Category Archives: Mental Health

Mindfulness Makes Narcissists Worse

Here are a couple of articles about the pathetic failure of quick mindfulness training from the British Research Digest:

Brief mindfulness training does not foster empathy, and can even make narcissists worse – Research Digest – May 2017 – by Emma Young (@EmmaELYoung) Staff Writer

“for narcissistic people, their cognitive empathy was actually reduced.”   Continue reading

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DSM-5: Withdrawal = Substance Use Disorder

American Psychiatric Association Proposes 5 Changes to DSM-5 – Gary Rothbard, MD, MS – Feb 2018

I’m outraged that In the DSM-V, any drug withdrawal was coded with Substance Use Disorder (SUD), even when any reasonably intelligent person understands that withdrawal from any drug, whether opioids, caffeine, or antidepressants, is unrelated to a SUD. 

These ignorant people who insisted that withdrawal indicates a SUD were so sure of themselves they published it in *the* psychiatric manual used by every doctor and insurance company?

How many people read this nonsense and approved it? With so many psychiatric experts vetting this important manual, how did this complete distortion of fact get by?  Continue reading

Yoga is not a panacea

Yoga, Meditation and Mind-Body Health: Increased BDNF, Cortisol Awakening Response, and Altered Inflammatory Marker Expression after a 3-Month Yoga… – PubMed – NCBI – Jun 2017

Thirty-eight individuals (mean age: 34.8 years old) participating in a 3-month yoga and meditation retreat were assessed before and after the intervention for psychometric measures, brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), circadian salivary cortisol levels, and pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines

Participation in the retreat was found to be associated with decreases in self-reported anxiety and depression as well as increases in mindfulness.   Continue reading

Limitations of the DSM-5

Limitations of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — also known as the DSM – Medium Feb 2017 – by Jeffrey Guterman

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) may be among the most controversial and polarizing books in the world.

Informed by the medical model, the DSM-5 is the official diagnostic manual of mental disorders authorized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA, 2013).

It has engendered debate in the public arena as well as professional circles. At the same time, it has been a best-seller on The New York Times, Amazon, and other book lists.   Continue reading

Anti-Inflammatories for Depression?

The Depression Puzzle: Are Anti-inflammatories Better Than Anti-depressants? An ME/CFS and FM Perspective – Health Rising

Both depression and inflammation may be present in both chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM).

Antidepressants can help some but not others.

Evidence that inflammation may cause depression in as many as 40% of depressed patients suggests that anti-inflammatories might be better at mood elevation for some ME/CFS/FM patients than antidepressants.  Continue reading

Why we should all give up on goals

BBC – Capital – Why we should all give up on goals already – Nov 2017 by Amanda Ruggeri

“The key for success is, if you have somewhere you’d like to be in five years, don’t be so attached to it that it drives everything you do.

It’s true that decades of research show that goals can get you to work harder, focus more and perform better.

But they also can kill your creativity, make you more likely to cheat, and less likely to thrive.   Continue reading

The Role of GABA in Anxiety

This Month’s Expert: Andrew Goddard , M.D., on The Role of GABA in Anxiety | Psych Central Professional – An interview with Andrew Goddard , M.D.

TCR: Dr. Goddard, you’ve done a lot of neurobiological research in anxiety disorders. It’s a very complex area, but basically what goes on in patients’ brains when they have a panic attack?

Dr. Goddard: It is complex, and initially researchers focused on the actions of monoamines in both depression and anxiety. The “monoamine theory” of depression holds that depression is caused by a depletion of norepinephrine and serotonin.

TCR: Is anxiety thought to result from the same thing?   Continue reading

Why Kindness Is The Answer To Workplace Woes

Why Kindness Is The Answer To Workplace Woes – Nov 28, 2017 – Forbes guest post written by Jaclyn Lindsey – Cofounder and CEO of kindness.org

If you’ve spent even just 10 minutes scanning the headlines in the last month, the workplace can seem like it’s suddenly become a minefield. Sexual harassment. Bullying. Racism. Sexism. Homophobia.

This isn’t news–in fact, it’s been happening since the beginning of time—but in this cultural moment, we are finally talking about these micro- and macro-aggressions openly.

But what are we supposed to do about it?   Continue reading

It is what it is

https://aeon.co/essays/this-is-why-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-works-so-well

Whether we feel happy, engaged and full of energy is derived from the belief that we are in harmony with the world around us.

We maintain this sense of harmony by viewing ourselves, others and the events around us in a relatively benign light: things are fine, we’re safe.

When we perceive the slings and arrows of life as non-events – when we can say: ‘It is what it is’ – we can face difficult circumstances and effectively disarm potential emotional landmines. Continue reading

Genetic Testing for Opioid Pain Mgmt: A Primer

Genetic Testing for Opioid Pain Management: A Primer – free full-text /PMC5447546/

Patients see their primary care physicians (PCPs) for a variety of medical conditions, chronic pain being one of the most common. An increased use of prescription medications (especially opioids) has led to an increase in adverse drug reactions and has heightened our awareness of the variability in response to medications.

Pharmacogenetics has improved our understanding of drug efficacy and response, opened doors to individual tailoring of medical management, and created a series of ethical and economic considerations.

Since it is a relatively new field, genetic testing has not been fully integrated into the primary care setting.  Continue reading