Mental health

Your brain is particularly vulnerable to trauma at two distinct ages

What is becoming more certain, however, is the importance of stability and safety in human development, and that such stability is tied to cognitive function. At any point in time, a single major interruption has the ability to throw off the intricate workings of our brain. We may not really understand how these events affect… Read more »

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8 Signs You Should See A Therapist

There is still an unjustified stigma around mental illnesses, but we’re not even talking about mental illness,” says Reidenberg. “We’re just talking about life and how hard life can be. The benefits of pscyhotherapy [can be viewed] more like stress-relievers like exercising and eating right — just strategies that help make life easier and help… Read more »

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don’t Exist

We can think back to our earliest memories. We can imagine ourselves in the future, and whatever perceptions arise when we remember or when we imagine, whatever emotions arise, they again feel like they’re happening to the same person. So all of these things put together, in some sense, can be called our sense of… Read more »

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Mental Health Services 50 Times Less Accessible In Poorer Countries, WHO Report Finds

According to the WHO’s newly released Mental Health Atlas 2014,  almost one in 10 people suffer from a mental health condition, but just  1% of global health workers are working as psychiatrists, occupational  therapists or social workers.     http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/…/mental-health-services-wh…

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Smartphone sensors may detect depression according to study

 Sensors in your smartphone could one day detect if you suffer from depression. According  to a recent study conducted by Northwestern Medicine, information was collected from  smartphone sensors to predict whether the user is depressed. Researchers found the  amount of time adults use their smartphones and the number of places they go may be  linked… Read more »

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Psychiatry’s Identity Crisis

The brain is notoriously hard to study and won’t give up its secrets easily. In contrast, psychotherapy research can yield relatively quick and powerful results. Given the critically important value — and popularity — of therapy, psychotherapy research deserves a much larger share of research dollars than it currently receives.     http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/19/opinion/psychiatrys-identity-crisis.html

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High street names tackle mental health stigma

Encouraging people to talk openly about their mental health has been one of the biggest challenges. Another key focus has been to help p”eople respond effectively if they’re approached by a colleague to talk about a sensitive mental health-related issue. Helping people feel confident that they can manage sensitive conversations in the right way is… Read more »

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Can you teach people to have empathy?

Open Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and one line will jump out at you: “You never really understand another person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33287727

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The examined Life- How we lose and find ourselves

A summer read suggestion: “This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding. Its aphoristic and elegant stories teach us a new kind of attentiveness. They also unveil a delicate self-portrait of the analyst at work and show how lessons learned in the consulting room can reveal as much to the analyst… Read more »

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