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In the current issue of Schizophrenia Bulletin, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the nation's leading researcher and advocate for people with mental illness wrote on the debate on what to call people with mental illness:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently invited a dialog about words that are used for individuals with various forms of mental illness and their treatment. For example, what should we call people with schizophrenia?...


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What is good emotional health?

People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships. They can keep problems in perspective.

It's important to remember that even people who have good emotional health can sometimes have emotional problems or mental illness. Mental illness often has a physical cause, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain. Stress and problems with family, work or school can sometimes trigger mental illness or make it worse. However, people who are emotionally healthy have learned ways to cope with stress and problems. They know when they need to seek help from their doctor or a counselor.


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August 5, 6:26 PM · Pamela Patterson - Portland Women's Issues Examiner

Unrealistic beauty images and body size ideals are continually emphasized, and reinforced in Western culture; an illustration of this can be seen in magazine editorials featuring dangerously thin models. It seems that beauty is now associated with being skinny, as the media routinely encourages women, both young and old, to reduce their body weight down to unhealthy sizes. As a result, women have started loathing themselves, for not being thin enough ("No longer Just a Pretty Face" International Journal of Eating Disorders, pg. 343). http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/complete-index.shtml


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An active engagement with musical sounds not only enhances neuroplasticity, but also enables the nervous system to provide the stable scaffolding of meaningful patterns so important to learning, researchers say. 

ScienceDaily (July 20, 2010) — Those ubiquitous wires connecting listeners to you-name-the-sounds from invisible MP3 players -- whether of Bach, Miles Davis or, more likely today, Lady Gaga -- only hint at music's effect on the soul throughout the ages.

Now a data-driven review by Northwestern University researchers that will be published July 20 in Nature Reviews Neuroscience pulls together converging research from the scientific literature linking musical training to learning that spills over to skills including language, speech, memory, attention and even vocal emotion. The science covered comes from labs all over the world, from scientists of varying scientific philosophies, using a wide range of research methods.


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Happiness: 6 Myths and Truths

Don't Fall for These 6 Happiness Myths; Learn How to Overcome Them

If you'd like to be happier -- who wouldn't? -- the first step may be to challenge your own views about happiness.

Maybe you think that to be happier, you need more than you have now -- more freedom, more money, more love ... fill in the blank. Or maybe you've convinced yourself that this is as good as it gets.

Such beliefs may be more myth than fact. Although a myth usually contains a kernel of truth, it can also sprout and grow, spreading seeds of doubt that can ultimately crowd out your own growth.

Here are six common myths about happiness that may actually be downsizing your happiness. The truth may set you free for a happier life, starting right now.


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Treating Depression When Medication


Various lifestyle approaches make drugs more effective or help relieve depression on their own

James Russo has wrestled for some 60 years with his "black dog" of depression, since the days back in high school when a B left him feeling like an utter failure. He tried Valium, a tricyclic antidepressant, and Prozac before finding some relief in Paxil. Still, says Russo, 74, of Bernville, Pa.: "My disease lives in the corner of my mind, sometimes sleepy enough to let me enjoy a little optimism but ever ready to ruin a day or a week or a year." What has become abundantly clear in the antidepressant age—the drugs are now the most commonly prescribed medications in the country—is that depression is terribly difficult, if not impossible, to cure. Many primary-care doctors, who treat 80 percent of depressed people, labor under the assumption that a prescription is a panacea. But antidepressants completely alleviate symptoms in only about 35 to 40 percent of people compared with 15 to 20 percent of those who take a placebo—a fact not publicized in pharmaceutical ads. And about 70 percent of people who successfully beat one bout can expect to face another.There's certainly evidence that vigorous exercise has an effect on mood.


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