Psychologist warns parents about repeated violent behavior

“If you see some violent action or threatening action that reoccurs, then you can trust that you’ll see more of it,” Farrenkopf said.

Parents, he told KATU News, need to show tough love to their adult children, even though they have a mental illness. He said parents need to clearly communicate what isn’t acceptable.

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New Book Looks At Involuntary Psychiatric Care

The authors of “Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care,” Dinah Miller and Annette Hanson, show both sides of the argument over involuntary treatment in the book but conclude that involuntary commitment is not the best solution.

Hanson said that although a small number of studies suggest that involuntary treatment decreases hospitalization and increases compliance with care, there is no indication that it decreases the violent crime rate. But she said people with serious mental illness commit fewer than 4 percent of all violent crimes and are more likely to be the victim of a crime than the perpetrator.

In the book, the authors tell the stories of people who have had both bad and good experiences with involuntary treatment. But, Hanson said, that it is hard to find people who feel grateful for involuntary care.

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Managing the Change that Nobody Wants

I’m an organizational development consultant who specializes in helping business leaders achieve transformational change — it’s my life’s calling.

But not all change is wanted. My dear husband Richard lives with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy-body dementia. It’s costly, time consuming and emotionally draining. No currently-available drug will cure him, although there is hope for future generations.

There’s an irony to unwanted change happening to the change expert. Though my background provides helpful skills and experience, I’m in uncharted waters. I learn every day. And I’ve got a lot more to go.


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Mental-health issues can’t be solved by psychologists alone—city design can help, too

The world’s cities aren’t very mentally healthy.

People who reside in cities are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia than those living in the countryside. No matter where you live, at least one in four people will have a mental illness in their lifetime, and everyone suffers from mental-health problems such as low mood, loneliness, stress, and anxiety at some time or another. These kinds of problems can affect everything from our relationships and housing to our social capital and resilience.

But mental health is not just an individual issue: It affects the whole city.

Mental-health issues can’t be solved by psychologists alone—city design can help, too

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Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear

Brain scans can detect autism long before any symptoms start to emerge, say scientists.

The earliest that children tend to be diagnosed at present is at the age of two, although it is often later.

The study, published in the journal Nature, showed the origins of autism are much earlier than that – in the first year of life.

The findings could lead to an early test and even therapies that work while the brain is more malleable.

One in every 100 people has autism, which affects behaviour and particularly social interaction.

The study looked at 148 children including those at high risk of autism because they had older siblings with the disorder.

All had brain scans at six, 12 and 24 months old. Continue reading

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Friendship Bench’ program proves effective at alleviating mental illness symptoms

Their offices are simple wooden seats, called Friendship Benches, located in the grounds of health clinics around Harare and other major cities in Zimbabwe.

But the impact, measured in a ground-breaking study, shows that this innovative approach holds the potential to significantly improve the lives of millions of people with moderate and severe problems in countries where access to treatment is limited or nonexistent.

Funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada, the randomised controlled trial was conducted by the University of Zimbabwe, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and King’s College London. The study is published today in JAMA, the world’s most widely-circulated medical journal.

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New Study Identifies Factors Linking Violence and Mental Illness

New research has identified a host of factors associated with the risk of adults with mental illness becoming victims of violence, as well as perpetrators of violence.

“This work builds on an earlier study that found almost one-third of adults with mental illness are likely to be victims of violence within a six-month period,” said Richard Van Dorn, a researcher at RTI International and lead author of a paper describing the work.

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How to offer real support to someone with a mental illness

The unfortunate reality is that many who suffer from a mental illness like schizophrenia, enter into isolation and have difficulty maintaining a functional life.

Imagine your reality was terrifying – hearing derogatory voices or believing that the world is conspiring to kill you.  One minute you’re positive and energetic, and the next you’re spiraling into a deep depression.

“Often the person with the illness doesn’t even believe that they are in need of help,” says Larry Clum, Director of Community Mental Health Programs at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. “Additionally, mental illness puts a strain on a person’s closest support systems, often resulting in shame, isolation and abandonment.”

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The cure for mental health is not ignorance

Comments made by Steve Bannon, newly appointed chief strategist to President-elect Donald Trump, were recently released from his December 2015 email exchange with Breitbart editor, Matt Boyle.

Boyle had suggested posting a story supporting Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to reform the government’s mental health system.

Bannon not only rejected the idea, but countered, “I’ve got a cure for mental health issue(s). Spank your children more.”

Not only is this attitude towards mental health ignorant, but it perpetuates stigma around the issue.

This can lead people to decide against seeking treatment and worse yet, cause other politicians to advocate for legislation that further diminishes already dwindling mental health resources.

It is imperative we clear up misconceptions about what causes mental illness and the damaging effects of spanking.

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End of daylight saving time can kick off seasonal affective disorder

The winter blues can set in as temperatures drop and days shorten, but for some people, winter can mean developing an actual case of seasonal depression called seasonal affective disorder.

As the sun sets earlier after the end of Daylight Saving Time, many people start to develop the telltale signs of seasonal affective disorder, including irritability, excessive sleeping and loss of interest, said Jeff Janata, professor of psychiatry and director of psychology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

“The weeks immediately after the switch to Daylight Saving Time is often the period of time when this emerges,” Janata told ABC News.

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