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  • Bipolar Loved Ones: Encouraging Them to Seek Treatment

    01/02/2010 10:00:22 AM PST · by YaZhynka · 29 replies · 1,048+ views
    Article Alley ^ | December 16, 2009 | Richard Jarzynka
    During a recent talk regarding my book, “Blessed with Bipolar,” I was stumped by the question, “How does a person get to where you are now from where you were in the psych ward?” I actually have a 380 page answer to that question. What stumped me was the question behind the question: “How do I get my bipolar daughter into treatment?”
  • Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics

    12/12/2009 5:07:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 919+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 12, 2009 | DUFF WILSON
    New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows... --snip-- The F.D.A. has approved antipsychotic drugs for children specifically to treat schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder. But they are more frequently prescribed to children for other, less extreme conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, aggression, persistent defiance or other so-called conduct disorders — especially when the...
  • Fired Psychiatrist Creates USMC Concerns

    11/21/2009 10:43:08 AM PST · by Ordinary_American · 10 replies · 1,182+ views ^ | November 21, 2009 | AP
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines treated at Camp Lejeune for post-traumatic stress had to undergo therapy for months in temporary trailers where they could hear bomb blasts, machine-gun fire and war cries through the thin walls, according to servicemen and their former psychiatrist. The eight trailers were used for nearly two years, until a permanent clinic was completed in September in another location on the base, said a Camp Lejeune medical spokesman, Navy Lt. j.g. Mark Jean-Pierre. The noise from training exercises "shook me up real bad. I couldn't take it. I almost ran out of there a couple of...
  • Nidal Malik Hasan , MD Killeen, TX at AMA

    11/05/2009 3:27:33 PM PST · by Plutarch · 55 replies · 14,776+ views
    DoctorFinder for Patients The information contained in the AMA DoctorFinder report does NOT meet the primary source equivalency requirement as set forth in the credentialing standards of accreditation organizations such as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).Nidal Malik Hasan , MD (Non-Member) Primary Specialty (Self Designated)(note): PSYCHIATRY Location: Killeen, TX 76541
  • Shooting Suspect ID'd as Army Psychiatrist

    11/05/2009 3:24:45 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 40 replies · 2,916+ views ^ | Nov. 5, 2009 |
    A law enforcement official says a shooting suspect at a U.S. military base in Texas has been identified as Army Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan. A source tells CBS News investigative producer Len Tepper that Hasan is a licensed psychiatrist in Bethesda, Md. He is a drug and rehab specialist who got his Virginia psychiatry license July 12, 2005. The official said Hasan, believed to be in his late 30s, was killed after opening fire at Fort Hood. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly. According to the Army Times, Hasan...
  • Who is Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan?

    11/05/2009 3:24:50 PM PST · by chemical_boy · 83 replies · 5,787+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Novemeber 4th 2009
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Associated Press is reporting that a source has told them the shooting suspect in Thursday's attacks on the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas is Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan, an Army mental health professional. The attacks on Ft. Hood left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman, who is said to be Hasan, and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in the attack. According to the AP, a defense official said Hasan was a mental health professional—either an Army psychologist or psychiatrist. It's not known if he was treating people at the post. The...
  • VIDEO: FOX: Obama Watched Documentary About Himself Last Night

    11/04/2009 9:24:05 AM PST · by ianschwartz · 86 replies · 2,881+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 4, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    FOX News: "Robert Gibbs said ‘well, he was actually watching, you know, the HBO special about his year-long campaign and how it all went.'"
  • Psychiatric meds can bring on rapid weight gain in kids

    10/27/2009 7:41:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 570+ views
    Science News ^ | Oct 27th 2009 | Nathan Seppa
    Drugs that alleviate severe mental disorders can also result in troubling metabolic changes. Many young children and adolescents taking drugs for severe psychiatric problems gain substantial weight and, in some cases, show increased levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood, researchers report in the Oct. 28 Journal of the American Medical Association. Although the data from this study need to be replicated over a longer time frame, the findings nonetheless raise worrisome questions about anti-psychotic drugs that often benefit children who have schizophrenia, autism, tics, severe bipolar disorder or aggressive behavior. “We are between a rock and a...
  • Why antidepressants don't work for so many

