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  • Obama's Good War

    03/31/2011 12:48:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2011 | James Lewis
    Well, well, well, so Obama has embarked on his third war in little more than two years. You've got to admit that "flexibility" is his middle name. Or at least one of his middle names: Barack Barry Hussein "Flexibility" Soetoro Obama, Jr. Those are the names we know so far, but The Donald thinks there might be more. Whodda thunk? Here we are barely into the first week of what started out as a "No-Fly Zone" and it is now turning out to be Air Al Qaida. Ten years ago, AQ had a mere four civilian airplanes to crash into...
  • MDMA keeps severe stress at bay

    11/21/2012 11:42:29 AM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Nature ^ | 11-20-2012 | Arran Frood
    The benefits of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) persist years after the first treatment with the drug (also known as ecstasy), according to a follow-up study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology1. The finding gives hope to people with PTSD who do not respond to conventional treatments. However, the results come from a small-scale pilot study, and the outcomes have not been so convincing in other recently published work. In the original trial, 20 patients with PTSD who had not responded to either psychotherapy or to conventional psychopharmacological drugs received MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine) or a placebo during...
  • Doctor of Colorado suspect had been disciplined by medical board

    07/29/2012 1:37:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 29, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    <p>AURORA, Colo. -- Dr. Lynne Fenton, the University of Colorado psychiatrist who was treating James E. Holmes, according to a court filing by his attorneys, was disciplined by the Colorado Medical Board in 2005.</p> <p>Fenton was also reprimanded for failing to maintain a medical chart or to enter appropriate entries for the charts relating to herself, her husband or the employee, 7News reported.</p>
  • My Life in Therapy

    08/05/2010 4:28:12 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | DAPHNE MERKIN
    All those years, all that money, all that unrequited love. It began way back when I was a child, an anxiety-riddled 10-year-old who didn’t want to go to school in the morning and had difficulty falling asleep at night. Even in a family like mine, where there were many siblings (six in all) and little attention paid to dispositional differences, I stood out as a neurotic specimen. And so I was sent to what would prove to be the first of many psychiatrists in the four and a half decades to follow — indeed, I could be said to be...
  • Psychotherapy for liberals (zero is Carter II)

    05/04/2009 11:43:23 PM PDT · by plsjr · 14 replies · 927+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 05, 2009 | James Lewis
    Talking with liberals is frustrating, because you can't just talk about facts. That will only get them all upset, and all they will get out of the experience is never to listen to people like you. Most liberals live in their heads, or in little fluffy white clouds floating right above their scalps and resist efforts to engage them in rational conversation. Our media are perfect examples. They never learn. They never listen to any other points of view. They know they have nothing to learn. Intellectually they are stuck, stuck, stuck. (That's why the media are finally going bankrupt,...
  • A Mix of Medicines That Can Be Lethal

    03/03/2007 8:37:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 3,805+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2007 | JANE E. BRODY
    The death of Libby Zion, an 18-year-old college student, in a New York hospital on March 5, 1984, led to a highly publicized court battle and created a cause célèbre over the lack of supervision of inexperienced and overworked young doctors. But only much later did experts zero in on the preventable disorder that apparently led to Ms. Zion’s death: a form of drug poisoning called serotonin syndrome. --snip-- In its classic form, serotonin syndrome involves three categories of symptoms: ¶Cognitive-behavioral symptoms like confusion, disorientation, agitation, irritability, unresponsiveness and anxiety. --snip-- Perhaps adding to the diagnostic challenge is the fact...
  • A Psychotropical Paradise

    07/26/2006 4:35:49 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 29 replies · 1,044+ views
    If the pursuit of happiness was once an ideal in American life, the entitlement to happiness may now have replaced it. Since the late 1980s, when psychotropic drugs first came on the market, grateful Americans have been lining up at the counter. Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Wellbutrin and a host of other antidepressants have been embraced as practical solutions to everyday unhappiness. More than 15% of Americans now use one of the above. Needless to say, they are not all clinically depressed. Whereas Sigmund Freud once described the goal of psychotherapy as "transforming hysterical misery into ordinary unhappiness," many doctors now...
  • Psychotherapy helps infertile 'superwomen' (condition is called anovulation)

    06/21/2006 4:30:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 323+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/21/06 | AFP
    PRAGUE (AFP) - Psychotherapy can help restore fertility in women who become so stressed from managing their busy lives that they stop ovulating, a conference heard. Fertility experts have long wondered why women who are active, young and otherwise healthy suddenly become infertile, a condition called anovulation. The causes are sometimes attributed to hormone changes caused by too much exercise or undernutrition, and often the woman is given hormone treatment, such as oral contraception if immediate fertility is not desired, or ovulation induction if it is. But Sara Berga, a professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta,...
  • For Elderly, Antidepressants May Trump Psychotherapy

