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via NYT > Health by By ANNE EISENBERG on 5/5/12
Technological advances are helping refine tools for hearing in less-than-ideal circumstances.

via NYT > Health by on 5/5/12
Michael French has frontotemporal dementia, for which there is no cure or treatment. As his condition deteriorated, his wife, Ruth, had to move him to a nursing home, where she spends most days.

via NYT > Health by on 5/4/12
These women (and nearly all of them are women) who sweat through double and occasionally triple workouts at different boutique fitness outfits in the same day aren’t major-league athletes or required to look good for a living.

via Medicine JournalFeeds » Psychiatry by admin on 5/5/12
Don’t Tread on Me: Masculine Honor Ideology in the U.S. and Militant Responses to Terrorism.
Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2012 May 2;
Authors: Barnes CD, Brown RP, Osterman LL

Using both college students and a national sample of adults, the authors report evidence linking the ideology of masculine honor in the U.S. with militant responses to terrorism. In Study 1, individuals’ honor ideology endorsement predicted, among other outcomes, open-ended hostile responses to a fictitious attack on the Statue of Liberty and support for the use of extreme counterterrorism measures (e.g., severe interrogations), controlling for right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, and other covariates. In Study 2, the authors used a regional classification to distinguish honor state respondents from nonhonor state respondents, as has traditionally been done in the literature, and showed that students attending a southwestern university desired the death of the terrorists responsible for 9/11 more than did their northern counterparts. These studies are the first to show that masculine honor ideology in the U.S. has implications for the intergroup phenomenon of people’s responses to terrorism.
PMID: 22551662 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

via Mental Health Writers' Guild by boldkevin on 5/5/12
Candida Abrahamson, (one of our members) made the following comment in response to a reblog I made of an excellent piece that another of our members, Manic Muses, had written….
“I was so appreciative to Manic Musis for this wonderful reference that I actually had to comment twice on her site! It’s an extremely important topic to open to conversation.
I looked at the original article, and the part that concerns me about it is where participants seem grateful for their manic states–which I believe most BD people have felt, but which is alarming, as depression follows that elevation as surely as night follows day, and I worry that touting the positives of the upper pole might even encourage medication non-compliance.
The summary piece writes, “Participants described a wide range of experiences and internal states that they believed they felt to a far greater intensity than those without the condition. These included increased perceptual sensitivity, creativity, focus and clarity of thought.” Those are results of mania/hypomania.”
Candida then goes on to pose this question…
“When fellow members feel grateful for their BD–if they, indeed, do–is there something about it for which they’re thankful that is not inherently tied up in a mood swing? Am quite interested in some open dialogue about it.”
Given the importance of this subject and indeed the relevance of this question I have copied Candida’s question here so that it does not get missed and would ask members and readers to respond accordingly :)

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Updates to psychiatric guide spur controversy
Washington Post
A panel of psychiatrists charged with updating the reference manual used to diagnose mental illness in the United States has abandoned controversial plans to add new diagnoses for people with mild psychosis and those who are simultaneously anxious and ...
How do controversial revisions in psychiatry's guidebook make you feel?Philadelphia Inquirer
DSM-5 Debate: Committee Backs Off Some Changes, Re-Opens CommentsTIME
Last chance to comment on psychiatry's controversial diagnostic 'bible' (blog)
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Suicide: The fourth-leading cause of American deaths abroad
Detroit Free Press
USA TODAY spent two months investigating suicide abroad, tabulating 10 years of State Department data, searching newspapers throughout the world, reviewing thousands of studies in professional journals and interviewing psychologists, sociologists, ...

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via NYT > Health by By DENISE GRADY on 5/5/12
Like many others, Ruth French finds herself grappling with her spouse’s frontotemporal dementia, a group of brain diseases that eat away at personality and language.

Scientific American (blog)

Updates to psychiatric guide spur controversy
Washington Post
A panel of psychiatrists charged with updating the reference manual used to diagnose mental illness in the United States has abandoned controversial plans to add new diagnoses for people with mild psychosis and those who are simultaneously anxious and ...
DSM-5 Debate: Committee Backs Off Some Changes, Re-Opens CommentsTIME
How do controversial revisions in psychiatry's guidebook make you feel?Philadelphia Inquirer
A Major Transformation in Psychiatry?Medscape
MarketWatch (press release) -Scientific American (blog)
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New name for PTSD could mean less stigma
The issue is coming to a head because the American Psychiatric Association is updating its bible of mental illnesses, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, for the first time since 2000. The relatively straightforward request, ...

Suspect in hammer attacks has history of mental disorders
Washington Post
The young man suspected of attacking his neighbors with a hammer last month was held for psychiatric evaluation a year ago after his teachers and guardian became fearful of his behavior, according to documents filed in DC Superior Court.

APAPsychiatric: RT @APP_Publishing: Practice Guidelines Pose Practical Problems: Clinical practice guidelines can help clinicians provide better ... ...

via Psychiatric News Alert by (Psychiatric News Alert) on 5/5/12
Clinical practice guidelines can help clinicians provide better care by evaluating the best available research. However, putting guidelines to use in day-to-day practice isn’t easy, said experts on managing posttraumatic stress disorder in military populations. They were speaking at APA's 2012 annual meeting in Philadelphia.

For one thing, there are several sets of guidelines, issued by different organizations, and they don’t always agree, said Army Col. David Benedek, M.C., a professor and deputy chair of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Most of those guidelines lumped together clinical trials of civilian and military populations.

“Overall, there’s poor evidence for the value of SSRIs but there’s good evidence that they help people with non-combat PTSD,” said Benedek.

Once guidelines have been selected, it’s necessary to get them into the hands of clinicians. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Deparment of Defense issued combined guidelines in 2010 and 2011. Air Force psychiatrist Lt. Col. Charles Motsinger, M.D., is part of a group working to modify the military electronic health records system and bring them to the point of care in the primary care setting.

The first part of their approach uses office staff to screen patients when they check in. That information goes into the health record and is immediately available to the physician on a computer in the examining room. The physician can then ask more detailed, less structured questions in narrative form. The computer program also provides recommendations for treatment and follow-up, and the physician can add elaborated narrative observations and recommendations for care.

Pilot versions of this new approach are being tested now at Ft. Belvoir, Va., and will be implemented soon in Air Force medical settings.

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via international psychiatry - Google Blog Search by loisholzman on 5/5/12
Protestors, Rejecting Mental Illness Labels, Vow to “Occupy” the American Psychiatric Association Convention is a press release from MindFreedom International (MFI), an independent voice of survivors of psychiatric human ...

APAPsychiatric: RT @WebsEdge_Health: APAtv View the latest films at #APAAM12 #psychiatry

via NYT > Psychology and Psychologists by By ARLIE RUSSELL HOCHSCHILD on 5/4/12
We can hire others to do almost anything. But do we want to?

via NYT > Psychology and Psychologists by By DAVID Z. HAMBRICK on 5/4/12
Meaningful increases in intelligence are not likely without a substantial commitment of resources.

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