    10/23/2009 10:20:20 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 47 replies · 1,352+ views
    Northwestern University ^ | 10-23-09 | Marla Paul
    Northwestern research finds drugs aim at wrong target CHICAGO --- More than half the people who take antidepressants for depression never get relief. Why? Because the cause of depression has been oversimplified and drugs designed to treat it aim at the wrong target, according to new research from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The medications are like arrows shot at the outer rings of a bull's eye instead of the center. A study from the laboratory of long-time depression researcher Eva Redei, presented at the Neuroscience 2009 conference in Chicago this week, appears to topple two strongly held...
  • The New Face of Psychiatry

    10/13/2009 6:59:23 AM PDT · by FromLori · 14 replies · 821+ views
    To ensure that psychiatry “permeate every educational activity of national life” and “infiltrate the professional and social activities of [all] people” was a global goal that originated with British Brigadier General Dr. John Rawlings Rees in a 1940 speech to the National Council for Mental Hygiene. He ended on an ominous note: “Though our knowledge be incomplete … I think we must imitate the Totalitarians and organize some kind of fifth column activity.” Canadian colleague Dr. Brock Chisholm chimed in with sinister comments of his own at the close of the war in 1946, in a speech to the World...
  • Internet addiction linked to ADHD, depression in teens

    10/05/2009 2:36:05 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 516+ views
    cnn ^ | 41 minutes ago | Amanda MacMillan
    Some children and teens are more likely than their peers to become addicted to the Internet, and a new study suggests it's more likely to happen if kids are depressed, hostile, or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or social phobia. Although an Internet addiction is not an official diagnosis, signs of a potential problem include using the Internet so much for game playing or other purposes that it interferes with everyday life and decision-making ability. (The diagnosis is being considered for the 2012 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the "bible" of mental ailments published by...
  • Forensic Psych: Does Phillip Garrido Really Believe His Kids Cured Him of Pedophilia?

    08/31/2009 11:20:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1,109+ views
    CBS News ^ | 8/28/09 | Carlin Miller
    How could four individuals, two of them captors and one of them an abducted little girl, come to live together as a family unit for eighteen years? If police have it right, not only did Phillip Garrido, Nancy Garrido, Jaycee Lee Dugard and Garrido's mother live as a family unit, but Phillip Garrido and Jaycee Lee Dugard also had two daughters together (now 11 and 15 years old). As a forensic psychiatrist, I am interested in how this can happen and what each of them must have been thinking over all those years. Although I have examined none of these...
  • Dr. Mark Blotcky: Divorce Is My Business and Business Is Good

    08/26/2009 7:57:20 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 600+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/19/2009 | Mike Volpe
    As far as divorces go, Dr. Susan Diamond's divorce beginning in February of 1999 with her husband, Rick San Soucie, got rather nasty. Diamond was (and continues to be) a successful doctor specializing in patients with the HIV virus. San Soucie found his own financial success in business. Beyond that, Diamond already had four children with San Soucie and a fifth on the way when the divorce started.
  • Study: Homosexuals Twice as Likely to Seek Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

    08/18/2009 6:26:55 PM PDT · by cmj328 · 14 replies · 654+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | August 18, 2009 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    August 18, 2009 ( - A study led by Susan Cochran and her team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, published in the open access journal BMC Psychiatry, reports that homosexuals seek treatment for mental health issues or substance abuse at a rate over two times higher than heterosexuals. The study of 2074 people interviewed in the California Health Interview Survey found that 48.5% of homosexual and bisexual individuals reported receiving psychiatric or drug abuse treatment in the past year as compared to 22.5% of heterosexuals. When the research results were broken down by gender, the report...
  • Dr. Mark Blotcky: Divorce is My Business and Business is Good

    08/12/2009 3:30:45 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 8 replies · 482+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/12/2009 | Mike Volpe
    As far as divorces go, Dr. Susan Diamond's divorce beginning in February of 1999 with her husband, Rick San Soucie, got rather nasty. Diamond was (and continues to be) a successful doctor specializing in patients with the HIV virus. San Soucie found his own financial success in business. Beyond that, Diamond already had four children with San Soucie and a fifth on the way when the divorce started.
  • Antidepressant use doubles in US, study finds

    08/04/2009 4:19:34 AM PDT · by rarestia · 21 replies · 813+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03 Aug 2009 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday. About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found.
  • Antidepressant use doubles in US

