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Mental illness research warning


Poor mental health affects 16.7 million people in the UK today.

In this week's Scrubbing Up, clinical psychologist Professor Til Wykes says strategies for funding research into mental health need to be overhauled.  Patients and their families deserve better, she says.

When it comes to thinking about mental health, I'd like to believe we've come a long way from the Victorian stereotypes of hysterical women and crazed madmen languishing in Bedlam.

But while physical diseases like cancer are managing to throw off the stigma they carried in previous centuries, mental illnesses are still too often ignored or misunderstood. 

Not only does this lead to prejudice and discrimination, it also seems to make it harder to find funding for research into the causes of, and treatments for, mental ill health.


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 The Mental Health Consequences of Disasters   

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an environmental disaster of unknown proportions, but for the people whose way of life stands to be affected, it may be a mental health disaster as well. According to a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the mental health consequences of the Exxon Valdez oil spill were “as significant as its impact on the physical environment."  

The oil spill makes it vital to keep morale up in Gulf region:

FORT JACKSON, La. — Even the Super Bowl champions are doing their part to lift people's spirits during the Gulf oil spill.

"Just like we did after (Hurricane) Katrina, we're trying to do our part to keep the community's morale high," said Sean Payton, coach of the champion New Orleans Saints, as he signed autographs in withering heat. "We're always here for each other."

For local officials, the rally was part of a broader plan that goes way beyond football.

They say that anything that can distract Gulf Coast residents from the trauma of the oil spill — whether it's prayer, a party or just venting their anger — may help prevent the long-term mental health consequences that have plagued previous disasters, such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.


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by Michael D. Anestis, M.S.

 I want to jump start our conversations by discussing an interesting study that has been coming up in a number of different forums in recent days (including the comment section here at PBB).  The article, just published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by Pim Cuijpers, Filip Smit, Ernst Bohlmeijer, Steve Hollon, and Gerhard Andersson takes a look at the degree to which the impact of psychotherapy for depression might be overstated due to publication bias.  I'll explain what I mean by publication bias in a moment, but first I'd like to direct you to two links.  The first (click here) will take you to our coverage of recent work indicating that the impact of antidepressant medications has been overstated, particularly with respect to mild to severe cases of depression.  The second (click here) will take you to our coverage of other recent work by Dr.Cuijpers and his colleagues looking at potentially inflated effect sizes in psychosocial treatments for depression.  An important point to keep in mind as you read those articles and this one is that nobody is saying these treatments are ineffective, but rather that we have not been attentive enough to the details with respect to empirical data and the publication process and, as such, we have potentially developed a somewhat inflated view of our various interventions.


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Biological Rhythms in Mood Disorders

Anna Wirz-Justice



Evolution has provided us with a day within, an endogenous template that anticipates the demands of the day without—the circadian system. If temporal order is essential for health, as the appropriate timing of psychological, behavioral, physiological, and hormonal rhythms with respect to the external day–night cycle imply, then temporal disorder should have clinical sequelae. Indeed, it is now well established that certain sleep disorders, such as delayed- or advanced-sleep-phase syndrome, arise from inappropriate phasing of the endogenous circadian clock with respect to normal sleep times. These rhythm disturbances are generally not accompanied by any psychiatric illness. Other sleep disorders, such as those related to shift work and transmeridian flight, arise from sudden shifts of the sleep–wake cycle without concomitant synchronization of the endogenous circadian component. Here there appears to be a closer link with mood disorders.


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The human brain is a biological pattern making machine. At birth, a baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons, roughly as many nerve cells as there are stars in the Milky Way. These billions of neurons in human brain have extraordinary capacity to construct and weave strings of useful information patterns which gets ever more complex as cognitive thought process increases. These neural patterns help the brain to recognize, organize, store and retrieve information patterns when needed. It has been noticed that leaders engage in activities which provide the time, space and structure to facilitate the construction of such neural patterns. People who are open minded to experience new concepts or procedures and who are exposed to more rich information sources such as print, television, news media, internet, seminars and interactive conferences — are able to build more rich and dense neural networks and hence reveal themselves as natural leaders. On the other hand, people who are averse to new models, metaphors, information, concepts or interactive discussions, remain as followers.


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Risk of Mental Illness Higher If Both Parents Mentally Ill
Research suggests information may be useful for personal decision making
Mar 2, 2010

TUESDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) -- People whose parents are both diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are at much higher risk of developing these and other psychiatric disorders, according to a study in the March issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Irving I. Gottesman, Ph.D., from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, and colleagues analyzed population-based data from 2.7 million Danish individuals to examine the risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, unipolar depressive disorder, or any diagnosis in offspring 10 to 52 years old where both parents have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.


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