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Psychologists sued for role in CIA torture

Recently in the news the ACLU is targeting the psychologists who designed and administered the CIA torture program on which the US Senate reported late last year. Two psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell have been named  in the suit. However, the America Psychological Association has also been implicated in the justification of torture, as well as Martin […]

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Health chiefs urged to reverse mental health cuts

HEALTH chiefs in Bolton are being urged to reverse spending cuts on mental health services. Data obtained by the Labour party indicates that Bolton’s Clinical Commissioning group and others across Greater Manchester are cutting the amount they spend on mental health, despite government promises to increase funding. Now Ashton-under-Lyne MP Angela Rayner, patron of the […]

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Just released: 75 Year Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

Harvard has published an impressive 75 year longitudinal study: In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history. The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, […]

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The Power of the Earliest Memories – WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal’s Media Section documents a phenomenon that seems kind of obvious to a psychodynamic practitioner: What you can remember from age 3 may help improve aspects of your life far into adulthood. Children who have the ability to recall and make sense of memories from daily life—the first day of preschool, the […]

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How many basic emotions do you have? It’s written on your face, say scientists.

The Christian Science Monitor has a good short survey on attempts to describe and codify human facial expression of emotions.  In the 4th century BC Aristotle came up with what he thought were the 14 irreducible emotions: Anger, Calm, Friendship, Enmity, Fear, Confidence, Shame, Shamelessness, Kindness, Pity, Indignation, Envy, Emulation, and Contempt. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2014/0407/How-many-basic-emotions-do-you-have-It-s-written-on-your-face-say-scientists

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Mind matters: the mental health taboo at universities – The Guardian

In The Guardian Mind matters section there is an article about the experiences of students at UK universities which reveals that the topic of mental health is still socially taboo at universities: “I was depressed and paranoid”, “I was anxious and out of control”, “I had severe depression, I couldn’t get out of bed and […]

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The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression | Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings has a brilliant review of a new book on depression. The book looks good, but the post by Maria Popova is a brilliant Sunday morning read in itself.   The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression | Brain Pickings. “Depression is a disorder of the […]

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Beating Suicide and Depression: A Survivor’s Guide to Coming Back from the Brink

In the International Business Times UK – Some practical advice for people suffering from depression from someone who found help by admitting they had a problem: The greatest obstacle during my own recovery from depression has been embarrassment, or uncertainty, about asking for medical support. Even at my lowest points, when I’ve been self-harming or […]

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Heavy drinking, workaholism and road rage can all mask depression – The Independent

The Independent is carrying an article about the current incidence of depression in the UK. Once upon a time, England’s third richest man shocked the world by admitting he was suffering from depression. “About eight years ago I hit the buffers – it came totally out of the blue. One day, I woke up and […]

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Strong evidence for a new class of antidepressant drugs revealed by research

Research into a neuropeptide called galanin may lead to a new class of anti-depressants A chemical in the brain called galanin is involved in the risk of developing depression, scientists have shown for the first time. Galanin is a neuropeptide (a small protein) that was discovered and investigated over 30 years ago. This new research […]

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