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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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Why Do We Have Nightmares?

 Nightmares are helpful to our survival or else they probably would have  been done away with by evolution, said Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at  Harvard University. Barrett theorizes that nightmares act as the brain’s  way of focusing a person’s attention on issues they need to address.   http://www.livescience.com/32730-why-do-we-have-nightmares.html

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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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The Architecture of Psychotherapy

“Why am I sharing this small story? Perhaps because I love that  psychoanalysis is a frame through which I have permission to pay close  attention to peripheral vision, to things that are out of focus and not so  conscious. Enigmatic dreams, childhood memories and mourning are all  welcome, and they open me to my own… Read more »

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Moms, Let Dad Be Dad

   Marking the father’s day just passed this article highlights the  contribution of father’s input in the child’s development. It is important  not to get drawn into stereotyping mother’s and father’s approach but  instead to highlight the significance of difference and plurality in the  children’s life.   http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-dads-play-does-for-kids-1434476561

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