A Critique of the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
Richard Shulman, Ph.D. wanted to let us know that he wrote a critique of the 1999 Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health. Good reading? You bet. It's well worth your time to read through this critique which helps to highlight some of the findings in the research that both the report and the press glossed over or missed altogether.
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Mothers' depression may induce earlier puberty in daughters
Guidelines for Medical and Health Information Sites on the Internet
Depression and anxiety linked to hypertension
"People who experience symptoms of depression or anxiety are at increased risk of developing hypertension, suggest the results of a two-decade study. The increase in risk associated with depression or anxiety is similar among white women and all men but is substantially higher among black women, according to Bruce S. Jonas, ScM, PhD, and James F. Lando, MD, MPH, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
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Study: Physicians' Empathy Can Ease Caregivers' Depression
"Without doctors' intervention, caregivers to patients with a lot of physical needs were significantly more likely to be depressed, forced to take out loans to pay for health costs and deal with patients considering euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. In the study in this week's issue of the Philadelphia-based Annals of Internal Medicine, 42 percent of caregivers with non-empathetic doctors reported depressive symptoms, compared to 27 percent of those with an empathetic doctor, the study showed." If only more doctors knew the power they had to heal emotionally, as much as physically...
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Autistic boy dies while being restained by attendants
Ritalin Is No Stranger To Controversy
"The use and possible abuse of Ritali n to calm school-age children has long been a point of contention among doctors and parents. Ritalin is most commonly prescribed for young children to treat a condition called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Children with this disorder often are disruptive in school, have trouble sitting still and act on inappropriate impulses. The precise biological effect of Ritalin is poorly understood, but it is believed to calm ADHD behavior by boosting levels of a brain chemical, the neurotransmitter serotonin." If something is poorly understood, should we really be prescribing this medication left and right to our children?? Seems sort of contra-indicated, until our knowledge catches up with our beliefs. Read the rest of the article on InteliHealth.
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Melissa's Therapy FAQ is Back!
Tuesdays are Good
How to Make Sure Your Budding Relationship is Based on Equality
"There are lots of unequal relationships in life -- student and teacher, citizen and judge, parent and child -- but when it comes to romance, the strongest relationships are based on equality. A good equality-based relationship encourages both people in a couple to maintain separate identities and respect each other's individual interests in addition to working to make the relationship strong. For a relationship like this to work, both partners need to make their own decisions, be assertive, and be willing to make some compromises as well." Read the rest of this article on thriveonline.
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Parenting classes improve toddlers' behavior
U.S. Worried About Psychiatric Drugs for Kids
Caregiving impacts emotional health of the giver
A Long Beautiful Week
This past week has been long but beautiful. My brother and mom came into town for this weekend and we did the whole touristy thing for them, which was a lot of fun. Saw the Alamo and Riverwalk in San Antonio and ate dinner last night at the Oasis, overlooking Lake Travis. What a super day! Just thought I'd share...
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Dreaming of a Life
I get so many questions regarding dreams in my chats and in email. People want to know what their dreams mean. I wish I could tell them, but dreams are very personal things. To fully understand their meaning, you need to understand the person's life, background, and history. It's not a simple matter of saying that X means Y. It doesn't always, and for some people, it might mean the opposite of Y. That's why it's so frustrating, not only for me, but also for everyone else who asks the question.
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Smoking linked to physical injuries
New treatment might reverse memory loss in those with schizophrenia, Parkinson's, and other disorders
The new Website is coming along and I'm hoping we can get it launched by the end of the month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Some things I'm not sure will be done by then, and without them, we can't launch the site. But stay tuned to my homepage for more info when it's live.
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Psychologists Say Cubicles May Not Square With Workers' Needs
Divorce and separation double risk of suicide in men
Effectiveness of breast cancer support groups mediated by spousal support
Welcome to the real deal buddy
From now on, on a daily basis, I will be editing to this journal to show you what is taking some Websites by storm, and others by trickle. It's the idea of putting one's ideas and links to the world down, in an ongoing fashion, into an online journal or Weblog. What's the difference? I don't have time to explain it here, but this will be a combination of the two -- links to what's going on today in the world of psychology and mental health, as well as biting commentary and sarcastic observations about my own little piece of the world. Some of it will be relevant, most of it not, but all of it will be Grohol. Enjoy!
Mini Mardi Gras
Did you know Austin, TX also holds its own mini Mardi Gras every year at the same time, and with much of the same feeling, as the real Mardi Gras in New Orleans? I didn't either, until this year (since I'm living here). I always thought that 6th St. looked and felt a lot like Bourbon St. in New Orleans, so it seems only appropriate. What is with the fascinations of the beads, though? I just don't get it. I'm sure there's some historical reason there, but I've never read it.
Here Comes Netscape 5.0
Well, hells bells, if you didn't already know that Netscape 5.0 was coming down the road, then maybe you should bookmark Mozillazine and the Mozilla project pages.
Welcome to the World of Open Journal
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 May 2008
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