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  • Are Psychotropic drugs the hidden prescription for mass murder?

    03/03/2014 9:08:44 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/3/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Why are no medical or media authorities investigating the dangers of psychotropic drugs given to teens, especially to teenage boys? The inevitable B rolls on our television screens which follow each and every school shooting incident never mention the prescription meds the teen shooter may have been given. The Adam Lanza possible psychotropic drug of choice was mentioned early in Sandy Hook media frenzy, but was dropped as a likely factor in the killings in later reports. Two very important civil cases are being analyzed by outstanding investigative reporter Jon Rappoport who has for years warned about these toxic psychiatric...
  • Pedophilia the next 'sexual-rights' revolution? (...LGBT argument to 'minor-attracted persons')

    01/03/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by Perseverando · 78 replies
    WND ^ | January 02, 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – The underlying assumption that has led to the increasing legitimization of same-sex marriage is now fueling a growing effort in academic circles to mainstream pedophilia. Once considered taboo, psychologists are beginning to walk down the same path LGBT activists established more than 50 years ago, insisting that pedophilia is an inborn “sexual orientation,” not a learned sexual behavior. If people are born with a sexual attraction to minors, the argument goes, their “orientation” should be accepted as normative and not stigmatized. James Cantor, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in the Law and Mental Health Program at the...
  • Fear and self-loathing in Bruce Springsteen

    01/16/2013 7:43:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Brian Boyd
    Bruce Springsteen’s decision to take antidepressants was colored by the fact that his father didn’t or wouldn’t. But it took a lot of psychotherapy for him to reach that point. … The fact that Springsteen has spoken openly about his chronic depression and other issues, and his use of medication to deal with those problems, has been welcomed by some in the fields of medicine and psychology as a breakthrough, given his popularity as a performer. It’s been quite a year for Springsteen as his mental health has been written about widely . Last July, the New Yorker magazine published...
  • Disarmament plan: First label everyone with a mental disorder, then use that to take their guns

    12/24/2012 5:37:11 AM PST · by IbJensen · 35 replies
    Natural News ^ | 12/22/2012 | Jon Rappaport
    NaturalNews) When everybody is diagnosed with a mental disorder, gun permits will be a thing of the past Take that seriously. At a presidential debate, Obama was asked about achieving gun control. He said, "Enforce the laws we've already got. Make sure we are keeping the guns out of the hands of criminals...[and] those who are mentally ill." http://psychcentral.com In case you've been sleeping in a cave for the past few years, the US government is doing everything it can to create more categories of crimes, and the psychiatrists are expanding the list of (fictional but enforceable) mental disorders, as...
  • Spanking Linked to Mental Illness, Says Study

    07/03/2012 4:56:37 AM PDT · by Abathar · 93 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 7/3/2012 | Sarah Weir
    Although the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly discourages spanking, at least half of parents admit to physically punishing their children. Some research suggests that as many as 70-90 percent of mothers have resorted to spanking at one time or another. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics may cause parents to think more carefully before laying a hand on their little ones. Researchers examined data from more than 34,000 adults and found that being spanked significantly increased the risk of developing mental health issues as adults. According to their results, corporal punishment is associated with mood disorders, including...
  • Conference aims to normalize pedophilia

    08/15/2011 9:14:56 AM PDT · by freespirited · 74 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/11 | John Rossomando
    If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), set to undergo a significant revision by 2013. Critics warn that their success could lead to the decriminalization of pedophilia. The August 17 Baltimore conference is sponsored by B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile mental health professionals and sympathetic activists. According to the conference brochure, the event will examine “ways in which minor-attracted persons...
  • City dwellers suffer most stress

