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 […]

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, […]

Mental Illness Across Cultures: An Interview with Gayathri Ramprasad

PsycheCentral has an interview with Gayathri Ramprasad the author of a memoir about living with depression in India. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/03/26/mental-illness-across-cultures-an-interview-with-gayathri-ramprasad/ As much stigma as there is in American homes regarding mental illness, it’s much worse in other countries. Gayathri Ramprasad grew up in Bangalore, India, where traditional Hindu culture has no concept of depression. There was […]

Hungry for ‘likes’: Anxiety over Facebook photos linked to eating disorders

Hungry for ‘likes’: Anxiety over Facebook photos linked to eating disorders There is a positive correlation between an increased use of social media and decreased body image in young women, reveals a study. Facebook has become a global phenomenon and an active space for social comparison. “Facebook merges powerful peer influences with broader societal messages […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fox News: Teens’ late-night cellphone use linked with mental health problems

Fox News website has an article that correlates late night use of mobile phones by teens to the incidence of mental health problems, including suicidal ideation. The article explores the possibility of a causal link – that sleep deprivation can lead to vulnerability to mental health problems – and there may be something in this. […]

NYT: Anxiety and being busy

The New York Times has an worthwhile read on the link between the endemic "business trap" and anxiety. Some out-takes: Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of […]

Are we in the age of anxiety?

Salon has an interesting article about the inexorable rise of anxiety related mental health issues. http://www.salon.com/2012/06/02/our_new_era_of_anxiety/

Mental illness affects 38 percent of Europeans, study shows

A rigorous study has determined that 38% of people in Europe will at some point suffer from some form of mental illness. The figure doesn’t necessarily indicate that Europeans are more susceptible to mental illness, but rather the seemingly high figure is a function of the thoroughness of the study i.e. we might suspect that […]