago Tribune, citing unidentified sources, reported that Cho may have...
  • Try Parenting Instead Of Mental Health Screening

    02/14/2007 7:40:29 PM PST · by A. Pole · 25 replies · 601+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | February 7, 2007 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Mental health screening of all children is the goal of legislation introduced into many state legislatures this year. Typical of these highly controversial bills is the Missouri bill that would require every Missouri school district, in collaboration with "the office of comprehensive child mental health," to develop "a policy of incorporating social and emotional development into the district's educational program." The Missouri bill requires schools to "address teaching and assessing social and emotional skills and protocols for responding to children with social, emotional or mental health problems." The bill also requires the Missouri state board of education to set...
  • Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?

    01/21/2007 6:14:18 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 33 replies · 989+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 21 January 2007 | EMILY BAZELON
    This is a long article of which I am posting only the last few paragraphs. "...At the prison the day before, I watched the inmates drink in Arias’s preaching, too. Abortion-rights leaders would accuse her of manipulation, of instilling guilt in women to serve the anti-abortion movement’s political ends. But Rhonda Arias ministers from the heart; the lack of scientific support for her ideas merely underscores that she is a true believer. Her ardor and influence is better explained, perhaps, by the theory of social contagion, which psychologists use to explain phenomena like the Salem witch trials or the wave...
  • An Epidemic of Misunderstanding About Children’s Mental Health

    01/19/2007 3:51:33 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 16 replies · 671+ views
    New York Times ^ | 19 January 2007 | Judith Warner
    Roy Richard Grinker, a professor of anthropology at George Washington University, whose 15-year-old daughter is autistic, has just come out with a new book that calls into question what we’ve come to know as the autism “epidemic.” It’s called “Unstrange Minds,” and it makes the argument that the dramatic rise in the incidence of autism in the past few decades is mostly – if not entirely – the result of more and better diagnoses... ...It’s easy to believe: After all, in 2001, the National Institute of Mental Health issued a widely-cited report [pdf] stating that 20 percent of children in...
  • Imaging Pinpoints Brain Regions That 'See The Future'

    01/07/2007 3:48:16 PM PST · by blam · 61 replies · 1,359+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-7-2006 | Washington University
    Source: Washington University in St. Louis Date: January 7, 2007 Imaging Pinpoints Brain Regions That 'See The Future' Science Daily — Human memory, the ability to recall vivid mental images of past experiences, has been studied extensively for more than a hundred years. But until recently, there's been surprisingly little research into cognitive processes underlying another form of mental time travel -- the ability to clearly imagine or "see" oneself participating in a future event. Comparing images of brain activity in response to the "self-remember" and "self-future" event cues, researchers found a surprisingly complete overlap among regions of the brain...
  • Mental Helath Crisis Strains New Orleans

    11/08/2006 5:02:46 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 369+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11-9-2006 | Mary Foster
    Mental Health Crisis Strains New Orleans Thursday November 9, 2006 12:01 AM By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mental health problems soared after Hurricane Katrina, just as the city's ability to handle them plummeted, creating a crisis so acute that police officers say they take some disturbed people to a destination of last resort - jail. Because of the storm damage, only two of New Orleans' 11 hospitals are fully functioning. What's more, one of the closed facilities is the sprawling Charity Hospital, which police officers had relied on to drop off people at any hour....
  • Soldiers tell task force of their struggle to find peace after war

    09/21/2006 12:51:14 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies · 350+ views
    The Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald ^ | September 21, 2006 | Emily Baker
    A 4th Infantry Division soldier who lost part of his brain to an explosion in Iraq has trouble looking his children in the eyes. It should have been him, not his driver, who was cut in half by the blast, he said. He wanted help with his guilt, but he had to wait weeks to enter a group therapy program. While he waited, he suffered a mental breakdown that required hospitalization. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Hunt, with the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, broke into tears several times during his 20-minute address Wednesday to a Defense...