    06/26/2011 2:56:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 26, 2011 | "Health News"
    [snip] "In addition, the incidence for schizophrenia is almost doubled for individuals who are born and brought up in cities. "These values are a cause for concern and determining the biology behind this is the first step to remedy the trend." He and colleagues studied a series of brain scans from healthy volunteers from rural and urban areas to reach their conclusion. Dr Pruessner said: "These findings suggest that different brain regions are sensitive to the experience of city living during different times across the lifespan. "Future studies need to clarify the link between psychopathology and these affects in individuals...
  • Foreign Accents, Alien Hands and Other Medical Oddities

    02/04/2009 2:33:12 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 1,407+ views
    wsj ^ | MELINDA BECK
    Alien Hand Syndrome. Fans of "Dr. Strangelove" will recall the title character's inability to control his right hand, which kept trying to give a Nazi salute. Real-life sufferers of AHS (only a few dozen to date) lose conscious control of a limb, probably due to a lost connection between brain hemispheres. The "alien" hand may thwart what the other hand is doing, such as unbuttoning a shirt the other hand is buttoning, or tamping out a cigarette the other hand has just lit. Symptoms can be managed by keeping the rogue hand preoccupied by giving it an object to hold...
  • When Girls Will Be Boys

    03/17/2008 8:50:15 PM PDT · by Marc Tumin · 33 replies · 2,652+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | March 16, 2008 | Alissa Quart
    It was late on a rainy fall day, and a college freshman named Rey was showing me the new tattoo on his arm. It commemorated his 500-mile hike through Europe the previous summer, which happened also to be, he said, the last time he was happy. We sat together for a while in his room talking, his tattoo of a piece with his spiky brown hair, oversize tribal earrings and very baggy jeans. He showed me a photo of himself and his girlfriend kissing, pointed out his small drum kit, a bass guitar that lay next to his rumpled clothes...
  • Gov. seeks to cut mental services for homeless

    07/14/2007 5:34:34 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 17 replies · 715+ views
    LA Times ^ | 14 July 2007 | Lee Romney and Scott Gold, Times Staff Writers
    Schwarzenegger says ending the acclaimed program would save $55 million annually toward $3-billion budget gap. A nationally lauded program that has helped thousands of mentally ill homeless men and women break the cycle of psychiatric hospitalization, jail time and street life is now on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's list of budget cuts. The governor has proposed eliminating Integrated Services for Homeless Adults With Serious Mental Illness, which receives $55 million annually, as part of his attempt to close a budget gap estimated at more than $3 billion. Mental health advocates, clients and concerned legislators are lobbying fiercely to save the program,...
  • Visiting the Online Shrink

    06/20/2007 6:26:31 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 25 replies · 440+ views
    www.sr.se ^ | 06/20/2007 | www.sr.se
    People who have anxiety problems or depression can get just as good help on the Internet as face-to-face with a psychiatrist, according to a Swedish investigation, Now a new Internet service is being expanded. This means Sweden will become the first country in the world to offer cognitive behavior therapy via the Internet as a routine method for treating patients who have problems such as social phobias or panic attacks. Psychiatrists say the online service will compliment traditional care and it means more people can be treated, more cheaply. But critics say sitting at a computer simply can’t be as...
  • Privacy Laws Slow Efforts on Gun-Buyer Data

    05/01/2007 9:46:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 835+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 2, 2007 | MICHAEL LUO
    WASHINGTON, May 1 — Momentum is building in Congress behind a measure that would push states to report their mental health records to the federal database used to conduct background checks on gun buyers. But a thicket of obstacles, most notably state privacy laws, have thwarted repeated efforts to improve the reporting of such records in the past and are likely to complicate this latest effort, even after the worst mass shooting in United States history at Virginia Tech last month. Federal law prohibits anyone who has been adjudicated as a “mental defective,” as well as anyone involuntarily committed to...
  • Proposals for Mental Health Parity Pit a Father’s Pragmatism Against a Son’s Passion

