Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mental illness and whoopie pies

Mental illness and whoopie pies After the Newtown killings, authorities tried to understand how mental illness factored into shooter Adam Lanza’s actions. No sane person would slaughter 20 babies, six teachers, his mother and himself, right? He must have been … Continue reading

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Myth Busting: Are Violence & Mental Illness Significantly Related?

Myth Busting: Are Violence & Mental Illness Significantly Related? It’s time we put this myth to rest — violence and mental illness share about as much in common as violence and people who happen to be men. The key factor … Continue reading

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Mental Health Disorder Linked to Violence and Other Crimes

Mental Health Disorder Linked to Violence and Other Crimes Are mental health disorder linked to violence and other crimes?   Or, are the mentally ill victims of this violence? A recent study conducted by Oxford University, Department of Psychiatry and Sweden’s … Continue reading

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Avatars ease voices for schizophrenia patients

Avatars ease voices for schizophrenia patients Use of an avatar can help treat patients with schizophrenia who hear voices, a UK study suggests. The trial, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, focused on patients who had not responded to … Continue reading

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You Do Not Have Asperger’s – What psychiatry’s new diagnostic manual means for people on the autism spectrum.

You Do Not Have Asperger’s – What psychiatry’s new diagnostic manual means for people on the autism spectrum. The autism community is a fractious bunch. We argue over the causes of autism, the best treatments, or even if it should … Continue reading

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Tech Giant Sees ‘Competitive Advantage’ in Autistic Workforce

Tech Giant Sees ‘Competitive Advantage’ in Autistic Workforce Autism advocates are praising a German software company for its plan to hire people with autism as software testers, programmers and data quality assurance specialists.

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First Person: Battle with Binge Eating, Major Depression a Constant Fight

First Person: Battle with Binge Eating, Major Depression a Constant Fight FIRST PERSON | As far back as I can remember, I’ve struggled with binge eating. When I was a kid I used to wake up extra early to binge on cookies … Continue reading

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First Person: Living Optimistically with Bipolar Disorder

First Person: Living Optimistically with Bipolar Disorder FIRST PERSON | I was 26 and completing my last semester in college when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in May 2009. During the week before finals in my second-to-last semester, I was feeling overwhelmed … Continue reading

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First Person: ADHD Diagnosis Ends Years of Addiction

First Person: ADHD Diagnosis Ends Years of Addiction I attended treatment facilities and psychiatric hospitals. Each would make a fresh diagnosis: alcoholism, substance abuse, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. I was baffled as to my condition and in turmoil over what … Continue reading

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First Person: Avoidant Personality Disorder Often Means Hiding from the World

First Person: Avoidant Personality Disorder Often Means Hiding from the World I feel like I’ve had this condition my whole life; there just wasn’t a name for it yet. I was considered just a very shy, sensitive, overly emotional child. … Continue reading

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