    03/15/2006 9:41:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 604+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 16, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Antidepressants work better than psychotherapy in preventing relapses in elderly men and women who have recovered from depression, a new study suggests. The government-financed study, published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that a combination of drugs and therapy was the best way to restore well-being in seriously depressed patients 70 and older. Once the patients had recovered, however, drug treatment was more effective over the next two years than once-a-month psychotherapy. Experts said the results underscored the challenges of treating depression in people past retirement age who are buffeted by anxieties — about dying, losing friends,...
  • Why I Still Breastfeed My Eight-Year-Old Girl (Sicko Alert)

    02/05/2006 8:58:44 AM PST · by Millee · 35 replies · 1,067+ views
    News & Star (U.K.) ^ | 2/5/06 | Phil Coleman
    A PENRITH mum has appeared on national TV to explain why she is still breastfeeding her daughter who is nearly eight – and why she gave her older daughter breast milk as a ninth birthday present. Veronika Robinson appeared on the Channel 4 programme Extraordinary Breastfeeding as a passionate advocate of allowing children to decided when they give up breast milk. Mrs Robinson, a former journalist, her husband Paul, and their children, Bethany and Elizah, are all fans of organic food. Elizah is approaching her eighth birthday and is not happy at the prospect of giving up her daily feed....
  • Psychotherapy on the Road to ... Where?

    12/28/2005 9:29:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 647+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 27, 2005 | BENEDICT CAREY
    ANAHEIM, Calif. - The small car careered toward a pile of barrels labeled "Danger TNT," then turned sharply, ramming through a mock brick wall and into a dark tunnel. A light appeared ahead, coming fast and head-on. A locomotive whistled. "Uh-oh," said one of the passengers, Dr. Martin Seligman, a psychologist and a pioneer in the study of positive emotions. But in a moment, the car scudded safely under the light, out through the swinging doors of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and into the warm, clear light that seemed to radiate from the Southern California pavement. "Well," Dr. Seligman said....
  • The Lost Sense of Sin in Psychology (Part 2)

    12/23/2005 6:46:39 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 359+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 23, 2005 | Andrew Sodergren
    ARLINGTON, Virginia, DEC. 23, 2005 (Zenit.org).- A sound psychology must rekindle man's innate spirituality by taking sin seriously, contends a Catholic therapist. Andrew Sodergren is a therapist at the Alpha Omega Clinic and Consultation Services, and a doctoral candidate at the recently accredited Institute for the Psychological Sciences. In the second part of this interview with ZENIT he shares his views of an integrated psychology that is true to human nature and acknowledges human freedom. Part 1 appeared Thursday. Q: How can a sense of sin and vice contribute to the field of psychology? Sodergren: In 1995, Pope John Paul...
  • The Lost Sense of Sin in Psychology (Part 1)

    12/23/2005 6:40:29 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 889+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 22, 2005 | Andrew Sodergren
    ARLINGTON, Virginia, DEC. 22, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Psychology needs to examine the role of sin in mental health, in the light of Christian anthropology, says a Catholic therapist. Andrew Sodergren is a therapist at the Alpha Omega Clinic and Consultation Services, and a doctoral candidate at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS). The recently accredited institute is dedicated to the development of a psychology that is consistent with Church teachings while in constructive dialogue with the world. In this two-part interview with ZENIT, Sodergren shares his views on psychology's tendency to "medicalize" human behavior and the implication for society. Q:...
  • Psychotherapy for teens has fallen out of fashion DEPRESSION STUDY REVEALS LESS TALK, MORE MEDS

    11/16/2005 12:25:17 PM PST · by Rio · 21 replies · 675+ views
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/16/2005 | Lisa M. Krieger
    Prescription drugs are replacing, rather than complementing, ``talk therapy'' in the treatment of depressed children and adolescents, according to a major new study by Stanford doctors. The trend runs counter to guidelines that call for psychotherapy, which teaches problem-solving and examines negative thought patterns, as the first line of treatment for depressed youth. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry advises medication for only the most-serious forms of mental illness -- and then only in combination with psychotherapy.
  • STAR SHRINK, 92, IS PSYCHED OUT

    10/10/2005 12:51:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 1,072+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 9, 2005 | DAVID HAFETZ
    An eccentric shrink whose theories have come to shape modern psychotherapy is ensconced in an apartment atop the East 65th Street institute he founded while he battles a bitter coup. Albert Ellis, 92, whose work has been hailed by everyone from the Clintons to Mayor Bloomberg to Nicole Kidman, was booted Sept. 18 from the board of the nonprofit Albert Ellis Institute. He also was barred from the Friday-night "stand-up" psychotherapy sessions he has conducted before crowds of as many as 200 for more than 30 years. A lawyer for the board says Ellis' expenses are "preposterous" and putting the...
  • Psychology in Recovery