    03/19/2007 7:06:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies · 700+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 19, 2007 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON, March 18 — It’s Kennedy versus Kennedy as two members of Congress from the same family face off over competing versions of legislation that would require many health insurance companies and employers to provide more generous benefits to people with mental illness. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, Democrat of Rhode Island and chief sponsor of the House bill, has criticized as inadequate the Senate bill introduced by his father, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts. Representative Kennedy is trying to mobilize mental health advocates to lobby for what he describes as “the stronger of the two bills, the House...
  • Top 5 things I didn't know (or care) about Markos Moulitsas

    10/10/2006 9:23:21 PM PDT · by grandpa jones · 1 replies · 314+ views
    Nuke's news and comment ^ | 10-10-06 | nuke gingrich
    After reading Ana Marie Cox’s (Time/Wonkette) puff piece on Markos “Screw ‘Em” Moulitsas, here are the top 5 things I didn’t know. 1. Since backing Ned Lamentos’ successful primary effort against Joe Lieberman, Markos considers himself to be the Netroots King-Maker. This after his personally endorsed candidates had previously gone a combined 0 - 16. [Note to Wonkette and The King: Primary wins are one thing, but if Lieberman wins the General Election, that makes you a combined 0 - 17 in elections that matter.] And, this was priceless: The day after Lamont’s win, Moulitsas came to lunch in a...
  • Steamy sex? Dream on, liberals

    09/27/2006 8:17:11 AM PDT · by NorthernRight · 78 replies · 2,468+ views
    National Post (transcribed from print copy) | Seoptember 27, 2006 | Chris Lackner
    CanWest News Services [Transcribed from print version] National Post, page A11 Steamy sex? Dream on, liberals By Chris Lackner OTTAWA * If you’ve recently dreamed about sex with a stranger, flying or the dead coming back to life, chances are you’re probably a liberal rather than a conservative. A dream researcher from John F. Kennedy University near San Francisco has discovered fundamental differences between the dream worlds of people who identify themselves as ideologically left- or right-wing. Among his findings, Kelly Bulkeley discovered liberals are more restless sleepers and have a higher number of bizarre, surreal dreams, including fantasy settings...
  • Shock Therapy Loses Some of Its Shock Value

    09/22/2006 9:34:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 852+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 19, 2006 | JANE E. BRODY
    For an older woman I know who was suffering from “implacable depression” that refused to yield to any medications, electroconvulsive therapy — popularly called shock therapy — was a lifesaver. And Kitty Dukakis, wife of the former governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, says ECT, as doctors call it, gave her back her life, which had been rendered nearly unlivable by unrelenting despair and the alcohol she used to assuage it. Neither woman has experienced the most common side effect of ECT: memory disruption, though Mrs. Dukakis recalls nothing of a five-day trip to Paris she took after...
  • Psychiatrist Is Among Five Chosen for Medical Award

    09/16/2006 8:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 680+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 17, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    The psychiatrist who upset Freudian dogma in the 1960’s by developing cognitive therapy is one of five winners of this year’s Lasker Awards, widely considered the nation’s most prestigious medical prizes. The awards, announced yesterday by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, are also going to four scientists who made important discoveries about aging and cancer. Mary Lasker created the awards in 1946 as a birthday gift to her husband, Albert, in hopes of curing cancer in 10 years. Each award carries a $100,000 prize. The psychiatrist, Dr. Aaron T. Beck, 85, of the University of Pennsylvania, won the Lasker...
  • New Depression Findings Could Alter Treatments

    08/11/2006 9:01:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 72 replies · 1,963+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The results of two new studies may signal a substantial shift in the way psychiatrists and researchers think about treatment for severely depressed patients. --snip-- In the other, psychiatrists in New York found evidence that antidepressant drugs significantly increased the risk that some children and adolescents would attempt or commit suicide. Doctors have debated this risk for years, but the authors of the study were skeptical of it, and their report may sway others. --snip-- The study of suicide risk, led by Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, was based on an analysis...
  • Homosexuality a Psychological Disorder: Pentagon Document