    08/03/2009 7:42:53 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 47 replies · 892+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-3-09 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday. About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 -- 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found. "Significant increases in antidepressant use were evident across all sociodemographic groups examined, except African Americans," Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University in New York and Steven Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia wrote in the Archives of General Psychiatry. "Not...
  • Having BIPOLAR vs. Being BIPOLAR

    07/31/2009 1:25:45 PM PDT · by YaZhynka · 19 replies · 957+ views
    July 31, 2009 | Richard Jarzynka
    HAVING BIPOLAR vs. BEING BIPOLAR (excerpt from the book, "Blessed With Bipolar: 36 God-Given Gifts of Manic Depression) I have bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder does not have me. Bipolar disorder is not, my identity. It is not who I am. Bipolar disorder impacts my personality, emotions, and behavior. It does not dictate what I think, believe, say, or do. There are blessings that come with “having bipolar disorder.” “Being bipolar,” on the other hand, would be nothing but a burden. If I think of myself as “being bipolar” (or of bipolar as being my being), then I am controlled by...
  • The falsehood and danger of Asperger syndrome: victim=disabled

    06/22/2009 2:30:44 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 30 replies · 2,278+ views
    Over the past year I have been going over articles about Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's syndrome is considered to be a highly functioning form of autism yet it is also considered to be a disability. Members of the autism community have worked for years trying to downplay the severity of the disorder. I first heard about Asperger's in 1998 while watching a documentary. Asperger's disorder was first invented by a German doctor named Hans Asperger. (the disorder was named after him.) Asperger did study on children who though they were bright were considered awkward. The world health organization began to use...
  • ADHD Drugs Linked to Sudden Death

    06/15/2009 5:36:23 PM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 749+ views
    ABC ^ | 6/15/09 | Dan Childs
    For Ann Hohmann, Oct. 21, 2004, began just about like any other day. On that morning, the 54-year-old mother of two living in McAllen, Texas, was preparing to take her eldest son to school. She had an early appointment, so her husband, Rick Hohmann, would be dropping off younger son, 14-year-old Matthew, at his school that day. About a month earlier, Matthew had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. And like an estimated 2.5 million other children in the United States, he was taking medication for the condition.
  • The Serious Need for Play

    06/14/2009 6:37:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 603+ views
    scientificamerican. ^ | Melinda Wenner
    Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed. Childhood play is crucial for social, emotional and cognitive ­development. Imaginative and rambunctious “free play,” as opposed to games or structured activities, is the most essential type. Kids and animals that do not play when they are young may grow into anxious, socially maladjusted adults. On August 1, 1966, the day psychiatrist Stuart Brown started his assistant professorship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, 25-year-old Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower...
  • Sleeping on a problem really can solve it, claim scientists

    06/08/2009 10:04:25 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 441+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 8, 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    Researchers found that people were able to think more laterally and quickly after a snooze and that if they dreamed the ability was even more enhanced. The scientists believe that "incubating" a problem often leads to a solution but that the effect was increased when people entered a phase of sleep known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM). They believe that REM- which occurs most predominantly just before we awake – helps the brain make connections between unrelated subjects. REM sleep they concluded was "important for assimilating new information into past experience" to come up with solutions to creative problems. The...
  • Study Clarifies a Depression Risk

    06/03/2009 5:20:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 285+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 3, 2009 | RONI RABIN
    Teenagers whose parents have a history of depression are at particularly high risk of becoming depressed themselves. Now, a large clinical trial has found that a group cognitive behavioral program that teaches coping and problem-solving skills to such high-risk teenagers can reduce the risk. But, the study also found, the success rate of the prevention program varied greatly depending on the mental health status of the teenagers’ parents at the time they began intervention. The program was much more effective than standard care if the parents were also not depressed when the intervention began. The study was published in this...
  • Latest Twin Study Confirms Genetic Contribution To SSA(Same Sex Attraction)Is Minor (less than 10%)

    05/26/2009 8:24:45 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 20 replies · 1,219+ views ^ | 4 June 2008 | By N.E. Whitehead, Ph.D.
    Neil Whitehead, Ph.D. Twin studies are favorites of mine because of the potential light they throw on the origins of same-sex attractions (SSA). The latest one (Santtila et al., 2008) is three times larger than any previous study - in fact, larger than all the rest put together.Does this latest study teach us something new? Quick answer: No. It confirms the best recent studies, which tell us that genetic factors are minor; non-genetic factors are major.The paper's title is "Potential for Homosexual Response is Prevalent and Genetic." This implies to the average reader that homosexuality is sometimes hidden, but commonly...
  • Psychiatrist says sex-change surgery is a collaboration with a mental disorder, not a treatment.

