Category Archives: Mental Health

Overdose and Other Drug and Addiction Myths

Overdose and Other Drug and Addiction Myths  – Psychology Today – by Stanton Peele Ph.D. – Jan 2018

  1.  Drug Overdose

Tom Petty died from, according to the New York Times headline (link is external), an “Accidental Drug Overdose.”

Here’s the coroner’s list of the drugs found in Petty’s system:

  1. fentanyl,
  2. oxycodone,
  3. temazepam,
  4. alprazolam,
  5. citalopram,
  6. acetyl fentanyl and
  7. despropionyl fentanyl. 

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Why kindness and empathy are so important

Why kindness and empathy are more important than ever – by Diana Duong for Chatelaine – Apr 30, 2018

Dr. Brian Goldman, the veteran emergency physician and host of CBC’s award-winning radio show, White Coat, Black Art, has always been confident in his abilities to help patients.

But when the husband of a patient suffering from a degenerative disease flat-out said that he had been unkind, it struck deep and prompted him to examine whether or not it was true — both in that particular instance, and in his life as a whole.

How refreshing to see someone who responds to criticism with self-examination instead of reflexive defensiveness.   Continue reading

Dextromethorphan Studied for Use In Bipolar Disorder

Dextromethorphan Studied for Use In Bipolar Disorder – May 2018

  1. Changes in inflammatory cytokines, and
  2. dysfunction of the neurotrophic system

are thought to be involved in the pathology of bipolar disorder.

Dextromethorphan (DM) has been reported to have

  1. neuroprotection on dopaminergic neurons, and
  2. protective effect against inflammation-related neuron damage

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EDS/Hypermobility linked to psychiatric disorders

Below are three PubMed studies from 2015 about the detrimental effects of EDS on the mind/brain:

Joint hypermobility and the heritable disorders of connective tissue: clinical and empirical evidence of links with psychiatry. – PubMed – NCBIGen Hosp Psychiatry. 2015 Jan-Feb

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The heritable disorders of connective tissue (HDCTs) are a group of genetic disorders affecting connective tissue matrix proteins.   Continue reading

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

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