    06/20/2006 4:44:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 57 replies · 1,346+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 6/20/06 | John Jalsevac
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 20, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A pro-homosexual group known as Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military (CSSMM), a think tank at the University of California, Santa Barbara, claims to have unearthed a current Pentagon document that lists homosexuality as a psychological disorder.According to the CSSMM the Department of Defense Instruction that so categorizes homosexuality was signed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in 1996 and re-certified as "current" in 2003.Although homosexuality has traditionally been considered a psychological disorder the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality from its list of...
  • Use of Antipsychotics by the Young Rose Fivefold

    06/06/2006 8:49:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 595+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 6, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The use of potent antipsychotic drugs to treat children and adolescents for problems like aggression and mood swings increased more than fivefold from 1993 to 2002, researchers reported yesterday. The researchers, who analyzed data from a national survey of doctors' office visits, found that antipsychotic medications were prescribed to 1,438 per 100,000 children and adolescents in 2002, up from 275 per 100,000 in the two-year period from 1993 to 1995. The findings augment earlier studies that have documented a sharp rise over the last decade in the prescription of psychiatric drugs for children, including antipsychotics, stimulants like Ritalin and antidepressants,...
  • Schizophrenia as Misstep by Giant Gene

    04/17/2006 8:06:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 431+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers have made progress in understanding how a variant gene linked to schizophrenia may exert its influence in the brain. The findings are tentative but, if confirmed, could yield deep insights into the biological basis of the disease. The gene, called neuregulin-1, was first implicated in schizophrenia in 2002 by DeCode Genetics, a Reykjavik company that looks for the genetic roots of common diseases... But how the variant form of the gene contributed to the disease was far from clear, in part because even the normal gene's function is far from understood. A team led by Amanda J. Law of...
  • Distress More Likely in New York, Study Finds

    04/12/2006 1:05:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 659+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 10, 2006 | SEWELL CHAN
    Nearly 1 in 7 adults in New York City described their mental health last year as being frequently "not good," compared with 1 in 10 adults in a comparable national survey, according to data being released today by the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The findings, from the city's community health survey, a telephone poll of 10,000 randomly selected adults conducted each year since 2002, confirm what many New Yorkers suspect — that life in the nation's most populous city can be difficult and lonely. Thirteen percent of adults who answered the city's survey last year reported that...
  • More and More, Favored Psychotherapy Lets Bygones Be Bygones

    02/16/2006 10:26:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 711+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 14, 2006 | ALIX SPIEGEL
    For most of the 20th century, therapists in America agreed on a single truth. To cure patients, it was necessary to explore and talk through the origins of their problems. In other words, they had to come to terms with the past to move forward in the present. Thousands of hours and countless dollars were spent in this pursuit. Therapists listened diligently as their patients recounted elaborate narratives of family dysfunction — the alcoholic father, the mother too absorbed in her own unhappiness to attend to her children's needs — certain that this process would ultimately produce relief. But returning...
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

    12/31/2005 6:56:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 851+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 29, 2005 | TIMOTHY D. WILSON
    Op-Ed Contributor IT'S navel gazing time again, that stretch of the year when many of us turn our attention inward and think about how we can improve the way we live our lives. But as we embark on this annual ritual of introspection, we would do well to ask ourselves a simple question: Does it really do any good? --snip-- For years it was believed that emergency workers should undergo a debriefing process to focus on and relive their experiences; the idea was that this would make them feel better and prevent mental health problems down the road. After 9/11,...
  • A Self-Effacing Scholar Is Psychiatry's Gadfly

    11/16/2005 5:37:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 852+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 15, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Scientist at Work | David Healy His mother in Ireland is entirely unaware of his international reputation, as far as he can tell. His neighbors in the hamlet of Porthaethwy, on an island off the coast of Wales, are equally oblivious, or indifferent. His wife, who knows too well the furor he has caused, says simply, "How could you be right and everyone else wrong?" Dr. David Healy, a psychiatrist at the University of Cardiff and a vocal critic of his profession's overselling of psychiatric drugs, has achieved a rare kind of scientific celebrity: he is internationally known as both...
  • Gunman Attacks Statue Near Queens Church, Then Critically Wounds 2 Officers