    05/23/2009 9:44:51 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 65 replies · 3,802+ views ^ | Ethics & Medics, October 2005 | Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D.
    How should the Catholic community respond to men and women who think that a person's sex change operation would solve their problem? Catholic teaching in this area is clear. It is impossible to "change" a person's sex. Hormone treatments, cosmetic surgery and surgery to mutilate the sex organs do not change a person' sex. Confusion in this area has come about because people tend to defer to scientists, particularly in areas where their personal experience is limited. Therefore, when doctors, including those from the prestigious Johns Hopkins, have promoted "sex change" operations for physically normal men who believed they were...
  • Gender Identity Disorder: Has Accepted Practice Caused Harm? (Next on the list)

    05/22/2009 2:17:14 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 26 replies · 893+ views ^ | May 19, 2009‎ | Lois Wingerson
    As transgender activists protested outside the American Psychiatric Association (APA) meeting, speakers at the meeting were presenting on the same topic: gender identity disorder (GID). Some of their words would add clinical weight to the political slogans. Some of the speakers are activists themselves, including Rebecca Allison, MD, cardiologist who is transgender, widely published author Sarah Hoffman, whose son is gender variant, and Hewlett-Packard engineer Kelley Winters, PhD, founder of GID Reform Advocates. Winters1 has called on the APA to use the DSM-V revision to affirm that “in the absence of dysphoria, gender identity and expression that vary from assigned...
  • Statement from the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Gay and Lesbian Mental Health

    05/13/2009 9:39:38 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 8 replies · 656+ views ^ | 2009-04-27 | Royal College of Psychiatrists' Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
    ( - The Royal College shares the concern of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association that positions espoused by bodies like the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality ( NARTH ) in the United States are not supported by science. There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore so-called treatments of homosexuality as recommended by NARTH create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish. The Royal College of Psychiatrists holds the view that lesbian, gay and bisexual people should be regarded as valued members of society who...
  • Why women are leaving men for other women....

    05/03/2009 7:59:07 PM PDT · by TaraP · 104 replies · 4,430+ views
    CNN ^ | April 23rd, 2009
    Expert: More women are in relationships with other women Some leave husbands or boyfriends for other women Researchers study whether women's sexuality is less fixed than men's Professor: Sexual fluidity is not something women can control Lately, a new kind of sisterly love seems to be in the air. In the past few years, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon left a boyfriend after a decade and a half and started dating a woman (and talked openly about it). Certainly nothing is new about women having sex with women, but we've arrived at a moment in the popular culture when...
  • DNA databases prelude to return of eugenics?

    05/02/2009 10:45:55 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 1,215+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 5/1/09 | Bob Unruh
    An organization that has been battling Minnesota state procedures in which DNA from every newborn is collected and warehoused says virtually all states do the same thing, and the alarming trend eventually could lead the United States back into eugenics.   The report from Twila Brase, president of the Citizens' Council on Health Care, says, "Throughout history, proponents of eugenics have focused on the reproduction of children, either through encouraging the 'healthy' to reproduce or discouraging the 'unhealthy' from procreation. This focus has been evidenced in history by 29 state sterilization laws … and the horrific Nazi campaign aimed at...
  • China Faces Shortage of Qualified Psychiatrists

    04/29/2009 4:35:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 312+ views
    Express India ^ | 4/29/09
    China has about 100 million people suffering from mental illness and there is a shortage of qualified psychiatrists to treat them, according to a leading health official. "This is a modest number," director of the National Centre for Mental Health, Huang Yueqin said. However, Yueqin estimated that only five per cent of sufferers were aware of their condition and try to seek treatment. "The government did not pay much attention to people's mental health over the past 50 years, and did not invest much in treatment or care," she was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph. "However, the current...
  • Who should MDs let die in a pandemic? Report offers answers

    04/26/2009 12:14:37 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 269 replies · 7,144+ views
    AP ^ | 05/04/08 | Lindsey Tanner
    CHICAGO – Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. The gut-wrenching dilemma will be deciding who to let die. Now, an influential group of physicians has drafted a grimly specific list of recommendations for which patients wouldn't be treated. They include the very elderly, seriously hurt trauma victims, severely burned patients and those with severe dementia. The suggested list was compiled by a task force whose members come from prestigious universities, medical groups, the military and government agencies. They include the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Disease Control...
  • Don't Tell Me You Love Black People!

