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Blog posts : "mental illness"

We May Give Our Brain Too Much Credit For Our Behavior

June 27, 2013

We have been taught that thinking (cognition) happens in the gray matter housed in our skull.

It is natural for us to assume that everything we do is the result of complex mental computations that go on there. And it is logical for us to assume that if a person is not managing life well, the proble…

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Connecticut Shooting: Mental Illness Is Not the Answer, So What Is?

December 15, 2012

Violence is the willful act of inflicting harm on others. The perpetrator may or may not have a diagnosable mental health problem. Research does not uphold the idea that dangerousness should be associated with mental illness. With rare exceptions, violence is not committed because someone has a psyc…

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PTSD: Looking from the inside out

September 25, 2012

Knowing the symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) gives us an idea of what having it is like, but reading a list of symptoms does not trigger our emotions. With words we share concepts. We understand or empathize with each other because we share the same emotional language. 

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Jesse Jackson Jr.'s mood disorder treatment: Not an option for many in need

July 14, 2012

Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is being treated for a mood disorder. There are depressive, bipolar, and substance induced mood disorders, making Jackson’s revelation so vague it seems more harmful than helpful. It leaves too much room for speculation although, we love to speculate. 

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Obamacare, mental health, and what is normal anyway?

June 30, 2012

When you work in mental health the question of what is and isn’t normal always floats in the back caverns of the mind, waiting for another opportunity to ask itself. A more interesting question is, “Why do people put up with so many things that a sensible and even partly compassionate person…

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Mental health month: Too many people are diagnosed, or are they?

May 19, 2012

The fact that almost any behavior outside normal (whatever that is) can be given a diagnosis is either appalling or ridiculous. So many having a diagnosis would not be as alarming except a plethora of people are being medicated, children included, in numbers that defy good sense.

Or, is all…

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Mental health in plain sight: May is mental health month

May 5, 2012

May is Mental Health Month and this year Mental Health America is advocating two significant themes. One is Do More for 1 in 4. The second is Healing Trauma’s Invisible Wounds.

Do More for 1 in 4 refers to the one in four adults in the U.S. who have a diagnosable and treatable mental health con…

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Children with bipolar disorder: Maybe true, definitely troubling

April 24, 2012

If the incidence of a childhood illness increased 4,000% in 9 years, you would think more people would be alarmed. The diagnosis of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder (PBD) did increase that much from 1994 to 2003, and is still on the rise. There is more buzz in the media about it the past few years…

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Combat PTSD: Understanding the menace of memories

March 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2012 - The more combat situations a soldier experiences, the greater is his or her chance of acquiring post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Many of us consider that to be stating the obvious, but there are statistics that make the obvious concrete.

A study assessing the in…

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Mental health and women in history: Dorothea Dix

March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 - March is Women in History month and Dorothea Dix is a mouse that roared.

After witnessing a gross injustice, Dorothea Dix took on U.S. and Canadian legislators to advocate for people who were politically and economically powerless. She worked to relieve the suffering o…

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March madness and mental health

March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2012 – Imagine a college band performing at half time during a football game.

The band members miraculously play their instruments while carrying out a choreographed march, forming interesting patterns on the field. If, in the middle of their song, the bass drums starting …

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Mental health and women in history: Mary Todd Lincoln

March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2012—March is Women’s History Month, and Mary Todd Lincoln is a remarkable character in history. She is primarily remembered as being the wife of a famous man who was as undemonstrative and she was demonstrative, and for having mental and emotional issues that intensified o…

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Mental Illness and Diabetes

February 19, 2012

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2012 - There is a significant link between type 2 diabetes and mental illness. Does one illness set the stage for the other? Maybe the brain’s chemistry during the ups and downs of bipolar swings invites diabetes. Perhaps changes in the brain from abnormal glucose levels…

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