    07/18/2005 11:50:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 482+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 18, 2005 | ANDREA ELLIOTT
    A man with psychiatric problems attacked a religious statue outside a Queens church with a sword and a shotgun early yesterday, then fired repeatedly at two police officers who responded, critically wounding them, the police said. One of the officers returned fire, wounding the suspect, whom the police identified as Kevin Davy, 25, of Queens, the authorities said. The officers, Dominick Romano, 29, and David Harris, 40, were in critical but stable condition, the police said, and Mr. Davy was in stable condition, at hospitals last night. The bloody shootout outside SS. Joachim and Anne Roman Catholic Church on 105th...
  • Snake Phobias, Moodiness and a Battle in Psychiatry

    06/13/2005 7:11:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 809+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    A college student becomes so compulsive about cleaning his dorm room that his grades begin to slip. An executive living in New York has a mortal fear of snakes but lives in Manhattan and rarely goes outside the city where he might encounter one. A computer technician, deeply anxious around strangers, avoids social and company gatherings and is passed over for promotion. Are these people mentally ill? In a report released last week, researchers estimated that more than half of Americans would develop mental disorders in their lives, raising questions about where mental health ends and illness begins. In fact,...
  • Who's Mentally Ill? Deciding Is Often All in the Mind

    06/12/2005 1:43:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 770+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 12, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    THE release last week of a government-sponsored survey, the most comprehensive to date, suggests that more than half of Americans will develop a mental disorder in their lives. The study was the third, beginning in 1984, to suggest a significant increase in mental illness since the middle of the 20th century, when estimates of lifetime prevalence ranged closer 20 or 30 percent. But what does it mean when more than half of a society may suffer "mental illness"? Is it an indictment of modern life or a sign of greater willingness to deal openly with a once-taboo subject? Or is...
  • Watching New Love as It Sears the Brain

    05/30/2005 6:28:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,366+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 31, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    New love can look for all the world like mental illness, a blend of mania, dementia and obsession that cuts people off from friends and family and prompts out-of-character behavior - compulsive phone calling, serenades, yelling from rooftops - that could almost be mistaken for psychosis. Now for the first time, neuroscientists have produced brain scan images of this fevered activity, before it settles into the wine and roses phase of romance or the joint holiday card routines of long-term commitment. In an analysis of the images appearing today in The Journal of Neurophysiology, researchers in New York and New...
  • Therapy: Lighting Up a Life, Literally

    04/22/2005 12:09:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 848+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 19, 2005 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    VITAL SIGNS Exposure to bright artificial light can relieve some cases of depression as effectively as psychotherapy or antidepressant medication, new research suggests. In a statistical review of 20 rigorously designed studies, researchers found strong evidence that exposure to artificial broad-spectrum light was a good treatment not only for seasonal affective disorder, in which people become more depressed in the darker days of winter, but for the more common nonseasonal depression. The review appears in the April issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Robert N. Golden, professor and chairman of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School...
  • Depressed? New York City Screens for People at Risk

    04/16/2005 5:02:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 10,841+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2005 | MARC SANTORA and BENEDICT CAREY
    Doctors in New York City have begun to use a simple questionnaire to determine if a patient is at risk for depression, a practice that health officials hope will become a routine part of primary care, much like a blood pressure test or cholesterol reading. The new program is the first to carry out depression screening using a scored test on a wide scale. It comes amid a spirited national debate among psychiatrists, policy makers and patient-advocacy groups on the wisdom of screening for mental disorders, especially in children. In 2003, an expert panel convened by President Bush recommended expanding...
  • Popular Drugs for Dementia Tied to Deaths

