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12 Films That Feature Mental Illness

The Doctor Deb blog has an Oscar appropriate post on 12 Films That Feature Mental Illness In celebration of the 2014 Oscars is my list of movies that feature mental illness. Many of these movies have won Oscars, while others should have, but didn’t. As we roll out the red carpet and honor this year’s best […]

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Outbursts of anger linked to greater risk of heart attacks and strokes

http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/mind_brain/~3/k-fVCkKWObk/140303211324.htm Outbursts of anger may trigger heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems in the two hours immediately afterwards, according to the first study to systematically evaluate previous research into the link between the extreme emotion and all cardiovascular outcomes. The researchers conclude: conclude: “Given the lessons we have learned from trying to treat depression after […]

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Treating depression in preschool-age children – abc7.com

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section%3Dnews/health/your_health%26id%3D9454654 Treating depression in preschool-age childrenabc7.comLOS ANGELES (KABC) — Depression is the most common mental health problem in the U.S., affecting about 17 million people. When you think of depression, you probably don’t think about children, especially preschool children. Now researchers are …

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Archbishop reflects on mental illness and depression in Pause for Thought – ChristianToday

The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke about mental illness on the radio on Monday morning. Christian Today had an article about it: The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is beginning to understand more about depression from his daughter, Katharine Welby. The Most Reverend Justin Welby was speaking in Pause for Thought on the Chris Evans […]

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Teenage mental health inquiry promised – The Times

The Times covers the announcement of a government-backed national investigation in the mental health issues affecting children and adolescents in the UK: A national investigation into the scale of mental health problems among children and teenagers will be carried out, ministers have pledged, amid fears that escalating numbers are suffering from a range of illnesses […]

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Psychiatric News: Psychotherapy Threatened Despite Cost-Effectiveness

The American Psychiatric Association has heard at it’s 2013 annual meeting, in San Francisco, that many insurance companies are cutting funding for psychotherapy despite the fact that numerous studies have shown that psychotherapy is, "effective and often highly cost-effective medical intervention for many serious psychiatric conditions.” Susan Lazar, M.D., was speaking at a symposium titled […]

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NYTimes: Post-Prozac Nation The Science and History of Treating Depression

An article from the New York Time Magazine from just over a year ago. It’s discussion of the state of thinking and practice around treating depression featuring an extensive reconsideration of Prozac and the edifice of the chemical imbalance theory. A good article by Siddhartha Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine in the division […]

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NYT: Does Depression Contribute to Dementia?

A link between depression and dementia. An attempt to forget a miserable life? A post worth reading on the New York Times site: A large body of research has linked late-life depression to social isolation, poorer health and an increased risk of death. Now, a new study finds that depression is associated with subsequent vascular […]

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NYTimes – interview with philopher Daniel Dennett on the nature of human consciouness

The New York Times has an interview with Daniel Dennett a philospopher who has written extensively about human consciousness and the relation between mind and brain. He takes a very iconoclastic and rationalist approach. Mr. Dennett, the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University and perhaps America’s most widely read (and debated) […]

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Daly Mail: Austerity policy is severely affecting mental health in the UK. US and EU

The political response to the economic depression is leading to surging rates of depression and other mental illness: Austerity is devastating the health of people in Europe and North America by driving suicide, depression, and the spread of infectious disease, according to new research. It is also reducing access to medicines and care which is […]

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