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Mental Health

Poor mental health affects 16.7 million people in the UK today

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 […]

The Mental Health Consequences of Disasters

 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 […]

Publication Bias in Psychotherapy for Depression

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, […]

Biological Rhythms in Mood Disorders

Biological Rhythms in Mood Disorders Anna Wirz-Justice    INTRODUCTION 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 […]

Why Some Human Brains Become Leaders, While Others Followers?

Followers? Brainblogger.com 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 […]

Risk of Mental Illness Higher If Both Parents Mentally Ill

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 […]

Council loses £1m In Depressive Illness Case

Council loses £1m sickness case A council has lost its High Court case against a former managing director after claiming she withheld a history of depressive illness. Cheltenham Borough Council was suing Christine Laird, 52, for £1m. Mrs Laird was appointed in 2002, but left in 2005 on an ill-health pension after taking sick leave […]

Schizophrenia – “People Say I’m Crazy”

MY ILLNESS Schizophrenia – “People Say I’m Crazy”  by John Cadigan Published 06/10/2009 I have schizophrenia, which is a brain disease that usually hits most severely when the brain reaches maturity—around 20 or 21 years old. I had my first psychotic break when I was in my senior year of college and have been disabled […]

Mental Health Treatment: It’s Commonly Accepted Yet Not So Easy To Obtain Or Understand

Mental Health Treatment: It’s Commonly Accepted Yet Not So Easy To Obtain Or Understand Seeing a psychologist or other mental health professional isn’t an unusual thing; in fact it’s relatively common. Nearly three in ten U.S. adults (29%) report that they have received treatment or therapy from a psychologist or other mental health professional. The […]

Urgent Issues in Mental Health Now: An Expert Interview With Thomas R. Insel, MD

 Q:  Dr. Insel, as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), you are in a unique position to give us an overview of psychiatry and mental health in the United States today. Where have we made the most progress in research and clinical practice? A:  Progress in clinical practice has been most impressive […]

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