    04/12/2005 12:24:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,276+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON, April 11 - Older patients with dementia who are given antipsychotic medicines are far more likely to die prematurely than those given dummy pills, federal drug regulators said Monday. The warning adds to growing worries about the safety of the widely prescribed drugs. The Food and Drug Administration said that it would now require manufacturers of the medicines to place black-box warnings - the agency's most severe - on the labels of all the drugs. In 2003, the agency required manufacturers to add a warning about an increased risk of diabetes from antipsychotic medications. Zyprexa and Symbyax from Eli...
  • Looking for Personality in Animals, of All People

    03/01/2005 6:01:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,142+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 1, 2005 | CARL ZIMMER
    Nature Stock Shots A team of Dutch scientists is trying to solve the mystery of personality. Why are some individuals shy while others are bold, for example? What roles do genes and environment play in shaping personalities? And most mysterious of all, how did they evolve? The scientists are carrying out an ambitious series of experiments to answer these questions. They are studying thousands of individuals, observing how they interact with others, comparing their personalities to their descendants' and analyzing their DNA. It may come as a surprise that their subjects have feathers. The scientists, based at the Netherlands...
  • A Host of Anxiety Drugs, Begat by Valium

    02/24/2005 4:19:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 66 replies · 2,668+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2005 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Among famous inventors, Leo H. Sternbach may not immediately leap to mind. But this May in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Sternbach, who is 96, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He holds more than 240 patents, but perhaps his most famous invention, in collaboration with colleagues, is a chemical compound called diazepam, better known by its brand name, Valium. One of the earliest benzodiazepines, Valium was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1963 as a treatment for anxiety, and it would become not only the country's best-selling drug, but an American cultural icon. Referred to...
  • Therapy? Or Pills? A Quandary in Britain

    12/31/2004 1:13:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 422+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 21, 2004 | LIZETTE ALVAREZ
    LONDON, Dec. 20 - One year after British drug regulators advised against prescribing a new generation of antidepressants, except Prozac, for depressed adolescents, British doctors say they are in a frustrating bind. Warned away from using the antidepressants, they are recommending psychotherapy for their young patients instead. But under the British health system, depressed teenagers face a six- to nine-month waiting list for psychotherapy, a situation unlikely to improve in the short term. "On the ground, we feel very much abandoned," said Dr. Dick Churchill, a general practitioner and senior lecturer at Nottingham University. "The advice seems to be these...
  • Study Pursues a Genetic Link to Depression

    12/09/2004 9:44:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 1,107+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2004 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Scientists in North Carolina have discovered a genetic variation that could predispose people to depression and may help explain why some people who develop the condition get no relief from drug treatments. The findings, posted yesterday in the online edition of the journal Neuron, may allow researchers to develop a test for genetic vulnerability to depression and to create more effective treatments. "The results need to be replicated, but they suggest that we may be able to personalize the treatment of depression," said Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which helped finance the study. "We...
  • Sorry. Your Eating Disorder Doesn't Meet Our Criteria.

    11/29/2004 10:58:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,915+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 30, 2004 | ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG
    Imagine a 20-year-old woman who refuses to eat anything except carrots and toast because she is afraid of gaining weight, even though she is 5-foot-8 and weighs only 99 pounds. She exercises to the point of exhaustion five mornings a week because, though she is bone-thin, she thinks her thighs are too flabby. Her periods are irregular, but she has never gone more than three months without menstruating. Another woman, who is also 20 and also 5-foot-8, has an opposite eating pattern. She goes without eating all day, and starting at 6 p.m. she eats nonstop, whatever she can get...
  • The Antidepressant Dilemma (long read)