    04/11/2009 9:07:50 AM PDT · by curth · 16 replies · 1,096+ views
    Motiviation Truth ^ | FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009 | Adrienne
    "We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population." "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." Can you imagine supporting someone with your money and your vote who feels this way? Can you imagine heralding the person who said these things as some sort of hero and then rallying behind those who support this person's vision? Unthinkable, isn't it? These words were uttered by Margaret Sanger, founder of abortion giant, Planned Parenthood. Yes, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a known racist and eugenicist. Her goal was to rid...
  • Sebastian Peters:Victim of useless programs

    03/26/2009 8:37:58 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 5 replies · 478+ views
    In a previous article we gave you a taste of how grossly incompetent and inefficient government programs are and that they are far too expensive. Programs that are designed not to uplift the poor and promote self sufficiency, but actually do more to leave people dependant and keep them poor. Its not just the taxpayers that suffer, it is those who are forced to depend on them who suffer and who suffer the most. Consider the story of Sebastian Peters, born and raised in Manchester NH, from earliest moment of his childhood, Sebastian had suffered terrible cruelty under a father...
  • Psychologist Discovers “Anti-Socialist Personality Disorder”

    03/11/2009 11:27:07 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 92 replies · 1,815+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 8 March 2009 | John Semmens
    In a bid to marginalize criticism of the massive expansion of government emerging from the Obama Administration, professors at Harvard’s “Third Conference on Law and Mind Sciences” presented evidence for what they dubbed “anti-socialist personality disorder.” In one paper titled “The Palliative Function of Ideology,” Ph.D. candidate Jaime Napier from NYU postulated that the self-reported higher levels of personal happiness of conservatives was, in itself, a sign of serious mental illness. “In a world wallowing in poverty and oppression, angst and neurosis are the healthy responses,” Napier wrote. “Liberals manifest a robust magnitude of both angst and neurotic tendencies in...
  • Could Britney Spears' psychiatrists be undermining her mental health?

    03/09/2009 1:28:01 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 26 replies · 1,282+ views
    Well folks Britney Spears, the queen of comebacks has done it again. After the previous years' meltdown which lead to her being hospitalized twice at UCLA as well as her being placed under emergency guardianship, Britney Spears is back again like a boomerang. Already there is talks of a movie deal and perhaps another sleazy album. But the road back up has been long and hard and although she is now seeking treatment for "Bipolar" disorder, psychiatrists in charge of her care may be doing more to undermine her mental health than promote it. Britney Spears was incarcerated in UCLA's...
  • Its Hunting Season. Psychiatrists Issuing Licenses For Hunting Baptist Pastors, Others

    03/09/2009 6:25:42 AM PDT · by joeclarke · 6 replies · 607+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 03/09/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    How sad it was to hear that the long time Baptist Pastor, Fred Winters was killed while preaching "happiness" behind his pulpit by a certified crazy man.Pastor Fred of the First Baptist Church of Edwardsville, Illinois held his Bible to stop short just one of the four .45 automatic bullets that were aimed at him. How symbolic was that reaction of using a Bible as a shield in this era of Obamacratic anti-Christianity. Pastor Fred, as we say, has received his reward and is, indeed, at long last - happy. However, we are not happy that deranged people are so...
  • Obama's Political Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome

    03/09/2009 12:21:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,509+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 09, 2009 | Otis A. Glazebrook IV
    In the field of Psychiatry, Munchausen by Proxy is a disease of a child's custodian, usually a mother, who induces sickness, real or imagined in her child (sometimes resulting in death) in order to gain sympathy and to portray herself as the heroine. The child accepts his/her abuse as "normal" in exchange for a perception of safety provided by the caretaker. The adolescent child has no other choice. Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome* (MPS) was named after Baron von Munchausen, an eighteenth-century German dignitary known for telling outlandish stories. In the political arena President Obama has purposely recreated a version of...
  • More SSI Scams by liberals and psychiatrists

