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    Why the Public Doesn’t Trust Mental Health Advocates

      Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors DJ Jaffe Executive Director, Mental Illness Policy Org Americans are united around the reasonable and limited proposition, that people with serious mental illnesses should not own guns. But one group takes umbrage: mental health advocates. In the wake of incidents such as the one at Newtown, the advocates immediately issue press releases claiming that people with mental illness are no more violent than others and should not be the target of gun control efforts. How can the chasm be so wide? Who is right? The public that believes mental illness is associated with violence, or the experts…

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    Accepting the Reality of Mental Illness

      Outpatient involuntary treatment needs to be considered. Published on December 17, 2012 by Dr. Nassir Ghaemi in Mood Swings A mentally ill young male kills innocents. He had struggled with – fill in the blank mental illness (autism, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia) – and did not receive treatment, or did not agree to treatment, or did not respond to treatment. He and his family tried to get help, but failed, and eventually his family gave up. The young man became a loner, living quietly on the margins of society, until, one day, he had enough and decided to kill himself. Like suicide-by-cop, he decided to kill himself by killing…

  • Mental Health

    A Guidebook for the Mind

    Monday, Mar. 19, 2012 By John Cloud   The mind, in our modern conception, is an array of circuits we can manipulate with chemicals to ease, if not cure, depression, anxiety and other disorders. Drugs like Prozac have transformed how we respond to mental illness. But while this revolution has reshaped treatments, it hasn't done much to help us diagnose what's wrong to begin with. Instead of ordering lab tests, psychiatrists usually have to size up people using subjective descriptions of the healthy vs. the afflicted. Which is why the revision of a single book is roiling the world of mental health, pitting psychiatrists against one another in bitter debates.…

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    Happy salad days: Eating tomatoes twice a week helps ward off depression

    Researchers discovered pensioners who ate the fruit regularly were 46% less likely to suffer the blues.   Eating tomatoes just two days a week can halve the risk of depression, a study has found. Researchers discovered pensioners who ate the fruit regularly were 46% less likely to suffer the blues. But other fruits and vegetables do not have the same benefits, the study found. Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene – which has been linked to reducing the risk of prostate cancer and heart attacks. And the researchers wanted to find out whether the antioxidant could improve people’s mood as well. They looked at the mental health and diet…

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    Moderator Of The Month: AquaViolet

    Hello Members!   LGJ and I are announcing the Moderator of the Month of March.   April came in like a like a Lion as well, even, yes..even in Florida!   We should be getting a thaw this coming week though.   She is consistently an extremely adorably dedicated and hard worker, especially after her day job!     AquaViolet!     Thank you so much Aqua for doing a fantastic job putting in your time moderating Depression Forums.   You are just fabulous!   Thank you to all of our Moderators who did wonderfully for this chilly windy month,    you all are just totally wonderful!    I also want to put in a…