    11/20/2004 7:07:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies · 6,755+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 21, 2004 | JONATHAN MAHLER
    Looking back, Mark and Cheryl Miller would have done a lot of things differently with their 13-year-old son, Matt. They probably would never have left Lenexa, Kan. They would have sent him to a different school, and they certainly would have chosen a different therapist. But most of all, they wouldn't have given him Zoloft. ''It's not a pleasant thing living with the thought that you had a hand in your son's death,'' Mark Miller told me recently. ''Making him take those pills was done out of love for Matt, but it was still the wrong thing to do.'' We...
  • More Proof that Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    11/17/2004 6:44:56 PM PST · by hang 'em · 34 replies · 1,302+ views
    e-mail ^ | 11-2-2004 | a sick liberal
    It is likely that some of you are rejoicing at the election results. As the parent of a 14-year-old son, I am filled with fear and trepidation at the results of yesterday's election. Americans have proven that they prefer as their president a deserter to one who volunteered, served his time and chose to exercise his first amendment rights when he returned to the "land of the free". They have said that pre-emptive strikes are the new way to go - that might DOES make right. They have adopted the cheerleader mentality. "Yea, yea, we are great! Give us war...
  • Oh, Fine, You're Right. I'm Passive-Aggressive.

    11/16/2004 4:06:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies · 55,671+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 16, 2004 | BENEDICT CAREY
    The marriage seemed to come loose at the seams, one stitch at a time, often during the evening hour between work and dinner. She would be preparing the meal, while he kept her company in the sun room next to kitchen, usually reading the paper. At times the two would provoke each other, as couples do - about money, about holiday plans - but those exchanges often flared out quickly when he would say, simply, "O.K., you're right," and turn back to the news. "Looking back, instead of getting angry, I was doing this as a dismissive way of shutting...
  • Latchkey Nation:Home Alone in America

    11/14/2004 10:22:35 AM PST · by Founding Father · 71 replies · 1,677+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | November 14, 2004 | Mary Eberstadt
    Latchkey nation: Home alone in America Why is the mental health of America's children declining so precipitously? Isn't it obvious? Sunday, November 14, 2004 BY MARY EBERSTADT If there is one subject on which doctors and teachers and other experts involved with children would agree, it's this: Over the past generation, the number of American kids diagnosed with mental disorders has exploded. In January 2001, the Surgeon General issued a report declaring that the United States faces nothing less than "a public crisis in mental care for children and adolescents." Similarly, the National Mental Health Association estimates that one in...
  • Alzheimer's Steals More Than Memory

    11/02/2004 10:42:07 AM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 741+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 2, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    It happened without warning, early one day last summer as they prepared to go out. Gloria Rapport's husband raised his arm to her, fist poised. "He was very close to striking me," she said. What had provoked him? "Nothing," she said. "I asked him to get in the car." Mrs. Rapport's husband, Richard, 71, has Alzheimer's disease. His forgetfulness and confusion began about nine years ago, not long after they married. More recently, emotional troubles have loomed. Anxiety came first: he suddenly feared being left alone in the house. Outbursts of anger followed. The man she had always known to...
  • Billboard in New Paltz will proclaim gays can change

    08/12/2004 6:32:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 493+ views
    Daily Freeman ^ | 8/11/04 | Jesse J. Smith
    NEW PALTZ - A group opposed to same-sex marriage is raising money for a roadside billboard that will proclaim homosexuality is not an innate characteristic but a lifestyle that can be left behind. The billboard, to be placed on the south side of state Route 299 in New Paltz, will feature a black-and-white photograph of Stephen Bennett, who says he was a homosexual before a religious conversion enabled him to become straight. His wife and two children also are in the photo, which carries the caption, "Wonderful husband. Loving father. Former homosexual. Jesus Christ changes lives." The billboard is part...
  • The APA gets it right (Pedophilia Continues To Be On Its List Of Mental Disorders)

    06/19/2003 12:18:36 AM PDT · by kattracks · 19 replies · 698+ views
    <p>The American Psychiatric Association (APA) wisely rejected the recommendation of some psychiatrists at an APA symposium held in San Francisco on May 19 that pedophilia be removed from its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Several categories of mental illness were debated for possible removal from the upcoming annual edition of the manual. Among other illnesses suggested for removal were exhibitionism, transvestism and sadomasochism.</p>