    03/31/2005 3:31:00 AM PST · by AncientAirs · 4 replies · 255+ views
    First Things ^ | March 2005 | Paul C. Vitz
    Modern psychology, like Caesar’s Gaul, has classically been divided into three parts: there is experimental psychology, test-and-measurement psychology, and therapeutic psychology. All three branches have been in steady operation since the late nineteenth century, and in all three of them one may observe, over that time, striking transformations that I think bode well for the future. As some readers may know, I was a public and rather harsh critic of much popular psychology in my first publications in the 1970s and ’80s. I stand by those views. But much has changed, and changed (to my surprise) for the better. Particularly...
  • For Psychotherapy's Claims, Skeptics Demand Proof

    08/09/2004 7:49:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 904+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 10, 2004 | BENEDICT CAREY
    Good therapists usually work to resolve conflicts, not inflame them. But there is a civil war going on in psychology, and not everyone is in the mood for healing. On one side are experts who argue that what therapists do in their consulting rooms should be backed by scientific studies proving its worth. On the other are those who say that the push for this evidence threatens the very things that make psychotherapy work in the first place. Which side prevails may shape not only how young therapists are trained and what techniques practitioners use in the future, but also...
  • With Toughness and Caring, a Novel Therapy Helps Tortured Souls

    07/13/2004 3:48:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 717+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 13, 2004 | BENEDICT CAREY
    SEATTLE - "I've been going through this since I was 11 years old," the young woman said, "I'm backed up against the wall. Either I need to do this therapy or I need to die." "Well, why not die?" the therapist asked. "Well, if it comes down to it, I will." "Uh-huh, but why not now?" This aggressive cross-examination is a signature technique of what has become one of the most popular new psychotherapies in a generation. For years, psychotherapists have had a wide array of techniques to draw from in helping troubled patients. The most commonly discussed recent therapies...
  • Popcak Cries Foul - and CatholicCitizens Capitulate

    11/17/2003 3:01:55 PM PST · by LadyPhoenix · 67 replies · 297+ views
    Catholic Citizens' Remove Article Exposing Popcak's Perversity(Lame) Reason(s) Cited By CatholicCitizens.org site: REVISED COMMENTS RE: GREG POPCAK: EWTN Counselor on Sex Issues Stirs Controversy 11/8/2003 9:28:00 AM (Regarding Removal of Article By Bridgette O'Donnell - Catholic Family News, August 2003) Author and EWTN personality Gregory Popcak claims his works are being unfairly twisted by his critics CCI NOTES 11/10/03: After several communications with Greg Popcak and speaking (sic) the Catholic Family News, we have decided to take down Brigette (sic) O'Donnell's article criticizing Mr. Popcak's books.While there is no question that Natural Family Planning can be used improperly, Mr. Popcak's...
  • Theodore Dalrymple reviews Therapy Culture by Frank Furedi

    11/16/2003 4:15:15 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 11 replies · 4,671+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 November 2003 | Theodore Dalrymple
    In a matter of only a few decades, counselling has replaced fortitude as our culturally approved way of confronting misfortune. A large number of my patients ascribe their current unhappiness to the fact that they were not offered counselling at the time of an unpleasant occurrence, such as a surgical operation or the death of a friend or relative. Every form of human suffering, it seems, is susceptible to the magical powers of therapy. It is the superstition of our age. Frank Furedi, a professor of sociology, examines this curious, and by no means harmless, phenomenon in some detail. Only...
  • Hooked on self-esteem

    10/17/2003 10:03:01 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 22 replies · 323+ views
    Spiked ^ | October 16, 2003 | Jennie Bristow
    'There are no heroes in this drama.' With his new book Therapy Culture: Cultivating Vulnerability In An Uncertain Age, Frank Furedi, professor of sociology, prolific author and trenchant critic of the fears and fads of our times, can expect to attract as many new enemies as he can friends. Like his previous books, Paranoid Parenting and Culture of Fear, Furedi's Therapy Culture - published in the UK today by Routledge - takes a contemporary theme close to people's hearts and knocks it on the head. With its criticisms of the 'growth industry' of counselling and the spread of concepts such...
  • Portfolios Depressed, Traders Seek Therapy

    07/06/2002 11:29:26 AM PDT · by GeneD · 3 replies · 237+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 7/6/02 (for editions of 7/7/02) | Alessandra Stanley
    Picture a Wall Street trader striding through the doctor's waiting room and flopping down on the couch. He rages about the collapse of WorldCom, then falls silent. His therapist leans forward and asks quietly, "And how did that make you invest?" Psychologists are not new to company boardrooms or trading floors. In the 1990's, the science of market psychology became an industry as financial institutions, and especially hedge funds, hired psychologists to hone their competitive edge — be it analyzing investor choices, coaching money managers or revealing clients' unconscious desires. The use of psychotherapy by market professionals to find their...