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  • Hurricane Michael leaves Florida’s main psych hospital cut off, Helicopters drop aid[Chattahoochee]

    10/12/2018 7:33:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | October 11, 2018 02:09 PM Updated October 11, 2018 06:44 PM | By Samantha J. Gross And Elizabeth Koh
    TALLAHASSEE The oldest and largest psychiatric hospital in Florida was left inaccessible as Hurricane Michael carved its path across the Panhandle, knocking out power and ripping buildings to shreds. The storm’s eyewall passed right over the town of Chattahoochee, leaving it and the hospital “entirely cut off,” state emergency officials said Thursday. The hospital was not evacuated ahead of the storm. Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, which had about 975 residents and about 325 staff staying inside, was left with only emergency radios as a means to communicate with first responders. The hospital had backup power and water systems that...
  • Guantánamo Tour Focuses on Medical Ethics

    11/13/2005 6:30:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 336+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 13, 2005 | NEIL A. LEWIS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 - Troubled by news accounts of medical participation in coercive interrogations at Guantánamo Bay and the resulting unease in the professional medical community, the Pentagon led an intense one-day tour of the detention camp last month, several participants said in recent days. The purpose of the trip, some of the participants said, was for the military leadership to convince the ethicists, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who visited the detention camp at the United States Naval Station in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, that what was occurring there did not violate medical ethics and was necessary to strengthen the nation's...
  • Half of transgender male teens have attempted suicide, study finds

    09/13/2018 11:26:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | September 13, 2018 | by Reuters
    Transgender adolescents are far more likely to attempt suicide than teens whose identity matches their sex assigned at birth, and trans male youth are especially at risk, a U.S. study suggests. Roughly half of transgender teens who identify as male but were assigned a female gender at birth have attempted suicide at least once, the study found. And 42 percent of adolescents who don’t identify exclusively as male or female have at least one prior suicide attempt. About 30 percent of trans female teens - who identify as female but have birth certificates that label them as male - have...
  • Francis, a Pope Who Says One Thing and the Opposite

    09/12/2018 1:26:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    L'Espresso (It) ^ | August 31, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    As the days go by, the controversy ignited by the indictment of former nuncio to the United States Carlo Maria Viganň against Pope Francis on account of the scandal of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is becoming ever more lively. And it has seen a further flare-up with the explosion of the case of Kim Davis, the Christian county official in Kentucky who was imprisoned for a week in the summer of 2015 for having refused - for reasons of freedom of conscience and of religion - to grant a marriage license to homosexual couples, and was received by Francis on September...
  • About 10 percent of US children are diagnosed with ADHD

    08/31/2018 3:00:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    cnbc ^ | Angelica LaVito
    However, the high number might not be entirely reflective of how many kids actually have ADHD, said Dr. Scott Benson, a psychiatrist at the Creekside Psychiatric Center in Pensacola, Florida. Many children, especially those living in poverty or dealing with challenges at home, may struggle to focus. That's natural given the stressors they're dealing with, but it may cause some doctors to question whether the child has ADHD. Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are symptoms of ADHD, according to the American Psychiatric Association. "We know one of the common errors is misdiagnosis," said Benson, who was not involved with the study....
  • Jacksonville gaming tournament shooter had been hospitalized for mental illness, documents show

    08/27/2018 2:48:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | August 27, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    The gunman who opened fire on a "Madden NFL 19" tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sunday was hospitalized previously for mental illness, according to court records. Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore showed that as a teenager he was hospitalized twice in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications, The Associated Press first reported Monday. Katz, a competitor at the gaming event, had two handguns and extra ammunition inside the restaurant where the competition was taking place, officials said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
  • Las Vegas gunman lost money, became unstable before shooting

    08/03/2018 11:59:02 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    AP SacBee ^ | August 03, 2018 | KEN RITTER and MICHELLE L. PRICE
    In the year before Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock carried out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the high-stakes gambler appeared to have become increasingly unstable, distant and constantly complained of being sick, according to a final investigative report released Friday. Financial records also showed Paddock had lost more than $1.5 million in the two years before the Oct. 1 shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 800 others injured. One of Paddock's brothers told investigators that he believed the gunman had a "mental illness and was paranoid and delusional," and his doctor believed he may...
  • These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say

    07/19/2018 10:55:43 AM PDT · by Mariner · 94 replies
    Stateline (Pew) ^ | July 18th, 2018 | By: Christine Vestal
    The growing use of anti-anxiety pills reminds some doctors of the early days of the opioid crisis. Considered relatively safe and non-addictive by the general public and many doctors, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin have been prescribed to millions of Americans for decades to calm jittery nerves and promote a good night’s sleep. But the number of people taking the sedatives and the average length of time they’re taking them have shot up since the 1990s, when doctors also started liberally prescribing opioid painkillers. As a result, some state and federal officials are now warning that excessive prescribing of a...
  • Study: Bacon, hot dogs, bad for mental health

    07/19/2018 6:08:13 AM PDT · by Renkluaf · 47 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/18/2018 | Scott Berson
    Eating a lot of hot dogs, beef jerky, salami and other processed meats could do more than just add a few extra pounds — it could cause a serious mental condition called mania. That’s according to a new study from scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine published July 18 (National Hot Dog Day) in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The study found a link between consumption of nitrates, which are chemicals used to cure and process meat snacks, and episodes of mania, “a serious neuropsychiatric condition associated with significant morbidity and mortality.” Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article215089580.html#storylink=cpy
  • Extreme body modification: Amputees risk death by cutting off own limbs (Sex "reassignment" too)

    06/17/2018 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 16th June 2018 | Tom Fish
    Forget extreme plastic surgery, tattoos and piercings - a minority are taking body modification to the next level - by voluntarily cutting off their own limbs. A body modifier has exclusively revealed how his "extra" limbs feel alien, and has resorted to the drastic measure of self-mutilation - because he actually want to be disabled. Dr. Michael First, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, has led investigations into this bizarre and extremely rare psychiatric condition which he is calling body integrity identity disorder (BIID). Also known as amputee identity disorder, it gives people a fierce desire to rid themselves...
  • The United States of Suicide: 25% Surge Since 1999 Brought on by Debilitating Depression and...

