Archives for May, 2011

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Celebrity Personality Disorder: The Insubstantial Self

You won't find Celebrity Personality Disorder in the DSM anytime, soon. But although it isn't an official disorder, it does exist. And it's not just celebrities who are afflicted.
Celebrities, stars, and idols are relatively new phenomena. Sure, there have been famous people (poets, prophets, composers, kings, war heroes and so on) in numerous cultures and time-periods across history. But they were celebrated for actually doing something. No one today will deny that...
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Depression

Five Ways Parents Can Fight Facebook Depression

The American Pediatric Association has recently released a report that describes the increase in Internet-related problems for preteens and teens.

While the report shows some positive benefits of adolescent use of online social media, they site three worrisome problems: cyberbullying/online harassment, sexting, and Facebook depression.

Facebook depression, according to the report, is defined as "depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook,...
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Prayer and Our Health

PsychCentral’s Senior News Editor, Rick Nauert, PhD, shares this interesting look at who’s praying about their health (and who’s not).

Researchers report that more people are praying about their health issues. In fact, there was a 36 percent rise in the number of people praying about their health concerns between 1999 and 2007.

Do you pray about your physical or mental health issues?
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Constant Trauma, Abuse Of Mentally Ill In War Torn Somalia

In a recent report, the World Health Organization outlined the seriousness of a mental health crisis brewing in civil-war torn Somalia. In the past, we’ve mentioned the chaotic and constant warfare, the drafting of child-soldiers, and the rising incidents of rape and oppression of women and children in some African countries. (Over the years we’ve worked with several people from African countries including Somalia, Sudan, and Ethiopia, among others, so these human-rights issues...
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Depression

Drinking Or Drugging? 10 Reasons To Tell Your Therapist The Truth

If you're seeing a psychologist or counselor for a mental illness, the chances are fairly good that you also drink or take drugs that are not prescribed for you (or abuse drugs that are prescribed for you).

The chances are also fairly good that your therapist has no idea that you are using alcohol or drugs. Many therapists in private practice do not take complete drug and alcohol histories when doing the initial or subsequent...
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America The Addicted

Is it something in the water? The weather? Or the culture? A new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that substance abuse/addiction (or at least rates of those who enter treatment) has regional variations across the United States. Some thought-provoking examples:

The highest methamphetamine/amphetamine treatment admission rates were in the Pacific region (Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, and Alaska).

The only region in the to increase in rates of admission for alcoholism...
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Seven Rules Of Mindful Eating For Health & Weight Loss

The number one weight-loss, and health-improving move I made wasn't just changing the content of my diet. It was my efforts at "mindful eating."

Cultivating an awareness of what exactly a person does when he eats has definitely helped me and has given me the chance to share some of what I've learned. Although I'm not perfect (by any means), and although I still have areas in which I need to improve (I still...
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Communication

Mental Illness, Families, and Children: Is This Funny?

preempts Richard to tell you about an amazing woman: No. Of course mental illness in families and/or children is not funny. It is pretty much totally taboo to poke fun at this topic. But is it possible that there is humor to be found? Video producer Nikol Hasler's done just that.

This week, we got an email from Nikol who's a producer for the non-profit One Economy Corporation. She herself  has been through the foster care system,...
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Angry On 9/11? Maybe Not!

What was the main feelings Americans were experiencing on 9/11 right after the terror attacks? Virtually everyone we know was sad, frightened, terrorized, worried, grief-stricken, concerned, or shocked.  Then we had heard about a study which said that, overwhelmingly, Americans were angry that day. Guess we were "off-base." We're New Yorkers. Perhaps in other American cities the emotional responses were different?

Perhaps not. Now, a new study exposes a surprising flaw in computerized analysis methods, that made an error which distorted the original...
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Childhood Obesity, Junk Food, TV: Who’s Responsible?


Obesity has been linked to everything from cancer to mental illness.  Now, a prospective ban on junk-food advertising targeting children is the subject of a hot policy debate by our friends down-under.

Many Australians are concerned about the growing childhood obesity epidemic and are looking for the cause - and the solution. Some, such as the Obesity Policy Coalition (a group of health agencies), blame
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