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February 14, 2011- In recent years, many psychiatrists have come to believe that the last, best chance for some people with severe and intractable mental problems is psychosurgery, an experimental procedure in which doctors operate directly on the brain.

Hundreds of people have undergone brain surgery for psychiatric problems, most in experimental trials, with some encouraging results. In 2009, the government approved one surgical technique for certain severe cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or O.C.D. For the first time since frontal lobotomy fell into disrepute in the 1950s, surgery for behavior problems seemed back on the road to the medical mainstream.

But now some of the field’s most prominent scientists are saying, “Not so fast.”

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Several mental health experts in Delaware County, including Dr. Kevin Caputo, chairman of psychiatry at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, echoed DiStefano’s comments. The Arizona shooting heightens the stigma of mental health and the belief that the majority of people with a mental illness are violent, according to Caputo. “When in fact, most people who have a mental illness will never harm anyone,” he said.

In a recent release, the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania cited a 2009 study in the Schizophrenia Bulletin that found only one in 14 million individuals is killed by a stranger with a mental health condition.

When there is a lot of negative publicity about a person who may have a mental illness, it can create a negative attitude in the public’s mind, according to Joseph Rogers, chief advocacy officer at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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We need vacations. They recharge us, allowing us to be more efficient. The trouble is, too many of the vacations we take these days aren't vacations at all.

We Americans are collectively suffering from "vacation deficit disorder," insists Joe Robinson. And we don't even admit we have a problem. Workers often compete to see who has less of a life than the next guy.


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Everyone would agree that in order to safely and successfully complete their mission, the men and women who serve in the military need to be both physically and mentally healthy. As Congress considers legislation that would end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the military, a lot of attention has been paid to the potential risk to members of the military associated with ending the policy. Most experts and members of the military seem to agree that the risk of ill effects for soldiers is low. What about the risks associated with not ending the policy? Scientific research suggests that the risk of keeping the policy in place is potentially high.

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Mental Illness Affects 1 in 5 Americans




Survey Shows Many Mentally Ill Americans Aren’t Getting the Medical Help They Need

Nov. 18, 2010 -- Nearly one in five adult Americans has experienced mental illness in the past year, according to a new government survey, with women, the unemployed, and young adults more likely than others to be affected.

Among those one in five -- representing 45 million Americans -- the survey found that nearly 20%, or nearly 9 million, also had substance dependence or abuse problems in the previous year.




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By ETHAN WATTERS

AMERICANS, particularly if they are of a certain leftward-leaning, college-educated type, worry about our country’s blunders into other cultures. In some circles, it is easy to make friends with a rousing rant about the McDonald’s near Tiananmen Square, the Nike factory in Malaysia or the latest blowback from our political or military interventions abroad. For all our self-recrimination, however, we may have yet to face one of the most remarkable effects of American-led globalization. We have for many years been busily engaged in a grand project of Americanizing the world’s understanding of mental health and illness. We may indeed be far along in homogenizing the way the world goes mad.

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