    03/02/2009 11:56:19 AM PST · by mainestategop · 6 replies · 518+ views
    Several months ago, we did an expose on how innocent people are having their money taken away by unscrupulous loved ones and by Left wing Democrat government probates in the name of making them qualify for SSI over a perceived disability or dysfunction. In many cases the SSI payments went over to the perps of this atrocity as well. Well, a friend of mine involved in human rights has recently brought to the attention of several other victims. The saddest part is that it is considered legal in most cases and there is little that can be done to recover...
  • Drug Erases Fearful Memories

    02/16/2009 6:27:14 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 20 replies · 609+ views
    Technology Review ^ | February 17, 2009 | Emily Singer
    A common blood-pressure drug can selectively dampen fearful memories, according to research published today in Nature Neuroscience. The findings add support for a new approach to treating anxiety disorders: chemically blocking the emotional component of a memory as it is being recalled. In healthy volunteers, the drug was more effective than exposure therapy, one of the most common treatments for anxiety disorders, which involves repeatedly exposing patients to what they fear. The research builds on preliminary tests in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in which people who have experienced severe trauma, such as rape, are plagued by disturbing and...
  • Drug banishes bad memories - Take pill, remember fear, remove fear.

    02/15/2009 6:47:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 3,301+ views
    Nature News ^ | 13 February 2009 | Kerri Smith
    To remove unwanted memories, just take pill?Focus Features / The Kobal Collection / Lee, David In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a couple have their memories of each other wiped when their relationship ends badly. But now in a real-life twist to that tale, Dutch scientists show that, in humans, a fearful memory can be erased by a drug that is usually used to control blood pressure. When memories are first laid down, they are 'consolidated', usually during sleep, to fix them. Such memories generally do not change, but when they are remembered, or 'reactivated', they become...
  • civil commitment of homeless who are mentally disturbed already on the books

    02/09/2009 12:32:14 PM PST · by mainestategop · 7 replies · 827+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | 2/9/2009 | MainestateGOP
    On several forums and blogs such a freerepublic, there have been debates about civil commitment and expanding laws and state hospitals and hospital psyche wards. What is disturbing is that many, even Conservatives and libertarians are more than willing to sacrifice civil liberties and safeguards against government tyranny to clear the streets of the homeless mentally ill and other similar individuals. But the truth is that there is on the books in nearly every state, provisions that allow the involuntary commitment of those who are unable to care for themselves due to so called mental illnesses that they suffer from...
  • Teenager Bludgeoned His Father To Death After GP Prescribed Him Prozac

    02/07/2009 11:34:08 AM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies · 1,056+ views
    Dail Mail (UK) ^ | February 7, 2009
    Teenager bludgeoned his father to death after GP prescribed him Prozac By ANDREW LEVY 06th February 2009. Edward Belben bludgeoned his father to death and attempted to murder his mother A teenager bludgeoned his father to death with a hammer and crowbar weeks after a GP prescribed him the controversial anti-depressant Prozac. Edward Belben, 15, battered his father Gary at least 30 times with the weapons before plunging a knife into his head. He then attacked his mother, Tanya, 43, with the bloody crowbar and stabbed her in the face with some scissors before she managed to escape.
  • Father jailed for decapitating his baby [Canada]

    02/06/2009 5:07:08 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 26 replies · 966+ views
    Chanel Nine News ^ | Feb 7 2009 | anon
    A Canadian man who pleaded guilty to strangling and then decapitating his 27-month-old daughter was sentenced to life in prison. Lakhvinder Kahlon, 48, will not be eligible for parole for 11 years, said British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Arne Silverman. The judge called the killing "an incomprehensible tragedy" for Kahlon's wife and two other daughters, ages 13 and 10. Kahlon admitted to second-degree murder in British Columbia Supreme Court last week. His daughter, Rajvinder, was found murdered in the family home in Delta, British Columbia, on January 18, 2008. "He strangled her with a (cord) of some sort," the judge...
  • Scientologist Reveals "Psychiatry" Made Osama Do 9/11

    02/04/2009 4:54:26 PM PST · by outlawjake · 8 replies · 447+ views
    Village Voice ^ | February 4, 2009 | Roy Edroso
    What was really behind 9/11? Now it can be told, at least by Scientologists: psychiatry. It should comes as no shock that Scientologists, who think psychiatry is behind all the great wrongs of the world from the Middle Ages forward, would also cause terrorism. Still, it's just perverse to blame psychiatry for 9/11. But that's what Dave Figueroa, president of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (founded by the Church of Scientology), does in this video clip from Xenu TV.
  • Foreign Accents, Alien Hands and Other Medical Oddities