    06/12/2018 2:59:09 PM PDT · by davikkm · 45 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    Here’s a shocking and telling statistic on the direction of American society today: suicide rates have risen sharply in every U.S. state (except Nevada, which was already alarmingly high) from 1999 to 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide rates are up more than 30 percent in half of the states over the last couple decades. There were 45,000 suicides in 2016, up from 44,193 in 2015. Suicides on average across the nation have increased by 25%. Depression, isolation, opioids, technology, and substance abuse are to blame. But more important than the causes is the fact...
  • Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says

    06/11/2018 1:22:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 171 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jun 29, 2016 | Melissa Healy
    Against a grim backdrop of rising suicide rates among American women, new research has revealed a blinding shaft of light: One group of women — practicing Catholics — appears to have bucked the national trend toward despair and self-harm. Compared with women who never participated in religious services, women who attended any religious service once a week or more were five times less likely to commit suicide between 1996 and 2010, says a study published by JAMA Psychiatry. [snip] Among devout Catholic women — those in the pews more than once a week — suicides were a vanishing phenomenon. Among...
  • Are Suicide Victims Really Victims

    06/08/2018 6:09:42 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 70 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | June 8, 2018 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    I don’t wish to be unkind. But facts are facts. A victim is someone who has something bad happen to him, totally against his will and without any say or control in the matter. Suicide does not “happen” to someone. It’s something one does to oneself. Most of us are drowning in virtue-signaling and political correctness — so much so that we can’t even see it. It seems cool to mourn people who kill themselves even though you never knew them. How do we know we would have liked and admired them had we even known them personally? Consider some...
  • Maryland tunnel digger accused of killing pal feared North Korea missile attack

    05/31/2018 5:38:11 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | May 31, 2018 | Nicole Hensley
    Maryland tunnel digger accused of killing pal feared North Korea missile attack By Nicole Hensley May 31, 2018 | 7:45 PM A man was charged in the death of a pal killed while digging a secret network of tunnels under his Maryland home he hoped would save him from North Korea’s budding nuclear missile program, according to his lawyer. After months of nuclear weapon tests by the isolated nation last year, 27-year-old Daniel Beckwitt began construction on an underground bunker to protect himself from a possible intercontinental ballistic missile attack at his Bethesda property. The digger’s paranoia was fueled by...
  • Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

    04/08/2018 5:36:25 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    nytimes ^ | FAPRIL 7, 2018 | BENEDICT CAREY and ROBERT GEBEL
    Victoria Toline needed nine months to taper off Zoloft. “I had to drop out of school,” she said. “My life’s been on hold.” Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses of the antidepressant she had taken for three years, on and off, and was desperately trying to quit. “Basically that’s all I have been doing — dealing with the dizziness, the confusion, the fatigue, all the symptoms...
  • Psychiatrists diagnosing the President smacked down by the APA

    01/12/2018 7:19:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 12, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    Not too long ago we talked about Ivy League psychiatrist Dr. Bandy X. Lee, who had briefed members of Congress (read: pretty much entirely Democrats) on President Trump’s mental health. Despite having never even met the President, say nothing of examined him, she apparently had quite a lot to say. Dr. Lee and her colleagues who jumped on the dogpile have been getting some significant pushback since then, with not only members of the press (a few of them, anyway) objecting, but drawing a formal rebuke from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) who called for an end to “armchair psychiatry.”...
  • Psychiatric Association Hammers Members Over Diagnosing Public Figures

    01/10/2018 9:45:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    The American Psychiatric Association called out members of its profession for offering their professional opinions about public figures—namely those they haven’t personally examined. The rebuke comes after questions about President Trump’s mental fitness have surfaced in recent days. "We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the media about public figures whom they have not examined, whether it be on cable news appearances, books, or in social media," the group wrote. "Arm-chair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical." Allegations...
  • 'How Dare Liberals!': Dershowitz Blasts Fellow Dems Over Claims Trump Is Mentally Ill

    01/08/2018 12:58:32 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 51 replies
    insider.foxnews.com ^ | 1/8/18 | unknown
    Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz sounded off on claims the 25th Amendment should be used to remove President Trump over his mental capacity. Dershowitz, a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton, said calls for removal are "very dangerous." "There’s only one thing worse than trying to criminalize political differences and that’s trying to psychiatrize them," he said. "These psychiatrists who are trying to diagnose without having even met the man. That’s what they did in Russia."
  • The "Goldwater Rule" [vanity]

    01/06/2018 7:25:14 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 18 replies
    Various ^ | Jan 6, 2018 | Eddie01
    The Goldwater rule is the informal name given to Section 7 in the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Principles of Medical Ethics[1] that states it is unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined[further explanation needed] in person, and from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss their mental health in public statements.[2] It is named after presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.[3][4] The issue arose in 1964 when Fact published the article "The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater".[3][5] The magazine polled psychiatrists about U.S. Senator Barry...
  • Humans love dogs more than other people: study

    11/01/2017 7:24:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 31, 2017 | David K. Li
    Humans love dogs more than their fellow man. Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London. A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns – one with a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions. “Would you give pounds 5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” the separate ads said, featuring a canine and human “Harrison.” Then a Northeastern University study showed that only a baby human could compete with man’s...