Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Ingress’

July 22nd, 2014 No comments


Fostering Care: A Unified Field Of Psychology

July 21st, 2014 No comments

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Nature has an article titled “Psychological treatments: A call for mental-health science:”

Part of the problem is that for many people, psychological treatments still conjure up notions of couches and quasi-mystical experiences. That evidence-based psychological treatments target processes of learning, emotion regulation and habit formation is not clear to some neuroscientists and cell biologists. In our experience, many even challenge the idea of clinical psychology as a science and many are unaware of its evidence base. Equally, laboratory science can seem abstract and remote to clinicians working with patients with extreme emotional distress and behavioural dysfunction.

Diagnostic Voices of Community: ‘Video Games: The Movie’

July 20th, 2014 No comments

Diagnostic Voices of Community: ‘Nones’

July 19th, 2014 No comments

The NYT has an article “Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious:’

“Spiritual but not religious.” So many Americans describe their belief system this way that pollsters now give the phrase its own category on questionnaires. In the 2012 survey by the Pew Religion and Public Life Project, nearly a fifth of those polled said that they were not religiously affiliated — and nearly 37 percent of that group said they were “spiritual” but not “religious.” It was 7 percent of all Americans, a bigger group than atheists, and way bigger than Jews, Muslims or Episcopalians.

Fostering Care: ‘Alive Inside’

July 18th, 2014 No comments

Cultural Symptoms: ‘The Science Of Stress’

July 13th, 2014 No comments

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npr has a post titled “The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress:”

In the mid-1950s, two American cardiologists — Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman — created the idea of the Type A personality.

Their argument, essentially, was that there existed in America an entire class of people who lived lives so full of stress and pressure that their bodies were especially prone to disease, particularly heart attack. The doctors published a study that claimed the coronary disease rate for men with Type A personality was twice as high as other men.

This idea of a special driven and stress-sensitive subset of personality really captured the American imagination.

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Tomodachi Life’

July 12th, 2014 No comments

Cultural Symptoms: ‘Myths About Pain’

July 11th, 2014 No comments

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The New Statesman has an article titled “This won’t hurt a bit: the cultural history of pain:”

Myths about the lower susceptibility of certain patients to painful stimuli justified physicians prescribing fewer and less effective analgesics and anaesthetics. This was demonstrated by the historian Martin Pernick in his work on mid-19th-century hospitals. In A Calculus of Suffering (1985), Pernick showed that one-third of all major limb amputations at the Pennsylvania Hospital between 1853 and 1862 had been done without any anaesthetic, even though it was available. Distinguished surgeons such as Frank Hamilton carried out more than one-sixth of all non-military amputations on fully conscious patients.

(The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers by Joanna Bourke.)

Fostering Care: ‘Underwater Dreams’

July 10th, 2014 No comments

Cultural Symptoms: ADHD & Childhood Trauma

July 9th, 2014 No comments

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The Atlantic has an article titled “How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD: Some experts say the normal effects of severe adversity may be misdiagnosed as ADHD:”

Considered a heritable brain disorder, one in nine U.S. children—or 6.4 million youth—currently have a diagnosis of ADHD. In recent years, parents and experts have questioned whether the growing prevalence of ADHD has to do with hasty medical evaluations, a flood of advertising for ADHD drugs, and increased pressure on teachers to cultivate high-performing students. Now Brown and other researchers are drawing attention to a compelling possibility: Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior may in fact mirror the effects of adversity, and many pediatricians, psychiatrists, and psychologists don’t know how—or don’t have the time—to tell the difference.