    02/04/2009 2:33:12 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 1,407+ views
    wsj ^ | MELINDA BECK
    Alien Hand Syndrome. Fans of "Dr. Strangelove" will recall the title character's inability to control his right hand, which kept trying to give a Nazi salute. Real-life sufferers of AHS (only a few dozen to date) lose conscious control of a limb, probably due to a lost connection between brain hemispheres. The "alien" hand may thwart what the other hand is doing, such as unbuttoning a shirt the other hand is buttoning, or tamping out a cigarette the other hand has just lit. Symptoms can be managed by keeping the rogue hand preoccupied by giving it an object to hold...
  • The Anti-Psychotic Myth Exposed?

    01/29/2009 6:14:20 PM PST · by bdeaner · 123 replies · 1,222+ views ^ | 4/2/08 | Adam James
    Anti-psychotics are not effective long-term, shrink the brain and almost triple the risk of dying early, a London NHS psychiatrist and academic has written in a new book. Isn't it about time for a deep examination of the validity of such drugs asks Adam James? ..... Christian was slouched in a chair in Bradford psychiatric unit. He was, seemingly, only half-conscious, half alive. He could hardly speak, let alone raise his head. Christian had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Two days before, in a haze of paranoia, he had punched a colleague of mine at a day centre. So Christian was...
  • Eli Lilly to pay $1.4B for off-label drug marketing

    01/27/2009 6:05:02 PM PST · by bdeaner · 59 replies · 1,185+ views
    Capital Journal ^ | January 16, 2009 | Capital Journal Staff
    PIERRE — State Attorney General Larry Long announced Thursday that South Dakota has joined with other states and the federal government and reached a $1.4 billion settlement with Eli Lilly and Co., to settle allegations it engaged in an off-label marketing campaign that improperly promoted the anti-psychotic drug, Zyprexa. Eli Lilly will pay the states and the federal government a total of $800 million in damages and penalties to compensate Medicaid and various federal health care programs for harm suffered as a result of this conduct. South Dakota’s total settlement recovery is $1.4 million. Of that amount, South Dakota will...
  • Post-abortion distress: Women’s Resource Center offers support locally

    01/20/2009 6:17:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 346+ views ^ | 01.18.09 | LISA SOUBA
    Intense feelings of guilt, shame, and anger are reported by many women who have had abortions. Psychologists generally agree that about 10 percent of the 1 million women who have abortions each year experience severe emotional trauma following the procedure. There is no consensus, however, about how many women experience less severe symptoms, collectively known as post-abortion syndrome or post-abortion emotional distress. A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry indicated that 50 percent of women who have abortions experience post-abortion emotional distress. Another study conducted by Dr. Phillip G. Ney and reported in The Psychological Aspects of...
  • The Brain: A Mindless Obsession?

    01/01/2009 2:53:19 PM PST · by Dysart · 18 replies · 1,126+ views
    The Wlison Center ^ | Winter 2008 | Charles Barber
    A team of American researchers attracted national attention last year when they announced results of a study that, they said, reveal key factors that will influence how swing voters cast their ballots in the upcoming presidential election. The researchers didn’t gain these miraculous insights by polling their subjects. They scanned their brains. Theirs was just the latest in a lengthening skein of studies that use new brain-scan technology to plumb the mysteries of the American political mind. But politics is just the beginning. It’s hard to pick up a newspaper without reading some newly minted neuroscientific explanation for complex human...
  • Bernie's funda-mental defense

    12/30/2008 12:30:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 437+ views
    Bernie's funda-mental defense Sunday, December 28th 2008, 4:34 AM If you thought Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion investment scheme was audacious, get ready for his alibi. Lawyers for the accused scammer are exploring an insanity defense, we hear. “Bernie’s family and his attorneys may argue that, somewhere along the line, he had a mental break,” says a Madoff acquaintance. “They may even say he has a multiple personality disorder.” Madoff’s grip on reality does show signs of slipping. The 70-year-old financier, now a prisoner of his East Side penthouse, wore a weird smile when he was photographed shortly after his Dec....